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Nation’s Capital continues to choke on Hazardous Air, Over 200 Petitions demand Clean Air in Delhi

The US-based online petition platform 'Change.org', said that over 200 petitions were filed within 24 hours after the smog crisis hit Delhi on November 2

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New Delhi, November 3, 2016: As the national capital continues to choke on hazardous air, more than 200 online petitioners have urged the Prime Minister to intervene and chalk out a solution for clean air in Delhi, Change.org said.

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It added that several other petitions were filed by people against Delhi’s pollution after Diwali.

“The biggest petition, titled Ban on crackers for the well being of the environment, which was started by Delhiresident Akshay Gaur, got more than 32,000 signatures in less than a day,” Nida, a Change.org spokesperson told IANS.

She added that another petition, which asked the Prime Minister to intervene, has collected over 3,000 signatures.

The petition points out, “This issue cannot be solved by one government agency as multiple states are involved – Delhi, Haryana, UP and Punjab. We, the citizens of NCR, demand that immediate steps be taken under leadership of the Prime Minister of India”.

The petitions filed on the Change.org are marked to the concerned person, law maker or authority. It works through consistent buzzes and mails to the person concerned as the number of signature increases. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    Pollution is the major cause of many diseases…..its our duty to keep our environment clean and healthy….otherwise very soon humans are also going to be extinct

  • Shivani Vohra

    Delhi’s air must be cleaned otherwise we all are in danger.

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Exposure To Air Pollution Linked To Breast cancer: Study

Government can plan for new designs for industrial and commercial facilities to cut down on the occupational exposures.

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Air pollution shortens life by more than one year in India. Wikimedia Commons

Women working near busy roads are at high risk of developing breast cancer, due to traffic-related air pollution, researchers have warned.

The team, from University of Stirling in Scotland, analysed the case of a woman who developed breast cancer after spending 20 years working as a border guard at the busiest commercial border crossing in North America.

The woman was one of, at least, five other border guards who developed breast cancer within 30 months of each other and, at another nearby crossing, a cluster of seven other cases was noted.

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India’s Rashtrapati Bhawan, or the Presidential Palace is partly visible due to smog as traffic plies on Rajapth, the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. VOA

According to Michael Gilbertson, the findings “infer a causal relationship” between breast cancer and very high exposures to traffic-related air pollution containing mammary carcinogens. A link between nightshift work and cancer was also identified.

“This new research indicates the role of traffic-related air pollution in contributing to the increasing incidence of breast cancer in the general population,” Gilbertson said.

The group of women all developed a cancer believed to have been caused by exhaust fumes in what researchers have branded a ‘new occupational disease’.

There is a one in 10,000 chance the cases were a coincidence, the study published in the journal New Solutions said, because the cancers were all so similar and close together.

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Breast cancer cell, Wikimedia Commons

A review of previous research confirmed that BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes — which try to stop tumours growing — can be “silenced” by exposures to dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – both found in exhaust fumes.

BRCA2 gets rapidly degraded in the presence of aldehydes – also components of exhaust fumes.

Also Read: Chemotherapy May Not Be Needed To Treat Breast Cancer: Study

“There is much more research to be undertaken,” Gilbertson said. “But we now have plausible mechanisms for inferring how the BRCA1/2 tumour suppressors in this highly-exposed border guard became dysfunctional and likely contributed to the ongoing epidemic of sporadic, early onset, premenopausal breast cancer among her colleagues.

“With this new knowledge, industry and government can plan for new designs for industrial and commercial facilities to cut down on the occupational exposures to traffic-related air pollution,” Gilbertson said. (IANS)