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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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Levels of Air Pollution Directly Linked to Oral Cancer: Study

A significant association was also observed for ozone levels below 28.69-30.97 parts per billion

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Higher levels of air pollution may be linked to a heightened risk of developing oral cancer, which includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, a study has found.

While mouth cancers have been associated with smoking, drinking, human papilloma virus, and the chewing of betel quid (“paan”), the study added to this list increased levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and to lesser extent, ozone.

“This study, with a large sample size, is the first to associate oral cancer with PM2.5… These findings add to the growing evidence on the adverse effects of PM2.5 on human health,” said researchers including Shou-Jen Lan, Professor at the Asia University, in Taiwan.

Exposure to heavy metals and emissions from petrochemical plants are also thought to be implicated in the development of the disease while PM2.5 is known to be harmful to respiratory and cardiovascular health.

Previously, high air pollution has been linked to a host of health problems, from an increased risk of dementia to asthma and even changes in the structure of the heart, with recent research suggesting there is no “safe level” of air pollution.

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For the new study, published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, the team discovered the association by looking at air pollution data from 66 air quality monitoring stations in Taiwan, collected in 2009.

They combined this with data from the health records of more than 4,80,000 men aged 40 and over from 2012-13. In total, there were 11,617 cases of mouth cancer among the participants.

They found that men exposed to the highest levels of PM2.5s had an increased risk of mouth cancer.

Compared with men exposed to average annual PM2.5 levels of 26.74 micrograms (µg) per cubic metre (m3) of air, those exposed to concentrations of 40.37 µg/m3 or higher had 43 per cent greater odds of developing the disease.

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A significant association was also observed for ozone levels below 28.69-30.97 parts per billion.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is responsible for an estimated 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide per year.

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Around 6,57,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed annually across the globe, with 3,30,000 of those patients dying, it said. (IANS)