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Patna’s Deteriorating Air Quality Causes National Concern

Being one of the non-attainment cities with respect to ambient air quality, Patnas deteriorating air quality has been a cause of national concern

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Officials of CEED highlighted the fact that health must be the central point or focus for any kind of action on air pollution. Pixabay

Being one of the non-attainment cities with respect to ambient air quality under the National Clean Air Programme, Patnas deteriorating air quality has been a cause of national concern.

To highlight the serious concern about growing air pollution and its impact on human health in Patna, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) India, in partnership with the Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) shared the findings from Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) to educate stakeholders and demand urgent steps to control air pollution in the cities.

According to the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s Air Quality Life Index, residents of Patna could live about 7.7 years longer if the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) PM 2.5 guidelines are met.

Back in 1998, the gain in life expectancy by meeting the same air quality standards was four years. This, along with other insightful details, was shared at a workshop organised by CEED and EPIC India in Patna on Saturday.

Officials of CEED highlighted the fact that health must be the central point or focus for any kind of action on air pollution.

“The impact of air pollution on human health is devastating and more so the most vulnerable people are at receiving end. The Bihar government must act on an urgent basis to implement the clean air action plan in letter and spirit,” an official said.

Echoing similar sentiments, Michael Greenstone, Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and director of EPIC added: “Around the world today, people are breathing air that represents a serious risk to their health. But the way this risk is communicated is very often opaque and confusing, translating air pollution concentrations into colours like red, brown, orange and green.

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The health impacts of breathing toxic air are increasingly showing up in our hospitals and clinics. Wikimedia Commons

“What those colours mean for people’s well being has always been unclear. My colleagues and I developed the AQLI, where the ‘L’ stands for ‘life,’ to address these shortcomings. It takes particulate air pollution concentrations and converts them into perhaps the most important metric that exists – life expectancy,” he said.

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Sharing his insights on the impact of air pollution on human health, Dr. Neeraj Agarwal, AIIMS (Patna) said: “The health impacts of breathing toxic air are increasingly showing up in our hospitals and clinics. Increased patient flow of cases of respiratory illness certainly has links to the worsening air quality in our cities.

“Earlier, we got patients who were smokers or passive smokers but nowadays we get patients who haven’t smoked in their entire life and are suffering from life-threatening diseases like lung cancer,” he said. (IANS)

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5G Carries Potential to Contribute to India’s GDP Growth by the Year 2025

AR, VR and AI will all come together to form ‘extended reality', it added

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"5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs," he said. VOA

A KPMG report on Monday said that 5G technology has the potential to add 0.35-0.5 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025.

The report further said that India Inc has the potential to unlock $48.69 billion (Rs 3,408 billion) in four years through the deployment of 5G.

The government has set a target of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2024-25. In 2018-19, the Indian economy stood at $2.72 trillion.

“We estimate that the 5G contribution to annual GDP will likely be in the range of 0.35-0.5 per cent by 2025. The absolute value unlocked is expected to be highest in the retail sector, followed by finance and then the technology sector,” said the report released at the India Mobile Congress 2019.

It further said that IT will be the “most immersive, intelligent and inventive of all technologies”.

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Top Intel Executive said that India needs to roll out 5G faster in order to take advantage of the economic benefits it can bring to the nation. Pixabay

“Blockchain is a technology trend that has seen wide implementation during 2019 and its applications will continue to expand beyond cryptocurrency, it said.

The survey ranked artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR)/virtual reality (VR), cognitive computing and machine learning as the top technologies that will have the highest potential to generate immersive experiences, but noted that they are nascent in terms of their evolution and adoption.

AR, VR and AI will all come together to form ‘extended reality’, it added.

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Commenting on the report, Purushothaman K.G., Partner and Sector Lead for telecom at KPMG in India, said: “The future value that will be delivered through telecom operators is not by being the provider of ‘connectivity’ but as being a trusted partner and platform provider offering value and services and experiences to customers.

“We are living in exciting times where new technologies like 5G, IoT, AI and AR/VR promise to revolutionise connectivity and unlock value by creating better, more secure and personalised experiences for everyone.” (IANS)