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🌐 Issue 10: India's Environment Minister Edition

Recently India's Environment Minister made some claims about air pollution that haven't gone over wel

Oxygen Mag

March 8 · Issue #10 · View online
Handpicked stories for people who care about clean air.

Recently India’s Environment Minister made some claims about air pollution that haven’t gone over well with the scientific community. We all have the right to our opinions, but not to our own facts. This week air pollution scientist Dr. Pallavi Pant joins us to address his comments and bring the existing scientific evidence into the conversation.
Dr. Pallavi Pant is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and conducts research on urban air pollution. She also runs a platform on air quality in India.
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🗣 Indian Environment Minister's Comments
In recent weeks, Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, has made several public statements on air pollution and its links to human health effects that have raised a few eyebrows:
1/ “There is no conclusive data available in the country to establish a direct co-relationship of death exclusively with air pollution. Health effects of air pollution are a synergistic manifestation of factors such as food habits, occupational habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity, heredity etc of individuals.”
2/ “The environment ministry is working with the health ministry to assess the trends and impact (of air pollution) in this regard.” source
3/ “India trusts its own reports. We take decisions based on our own reports… We will stress on research done by Indian institutions,” Dave added. source and source.
It is important to note that this is not the first time that the Government of India has questioned results from an analysis. Last year, Mr. Prakash Javadekar (then Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change) called the WHO (World Health Organization) report on air pollution misleading, and then questioned the results from a study that was conducted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), a government-funded research institute. 
🙌 Dr. Pallavi Pant's Handpicked Stories
This issue of Oxygen Mag is curated and written by Dr. Pallavi Pant about the existing scientific research on the impact of air pollution on health. You can follow Dr. Pant on Twitter, and also at @airsouthasia and @airqualityindia.
Report of the Steering Committee on Air Pollution and Health Related Issues by MOHFW
Cause-specific premature death from ambient PM2.5 exposure in India
Disability-adjusted life years and economic cost assessment of the health effects related to PM2.5 and PM10 pollution in Mumbai and Delhi, in India from 1991 to 2015
Epidemiological study on effect of air pollution on human health (adults) in Delhi
Coordinated Studies of Short-Term Exposure to Air Pollution and Daily Mortality in Two Indian Cities
Editorial: Poisons in the Air
There are numerous other studies that have looked at health effects related to household air pollution and ambient air pollution, or conducted modeling analyses to estimate the health effects of exposure to air pollutants. This is not to say that all research is perfect, and all results are absolute. As we gather more data, we are going to improve the estimates, and update the numbers. Until then, it seems that there is enough ‘evidence’ for action on air pollution.
To learn more about global air pollution trends, check out State of Global Air.
🌲 A Note From Smokey's Nest
❤ Thank you Dr. Pallavi Pant for taking the time to curate and write this issue of Oxygen Mag.
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Until next time,
-Amrit Sharma 😷
Founder, AirAirAir and Smokey
New Delhi, India
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