“Who is more affected by toxic air? A One young executive in Delhi or a housewife in a Haryana village? Some might assume the executive is worse off—after all, Delhi has the world’s worst air. Yet a village woman who cooks over a dung-fuelled chulha for several hours a day could be more exposed to hazardous pollutants than a Delhi office worker.
This distinction between ambient pollution levels and individual exposure lies at the heart of a new report from a Union health ministry committee that—correcting a historical focus on urban air pollution—highlights the importance of tackling pollution from the burning of dung and wood in village chulhas across India.
The report, made available on the health ministry’s website this week, calls for an integrated approach to air pollution that focuses on “reducing exposures not emissions”. The Times of India. Read the full article on delhiair.org.