Delhi air has 5 times more black carbon than US, Europe's Jul 12, 2018 0 58 12345 IANSLondonIf you live in Delhi and commute to work by car, you are up to five times more likely to be exposed to the deadly black carbon than those living in Europe or North America, say researchers. Increased exposure to black carbon can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and even birth defects. Various researches have shown that the rapid growth in the number of on-road vehicles in Asia has increased human exposure to particulate matter (PM), a hazardous component of air pollution. "There is compelling evidence that people travelling in urban areas in Asian cities are being exposed to a significantly higher level of air pollution,"said lead author Prashant Kumar, professor at UK's University of Surrey. The study, published by the Atmospheric Environment journal, analysed exposure to and concentration of particulate matter components, including fine particles (PM2.5), black carbon produced by carbon-rich fuels such as gasoline and diesel, and ultrafine particles (UFP) small enough to travel deep into lungs. The researchers analysed how Asians, including Indians, are more exposed to the particulate matter components than those living in Europe and the US. The activities included walking, driving, cycling, motorbike riding and bus rides. The findings showed that on-road vehicles in Beijing increased from 1.5 million in 2000 to more than five million in 2014. The number in Delhi is expected to increase from 4.7 million in 2010 to 25.6 million by 2030. As a result, car drivers in Asia are exposed to up to nine times more pollution than Europeans and Americans, while black carbon levels were seven times higher for Asian pedestrians than Americans. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES At least 15 die in monsoon floods, landslides Jul 12, 2018 0 744 Restore Taj or demolish it, SC tells Centre, ASI Jul 12, 2018 0 317 BJP legislator charged with rape of teen Jul 12, 2018 0 44 Govt taking all steps to improve farmers' lot: PM IANS Malout (Punjab) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the Congress and its allies were losing sleep as his government was taking many initiatives to improve the status of farmers across the country. .. Trooper, civilian killed during J&K gunfight IANS Srinagar An Indian Army commando was killed and another injured in a gunfight with militants in a forested area of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Wednesday, while a civilian there was killed when .. Kejriwal hits out at Centre for obstructing Delhi projects IANS New Delhi The row over who controls Delhi's bureaucracy escalated on Wednesday as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a full attack against the Centre for not .. ED seeks court order to declare Nirav Modi, Choksi fugitives IANS Mumbai The ED on Wednesday approached a special court here seeking its order to declare diamond merchants Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi -- both accused in over Rs13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan .. Mohanlal's stand on Dileep fails to cut ice with women's body IANS Kochi The Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) on Wednesday said it did not agree with Malayalam movies superstar Mohanlal's explanation for revoking the suspension of actor Dileep, an accused in the actress .. 26 schoolchildren hospitalised after mid-day meal in Delhi IANS New Delhi As many as 26 students of a government school here were hospitalised after eating their mid-day meal prompting the Delhi government to order inspection of all mid-day meal kitchens in the city. Police have .. Rahul confers with Muslim intellectuals IANS New Delhi Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday met Muslim intellectuals as part of party's outreach to various sections ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election. Those who met Gandhi to give their feedback on ..