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Air Quality in January Relatively Better than Last Year: SAFAR

Residents of the national capital have breathed “relatively better” quality air this season so far compared to last year. According to the Ministry of Earth Science’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), this is largely due to weather conditions that have not contributed towards accumulation of suspended particulates. “The recent spell of rain has washed out the particulates. So the city is enjoying the season’s best quality of air at this moment. January till now has been relatively better than last year,” Gufran Beig, Project Director…

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Delhi’s Air Quality Enters Red Zone Again

With a drop in wind speed and the return of fog, the air quality of the national capital turned ‘severe’ today, following a fairly long period when strong wind movement had helped keep the pollutants at bay. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had Delhi’s air in the ‘severe’ category with a reading of 410, which may affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory ailments. (Reviews: Best Air Purifier 2016-17) Private agency Skymet has forecast that pollution levels are likely to increase…

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Mumbai’s air quality dips, to go down further today

Mumbai’s air quality dips, to go down further today With temperatures falling and winds calming, the air quality in Mumbai that was poor on Friday further dipped on Saturday . And it is only expected to get worse on Sunday , according to the System for Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The city’s overall air quality was indexed at 283 on Saturday evening, down from 267 Friday .Both fall in the poor air category meaning people with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged…

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Insomnia, Poor Sleep Quality Common for Men and Women During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, women and their male partners sometimes report insomnia or insufficient sleep, which may be tied to depression, according to a new study. Almost half of women reported that they slept more than usual during pregnancy, but did not have better quality sleep, said senior author Tiina Paunio of Helsinki University Hospital in Finland. Overall, 12 percent of women and 15 percent of men had either insomnia or too little sleep, researchers found. “The results are well in line with those obtained from previous studies for pregnant women: symptoms…

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Air Quality Alarming, Delhi Faces Worst Smog in 17 Years

As the air quality in Delhi remained severe for the seventh consecutive day on Thursday, experts said the the smog that enveloped the national capital a day before was worse in the last 17 years. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), visibility at Safdarjung and Palam on Thursday between 11.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. was 400 and 500 metres respectively due to smog. At around 5.30 a.m., the visibility at Safdarjung was 50 metres, but due to fog. Based on the IMD data, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)…

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Delhi’s ‘Severe’ Air Quality Continues

Delhi on Thursday witnessed severe level of air quality on the fourth consecutive day after Diwali. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) showed levels of PM (particulate matter) 2.5 and PM 10 exceeding 500 at most locations early in the morning. Values above 500 are considered beyond the Air Quality Index (AQI). The US Embassy’s air pollution monitor, which covers the area of Chanakyapuri, showed PM 2.5 levels touching 1,000. Residents of Delhi complained about irritation in eyes, cough and other discomfort due to the plunging…

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