Exposure to particles of pollution below the particle size 10 micron (PM10) in the US has increased the incidence of preterm birth

India is facing a serious double burden of disease. Most of the old infectious diseases like malaria, filariasis and kala-azar have not yet disappeared; indeed they are bouncing back. At the same time, other chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disorders are becoming more dominant.

Supreme Court order dated 16/04/1999 in M.C. Mehta v. Union of India, WP 13029/1985 on vehicular pollution in Delhi.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M.C. Mehta vs Union Of India & Others on 29 April, 1999 regarding rising vehicular pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR). Bhure Lal Committee in its Report submitted to Supreme Court on April 1, 1999 has indicated that more than 90% of Nitrogen Oxide (Nox) and respirable particulate matter (RSPN) from vehicles exhaust over Delhi is due to diesel emissions which is a serious health hazard.

Considering the suggestions made by Bhure Lal Committee Supreme Court directs that:

It is dangerous to breathe in most Indian cities, and even though the government accepts this, precious little is being done about it.

The great smog disasters of the past have made clear that air pollution can kill people in a matter of days: extremely high concentrations of air pollution building up under conditions of low wind speed and stable atmospheric conditions have been associated with excess deaths in the Meuse Valley, Belgium (1930); Donora, PA, United States (1948); and London, United Kingdom (1952).

With booming industries, Beijing finds it difficult to control SO2 and particulate matter. NO2 and toxic hydrocarbons add to its problems. After seven years of controls, SO2 and CO are down by

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The March 2003 indictment by the Supreme Court of Nepal and unrelenting public pressure have finally forced the country's government to formulate a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (naaqs). The