Delhi Pollution Part 2: Not Diwali or Stubble Burning - This is the Real Cause of Delhi Pollution

Nov 05, 2019, 01:24 PM
Why has Delhi turned into a gas chamber? I’m not talking about the abstract, conceptual why, I mean literally why has Delhi turned into a cocktail of poisonous fumes that kills people with every breath they take?
Is Delhi’s air pollution, which crossed ten times the safe limit over the past two weeks caused by industrial emissions, stubble burning, fireworks, vehicular emissions or something more sinister?
I’m joined on this episode by Dr. Anumita Roychowdhury, the Executive Director for Research and Advocacy at the Center for Science and Environment, Dr. Santosh Harish, who works with the Centre for Policy Research, and Agriculture Expert Devinder Sharma.
This is the second part of a two-part podcast on Delhi’s pollution crisis.
In the first part we took a brief look at what’s causing the dangerous levels of pollution in the capital, what harm it can do, what steps have been taken to check it and most importantly how we can protect ourselves from the pollution.
In this second part, we explore the causes closer – Is stubble burning the real cause? Is it fireworks? Industrial emissions? And what can we do if anything to reduce pollution?
Host & Editor: Vishnu Gopinath
Dr. Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director for Research and Advocacy, Center for Science and Environment 
Dr. Santosh Harish, Fellow, Centre for Policy Research
Devender Sharma, Agriculture Expert