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We spoke to Dr Khoobsurat Najma, who shares her wisdom on the 5 plants that would really prove to be life-saving in the the times of air crisis, such as this.
Air pollution in Delhi remains a major threat to people’s lives in the city - one which people don’t seem to be doing much about. The air quality index is currently getting all alarms ringing!
Smog continues to shroud Delhi-NCR with air quality readings teetering between hazardous and what-you-would-call-downright-fatal. Readings from all over the city are between 400 and 500 (and these are just official figures), generally termed ‘severe’ by WHO. People have been putting up pictures of readings from their own devices all over social media, which have reached up to 999, the highest they can go up to. The government seems to be finally be taking public health seriously and has ordered for all schools to be shut down till class 5, with outdoor activities being halted for school-going students in classes upwards. But is that enough?
What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be breathing in. Living and working in places rife with air contaminants and lacking decent ventilation can cause "sick building syndrome," which can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation. Lucky for us, NASA scientists have been working to understand this problem and find solutions: Use houseplants to clean the air.
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