India is confronting a clean air crisis, with the majority of its most significant urban areas getting unbreathable over the years. A report said that the consumption of petroleum derivatives that prompts severe air contamination costs India $150 billion every year.
As per the most recent report by environment association Greenpeace Southeast Asia with contributions from the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), the expense of air contamination borne by India from petroleum products is 5.4 percent of the nation’s yearly GDP.
The research measures the involvement of non-renewable energy sources to worldwide air contamination levels.
“The worldwide expense of air contamination from petroleum products is assessed to be around USD 2.9 trillion, or 3.3 percent of the world’s GDP every year.
“India is expected to bear 10.7 lakh crore ($150 billion), or 5.4 percent of India’s GDP yearly, the third-greatest expenses from petroleum product air pollution around the world,” the report stated. This report includes China with $900 billion, which bears the highest expenses followed by the United States with $600 billion.
The report said that near 980,000 estimates pre-term births, and a yearly monetary loss of Rs 10.7 lakh crore, is credited to air contamination from petroleum derivative in India.
Another economic burden is that of around 350,000 new instances of childhood asthma cases every year. These cases are connected to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a result of non-renewable energy source combustion.
“Thus, around 12.85 lakh more kids in India live with asthma connected to non-renewable energy source pollution. Exposure to contamination from non-renewable energy sources additionally prompts around 49 crore days of work absence because of disease,” it said. This reduces the overall efficiency of the economies around the world.
Greenpeace said air contamination is a danger to human wellbeing and the world’s economies.
“Consistently, air contamination from petroleum products takes a large number of lives, expands our danger of stroke, increases chances of lung cancer, asthma, and costs us trillions of dollars. However, this is an issue that we realize how to solve by changing to sustainable power sources, eliminating diesel and petroleum vehicles, and increasing more public transport vehicles.
“We have to consider the genuine expense of petroleum derivatives, for our swiftly warming planet, and in addition to our wellbeing,” said Minwoo Son, Clean Air Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia.
Indian ministers are helpfully overlooking the deadly alert, even as studies and reports affirm the destructive effect of air pollution. A year ago, the environment minister Prakash Javadekar said that there was no Indian research that built up an association between air pollution and decreased life expectancy. After this remark of his, the World Health Organization (WHO) reprimanded Javadekar for expressing that air contamination has no effect on public wellbeing. WHO authorities stated, “We wish it didn’t kill individuals, yet tragically it does.”