New Global Weather Images Show Dangerous Pollution Levels in India

New Images proof of hazardous air quality in Northern India, post Diwali.

Published30 Oct 2019, 08:40 AM IST
Health News
2 min read

During this time of the year, fears and tensions about the smog surrounding us are at an all time high and it is not unwarranted. The national capital and surrounding areas in North India have special reason to worry. Post Diwali and the spike in incidents of crop burning have lead to ‘hazardous’ levels of pollution the region.

If you still think all the hype around air pollution is an exaggeration, check out these images from Earth Null School.

Earth Null School is a site that gives a visualization of global weather conditions across the world using satellites and supercomputers.

For today, 30 October, the data shows high levels of PM2.5 concentrated in the northern belt of India.

Image showing PM2.5 Levels in the air today, 30 October 2019
Image showing PM2.5 Levels in the air today, 30 October 2019
(Photo: earth.nullschool.net)

This is particularly striking when compared to an image of the rest of the world - the air pollution in India stands out clearly in the map below.

PM2.5 Levels across the world today, 30 October
PM2.5 Levels across the world today, 30 October
(Photo: earth.nullschool.net)

FIT looked at data from the day of Diwali, which revealed PM2.5 particulates spread out a little more throughout the country - through the eastern and southern parts as well. However, the concentration of the particles remained in the northern belt.

The image on the day of Diwali, 27 October 
The image on the day of Diwali, 27 October 
(Photo: earth.nullschool.net)

The site also shows levels of other pollutants such as PM10, COsc (Carbon Monoxide Surface Concentration), CO2sc (Carbon Dioxide Surface Concentration) and DUex (Dust Extinction) along with data of weather conditions, ocean and wind activities across the world.

(FIT is launching its #PollutionKaSolution campaign. Join us by becoming an anti-air pollution warrior. Send in your questions, your stories of how to tackle air pollution and your ideas to FIT@thequint.com)

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