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New york turns into new delhi: Air pollution is not restricted by geographical boundaries

Recent years have seen an alarming problem in New York City that has unnerving similarities to the Delhi, India capital’s, Delhi, air quality catastrophe. As illustrated by the expanding worries about air quality in one of the world’s most famous cities, air pollution is a problem that transcends national borders. The city of New York’s evolution into a filthy metropolis emphasizes the urgent necessity for all-encompassing effort to address this widespread issue.

Urbanization, technical progress, and a buzzy environment have historically been linked to New York City. However, the city’s air quality has suffered as a result of the quick industrialization, increased traffic, and energy use. Pollutant levels in the atmosphere have grown alarmingly high over time, with serious negative effects on human health and the ecosystem.

Similar to Delhi, New York City also has a number of issues that are causing its air quality to worsen. The main causes of the high levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), Sulphur dioxide (SO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) include vehicle emissions, industrial processes, building sites, and home heating systems.

The effects of air pollution on the economy are extensive as well. Because of employee absenteeism and diminished cognitive function, poor air quality can result in a decline in tourism, higher healthcare costs, and lost production. The financial burden is further exacerbated by the detrimental effect on property values and the potential for regulatory fines.

Geopolitical boundaries do not apply to air pollution. Contaminants are dispersed across great areas due to prevailing winds, weather patterns, and long-range transport of pollutants. While the local roots of New York City’s air pollution crisis may be identified, emissions from neighboring states and even foreign sources account for a sizeable share of the problem.

Adopting stronger emissions rules for automobiles, power plants, and commercial buildings can drastically lower pollution levels. Encourage the use of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, to cut down on emissions and minimize reliance on fossil fuels.

Promoting the usage of electric vehicles and encouraging carpooling can all help cut down on emissions from moving vehicles. Making green spaces a priority, planting trees, and using green building techniques can enhance air quality and lessen the impact of the urban heat island.


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