Health and other impacts
Air pollution has been recognized as the world’s largest single environmental health risk. The Global Burden of Disease 2010 (GBD) ranked air pollution as a leading cause of death and disability in India. We need to develop an air pollution forecasting system across Indian cities so that citizens can take actions in their everyday lives to ward off detrimental effects if they are given air quality advisories in advance. The importance of estimating health and environmental impacts due to exposure to air pollutants is more important than ever. Further, numerous air pollutants and greenhouse gases are emitted from the same sources, hence a link exists between air pollution and climate change, and the reduction and mitigation of both provide huge co-benefits with regard to health. There investigations initiated by individuals and institutes on the impact of air pollution on health which needs to be brought together on a platform so as to promote collaboration for better understanding.