By Staff Reporter
Inputs from Gufran Beig, Project Director, and Neha S Parkhi, Sr Programme Officer, SAFAR, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, email@example.com
SAFAR is an indigenous technological initiative by the MoES for India’s urban centres that combines the best of weather and air pollution research to generate air quality forecast leading to preventive action for better health. In its five years of existence, SAFAR has notched up successes that have earned plaudits not only from large section of society but also from the World Meteorological Organisation.
Air pollution has become India’s biggest challenge in the 21st century, given its wide ranging impact on human health and agricultural production. Recent studies have shown that air pollution is the fourth major cause for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease. Causes of air pollution There are several factors responsible for the deterioration of air quality in any particular region; dominant among which are emissions of hazardous pollutants from scattered sources in a region....