Even during lockdown, household cooking contributed to CO levels in Delhi and Mumbai: Study

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    Even throughout lockdown, family cooking contributed to CO levels in Delhi and Mumbai: Research study





    near zero pollution level, mumbai, delhi In Delhi, the share of CO gave off from family cooking is 4 percent (1.38 Gigagram/month), while it is 31 per cent (1367 Gigagram/month) in Mumbai, according to the study released in the Environmental Contamination journal on Tuesday.
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    Regardless Of 90 per cent cars staying off the roads in India during the summertime of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the anticipated ‘near-zero’ contamination level was not attained in the megacities of Delhi and Mumbai, once again highlighting the need for long-lasting and efficient steps to suppress pollution.

    A joint research study, undertaken by researchers from the Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) and Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar, has actually concluded that Carbon Monoxide (CO) levels throughout the lockdown in these cities had dropped compared to typical days. Nevertheless, this could not touch the most affordable or ‘near-zero’ contamination level, due to continuing contributions made by CO fumes released from home cooking.

    Professionals state that after the transport sector, household cooking is the 2nd significant factor to CO gas in the atmosphere. In Delhi, the share of CO released from family cooking is 4 per cent (1.38 Gigagram/month), while it is 31 per cent (1367 Gigagram/month) in Mumbai, according to the research study released in the Environmental Contamination journal on Tuesday.

    CO is among the remnant gaseous matter produced as a result of incomplete fuel combustion in cars, oil, coal, natural gas and even wood. Prolonged direct exposure to CO can cause stomach ache, tiredness and dizziness. Its fumes are harmful for pregnant ladies and the elderly, and likewise those with compromised breathing conditions.

    Throughout the initial stages of the lockdown (March to May 2020), CO concentration fell by 86 and 62 percent in Delhi and Mumbai, respectively, according to the SAFAR information used for the research study.

    Rather than 34.85 Gigagram/month, Delhi’s CO concentration fell to 4.74 Gigagram/month. In Mumbai, the decrease was from 44.23 Gigagram/month to 16.75 Gigagram/month, stated the researchers.

    Even though the CO levels in Mumbai were greater than Delhi between March to May last year, scientists discovered that its prevalence in the environment over the business capital was for a much shorter period.

    ” The constant ocean breeze over Mumbai could water down the impacts of CO, whereas over Delhi, it prevailed for a very long time,” highlighted the research study.

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