Biodiesel has the potential to mitigate this crisis, especially pollution created by vehicles and diesel generators.
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According to a World Health Organization survey of 1600 world cities, air quality in Delhi, India’s capital territory, is the worst of any major city in the world. An estimated 1.5 million people are killed each year by air pollution in India; it is India’s fifth-largest killer. According to the WHO, India has the highest death rate in the world due to chronic respiratory diseases and asthma. In Delhi, poor quality air irreversibly damages the lungs of 2.2 million or 50 per cent of all children.
About 65 percent of pollution in Delhi is due to local sources and it is the main reason why the national capital and its surrounding areas are seeing poor air quality. Notably, the pollution from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana contributed only about five to seven percent to Delhi’s pollution load before the Northern winds had hit, aggravating the crisis, according to news available on a public domain.