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How is climate change impacting air pollution? Evaluate the policy measures taken in India to tackle air pollution.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

6. How is climate change impacting air pollution? Evaluate the policy measures taken in India to tackle air pollution. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The article discusses the critical issue of air pollution in the city of Mumbai, highlighting the severe health and environmental consequences it poses

Key Demand of the question:

To write about impact of climate change on air pollution in India and the steps taken so far to tackle air pollution and suggest further steps to improve the quality of air.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin the answer by giving air pollution statistics in India.

Body:

First, write about the impact of climate change on air pollution in India.

Next, write about the various policy measures like Air Pollution Act, National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), Commission for Air Quality Management, Graded Response Action Plan, National Ambient Air Quality Standard etc. Write about their pros and cons.

Next, write about the steps that are needed to overcome the same.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward