Delhi Faces Deadly Smog Attack...Will We Be Next?

By Alejandra Najera

Delhi residents woke up to a thick layer of  ‘deadly smog’ last Tuesday morning, declaring Delhi a State of Medical Emergency.

 “View from my balcony at 11:15 am! Delhi NCR has become a hellhole. #smog”     (    @BBTheorist    )

“View from my balcony at 11:15 am! Delhi NCR has become a hellhole. #smog” (@BBTheorist)

 “View from my balcony at 11:15 am! Delhi NCR has become a hellhole. #smog”     (    @BBTheorist    )

“View from my balcony at 11:15 am! Delhi NCR has become a hellhole. #smog” (@BBTheorist)

According to BBC News, The Indian Medical Association (IMA) declared "a state of medical emergency" and urged the government to "make every possible effort to curb this menace.”  The smoke has become so thick that visibility is extremely poor and the pollution levels have reached 30 times the  World Health Organization's recommended limit in some areas. The national capital woke up this morning to ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple times according to The Times Of India. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded 'severe' air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme.

This blanket of smog was actually not “random” at all. Delhi's air quality typically worsens ahead of the onset of winter as cooler air traps pollutants near the ground, preventing them from dispersing into the atmosphere, a phenomenon known as inversion. Although inversion is the cause for trapping in the smog, the smog itself is caused by us, humans.

According to Delhi Air,  air pollution in Delhi’s National Capital Region (NCR) is comprised of a complex mix of pollution from human activities such as vehicle emissions, industry, construction and residential fuel burning,  as well as natural sources like dust and sea salt.

Delhi’s residents slowly have caused this blanket of smog throughout the years, how much longer does California have until we wake up in the next blanket of pollution.

Cover Photo:  “A lone bird braves the heavy air in Central Delhi this morning #airqualityindex #smog #Delhi #Pollution” (@ParomaMukherjee)

Need Some Fresh Air?

By Caitlyn Dang

When it’s the beginning of Fall Semester here at Dominican University of California, and everyone is still experiencing the frenzy of adjusting to new classes and acclimating to DU student life, things like mental and physical health often are put on the back burner. Unless you’re a student athlete, you are responsible for making healthy choices and adding physical activity to your weekly routine.

Although many of us can find solace at the gym at Conlan center, there are more adventurous options; one of these being hiking.  What makes hiking such a healthy addition to a college student’s life?

Hiking Promotes Creativity

Those of you enrolled in creative writing and research and classes could benefit from a spontaneous nature walk. According to a Healthy Living article shared by the Huffington Post, research shows that outdoor activity can increase creative problem solving skills and lengthen attention spans by up to 50%. Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education researchers also found that simply the act of walking sparks more creativity than sitting.

Hiking Keeps You Fit and Healthy

Every Body Walk, an organization dedicated to encouraging healthy living, lists weight loss, increase in bone density and energy levels, and endurance as some of their article titled, 15 Benefits of Hiking. You also shouldn’t feel discouraged if you’re a beginner hiker because even hiking at your own pace, “helps increase your HDL levels, the good cholesterol, and lowers your triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels; the harmful components,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hiking Makes You Happier

Research stated in the Huffington Post article mentioned earlier, also refers to hiking as a form of therapy that can lessen symptoms of hopelessness, sadness, and suicidality in people with severe depression. Developing the healthy habit of being active while appreciating  nature can even inspire those who are depressed to live a more healthy lifestyle.

Where You Can Hike Around DU

One of the greatest things about our campus is that it is located in the center of Marin County, and Marin is littered with amazing trails waiting to be explored. You can see some trails near campus in San Rafael at the All Trails website, but the one that is the most frequented by Dominican Students is literally in our back yard. Most students will call it the “Fire Trail,” but the trail actually leads up to San Pedro Mountain. The trail starts from a fire trail that is located at the end of Locust Road, just behind Edgehill Village, and has many places to stop and take in the view.

What are you waiting for? Take a study break, grab a friend, and let the adventuring begin!