Pollution caused nine million deaths globally in 2015 – three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
All six Indian cities where matches are being held exceeded international safe levels for air quality in October 2016.
Apart from lighting firecrackers, we’re also getting ready for a debate about air pollution we go through every year as part of the festivities.
The court has set aside an NGT order on the matter saying the tribunal doesn’t have jurisdiction, but made it clear that future legal challenges are welcome.
A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that it will cost Rs 12.5 crore per city per year for 10 years to report air pollution and its severity in real time.
Iron ore mining is on the wane in Goa but its residents are far from being at peace. Coal is their next big problem, and all their ire has centred on the port at Mormugao.
The Central Electricity Authority has given the plants two- to five-year reprieve from adhering to the strict air pollution standards that come into force this year.
As mining makes a comeback in Goa, people’s protests against environmental pollution and destruction of livelihoods have resurfaced in the state.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
Rather than allowing every protest to degrade into name-calling, where protestors are branded ignorant or anti-national, it may be worthwhile to engage with substantive issues raised by them.
While China is in the third year of a war on pollution aimed at reversing the damage done to its skies, soil and water after decades of untrammelled economic growth, measures taken so far have had little or no effect.
When pollution is bad, we have to be more informed about the problem in advance and promote programs that avoid, improve, shift – just the way fuel is burnt in the city.
China’s mining industry has long been one of the world’s deadliest due to outdated safety standards.
Besides restrictions on vehicular traffic, the plan envisages many other emergency measures like the closure of schools and power plants, as well as advisories being issued asking people to avoid polluted areas and restrict outdoor movement.
If after 20 years of dialogue we are exactly at the same (if not worse) place as we started at, how are we going to get better?
Will the evidence finally convince polluted cities to clean up their act?
A recently launched report shows the city’s air quality is worsening due to thermal power plant emissions and the absence of environmental policies.
At an event organised by an environmental NGO, representatives from various parties pledged to include environmental goals in their assembly election manifestos.
Paris is restricting emissions to tackle the worst spike in its pollution levels in at least ten years, brought on by pollution and weather conditions.
The court also said it will not pass a final order without going into the research on the impact of firecrackers on air quality.
The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, said that the air pollution situation in Delhi has to be dealt with as a public health emergency.
‘The role of the foreign community in drawing attention to the health effects of air pollution was crucial in Beijing, as it would be in Delhi later.’
PM 2.5 levels over north India sky-rocketed to over 29 times the WHO standards this Diwali, surpassing the previous year as well.
Installing an air filter in public is more like avoiding the problem and diverting attention away than solving it. Emissions should always be controlled at the source.
Beyond humanitarian crises, the next director-general of the WHO will have to address many other complex challenges ranging from antimicrobial resistance to maternal mortality.
India has the largest number of polluted cities among the fifty most polluted cities across the world.
The findings should shake Agra out of its complacency, especially if it prides itself as being home to an iconic monument that draws millions every year.
As per WHO, 98% of cities in low- and middle-income countries fail to meet the agency’s guidelines for air quality, compared to 56% in high-income countries.
It dramatically raised its target for eco-friendly vehicles to 30% of new car sales by 2020, up from the current 2.6%, and promised to support the green car industry with a 10-fold increase in new charging stations.
Although India is no stranger to extreme heat at this time of year, the smog has kept record-breaking high temperatures at bay – until now.
Indian cities dominate the list of the world’s most polluted, new data from the WHO reveals, with cities in Pakistan and Bangladesh catching up fast.
Air pollution has become a global concern with rising air pollution levels, as outdoor air pollution in cities and rural areas across the world estimated to cause 3.7 million premature deaths in 2012, according to the WHO.
Had the AAP government sought their opinion, perhaps the city’s citizens would have opted for bicycle lanes, more metro carriages, congestion charges or other initiatives instead of the odd-even scheme.
A NASA image shows how burning crop land after a harvest continues to be extremely prevalent in India
What makes matters worse in Delhi are the incessant tide of migrants, misaligned institutional structures (unwisely split between the Centre and the quasi-state of Delhi), and BJP’s ongoing vendetta against AAP.
More should not be expected from it without greater effort by the AAP government
Additional factors, such as temperature, wind-speed and increased moisture, could account for the rise in air-pollution levels.
Opinion on social media was mixed, with some reporting positive experiences while driving because of fewer cars on the road while others complained that public transport was more crowded than usual.
Before you draw your next breath, be aware that it could seriously damage you. Scientists have estimated that air pollution by prevailing PM2.5 levels will have led to 6.6 million premature deaths by 2050.
While such initiatives are likely to work for shorter periods when pollution levels are too high, for people to change their travel habits and leave their cars for public transport, walking and cycling, there needs to be considerable public investment in these areas — and a change of mindset.