11 thermal plants in NCR accounted for 7% of Delhi air pollution in Oct-Jan; vehicles contributed 14%: Study

According to a new study by Council on Energy, Environment and Water (Bending Delhi’s Air Pollution Curve), 11 coal-fired power plants in the National Capital Region contributed just 7% to Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution on an average between October 2020 and January 2021, while vehicles contributed 14 %. The study intends to support the Delhi government, […]

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Can’t reconnect with nature? Please try again now!

I would like to start off by narrating an incident from my life. These were my initial days in Mumbai. One evening, I returned to my room from college. As soon as I opened the door and stepped my foot inside the room, I sensed a huge difference and disconnection. The air outside the room […]

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Why is Nepal witnessing extreme air pollution?

My country is going through a crisis. No, its not COVID pandemic. It’s air pollution. Nepal saw the worst pollution levels since 2016! At the end of the Nepali year, the weather starts changing, the transition of getting into summer has a variety of changes going on around, so the first thought of me and […]

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Strengthening the pollution control boards

When the Water (Prevention and Pollution of Pollution) Act came up in 1974, its main objective was to “provide for the prevention and control of water pollution and the maintaining or restoring of wholesomeness of water for the establishment”. Today — after more than 45 years — things look pretty dismal. Our water bodies — […]

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Application moved before SC for revival of Lokur Committee after CAQM ordinance lapses

After the ordinance of the Commission on Air Quality Management (CAQM) lapsed, an application is moved before the Supreme Court by student environmentalist Aditya Dubey for the Lokur committee to be made operational again. The Centre established the commission in October last year but nearly five months after its setup, CAQM in National Capital Region […]

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Akshaye Singh wins ‘Clean Air Punjab’ Competition

Akshyae Singh, an 18-year-old student from New Delhi has bagged the first prize in the ‘Clean Air Punjab Competition’ organized by letmebreathe.in. His video was crowd-sourced from friends and family in Mohali about air pollution in Punjab and its sources. Air pollution is one of the most pressing issues of Punjab. An interesting point to […]

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The Real Air Quality Budget: Including the excluded

Finance Minister Sitharaman, in her union budget of 2020, initiated the funding for clean air in cities having million-plus population. Out of the Rs 4400 crores allocated, half of it, as per the finance commission guidelines, were distributed to states in November 2020. The funds were to be used for “formulating and implementing plans for […]

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22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India: Report

22 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India, with Delhi being ranked as the most polluted capital city globally, according to a new report prepared by Swiss organization, IQAir, in the form of the ‘World Air Quality Report, 2020’. “India continues to feature prominently at the top of the most polluted cities […]

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How air pollution is affecting the nature

When the dawn breaks forth, the sunrise ushers in a new hope that triggers the cycle of existence of living beings on the living planet, Earth. The clucking of hen, the chirrup of birds, the squeaking of chipmunks, the sighting of dewdrops, the blossoming of flowers, and ultimately the rush of people towards their work […]

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Easy ways to reduce air pollution in Punjab

Air pollution is one of the most pressing issues of Punjab. An interesting point to note is that stubble burning is not the only reason for this. Other reasons include smoke from factories, vehicular pollution, economic growth, etc. Why is Punjab going through such bad air quality? Punjab is well known for its rapid industrialization […]

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The city of Chandigarh and its increasing air pollution

I have been in love with the city of Chandigarh always but its degrading air quality is something that worries me. As with many cities in India, Chandigarh has multiple sources of pollution that result in increased levels of PM2.5, PM10 and other harmful chemicals that not just affect the environment but the health of […]

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The issue of air pollution in Punjab

As I am a resident of Derabassi in Mohali, I have witnessed a lot of changes in the pattern of air quality for a few years. The environment of Derabassi has witnessed a lot of changes due to rapid urbanization, industrialization, increase in population, vehicles, and commercialization of land available within the town. The industrial […]

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Over 1.2 lakh lives lost due to air pollution in six Indian cities in 2020: Study

Around 1.2 lakh lives were lost due to air pollution in six Indian cities, according to the Greenpeace Southeast Asia Analysis of IQAir data. Further, the economic losses amounted to over ₹2 lakh crore. The study measured air quality by recording the concentration of poisonous PM2.5 particles, which are less than 2.5 microns in diameter and […]

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30.7% of deaths attributed to air pollution from fossil fuels in India: Study

Air pollution from fossil fuels like coal and diesel was responsible for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide, according to new research from Harvard University, carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham, the University of Leicester and University College London. That amounts to 8.7 million deaths globally in 2018! That’s double the previous high-end […]

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Is Union Budget 2021 environmentally inclusive?

The expectations from the budget of FY 2021-2022 had been extremely high since the country faced huge economic retardation after fighting the Coronavirus pandemic for almost a year. The strategic budget allocation for the environment had been very crucial this year. Given the country’s heavy investments for developing new entrepreneurial ventures, the natural resources were […]

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