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India’s monsoon season could be impacted by air pollution

We have seen in the past that when pollution levels go up, or the city is covered in smog, a burst of rain can clear the pollution and improve the Air Quality Index (AQI). Rain is considered the optimum solution to eradicate air pollution and the monsoon season witnesses the lowest comparative trends in PM2.5 […]

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Why I decided to develop my own eco-friendly and affordable air purifier

We all know the problem of air pollution in India and especially in New Delhi. If I breathe the outside air for about four months, my lungs would turn almost black. And according to various institutions, it’s equivalent to smoking 44 cigarettes a day. You can imagine what the harmful effects of pollution can be. […]

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Sleepwalking into a mental health crisis: Is air pollution to blame?

While the damaging impacts of air pollution have been ameliorated widely throughout the years and it’s substantial physical health impacts have been denoted, the effects of air pollution on people's mental health are much less clear

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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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Permit to Pollute: Report Investigates the Status of Implementation of Emission Norms for TTPs

A report by Healthy Energy Initiative – India reveals that two Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) in the Ennore thermal cluster in Tamilnadu was found violating the MOEFCC prescribed norms upto 53% of the total operational time in two years, between 2019-2020. In March 2021, just as the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic was surging […]

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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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World Health Day 2021: How to keep your health in check

India has completed one year of the Coronavirus pandemic this March. We have been through the longest lockdown, economic slump, loss of jobs, migrant crisis, gradual reopening of the economy, and repeated cycles of rising in covid numbers whenever there has been a festival season. COVID vaccination drive started in January and gave great hope […]

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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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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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Budget 2021 updates: Rs 2217 crore allocated for 42 urban centres to tackle air pollution

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has begun presenting the Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament.  Addressing air pollution, Sitharaman announced a total spend of Rs 2217 crore allocated for 42 urban centres to tackle air pollution. This would be Sitharaman’s third budget under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a significant departure […]

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Budget 2021 Ft Youth Climate Activists #BudgetNoise

What do young climate activists want from Budget 2021? The Union Budget 2021 is around the corner. While various sectors are given at most importance, environment is somewhere left behind. “Floods, earthquakes, cyclones and now even a pandemic, what will it take for us to realise that we need to pump more money, more time, […]

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