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Delhi environment minister discusses pollution control measures with RWAs, NGOs

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai held a meeting with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), NGOs and eco-club teachers of schools and colleges in the city to address the government’s pollution control measures. The Department of Environment of the Delhi government on Thursday delivered new guidelines for encouraging public participation towards pollution control ahead of winter. The […]

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WHO releases new global air quality guidelines, may help save millions from air pollution

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) new Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) provide clear evidence of the damage air pollution inflicts on human health, at even lower concentrations than previously understood. The guidelines recommend new air quality levels to protect the […]

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A mother’s greatest fear – Air Pollution

The constant fear of children dying from air pollution related diseases in many parts of the world is taking an upward turn and shows no sign of slowing down in recent times. Mothers walk through polluted air and wonder how the tiny lungs of their children will be able to survive the amount of toxin […]

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Our footprints in the air

Air pollution results from atmospheric pollution which is deleterious to human health and our planet too.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that every year, air pollution is responsible for nearly seven million deaths around the globe. Nine out of ten humans are currently said to breathe air that exceeds the WHO’s guideline limits […]

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Letter written to the Chairman of CAQM highlighting deteriorating air quality in Delhi

Environmentalists Aditya Dubey and Aman Banka have written a letter to the Chairman Commission for Air Quality Management Dr. M.M. Kutty on the deteriorating air quality in New Delhi. After the ordinance of the Commission on Air Quality Management (CAQM) lapsed, an application was moved before the Supreme Court in January this year by student […]

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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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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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What is affecting the air quality in Punjab?

India has one of the most severe air pollution in the world. 21 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India, according to the World Air Quality Report 2019 compiled by IQAir Air Visual. Though states like New Delhi and Mumbai are battling a tough fight against air pollution, many other states stand […]

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How #NoCarSundays will help

Each passing year metropolitan cities such as New Delhi pile up on masks due to the rampant pollution problem that comes around Diwali and January, but what about the rest of the year? Do the residents get to breathe fresh air or even barely safe air? No, we do not, because the problem does not […]

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Solutions to air pollution: One action at a time

Some old fashioned things like fresh air and clear skies are hard to beat. A friend once told me that I was very lucky to be still enjoying the fresh air and clear blue sky. This stayed with me because what I was taking for granted, was a luxury for her. Clean air is a […]

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How are vehicles on the road affecting us?

Relax, sit back, take a moment, and think about the air we are breathing. The human race needs a lot of calm in their lives to process because we are trapped in a world full of chaos and who created this chaos I am sure I don’t have to say it out loud. We utilize […]

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Have a solution to Punjab’s air pollution? Take part in this competition!

Air pollution is one of the most pressing issues in India. According to a latest report, the economic loss due to premature deaths and morbidity from air pollution was ₹ 2,60,000 crore, or 1.4 per cent of the GDP in India in 2019. While often major metropolitan cities’ air quality is discussed, smaller cities are too affected […]

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India suffered $36.8 billion loss in 2019 due to air pollution: Study

Air pollution caused over 16.7 lakh deaths in India in 2019 causing economic losses of nearly $36.8 billion (Rs 2,71,446 crore), according to a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal. The study, conducted by researchers from AIIMS, ICMR, and IIT-Delhi and titled ‘Global Burden of Disease Study, 2019’, measured the economic impact of air pollution, both indoor […]

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Accelerating action against air pollution in Patna

Wearing a mask may be a new experience for someone but it is a common ordeal for North Indians hailing either from Delhi or Patna. Yes, that’s right we didn’t wear masks to protect ourselves from flu or virus. We wear it to protect us from dirty air. We can clearly see a thick layer […]

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Air Offenders: Campaign to highlight delay in implementing air pollution norms

Air Offenders of India, a campaign has been launched by more than 25 environmental groups to highlight the delay in implementing air pollution norms in coal-fired thermal power plants. It is a collaborative project that puts together a timeline since the first announcement of new emission standards until today. It chronicles everything that has been said […]

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