Gasping for breath: What is India doing about its air pollution crisis?
May 30, 2023 |
May 30, 2023
India has implemented a variety of regulations aimed at various sources of air pollution, ranging from industry to road traffic. Despite this, its air quality has steadily deteriorated, to the degree of today's public health catastrophe. The difficulty in achieving a lasting impact from these initiatives is multi-faceted said Mr Suresh Ramasubramanya Iyer, Senior Fellow and Area Convenor, Centre for Environmental Studies, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Harder to breathe: Mumbai wheezes its way to becoming pollution capital
March 21, 2023 |
March 21, 2023
The Swiss air tracking index, IQAir, ranked Mumbai and the Mumbai metropolitan region as India's most polluted urban centre. Mumbai's AQI ranged between 200 and 400 on Most days in January and February. Due to La Nina, the air transfer between sea and land, which used to happen every two to three days, slowed down to a seven to 10-day cycle this winter, says Dr Anju Goel, Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change Division, TERI.
Soon, Delhi's air pollution sources to be available in real time
January 29, 2023 |
January 29, 2023
A "super site" and mobile laboratory (a lab-on-wheels capturing air pollution readings and sources from various parts of the city) are set to be opened by the chief minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. These were used for the "real-time source apportionment study," under which data on Delhi's air were collected. A model (software) was created giving sources of air pollution by using air from the surroundings as input. The source apportionment study is being done by IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, TERI, and IISER Mohali at the cost of around Rs 12 crores for the Delhi Pollution Control Committee.
Study on local polluters in 3 Haryana cities gets nod, will help make roadmap to improve air
January 14, 2023 |
January 14, 2023
The Times of India
A PM2.5 and PM10 source apportionment study, with a focus on identifying local polluters, will take place for the first time in Gurugram, Sonipat and Panipat. The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) has given its nod to the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) to conduct this study. TERI is conducting a similar study in Faridabad.
At Boardroom Brunch with News9, experts suggest ways to clean Delhi's air
December 13, 2022 |
December 13, 2022
The experts' panel of the Digital Boardroom Brunch, News9 Live, made several points to both explain Delhi's air pollution crisis and provide a way ahead. According to Mr. Nimish Singh, Associate Fellow, TERI, MSMEs, the backbone of the Indian economy, are not given the due emphasis they require when talking about air pollution and its solutions. For MSMEs, cost-effectiveness trumps any environmental considerations and the authorities need to provide economically-viable alternatives to the emission-heavy practices of MSMEs.
Delhi's air quality improves on back of winds, rains in Rajasthan, Haryana
November 9, 2022 |
November 9, 2022
A smoky haze had lowered the visibility levels to 800 metres at these places on 8 November. Southeasterly winds gusting up to 30 kmph barrelled through parts helped improve the situation. According to a study conducted by The Energy and Resources Institute in 2018, vehicular emissions account for around 40 per cent of the PM 2.5 pollution in the capital.