75% of adolescents in East Delhi feel breathlessness, finds study
September 20, 2021 |
September 20, 2021
The Times of India
According to TERI report, titled "PM2.5 in ecologically different districts in India:characteristics and health effects," around 75% of adolescents aged between 14 and 17 years in east Delhi complained of breathlessness.
Act now to avert the imminent air pollution crisis. There is a way out
September 3, 2021
| Hindustan Times
Every year, when the rice crop is harvested in north India before Diwali and the crop residue is burnt in the fields, air pollution rises well above danger levels. There is a health crisis due to its impact on the respiratory system. This year, the impact on health of those who have recovered from Covid-19, whose numbers are quite large, can be far worse. Surely, we need to act decisively to avoid a repeat of this annual health crisis.
Delhi: Building sites could be fined, shut under new dust rules
August 4, 2021 |
August 4, 2021
The Times of India
A Dust Management Committee, comprising of experts from IIT Delhi, TERI and Delhi Pollution Control Committee has submitted a dust management plan to the Delhi government, under which warnings will be issued to the project proponent if the PM10 and PM2.5 levels at the site are more than 25% of the air quality readings at the nearest monitoring station.
Beyond policies, the ASTRA India needs to defeat pollution and claim clean air
February 28, 2021
In 2020, Covid-19 pandemic forced the government to put a hold on all activities related to transport, industries, construction, and several other anthropogenic pursuits responsible for air pollution. The air was relatively cleaner and sky clearer, until the unlock phase was announced, which took away a small yet gratifying time for citizens of India. However, despite improvements during the lockdown, air quality in a city like Delhi remained way below the desired national standards and WHO guidelines.
Reducing air pollution from transport
February 11, 2021
| ET Energyworld
Air pollution in the NCR is usually many times higher than the permissible limits. The adverse health effects of this are severe. Transport contributes to about 25% of the air pollution. The bulk of the air pollution is caused by commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, cabs, three wheelers and two wheelers. These run far more than private automobiles. During the severe lockdown last year when there were no vehicles on the road, there was a continuous welcome stretch of clean air and blue skies.
Time for a different approach to crop burning
January 28, 2021
| ET Energy World
Burning of the crop residue in the fields of North India after the harvesting of the paddy crop before Diwali leads to a very sharp spike in air pollution everyyear. This stays through the winter. Such high levels of air pollution cause a health emergency. There is a public outcry and demand for effective action and a sense of frustration at the lack of progress in solving the problem.