Hope on air quality: How air quality in north India can be transformed within 5 years
March 4, 2020
| The Financial Express
Air pollution in Delhi has been rightly described as a health emergency. In the Union budget, the finance minister enhanced the outlay for reducing air pollution to Rs 4,400 crore, almost a tenfold increase, and states should follow this lead. The National Clean Air Program, started over a year back, has the goal of improving air quality by 25-30%. Since the causes of, and mitigation measures for air pollution are better understood now, it is time to raise the nation’s ambition to getting fully clean air by 2025. Getting clean air needs smart interventions.
Poisoning air in the breath will be even more dangerous in 10 years, steps have to be taken together
December 31, 2019
| Ms Rozita Singh, Head of Solutions Mapping, Accelerator Lab at UNDP in India.
| Live Hindustan
Air pollution is a problem that has no immediate solution but will have to be constantly trying to reduce it. To deal with this, the government has also initiated several initiatives. For example, the Ujjwala scheme provides LPG fuel to the poor households who use solid biomass for cooking such as wood and cow dung. Pollution from the smoke emanating from it not only spreads but also has a bad effect on the health of women. Similarly, encouraging efforts are being made at various levels to promote low carbon technologies for power generation and transportation.
सांस में ज़हर घोलती हवा होगी 10 सालों में और भी खतरनाक, मिलकर उठाने होंगे कदम
December 31, 2019
| Ms Rozita Singh
| Live Hindustan
वायु प्रदूषण एक ऐसी समस्या है जिसका तत्काल कोई समाधान नहीं है लेकिन इसे कम करने के लिए लगातार प्रयास करते रहना होगा। इससे निपटने के लिए सरकार ने कई पहल भी शुरू की है उदाहरण के लिए, उज्ज्वला योजना उन गरीब घरों को एलपीजी ईंधन मुहैय्या करवाती है जो खाना पकाने के लिए ठोस बायोमास का इस्तेमाल करते हैं जैसे-लकड़ी और गोबर के उपले। इससे निकलने वाले धुएं से प्रदूषण तो फैलता ही है साथ ही यह महिलाओं के स्वास्थ्य पर ख़राब असर करता है। इसी प्रकार, बिजली उत्पादन और परिवहन के लिए कम कार्बन प्रौद्योगिकियों को बढ़ावा देने के लिए विभिन्न स्तरों पर उत्साहजनक प्रयास किए जा रहे हैं।
Wipe the pollution
December 6, 2019
| IndiGo's inflight magazine, HELLO 6E
People walking the streets with N95 masks on, odd-even scheme coming into action for vehicles, schools shutting down to avoid further trouble... we're talking about that time of the year when air pollution becomes a major topic of discussion. The problem exists throughout the year and the reasons are plenty. All that is required is some administrative measures and small steps by individuals to curtail air pollution.
An invisible pandemic
November 16, 2019
| The Pioneer
Air pollution kills more people than poor diet, smoking, lack of physical fitness and high blood pressure do, put together. It is an ongoing public health emergency in India, claiming one in every eight lives. Larger portions of India's economy are being lost to health issues, reduced agricultural yields and damage to biodiversity and ecosystems caused by air pollution.
How to control crackers? Ban sale to individuals: TERI
November 14, 2019 |
November 14, 2019
The Times of India
TERI has recommended a ban on sale of crackers to individuals. A fixed quota of firecrackers could be given to RWAs to make Diwali a community-level activity, thereby reducing emission of pollutants.