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.
Prevention better than cure
December 3, 2020
| Mr M A Emmanuel
| The Pioneer
Reducing emissions is a wise, long-term investment that contributes to several development goals and ultimately will yield substantial benefits. Increasing urbanisation and economic development activities along with a lack of effective implementation are fuelling air pollution problems. Addressing the issue of a deteriorating air quality requires multi-level partnerships, incorporating the Government, the private sector, the industry, academia, research institutes, the civil society and associations with more cohesive efforts.
Gurugram: Gains lost? Farm fires spike after 3-year dip
November 13, 2020 |
November 13, 2020
The Times of India
According to data compiled between 2016 and 2020 by TERI, September this year was the worst since 2016 in terms of stubble burning cases recorded.
Gurugram’s October air poorer than last year, but major pollutants saw a decline
November 5, 2020 |
November 5, 2020
The Times of India
The presence of major pollutants is low this year because of the lockdown. High temperature combustion resulting from emission of vehicles, power plants, DG sets and industries are the prime sources of nitrogen oxide in the air. But fortunately, a lower number of vehicles and factories were operating this year, said Mr Sumit Sharma, Director, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI.