Tags: air quality

COVID 19 Effect: Ground level ozone is increasing says a study

Levels of two major air pollutants have been drastically reduced since lockdowns began in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant — ground-level ozone — has increased in China, according to new research. Two new studies in AGU’s journal Geophysical Research Letters find nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the U.S. decreased […]

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Air pollution can lead to irreversible blindness

In a recent study it has been found that people residing in places with higher amounts of fine particulate matter pollution were 6 per cent more likely to suffer from glaucoma than those in the least polluted areas. The study was published in the journal, ‘Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, 2019.’ Lead author Professor Paul […]

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Air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to remain severe

Air quality in Delhi remained in the severe category on Thursday as the Delhi-NCR region continued to be shrouded by a thick layer of toxic smog. Schools in the Delhi-NCR region remained closed as per the direction of the authorities Wednesday night. The closure of the schools was recommended by the Environment Pollution Control Authority […]

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Bursting of firecrackers undid the comparatively cleaner seasonal trend: CSE

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has analysed real time data for Delhi and the towns in the National Capital Region (NCR) — including Gurugram, Faridabad, Noida and Ghaziabad — to show how the Diwali night has ushered in the season’s first severe pollution peak due to the bursting of firecrackers. This has undone the […]

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Delhi needs 65 per cent cut in pollution level to meet air quality standards: CSE

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released new results from its on-going analysis of air quality trends in Delhi to highlight Delhi’s struggle with air pollution and what it takes to tame and control pollution. After the initiation of comprehensive clean air action plan and graded response action plan, there are early signs of stabilisation […]

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Air quality of Delhi slips to very poor category

Delhi’s air quality was recorded in the ‘very poor’ category, but pollution level is expected to reduce due to thunderstorms, the central government-run SAFAR said Monday. The air quality index (AQI) was recorded at 339 on Wednesday which falls in the ‘very poor’ category, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and […]

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Cutting household fuel use may help India meet air quality standards: Study

India could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows a new analysis led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and the India Institute of Technology. Eliminating emissions from these sources — without any changes to industrial or vehicle […]

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EV adoption improves air quality and climate outlook

If you have ever wondered how much electric vehicle (EV) adoption actually matters for the environment, a new study provides evidence that making this switch would improve overall air quality and lower carbon emissions. The Northwestern University study quantified the differences in air pollution generated from battery-powered electric vehicles versus internal combustion engines. The researchers […]

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Over 670 million Indians would breathe poor quality air in 2030: Study

More than 674 million citizens are likely to breathe air with high concentrations of PM 2.5 in 2030, even if India were to comply with its existing pollution control policies and regulations, according to an independent study released today by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the International Institute for Applied Systems […]

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NGT acts tough on air pollution, directs 6 states to submit action plan by April 30

The National Green Tribunal has directed six states to submit by April 30 action plans for bringing air quality standards within the prescribed norms, failing which they would be liable to pay environment compensation of Rs 1 crore each.  A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel ordered the chief secretaries of Assam, […]

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