The air Indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study. According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India. The study released this week but based on 2010 data estimates that globally 2.7-3.4 million preterm births may be associated with PM2.5 exposure andIndia | February 19, 2017
Are you making the environment and water a bit too clean for your kids? Beware! You may be depriving them of the good microbes that may protect them against various illness, researchers warn. In a shocking revelation, Canadian researchers have found that children with access to clean drinking water may be at an increased risk of developing asthma in childhood than those who do not. They also suggested a link between the risk of asthma and a super clean environment (air). "Those thatScience and Tech | February 18, 2017
The eastern metropolis needs to reduce its annual average pollution levels by 44 per cent to be able to meet the clean air standards, with a special focus on vehicular emissions, an analysis said on Friday. "The national annual ambient air quality standard is 60 microgram per cubic metre," the Centre for Sciencs and Environment said in a rapid diagnostic analysis that looked into whether key metro cities figure in terms of pollution and carbon footprint of motorisation. It pointed out that ofCities | February 17, 2017
Beijing has banned high-emission vehicles in a bid to control recurring air-pollution enveloping the city with a population of 21.7 million people. Starting from Wednesday, light-duty gasoline-powered cars that fail to meet the National Emission Standard III will be banned from entering Beijing's fifth ring on weekdays. Substandard cars will also be taken off the road through annual inspections or spot checks. The Chinese capital currently requires new cars to comply with the "Beijing VI" emission standard, which is higher than the widely-usedWorld | February 14, 2017
Every day eight people on an average are dying in Delhi due to air pollution-related diseases, the Supreme Court said on Monday even as it directed the Centre to consider banning the use of fuels high in sulphur content-- furnace oil and pet coke -- by industries in NCR. A bench of Justices M B Lokur and P C Pant quoted a study of a Boston-based institute which said that every year around 3000 people die in Delhi due to airIndia | February 6, 2017
To encourage eco-friendly modes of public transport for last mile connectivity, the Delhi government on Tuesday decided to provide a subsidy of over Rs.7 crore to registered e-rickshaws in the national capital. A statement from the Aam Aadmi Party government here said a subsidy of Rs.15,000 to Rs.30,000 to 3,382 e-rickshaws would be provided to help curb air pollution in the national capital. Around 2,027 e-rickshaws registered till March 31, 2016, would get a subsidy at the rate of Rs.15,000 each; while another 1,355Delhi | January 24, 2017
Researchers from India and Britain have partnered for a project that may help tackle health problems associated with air pollution in Delhi. In the project - ASAP-Delhi: An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region - experts will measure airborne particulate matter and analyse how the pollution is being generated. "Air quality is one of the most important environmental challenges facing Delhi. This project will allow us to definitively quantify the contributions of different sources to fine particlesCities | January 23, 2017
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