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A man wearing a face mask walks past an advertisement billboard showing the city's commercial district under a clear blue sky in Beijing. | Bloomberg

After coronavirus deaths, Chinese begin calling for clean air to breathe

Cutting of carbon emissions due to factories shutting down and grounding of airlines, has taken out the equivalent of almost 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide in China.
Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi at the CPR Dialogues 2020 Tuesday

Need to include health impact of air pollution in our policies: Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

Speaking at CPR Dialogues 2020, Gogoi lauded the Modi govt’s National Clean Air Programme, which shows that, at least, it considers air pollution a national problem.

How commercial vehicles are leading India’s electric vehicle revolution

Lack of infrastructure, high prices and limited choices are some of the reasons why Indians aren't too enthused to buy personal EVs.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

Air pollution costs world $8 billion a day, Greenpeace says

India bears one of the highest economic costs of pollution at an estimated $150 billion every year. China and US are impacted more at $900 billion and $600 billion respectively.
People wear face masks to protect against the severely bad air quality in Delhi. Pollution levels spiked to alarming levels after Diwali, with the EPCA declaring a public health emergency | Suraj Singh Bish | ThePrint

Modi govt allocates Rs 4,400 cr for cleaner air — big jump from Rs 460 cr in last budget

This is second consecutive year when Union Budget allocation for pollution-related schemes has seen substantial increase. In 2018-19, allocation was Rs 5 cr.
Women try to protect themselves from heavy smog and air pollution | PTI

‘Airpocalypse’ — study says Modi govt should add 231 more cities to national clean air plan

After studying 287 Indian cities, Greenpeace India’s ‘Airpocalypse IV’ report notes Lunglei in Mizoram is the only one that meets acceptable PM10 levels.
Delhi smog

Enough with ‘gas chamber’ New Delhi. It’s time India got a new capital

As an all-out effort is made to keep Delhi afloat, we need a parallel strategy to find a more congenial capital that will better serve India's interests.
Air pollution

Sydney’s air pollution is so bad it’s setting off fire alarms

The pollution has been so bad it has set off building smoke alarms, while ash has been washing up on the beaches.
Air pollution in Delhi, India | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India has an air pollution problem — fighting it may lead to more greenhouse gas emissions

The environment ministry in 2015 imposed caps on emissions of toxic gases from power plants, allowing operators two years to retrofit facilities. That deadline has been extended due to financial challenges.
Pollution in Delhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Long-term exposure to air pollution could increase glaucoma risk, claims UK study

The research found that people living in areas with high particulate matter have a 6 per cent higher chance of developing glaucoma.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.