Monday, 27 June, 2022
TopicAir pollution

Topic: air pollution

Air pollution reducing Indians’ life expectancy by 5 years, says University of Chicago study

Air Quality Life Index, produced by Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago, based on data from 2020. It says India’s National Clean Air Programme has potential to save 1.6 years of life.

Vehicle owners, automakers not convinced by govt’s plan to recycle old cars, finds survey

Some 57% of 10,543 vehicle owners surveyed by LocalCircles say whether a car should be removed from service or not should depend on miles on the odometer rather than age.

Modi’s LPG scheme cut indoor pollution, but outdoor pollution still a crisis, Lancet panel says

Published in 'The Lancet Planetary Health', report says reductions offset by increased deaths attributable to industrial pollution, such as ambient air and chemical pollution.

Covid-19 can be more deadly in some places. No mutations, the culprit’s in the air

Scientific evidence is linking immune systems weakened by air pollution to an increased threat from Covid-19. But the damage doesn’t stop there.

India’s deadly air pollution keeps getting worse not better

Over 90% of India’s population lives in areas where air quality is below WHO's standards, with coal-fired power plants, factories and vehicles among the major sources of pollution.

Marginal or no improvement in air pollution levels in 132 cities since 2019, says NCAP report

Varanasi achieved largest reduction in pollutant levels, but none of the cities was able to meet the goals fixed in 2019, when National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was set up.

We looked at house dust from 35 countries. It revealed global toxic contaminant exposure

This is the first effort to collect global data of this type in a single study. It shed new light on the sources and risks associated with trace metal exposure.

India takes new steps to kick old habits of burning farm waste

Workers in Haryana are encouraging farmers to use a new organic spray to decompose crop residue, rather than set it ablaze, in a bid to deal with stubble burning.

5 states didn’t comply with air quality panel’s order to curb pollution — govt report to SC

Report says that while Delhi has partially followed the steps suggested by the air quality commission, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan have been listed in the 'poorly complied' category.

Haryana orders closure of schools in 4 districts adjoining Delhi amid rising pollution level

The schools in Gurugram, Faridabad, Sonipat and Jhajjar will remain shut until further orders following the govt's order on measures to manage air quality in NCR districts of Haryana.

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Free power & no new taxes in AAP govt’s Punjab Budget, but fiscal consolidation roadmap missing

Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema emphasised improving ‘fiscal health’ and augmenting tax revenues in AAP govt's maiden Budget Monday, but outstanding debt expected to rise by 8.4%.

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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