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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.
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.
Lack of infrastructure, high prices and limited choices are some of the reasons why Indians aren't too enthused to buy personal EVs.
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.
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.
After studying 287 Indian cities, Greenpeace India’s ‘Airpocalypse IV’ report notes Lunglei in Mizoram is the only one that meets acceptable PM10 levels.
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.
The pollution has been so bad it has set off building smoke alarms, while ash has been washing up on the beaches.
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.
The research found that people living in areas with high particulate matter have a 6 per cent higher chance of developing glaucoma.