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Toxi smog engulfed Delhi Thursday | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

India reduced air pollution by 10.7% in 2018, Lucknow most polluted, finds study

Data by researchers from University of Chicago stated India’s air pollution level reduced to 63.0 micrograms per cubic metre in 2018 from 71.7 micrograms per cubic metre in 2016.
India Gate (Representational image) | Suraj Singh Bisht

Nitrogen dioxide levels in Delhi fell by more than 70% during lockdown, says UN

The UN Secretary-General's policy brief also pointed out that several new scientific studies suggest that poor air quality is correlated with higher Covid-19 mortality rates.
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Covid spread & mortality seems to increase with air pollution, says study of Dutch provinces

Authors of study accept they could not conclusively establish causation or state that more severe Covid-19 cases are a result of worsening air pollution.
File image of Delhi smog | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Prospect of dirty, toxic air back as India unlocks. Here’s what govt can do to keep it clean

Famed urban planner Jane Jacobs once lamented that we are building cities for cars rather than people. Covid provides India a chance to reverse this trend.
Representational image for the lockdown in national capital Delhi | Photo: Bloomberg

Living in a city with high air pollution increases chances of being infected by Covid

Researchers have found that a large number of Covid-19 cases that result in death are found in areas with high levels of air pollution.
Pedestrians walk past the India Gate monument shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution becoming more common in South Asia

Both extreme heat and air pollution have severe negative effects on the human body — from asthma to heart disease. But we are staring at a dirty, hot future.
Pedestrians walk past the India Gate monument shrouded in smog in New Delhi.

Delhi and Mumbai’s high Covid tally linked to severe air pollution levels, say experts

Indian climate and health experts say high pollution levels impact the immunity of people, making them more susceptible to Covid-19. This echoes a similar finding in a Harvard study.
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London plans to keep the greenery intact even after lockdown ends

The Mayor said he’ll seek to raise green taxes & promote car-free transportation to prevent polluting vehicles taking over the city as people return to work.
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How drop in pollution is giving social media users a clearer India to show off

2019 World Air Quality Report published in February said India was home to 14 of world's 20 most polluted cities. Number down to just two as on 7 April.
Medical workers remove a body from a refrigerator truck outside of the Brooklyn Hospital in New York on March 31. Photo | Bloomberg

Air pollution levels and Covid-19 mortality rate are linked, claims new Harvard study

Covid-19 patients in regions with a history of high air pollution are more likely to succumb to the disease, claims the new study by Harvard University.

On Camera

File image of Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi | @INCIndia Twitter

SP, BJP, Congress — A guide to how Rahul Gandhi can renew aging party

The Congress is in the middle of a battle of generations again. But Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Modi can give the party a few lessons.
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The world has a new centibillionaire – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook hit a record high on optimism about the release of its TikTok competitor Reels, shooting Zuckerberg's net worth over $100 billion for the first time.

Defence

Indian Army personnel | Representational image | ANI

This is the 3-stage system Army movies go through in India to prevent an Ekta Kapoor ‘XXX’

MoD wrote to Censor Board last month emphasising that web series based on military subjects also require a no-objection certification, just like movies & TV serials do.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.