Delhi chokes on toxic smog after Diwali festival
Oct31

Delhi chokes on toxic smog after Diwali festival

New Delhi was shrouded in a thick blanket of toxic smog Monday after millions of Indians lit firecrackers to mark the Diwali festival, with authorities reporting record levels of pollution in parts of the capital. The reading for the number of pollutants in the atmosphere breached the 1,000 microgram mark for the first time in one neighbourhood in south Delhi — 10 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended level. Gufran Beig,...

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India Launches Phone App to Monitor New Delhi’s Pollution
Oct25

India Launches Phone App to Monitor New Delhi’s Pollution

India’s capital, laboring under the label of being the world’s most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air. A smartphone application that allows residents to report the presence of construction dust or the burning of leaves and garbage in New Delhi’s public parks to authorities was launched Oct. 21. The “Hawa Badlo,” or “Change the Air,” app has two versions. One allows people to...

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Hope for deal to scrap super greenhouse gases
Oct16

Hope for deal to scrap super greenhouse gases

Hopes were high Friday that world envoys meeting in Rwanda will agree to phase out potent gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners that are among the biggest contributors to global warming. While delegates expressed optimism that a deal was in reach, there was still horse-trading to be done, with wildcard India pushing for the gases to be phased out from 2031. US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that while the US...

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‘IMC not taking any step to curb pollution’
Sep24

‘IMC not taking any step to curb pollution’

The state pollution control board (PCB) has alleged that Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has not taken any positive steps in controlling the pollution caused by the smoke emanating from the trenching ground due to burning of waste at Devguradia during all seasons except monsoon. The board has also alleged that IMC has been given instruction at regular intervals by the board regarding scientific and better methods of collection,...

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The eco guide to noise pollution
Sep18

The eco guide to noise pollution

Silence is golden – or at least it should be. But according to the Noise Abatement Society (NAS), it’s increasingly rare. “Peace is a precious commodity,” says Poppy Szkiler, of Quiet Mark, part of the NAS. Anti-noise campaigners suggest we have a “sliding baseline” in terms of our expectation of quiet time. This ecological term refers to an incremental lowering of standards as each generation progresses. Meanwhile the World Health...

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