Seeing pollution over China, India from space shocks US astronaut

WASHINGTON: Astronaut Scott Kelly, who has the distinction of having spent a year in the space, has said that the level of pollution in China and India is shocking.

"Seeing places like China and India, and the pollution that exists there almost all the time is quite shocking," Kelly said in a brief media appearance with US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday. Read more

Courtesy: The Times of India

NGT asks AAP govt to hold meet on air quality in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Tuesday directed the Delhi government to convene a meeting of authorities concerned to come up with a solution to tackle the deteriorating air quality in the capital. The direction to the AAP government came in the context of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) having told the tribunal earlier that there was no improvement in air quality in Delhi during the second week of the odd-even scheme implemented in April.

In its report, the CPCB had said that based on data collected from seven monitoring stations, the “decrease in vehicular emission was not a dominant enough factor to impact observed data”. It had also said the examination of air quality during the second phase of odd-even by the board had found an “increase in the concentration of pollutants at most monitoring locations during the scheme”. Read more

Courtesy: The Indian Express

Odd-even in Delhi had no impact, says Central Pollution Control Board

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday directed Delhi government to convene a meeting of concerned authorities to come up with a solution to tackle the worsening air quality in the national capital, after being told that the odd-even scheme has not helped in curbing pollution.

The direction to hold such a meeting soon was given by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar to the Delhi Chief Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and other stakeholders. The order came after Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said there was no improvement in air quality in Delhi during the second week of the odd-even scheme in April. Read more

Courtesy: DNA

Post Dasehra, pollution control board for eco-friendly Diwali

Jalandhar, October 13
City residents can brace up for pre-Diwali advisories at cinema halls for going easy on crackers this Diwali. In a special video being released regarding the ill effects of firecrackers on animals and birds, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) will ask the residents to observe an eco-friendly Diwali.

To spread awareness among the citizens of the country regarding noise pollution and air pollution levels sky rocketing in the district before and during Diwali, the Punjab Pollution Control Board will be disbursing the video on the issue to all cinema halls and multiplexes. The video shall be played in all theatres from a week before Diwali. A meeting of PPCB officials was also held with the cinema hall and multiplex owners here today in this regard. Read more

Courtesy: The Tribune

Winter is coming: Delhi takes stock of its anti-pollution measures

Winter is here when pollution levels are again expected to rise. DNA takes a look at Delhi Government's experiment with environment and whether it helped bring down the pollution levels.

From the recent odd-even road rationing scheme started by the AAP government to the ban on diesel vehicles older than ten years and the apex court's intervention on entry of non-destined trucks, pollution cess on big diesel cars and action on waste burning, there has been a slight impact both in terms of awareness and in air quality, say experts. Read more

Courtesy: DNA