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November 18, 2018
Car ban in Delhi

The year is 2018; almost 2019. And, our lungs are desperately seeking fresh air to breathe in. If you are living in Delhi like I am, chances are, your lungs will only be met with disappointment. The city’s Air Quality Index (AQI) was oscillating between “very poor” and “severe” even five days post-Diwali. Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), a body appointed by the Supreme Court, plans to impose a ban on all private [...]Read More

November 13, 2018

  There is no, and cannot be, any situation in which we don’t respect the law and the judiciary. It is unacceptable to attack the courts; criticism is allowed, but attacks are not. It shakes the basis of our democracy. -Reuven Rivlin Rivlin might have had Israel in his mind as he uttered those words, but they fit just as aptly in the Indian scenario. Established on 28th January 1950 (as the Supreme Court of [...]Read More

12 ways to protect yourself and your children from Smog

Outdoor air pollution is becoming a serious health hazard these days. If you are residing in a pollution prone area, you need to take special care in order to protect yourself and your children from Smog. Smoke and Fog together make Smog, which is basically a dense layer of harmful particles. It starts enveloping the area and refuses to settle down. Smog is responsible for causing viral infection and is extremely injurious for the cardiovascular [...]Read More

October 21, 2018
Stubble Burning

As the pollution levels in the national capital hit an alarming rate, the government and its cititzens are blaming the farmers of Punjab and Haryana for the situation. The burning of the paddy straw during the harvest season (October-November) enormously adds to air pollution levels in the capital. Stubble burning has now become a yearly phenomenon that turns most parts of north India into a gas chamber putting the health of the citizens at risk. [...]Read More

October 15, 2018

As Delhi is all geared up for winters, the air pollution index once again strikes the startling levels leaving the government and its citizens anxious and puzzled. Air pollution in Delhi has become a rising public concern, making the state one of the most researched city with much superfluous media attention. Despite possible measures being taken by the government and the Delhiites to curb air pollution, it seems uncontrollable. Over the last many years, Delhi’s [...]Read More

June 18, 2018
Pollution in Delhi

Pollution is one of the major issues causing concern not only in India but across the world. The technological advancement and speedy development since India’s Independence has come at a great environmental cost. According to the global Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2018, India is ranked at 177 with an EPI of 30.57, and it is disheartening to hear that Delhi, the national capital of the country, is being tagged as one of the most heavily [...]Read More

October 19, 2017
Air Pollution in Delhi

Air pollution, raised levels of particulate matter, respiratory ailments… Words that are quite enough to set alarm bells ringing have, unfortunately, become part of the national capital’s daily vocabulary. Delhi’s air pollution levels are now infamous and the residents of the Delhi NCR region look forward to the festival of with a sense of trepidation rather than excitement. Air pollution levels in the city and its neighbourhood reach alarming levels on and after Diwali each [...]Read More

June 15, 2017

By October 2017, India’s national capital Delhi will have 20 new air pollution monitoring stations. This was announced by the Delhi government’s Environment and Forest Department recently after a meeting held with Delhi Pollution Control Committee convened by Delhi environment minister Imran Hussain. At present, Delhi has 28 monitoring stations. Out of the 28 monitoring stations that we have now, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) runs 4, Meteorological department 8, the Central Pollution Control Board [...]Read More

January 16, 2017
Odd-Even Car Scheme - What Happened?

Grandiose plans without adequate planning and public support never really take off. Let’s take the example of Akbar, who tried to build Fatehpur Sikri near Agra as the capital of the Mughal Empire but failed due to lack of adequate water in the region. After 13 years of living there, he shifted back to Agra. Tughlaq tried a similar move to build Tughlakabad as the new capital, only to abandon it later. And more recently, [...]Read More

November 5, 2016
Delhi chokes under blanket of smog after Diwali Celebrations

Delhi-NCR woke up to a smo- filled morning for the fifth consecutive day after this year’s Diwali festivities. Air pollution levels were found to have hit a record high on November 4, 2016. The levels of particulate matter (PM) 10 and 2.5 (the two deadliest components of air pollution) were recorded as almost 10 times above the safe limit, by the Union government’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), a day [...]Read More

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