Centre aims for 20% cut in air pollution by 2024

Launches NCAP, a five-year scheme that covers 102 cities at a cost of ₹300 crore The Centre has launched a programme to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was formally unveiled on Thursday, is envisaged as a scheme to provide […]


Delhi’s air quality continues to oscillate between poor, very poor: authorities

Delhi's air quality showed significant improvement on Wednesday and Thursday after rains washed away the pollutants but the rainfall also led to increased air capacity to hold pollutants, the SAFAR said. Delhi’s air quality continued to oscillate between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ categories Saturday due to increased pollutant holding capacity of air after rainfall, authorities […]


Deny MSP to stubble burners: NGT

Green Bench asks Chief Secretaries of 4 States to draw up scheme to check pollution Stating that State governments had failed to curb stubble burning, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday summoned the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Officers have been directed to draw up a plan to provide economic […]


‘Don’t compare air pollution to smoking’

Experts warn against trivialising issue Anti-tobacco activists have expressed concern that comparing the ill-effects of air pollution to that of smoking will result in trivialising the catastrophic effects of smoking. They say that such comparisons also promote the theory that it is all right to smoke as the air that we breathe is equally harmful. […]