Where are the green crackers, asks SC

Refuses to accept submissions on finalisation of formula by PESO and NEERI Four months after it banned polluting firecrackers, the Supreme Court on Wednesday realised that the concept of non-polluting ‘green crackers’ remains a non-starter, while its ban has affected the livelihood of four lakh workers and resulted in the closure of 974 firecracker units […]


Quietest Diwali in Mumbai since 2014: MPCB

Noise levels across the city this Diwali were the lowest in five years but were still above permissible limits for residential areas and silence zones, says the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board’s (MPCB) noise monitoring report. MPCB officials said there was a 50% decline in use of firecrackers across Mumbai and 30% decline across the state. […]


Here is how crackers make Diwali air fouler

Climatic conditions in the Indo-Gangetic plains during Diwali do not allow a quick dispersal of pollutants although crackers are burst for just a few hours on the festive night, according to experts who think fireworks are a key, although not the only factor that plays a part in poor air quality levels in winter northern […]