Air pollution

  • Air pollution may up sight loss risk
    London, January 26 (IANS): Air pollution is linked to a heightened risk of progressive and irreversible sight loss, known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. The findings, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, indicate that people in the most polluted areas were at least 8 per cent more likely to report having AMD. "Our findings suggest that living in an area with polluted air, particularly fine particulate matter or combustion-relat
  • Air sensing technology reveals adverse impact of Delhi smog
    New Delhi, January 19 (IANS): Delhi-based Karuna Chauhan tracked the air pollution exposure throughout the daily routine in phases and found that the pollution level increased with time, a global technology company Dyson's report said on Tuesday. Karuna tracked the air pollution exposure by using a Dyson wearable air sensing backpack that tracks air pollution exposure by collecting air pollution data on the move. "Using our unique algorithm to process detailed reports of
  • New law to curb air pollution in Delhi-NCR: Rs 1 cr fine, 5-year jail
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 29 (IANS): The Centre has issued an ordinance, making pollution an offence with a jail term, which can go up to 5 years and a penalty up to Rs 1 crore. The ordinance, was issued on Wednesday night after the approval of the President. Earlier, this week Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, during the hearing of a PIL seeking ban on stubble burning, had informed the Supreme Court that the Centre will enact a law to combat the menace of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, and urg
  • India lacks enough monitoring stations to quantify air pollution crisis: Experts
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 27 (IANS): With Delhi facing another tryst with the air pollution, several environmental experts believe that the problem goes beyond the national capital and that the country needs to ramp up the number of air quality pollution monitoring stations to quantify the problem and prioritize the areas which require immediate attention. As per the data of the Central Pollution Control Board, there are 793 operating stations in 344 cities and towns. Currently, the cou
  • Air pollution in India caused over 1.16L infant deaths in 2019: Study
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): The first-ever comprehensive analysis of air pollution's global impact on newborns finds that outdoor and household particulate matter pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 1,16,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019, a new global study on Wednesday. However, the study found progress in reducing household air pollution exposures but levels stagnant for outdoor PM2.5. The report, State of Global Air 2020, said more than
  • India sends out scientists to tackle winter air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 15 (Reuters) - Indian authorities sent teams of scientists out to various parts of the capital, New Delhi, and surrounding districts on Thursday to clamp down on illegal factories and construction sites as part of efforts to combat worsening winter air pollution. Fifty teams from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) would track down industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from burning rubbish - some of the main sources of the city's air
  • Urban air pollution may make COVID-19 more deadly, says study
    Washington [US], October 8 (ANI): Researchers have found long-term exposure to urban air pollution may have made COVID-19 virus more deadly. "Both long-term and short-term exposure to air pollution has been associated with direct and indirect systemic impact on the human body by enhancing oxidative stress, acute inflammation, and respiratory infection risk," says Donghai Liang of Emory University, first co-author on the recent paper along with Liuhua Shi. In a recent st
  • China air pollution falls 10.8% because of coronavirus slowdown
    SHANGHAI/BEIJING, August 14 (Reuters): China saw average concentrations of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5 fall by 10.8% from January to July as industry slowed because of the coronavirus, data showed on Friday, though levels were still well above WHO recommendations. Average PM2.5 stood at 33 micrograms per cubic metre over the seven months, according to data collected from monitoring stations in more than 300 cities, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment sai
  • Smog causes an estimated 49,000 deaths in Beijing, Shanghai in 2020 - tracker
    SHANGHAI, July 9 (Reuters): Air pollution has caused an estimated 49,000 deaths and $23 billion in economic losses in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai alone since Jan. 1, 2020, according to a "clean air counter" launched by environmental groups on Thursday.   The online tool launched by the Helsinki-based Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Greenpeace Southeast Asia and IQAir Air Visual, measures smog in 28 major cities worldwide and uses mod
  • Most EU countries not doing enough to tackle air pollution, Commission says
    BRUSSELS, June 26 (Reuters): Most European Union countries are at risk of missing their targets for reducing health-damaging air pollution for both 2020 and 2030, the European Commission said on Friday.   In its first report on countries' progress towards EU air pollution goals, the Commission said member states needed to step up efforts to tackle the estimated 400,000 premature deaths a year caused in the EU by exposure to polluted air.   Based on current pol
  • New Delhi is world's most polluted capital for second straight year: study
    FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a mask runs past the India Gate on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, India, October 28, 2019. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo)   New Delhi, February 26 (Reuters): New Delhi was the world's most polluted capital city for the second straight year in 2019, according to a Swiss-based group that gathers air-quality data globally.   India was also home to 21 of the world's 30 most polluted cities, IQ AirVisual said in the study which focused
  • Third car rationing scheme kicks off in Delhi: What is Odd-Even?
    Vehicles drive among the smog in New Delhi on November 2. (REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis)   New Delhi, November 4 (IANS): As Delhi battles to breathe, the third Odd-Even car rationing scheme aimed to provide relief from pollution kicked-off on Monday. The scheme will remain in force till November 15 and the rules for this will be applicable in Delhi from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Violation of the scheme will attract a penalty of Rs 4,000, which is double the amount charg
  • Lack of planning allows dust, stubble burning to choke capital
    New Delhi, Nov 2 (IANS): A heavy smog is holding crores of men, women and children captive in Delhi-NCR. Majorly constituted of dust and smoke from stubble burning this grey cover appears unlikely to retreat in the next few days. Dust, which majorly comprises of loose soil, has emerged as a major contributor to air pollution. Unpaved roads and digging activities for various infrastructural construction exposes the loose soil, contributing as much as 17 per cent of the parti