Delhi elections: How important an issue is environment

Citizen groups issued a ‘Clean Air Manifesto’ to ensure parties’ address specific demands With the upcoming Delhi legislative elections, citizen groups have elevated the dialogue on air pollution and made it an election issue. The momentum built by citizen groups, health practitioners and experts has taken years to reach its current scale. However, within the Read More …

Summary of Biomass Combustion Technologies

Direct combustion is the best established and most commonly used technology for converting biomass to heat. During combustion, biomass fuel is burnt in excess air to produce heat. The first stage of combustion involves the evolution of combustible vapours from the biomass, which burn as flames. The residual material, in the form of charcoal, is Read More …

Union Budget 2020-21 promises Rs 4,400 cr for clean air; how, where and how soon?

Fiscal promise for clean air action without a blueprint for spending; even after a year of NCAP, output & outcome indicators not available in budget  For those awaiting real money for clean air action, it is encouraging that Nirmala Sitharaman in Union Budget 2020-21 allocated Rs 4,400 crore for million-plus cities “formulating and implementing plans Read More …

Union Budget 2020-21: Allocation to curb air pollution jumps Rs 4,400 cr

Sitharaman’s Budget also threatens to shut down thermal plants flouting green norms   The Centre has allocated an impressive Rs 4,400 crore to contain air pollution in the Union Budget 2020-21. The allocation for clean-air initiatives was a meagre Rs 460 crore in the previous budget. Admitting that air pollution is a matter of great concern, Read More …

Union Budget 2020-21: Finance Minister promises Rs 4,400 cr to fight air pollution

(The story was first published on February 1 on the basis of the Budget speech. It has been updated to incorporate the final Budget document.) Admitting that air pollution is a “matter of concern”, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Rs 4,400 crore to fight it in million-plus cities in 2020-21 Budget.  The budget document, however, Read More …

Air pollution from brake dust may be as harmful as diesel exhaust on immune cells: New study

The harmful impact of air pollution caused by diesel exhaust fumes on our health is well known. It’s responsible for causing everything from respiratory problems to dementia and even certain types of cancers. But what most people don’t realise is that exhaust fumes aren’t the only cause of air pollution. In fact, up to 55 Read More …

Fight barriers to solutions to clean air

Need solution-driven agenda to build public and political will to overpower resistance from inconvenience of change The 2020 crossover to the new decade is burdened with the legacy of dirty air and disease. But there is also excitement and hope for change. This paradox confronts the new decade. Public health crisis is real and growing; Read More …

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