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Smog has once again engulfed Delhi-NCR(Photo: Amal KS/)

Battle against air pollution: How to tackle bad air outside and at home

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sanchita Kalra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 02:11 PM IST
While the directive of ‘stay home, stay safe’ is to protect one’s self from the deadly virus, it needs to be acknowledged that as we spend ample time at home, the indoor air pollutants become a health concern as well
CPCB is also responsible for the air and water quality standards in the country, including the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was launched in January 2.(Representational Image)
CPCB is also responsible for the air and water quality standards in the country, including the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was launched in January 2.(Representational Image)

CPCB turns 46; promises to prioritise science in policies, health risk in pollution control

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 04:25 PM IST
On the occasion of CPCB Foundation Day, its authorities on Wednesday said they would provide technical leadership for “science-based environmental management” and would provide guiding policy decisions to the government
In India, pollution-related deaths could rise from 1.1 million in 2015 to 3.6 million by 2050 unless measures are taken(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
In India, pollution-related deaths could rise from 1.1 million in 2015 to 3.6 million by 2050 unless measures are taken(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

India’s toxic air is part of a global crisis. We must fix it | Opinion

By Inger Andersen
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2019 07:46 PM IST
Nobody is safe. But there are solutions which both tackle pollution, and also help battle climate change
A child at the protest against growing air pollution in Gurugram, at Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, in Gurugram, on Sunday, November 17, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A child at the protest against growing air pollution in Gurugram, at Leisure Valley Park, Sector 29, in Gurugram, on Sunday, November 17, 2019.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Let’s curb pollution, a silent killer, for our children’s sake

UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 08:09 AM IST
As per the State of Global Air 2018 report, the country lost 11 lakh people due to air pollution. But, we have still not understood the severity of the issue.
Plants and trees may be better and cheaper options than technology to mitigate air pollution, says a new study.(Unsplash)
Plants and trees may be better and cheaper options than technology to mitigate air pollution, says a new study.(Unsplash)

Plants better than tech for reducing air pollution

New York | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2019 09:53 AM IST
Plants and trees may be better and cheaper options than technology to mitigate air pollution, says a new study.
Thousands of people in the national capital violated time restrictions and burst banned firecrackers, defying appeals from health experts, political leaders, and the Supreme Court. Photo by Arvind Yadav ht
Thousands of people in the national capital violated time restrictions and burst banned firecrackers, defying appeals from health experts, political leaders, and the Supreme Court. Photo by Arvind Yadav ht

‘Very poor’: Capital flouts cracker rules

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Joydeep Thakur, Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa and Soumya Pillai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2019 01:06 AM IST
By midnight on Sunday, the noxious fumes pushed the level of PM2.5 ultra-fine particles, which take the heaviest toll on human health among all air pollutants, to almost 18 times of what is considered safe to breathe.
The air quality inside offices and other indoor environments can be equally harmful.(Unsplash)
The air quality inside offices and other indoor environments can be equally harmful.(Unsplash)

Here’s how to shield your home from Diwali smoke. Key tips to follow

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2019 06:27 PM IST
Happy Diwali 2019: This festive season, protect your home from air pollution causing numerous health issues and be safe this Diwali. Essential ideas to follow.
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is distributing saplings as “parshad” and promoting tree plantation in educational institutions to mark the 550th birth anniversary year of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)
The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is distributing saplings as “parshad” and promoting tree plantation in educational institutions to mark the 550th birth anniversary year of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism. (Representative Image)(Hindustan Times)

Saplings as ‘parshad’ in gurdwaras to mark birth anniversary of Guru Nanak

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2019 12:16 AM IST
The DSGMC has launched a mega drive to plant 1lakh saplings at all gurdwaras and Sikh educational institutions, president of the committee Manjinder Singh Sirsa said.
India is not alone in facing the problem of air pollution. Nine out of 10 people worldwide are exposed to unsafe air(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)
India is not alone in facing the problem of air pollution. Nine out of 10 people worldwide are exposed to unsafe air(Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times)

The government alone can’t ensure clean air

By CK Mishra
PUBLISHED ON JUN 04, 2019 06:48 PM IST
India has been coming forward with pilot steps to tackle this problem. Sharp results will not come unless we implement specific focused projects
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for using a “cheat device” in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests.(REUTERS)
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for using a “cheat device” in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests.(REUTERS)

Volkswagen fined Rs 500 crore for using cheat device to deceive pollution tests

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2019 06:39 PM IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for using a “cheat device” in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests.
Black soot coming out of a chimney of a factory in Sahibabad Site IV Industrial Area in Ghaziabad. The city is most polluted in Delhi and NCR.(HT Photo)
Black soot coming out of a chimney of a factory in Sahibabad Site IV Industrial Area in Ghaziabad. The city is most polluted in Delhi and NCR.(HT Photo)

Urgent solutions needed to mitigate the impact of climate change on health

By Poornima Prabhakaran
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2018 06:15 PM IST
An all-encompassing strategy that addresses health though the sustainable development agenda will go a long way in setting the trajectory for impactful changes to address health impacts of climate change
Dry cough can also be caused by seasonal influenza and other viral infections like the common cold, but these symptoms usually don’t last more than a week.(Shutterstock)
Dry cough can also be caused by seasonal influenza and other viral infections like the common cold, but these symptoms usually don’t last more than a week.(Shutterstock)

Is your cough an allergy, asthma or a deadly infection

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2018 11:42 AM IST
Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations to trigger asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other allergic disorders.
Chinese govt introduced a four-month ban on construction, reduced emissions from cargo corridors, resulting in a 54% drop in PM 2.5 levels.(AP Photo)
Chinese govt introduced a four-month ban on construction, reduced emissions from cargo corridors, resulting in a 54% drop in PM 2.5 levels.(AP Photo)

Lessons for Delhi: How Beijing shifted tide in its battle against pollution

Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 08:58 AM IST
Chinese govt introduced a four-month ban on construction, reduced emissions from cargo corridors, resulting in a 54% drop in PM2.5 levels.
An estimated 91% of the world’s population is exposed to air pollution, which is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, causing 4.2 million deaths from poor outdoor air and 3.8 million from household exposure from dirty cookstoves each year.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
An estimated 91% of the world’s population is exposed to air pollution, which is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, causing 4.2 million deaths from poor outdoor air and 3.8 million from household exposure from dirty cookstoves each year.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

This is how air pollution damages children’s health

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2018 02:46 PM IST
In India, pollution kills 1.1 million people, according to the State of Global Air 2018 report, which links air pollutants to 10.6% of all deaths in the country.
The image, generated on Saturday noon by the PGI and PU team using NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System, shows around 2,000 spots where stubble burning is likely taking place. The number is highest in a day this season, and a majority (60-70%) of the spots lie in Punjab region.(Pic credit: Dr Ravindra Kahiwal)
The image, generated on Saturday noon by the PGI and PU team using NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System, shows around 2,000 spots where stubble burning is likely taking place. The number is highest in a day this season, and a majority (60-70%) of the spots lie in Punjab region.(Pic credit: Dr Ravindra Kahiwal)

Stubble burning emissions will double by 2050, if not controlled, says PGI study

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2018 10:03 AM IST
The study ‘Emissions of air pollutants from primary crop residue burning in India and their mitigation strategies for cleaner emissions’ has been published in the Journal of Cleaner Production this month.
Here’s the real truth behind the air quality of your home.(Shutterstock)
Here’s the real truth behind the air quality of your home.(Shutterstock)

Think you’re house is clean? The air quality in your home tells a different story

Asian News International | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2018 03:40 PM IST
University of Utah engineers from both the School of Computing and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering built a series of portable air quality monitors with Wi-Fi and connected them to a university server.
Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai in Maharashtra are the three most liveable cities in India, and Thane is ranked sixth among 111 cities, measured on four broad parameters — governance, and social, physical and economic infrastructure.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
Pune, Navi Mumbai and Greater Mumbai in Maharashtra are the three most liveable cities in India, and Thane is ranked sixth among 111 cities, measured on four broad parameters — governance, and social, physical and economic infrastructure.(HT File Photo/Representative image)

Very few cities are liveably smart

By Partha Mukhopadhyay and Mukta Naik
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2018 11:44 AM IST
Government of India launched the ‘Ease of Living’ Index in January 2018 to help cities systematically assess themselves against global and national benchmarks and encourage them to shift towards an ‘outcome-based’ approach to urban planning and management.
Here’s why over 40% women may suffer from lung diseases.(Shutterstock)
Here’s why over 40% women may suffer from lung diseases.(Shutterstock)

Asthma, 40% women suffering from asthma may get chronic lung diseases

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2018 04:28 PM IST
Women who had smoked more than the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for five years, were much more likely to develop ACOS than those who smoked fewer cigarettes or never smoked. But the condition can affect the non-smokers too.
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)
A view of the Red Fort in New Delhi .(HT File Photo)

ASI removes over 2 million kg of dirt from Red Fort ramparts, prevents collapse

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 02:29 PM IST
The dust and other air pollutants had accumulated on the Mughal-era monument over an estimated period of over 100 years and had formed a layer that was almost two meters thick.
Say yes to greenery and try to surround your house with plants.(Shutterstock)
Say yes to greenery and try to surround your house with plants.(Shutterstock)

7 practical tips to avoid indoor air pollution and breathe better

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 10:53 AM IST
Air pollution can be deadly. And it’s not just the toxic air you inhale outdoors that can harm your health. Your favourite scented candles and those stylish rugs in your house too can contribute to indoor air pollution.
Asthma in children is often aggravated by pollutants such as traffic fumes, or wood smoke.(Shutterstock)
Asthma in children is often aggravated by pollutants such as traffic fumes, or wood smoke.(Shutterstock)

Asthma in children could become worse if you live near a busy road

Hindustan Times | By Meenakshi Iyer
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2018 02:52 PM IST
Asthma attack among children and adults could be caused by smog and pollution. A new study suggests that air pollution can be more harmful for children since they have faster breathing rates and their lungs are still developing.
As fly ash is difficult to get rid of, it is increasingly being used to produce construction materials such as concrete blocks, bricks or for paving.(HT File Photo)
As fly ash is difficult to get rid of, it is increasingly being used to produce construction materials such as concrete blocks, bricks or for paving.(HT File Photo)

Mumbai civic body proposes use of air pollutant fly ash for construction of buildings

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 04:29 PM IST
Using it to produce construction materials such as concrete and bricks is one effective way of disposing it off
Increase in PM2.5 levels lead to increased doctor visits for these lung infections.(Shutterstock)
Increase in PM2.5 levels lead to increased doctor visits for these lung infections.(Shutterstock)

Brief exposure to air pollutants can lead to lung infection

Indo Asian News Service | By Indo Asian News Service, New York
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 03:09 PM IST
Bronchiolitis - a condition in which small breathing tubes in the lungs called bronchioles become infected and clogged with mucus - was found as the most common acute lower respiratory infection in children.
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