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Speeds on Delhi roads drop after lockdown as congestion returns: Report

The CSE’s travel speed data analysis shows that the mean travel speed on the selected stretches increased from 24 kmph pre-lockdown to 46 kmph during lockdown -- a 90% increase -- when fewer vehicles came on the roads as only essential travels were allowed.
The CSE said an 87% drop was recorded in visits to transit stations for different purposes during hard lockdown as compared to the baseline levels or the pre-lockdown phase.(AP)
The CSE said an 87% drop was recorded in visits to transit stations for different purposes during hard lockdown as compared to the baseline levels or the pre-lockdown phase.(AP)
Published on Dec 28, 2020 06:04 PM IST
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CSE hands over honey adulterant fructose syrup sample to FSSAI

CSE also provided correspondence with two Chinese companies from which it procured adulterant samples along with details of the consignment of adulterant
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Updated on Dec 04, 2020 06:49 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer

From cleanest to worst, study shows how pollution in Delhi rose in a few months

The PM 2.5 levels this winter spiked by about 8-11 times from August (the cleanest month on record) to November across Delhi and its neighbouring towns, as per a fresh analysis of winter pollution levels by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) released on Thursday.
An EDMC vehicle sprinkles water over a road at Ghazipur to contain pollution, in New Delhi, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.(PTI photo)
An EDMC vehicle sprinkles water over a road at Ghazipur to contain pollution, in New Delhi, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.(PTI photo)
Updated on Dec 04, 2020 03:04 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByVatsala Shrangi and Soumya Pillai

UPSC civil services prelims 2020: Last minute tips to improve your chances to qualify

The following article contains some last-minute tips and tricks that the aspirants should follow to improve their score.
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Representational image.(Unsplash)
Published on May 22, 2020 05:08 PM IST
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NCAP can’t drive change unless data, reporting issues are fixed

Manual monitors require at least 104 days of monitoring. But an assessment by a New Delhi-based thinktank of the latest available manual data for all cities shows that as much as 73% of monitoring stations do not meet this requirement
Two-thirds of the world’s most polluted cities are in India, and Delhi has the worst air among all capitals, the 2019 World Air Quality Report by IQAir AirVisual, which takes readings from 98 countries(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Two-thirds of the world’s most polluted cities are in India, and Delhi has the worst air among all capitals, the 2019 World Air Quality Report by IQAir AirVisual, which takes readings from 98 countries(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Feb 27, 2020 07:36 PM IST
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Mumbai needs to walk an extra mile to curb air pollution

Mumbai has had a lackadaisical attitude towards air pollution, believing that sea breezes will sweep away the murk, but the CSE study has shown that the city needs more than the sea to clean up its air.
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2019 01:06 AM IST
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Chandra Bhushan quits as deputy head of CSE

Bhushan had been with the CSE for 22 years and has spent about 25 years in the area of environment research. He joined CSE in 1997 to head its Green Rating Project (GRP) and was appointed deputy director general in 2010.
In his career spanning close to 25 years, Chandra Bhushan has established himself as a researcher, writer and campaigner for environmentally sound and socially inclusive development(Photo:chandrabhushan.net)
In his career spanning close to 25 years, Chandra Bhushan has established himself as a researcher, writer and campaigner for environmentally sound and socially inclusive development(Photo:chandrabhushan.net)
Updated on Sep 20, 2019 01:32 PM IST
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Success of odd-even rule will depend on availability of public transport: Experts | Opinion

The odd-even vehicle restriction scheme introduced in Delhi for the first time in January 2016 could reduce pollution levels by just around 2 – 3%, a study done by a team of scientists from IIT-Delhi, IIT-Kanpur, IITM-Pune, CSIR and the TERI, had concluded. Only three pockets in the city – Najafgarh, Shalimar Bagh and Greater Kailash – registered around 8 – 10% in pollution levels.
The odd-even car rationing scheme was implemented in Delhi first between January 1 and 15, 2016 and then from April 15-30.(HT PHOTO.)
The odd-even car rationing scheme was implemented in Delhi first between January 1 and 15, 2016 and then from April 15-30.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Sep 13, 2019 06:47 PM IST
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Mumbai’s PM10 levels highest among 3 major coastal cities in India: Study

80% increase recorded over 12 years; dust, industrial, vehicle emissions contribute most
While most cities witnessed mixed trends, particulate pollution rise was highest in Mumbai as compared to any other coastal city.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
While most cities witnessed mixed trends, particulate pollution rise was highest in Mumbai as compared to any other coastal city.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2019 12:42 AM IST
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Particulates blown away but ozone emerges as primary health threat in Gurugram

So far this month, Gurugram has recorded five days when ozone was the city’s ‘prominent pollutant’, data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has showed.
Experts called this trend alarming as prevalence of ground-level ozone, in turn, proves that other pollutants, such as NOx and SOx are also present in high quantities.(HT Photo)
Experts called this trend alarming as prevalence of ground-level ozone, in turn, proves that other pollutants, such as NOx and SOx are also present in high quantities.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 02:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurugram | ByPrayag Arora-Desai

Silt dumping turns costly for east Delhi Municipal Corporation

East corporation officials say that now their trucks have to travel four times the distance they used to cover earlier. The cost involved — including fuel and manpower — has also doubled.
Experts said that such local protests against dumping sites have become common. “This is again an example of the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) syndrome.(HT Photo)
Experts said that such local protests against dumping sites have become common. “This is again an example of the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) syndrome.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2019 05:27 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBaishali Adak

Heatwaves push up power demand in Delhi

The average energy demand during the heatwave in 2019 was 25% higher than the average demand in the preceding week.
At Palam, it touched 48 degrees, which is the second highest day temperature the airport area had seen after May 1998 when the mercury shot up to 48.4 degrees Celsius.(HT Photo)
At Palam, it touched 48 degrees, which is the second highest day temperature the airport area had seen after May 1998 when the mercury shot up to 48.4 degrees Celsius.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 21, 2019 05:18 AM IST
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Life expectancy down by 2.6 years due to air pollution, finds study

While exposure to outdoor particulate matter (PM) accounted for a loss of nearly one year and six months in life expectancy, exposure to household air pollution accounted for a loss of nearly one year and two months, according to the CSE.
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 12, 2019 12:07 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

Working class women back CM plan, will reverse fare hike woes

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s announcement to make travel in Delhi Metro and in public buses free for women on Monday faced flak from several women passengers, but those from the working class backgrounds hailed it.
Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy) at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said that subsidy is a good way to discourage commuters from using private vehicles.(HT Photo)
Anumita Roy Chowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy) at Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said that subsidy is a good way to discourage commuters from using private vehicles.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2019 06:15 AM IST
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UPSC civil services exam 2019: Last date for receipt of application extended

UPSC civil services exam 2019: The Union Public service Commission has extended the last date for receipt of application to 6pm on March 19, 2019.
UPSC civil services exam 2019: The Union Public service Commission has extended the last date for receipt of application to 6pm on March 19, 2019.(Agencies)
UPSC civil services exam 2019: The Union Public service Commission has extended the last date for receipt of application to 6pm on March 19, 2019.(Agencies)
Updated on Mar 18, 2019 05:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNilesh Mathur

UPSC civil services notification 2019:Download PDF, check eligibility, exam pattern, age limit, important dates

UPSC Civil Service IAS IPS 2019 registration has begun from February 19. Check the official notification and all important details regarding exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern etc here.
UPSC Civil Services 2019 prelims notification out(HT file)
UPSC Civil Services 2019 prelims notification out(HT file)
Updated on Feb 19, 2019 03:03 PM IST
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NDA government green-lighted 65% infra projects; activists sound red alert

Ecologists said that irrespective of which government is in power, clearances have always been issued regardless of their merit.
Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Published on Feb 18, 2019 03:45 PM IST
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Most of Delhi’s garbage unfit for waste-to-energy plants: CSE Report

A new assessment by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has revealed that only 13% of Delhi’s waste is of high calorific value and can be incinerated to generate energy— the rest can either be treated biologically or recycled.
The SDMC waste power plant, at Okhla, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
The SDMC waste power plant, at Okhla, in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 16, 2019 11:06 AM IST
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Centre cuts pollution control budget by 50%, draws flak from experts

The union budget has not changed the budgetary allocation for climate change action plan from last year by keeping it constant at 40 crore.
The Centre’s decision to cut down the budget on pollution control by 50 % this year has drawn criticism from environment experts. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
The Centre’s decision to cut down the budget on pollution control by 50 % this year has drawn criticism from environment experts. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2019 08:12 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

FSSAI considering 1% as labelling requirement for genetically modified food items

In July, the food regulator had come under severe criticism from the environmental watchdog, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), after it detected the presence of GM content in nearly three in 10 (32%) packaged food samples that were randomly tested.
The apex food regulator framing guidelines for labelling of genetically modified (GM) food items for manufacture, sale and distribution in India is considering a threshold value of 1% as labelling requirement.(Representative Image//HT File Photo)
The apex food regulator framing guidelines for labelling of genetically modified (GM) food items for manufacture, sale and distribution in India is considering a threshold value of 1% as labelling requirement.(Representative Image//HT File Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2018 07:31 AM IST
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Ban on private vehicles, odd-even scheme likely if Delhi continues to choke

Experts said that controlling the number of vehicles in Delhi to combat emergency levels of pollution becomes important because a study by the ministry of earth sciences has recently revealed that there has been a 40% increase in vehicular pollution over the past eight years.
Bringing down the number of vehicles can reduce PM2.5 levels significantly, past experiments have shown.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Bringing down the number of vehicles can reduce PM2.5 levels significantly, past experiments have shown.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 08:20 AM IST
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IT emerges one-choice option for engineering aspirants in Pune

Job opportunities in booming IT market cited as reason for preference by many students
Students busy at the computer science lab at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed university college of engineering on Wednesday.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/ HT PHOTO)
Students busy at the computer science lab at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed university college of engineering on Wednesday.(RAVINDRA JOSHI/ HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 12, 2018 02:28 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | ByAnanya Barua

Delhi Metro hits back, says report terming it world’s second most unaffordable is ‘misleading’

DMRC managing director Mangu Singh said the study conveniently chose only a few Metro networks to help the Centre for Science and Environment prove its point.
Data released by the CSE on Tuesday during their international conclave on urban transport systems of the world showed that a middle-class commuter in Delhi spends 19.5% of his/her income travelling in the Metro. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo)
Data released by the CSE on Tuesday during their international conclave on urban transport systems of the world showed that a middle-class commuter in Delhi spends 19.5% of his/her income travelling in the Metro. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2018 05:33 PM IST
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Delhi Metro is second most unaffordable transport network in the world, say experts

With at least 30% of Delhi Metro users falling within Rs 20,000 monthly income group, a big chunk of their income is spent on travelling by the metro.
Passengers travel by the Magenta line metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch became open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Passengers travel by the Magenta line metro after the Kalkaji Mandir-Janakpuri West stretch became open to public on Tuesday.(Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2018 08:09 PM IST
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Delhi-NCR ranks worst in vehicular pollution: Study

Delhi has to work towards improving its roads and integrating transport and traffic management, suggest experts.
The ranking was done on the basis of a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) — a Delhi-based research organisation to assess transport-related emissions from urban commuting.(HT File Photo)
The ranking was done on the basis of a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) — a Delhi-based research organisation to assess transport-related emissions from urban commuting.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2018 06:13 AM IST
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It’s advantage Kolkata, Mumbai in war against vehicular pollution

CSE study says the two megacities fare better than smaller metros like Chandigarh, Pune, Jaipur and Kochi because of their sturdy public transport systems.
Students and staff of Zoological Survey of India participate in an awareness rally ahead of World Environment Day in Kolkata on Monday, June 04, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Students and staff of Zoological Survey of India participate in an awareness rally ahead of World Environment Day in Kolkata on Monday, June 04, 2018.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2018 07:14 PM IST
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Power hungry: Delhi consumed more power than Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai

Hot and humid weather pushed Delhi’s power demand to an all time high of 7,016 MW on Tuesday.
A woman and her son shielding themselves from the heat in New Delhi.(Anushree Fadnavis/ HT Photo)
A woman and her son shielding themselves from the heat in New Delhi.(Anushree Fadnavis/ HT Photo)
Published on Jul 11, 2018 12:25 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Areas with diesel generators more polluted: Study

The study shows that in societies where diesel generators sets were operated for several hours a day, PM2.5 and PM10 increased by 30% and 50-100% compared to levels before their operation.
Levels of dangerous particulate matter — PM2.5 and PM10 — rise by 30% to 100% in localities in Gurugram where diesel generator sets are operated, says a new study by Centre for Science and Environment.(HT File Photo)
Levels of dangerous particulate matter — PM2.5 and PM10 — rise by 30% to 100% in localities in Gurugram where diesel generator sets are operated, says a new study by Centre for Science and Environment.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2018 05:24 PM IST
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As mercury rises, ozone pollution spikes in Delhi, NCR

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) analysed data from 29 stations in NCR and found that from February to May, the number of days when the ozone standard was breached showed an increasing trend.
Ozone is created as oxides of nitrogen (NOx) react with heat, sunlight and other volatile gases which are mostly product of vehicular pollution and other sources.(HT File Photo)
Ozone is created as oxides of nitrogen (NOx) react with heat, sunlight and other volatile gases which are mostly product of vehicular pollution and other sources.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2018 03:10 PM IST
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Is samosa really healthier than a vegetable burger?

Is a samosa really healthier than a vegetable burger as a recent report suggests?
The Centre for Science and Environment report stated that samosas are healthier than burgers(Shutterstock)
The Centre for Science and Environment report stated that samosas are healthier than burgers(Shutterstock)
Updated on Apr 08, 2018 08:08 AM IST
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