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The city recorded an air quality index (AQI)—a pollutant measuring indicator—of 218 on Friday, falling in the poor quality category.(HT PHOTO.)

Air quality dips in Mumbai as cold wave continues in northern India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:14 PM IST
Bandra Kurla Complex recorded the poorest air quality with an AQI of 362, followed by Navi Mumbai where an AQI of 329 was recorded—both in the very poor category. SAFAR has predicted that air quality will remain poor on Saturday as well.
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The sources of pollution here include construction and road dust, garbage-burning in vacant areas, and industries that spew pollutants from their stacks or congestion points for traffic.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The sources of pollution here include construction and road dust, garbage-burning in vacant areas, and industries that spew pollutants from their stacks or congestion points for traffic.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Pollution: Why every one per cent counts, writes Sunita Narain

By Sunita Narain
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 08:29 PM IST
The source of pollution here is local. Action has to be taken through local agencies. And it has to be systemic
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Vehicular traffic on a foggy Sunday at Burari, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Vehicular traffic on a foggy Sunday at Burari, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

Dense fog, spike in pollution likely today

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 03:17 AM IST
IMD also warned that because of high moisture content in the air, there is a possibility of dense fog on Sunday morning.
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Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Bad air knows no boundaries and a multiplicity of agencies working in silos doesn’t help the situation(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Tackling pollution, beyond stubble burning | Opinion

By Sumant Sinha
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:23 PM IST
While stubble burning continues to be a sensitive inter-state issue, the local administration should focus on these “internal” factors and mitigate them through proper planning, strict governance and the active participation of common citizens
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A man takes a selfie in front of a heap of garbage on the shores the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.(AP file)
A man takes a selfie in front of a heap of garbage on the shores the Arabian Sea in Mumbai.(AP file)

Marine plastic pollution: Panaji, Mumbai, Kochi to link with UK towns

By Prasun Sonwalkar , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, London
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:25 PM IST
Bangor, a town 20 km north-east of Belfast in Northern Ireland, has been chosen to twin with Panaji in Goa, while Glasgow in Scotland is to be similarly linked with Mumbai, and Aberystwyth in Wales is proposed to be twinned with Kochi.
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WHO-recommended limits for air pollution are broken in 99% of London, according to figures from the mayor.
WHO-recommended limits for air pollution are broken in 99% of London, according to figures from the mayor.

Did pollution kill Brit girl? Inquest to find out

By Agence France-Presse| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | London, London
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 04:36 AM IST
The first coroner’s inquest in 2014 determined that Ella died of acute respiratory failure brought on by severe asthma. But the ruling was set aside after the specialist’s report.
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This November saw nine ‘severe’ air quality days, as compared to seven last year. Also this year, Delhi had six consecutive ‘severe’ days from November 5-10, the longest ‘severe’ spell seen in the city since 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
This November saw nine ‘severe’ air quality days, as compared to seven last year. Also this year, Delhi had six consecutive ‘severe’ days from November 5-10, the longest ‘severe’ spell seen in the city since 2016.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Pollution in November 2020 up from last year, shows CPCB data

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 12:30 AM IST
An analysis of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) air quality data shows that the monthly average air quality index (AQI) this November was 327.9, as compared to 312.2 in November 2019.
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On Sunday, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 7°C, three notches below normal.
On Sunday, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 7°C, three notches below normal.

Rise in pollution, dip in mercury likely from first week of December: IMD

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:58 PM IST
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the average air quality index (AQI) was 256 on Sunday, up from 231 the previous day, both categorised as ‘poor’.
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Elite runners take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India.(REUTERS)
Elite runners take part in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon in New Delhi, India.(REUTERS)

Top runners brave pollution, pandemic in Delhi half marathon

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 02:05 PM IST
Forty-seven professional runners hit the 21-kilometre (13.1-mile) course in the men’s and women’s event, while amateur participants raced between Wednesday and Sunday to prevent overcrowding.
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According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4 pm bulletin, the average AQI stood at 302 compared to 413 on Wednesday and 379 on Tuesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4 pm bulletin, the average AQI stood at 302 compared to 413 on Wednesday and 379 on Tuesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Weather comes to Delhi’s rescue, winds flush out pollution

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 02:01 AM IST
The air quality may improve to the ‘poor’ category by Friday and continue to remain so at least over the next three days, government agencies have forecast.
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On an average, 115 people died each day in the last seven days as compared to just over 95 the week before, and 70 patients the week before that.(ANI)
On an average, 115 people died each day in the last seven days as compared to just over 95 the week before, and 70 patients the week before that.(ANI)

Hospitalisation delays, pollution fuelling Covid-19 deaths in Delhi, say doctors

By Anonna Dutt | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 05:28 AM IST
Delhi has reported over 100 deaths a day for the last five days due to the viral infection, increasing the seven-day average case fatality ratio (CFR) – proportion of deaths among those who test positive — to 1.7% from 0.8% at the beginning of November.
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After Diwali, rainfall and good winds had helped clear pollutants and improved the air from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’.(PTI)
After Diwali, rainfall and good winds had helped clear pollutants and improved the air from ‘severe’ to ‘poor’.(PTI)

Air quality slips in Delhi, another round of bad air in coming week likely

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 12:38 AM IST
According to weather scientists and experts, Delhi may be in for another spell of bad air in the coming week with local pollutants and unfavourable meteorological conditions largely behind the spike in pollution levels.
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A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)
A layer of smog envelops the skyline as residential buildings are decorated with colorful lights during Diwali, November 14, 2020(AP)

Delhi can’t fight pollution with the current institutional apparatus

PUBLISHED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:55 PM IST
The problem is that DPCC can’t do so because its team of environmental engineers and scientists are hugely overworked and the organisation is collapsing due to decades of poor management. This is not unique to Delhi — many state pollution control boards (SPCBs) face a similar crisis.
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The Air Quality Index in the Lalbagh area of Lucknow was recorded at 396 (very poor), as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Kanpur’s Nehru Nagar recorded an AQI of 328 (very poor), as per CPCB.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times photo)
The Air Quality Index in the Lalbagh area of Lucknow was recorded at 396 (very poor), as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Kanpur’s Nehru Nagar recorded an AQI of 328 (very poor), as per CPCB.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times photo)

UP cities violate cracker ban resulting in poor AQI and low visibility

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 01:33 PM IST
In wake of the increasing pollution levels, the Uttar Pradesh government has banned the sale or use of firecrackers in Muzaffarnagar, Agra, Varanasi, Meerut, Hapur, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Baghpat, and Bulandshahr till November end.
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Young girls shopping for diyas at the Sector 19 market.(Keshav Singh/HT)
Young girls shopping for diyas at the Sector 19 market.(Keshav Singh/HT)

HT Chandigarh Readers’ Take: Happy Diwali, go for peace not pollution, care not crackers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 14, 2020 12:33 AM IST
In a year almost written off due to Covid-19, reach out to those in need to brighten up their Diwali, renew bonds with loved ones, and go eco-friendly with a vengeance, say readers
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The Taj Mahal is seen engulfed in smog in Agra earlier in November.(AFP PHOTO.)
The Taj Mahal is seen engulfed in smog in Agra earlier in November.(AFP PHOTO.)

Uttar Pradesh set to get 18 new air quality monitoring stations

By K Sandeep Kumar | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 04:25 PM IST
AQI is a tool for effective communication of air quality status to people in terms which are easy to understand. It transforms complex air quality data of various pollutants into a single number (index value), nomenclature and colour.
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According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 40 per cent on Sunday, the maximum so far this season.(Pixabay)
According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ air quality monitor, SAFAR, the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution rose to 40 per cent on Sunday, the maximum so far this season.(Pixabay)

Farm fire share in Delhi’s pollution but opposition parties are in denial: Gopal Rai

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 05:01 PM IST
Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Monday targeted the BJP and the Congress on the issue of stubble burning, saying the share of farm fires in Delhi’s pollution has soared to 40 per cent.
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Low-cost monitoring sensors measure ambient air quality based on light scattering technology using much smaller equipment as compared to existing air quality measuring technology.(HT PHOTO)
Low-cost monitoring sensors measure ambient air quality based on light scattering technology using much smaller equipment as compared to existing air quality measuring technology.(HT PHOTO)

Mumbai gets sensor-based monitors as low cost air monitoring feasibility study begins

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 09:53 AM IST
The sensors will monitor particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5), ozone, oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and sulphur oxides (SOx).
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Green Delhi app on Thursday in a bid to combat the pollution in the national capital(File Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the Green Delhi app on Thursday in a bid to combat the pollution in the national capital(File Photo)

Arvind Kejriwal launches ‘Green Delhi’ app to combat pollution in the national capital

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 29, 2020 01:43 PM IST
The Delhi chief minister said that amid the rising air pollution here, the Delhi government along with the citizens is taking various steps to reduce the pollution.
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Scientists said it is a collaboration between IIT-Kanpur, Mumbai-based Respirer Living Sciences and Ericsson (India), which for the first time in has used Narrow Bandwidth-Internet of Things technology in India.(HT Photo)
Scientists said it is a collaboration between IIT-Kanpur, Mumbai-based Respirer Living Sciences and Ericsson (India), which for the first time in has used Narrow Bandwidth-Internet of Things technology in India.(HT Photo)

New sensors by IIT-Kanpur to give local data on pollution to residents

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 12:32 AM IST
The data from the sensors, which have been designed to measure particulate matter of size 10 microns (PM10) and 2.5 microns (PM2.5), will not only be available to anti-pollution agencies but local residents as well, the developers said.
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The National Green Tribunal decision to form a panel to probe pollution caused by accidents of barges carrying fly ash to Bangladesh came floowing a petition by a fishermen’s union in West Bengal.(HT PHOTO)
The National Green Tribunal decision to form a panel to probe pollution caused by accidents of barges carrying fly ash to Bangladesh came floowing a petition by a fishermen’s union in West Bengal.(HT PHOTO)

NGT panel to probe barge accidents on Indo-Bangla waterway causing fly ash pollution

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2020 09:03 AM IST
The Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum in a petition said several barges transporting fly ash from Kolkata and Haldia in West Bengal to Bangladesh have capsized in the Hooghly river which pollutes the river’s ecosystem and adversely affects the fishing industry.
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Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary pointed out that even with a lot of work left to be done to control local sources of pollution, the AAP government is busy pinning the blame on neighbouring states for stubble burning.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Delhi Congress chief Anil Chaudhary pointed out that even with a lot of work left to be done to control local sources of pollution, the AAP government is busy pinning the blame on neighbouring states for stubble burning.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Six things govt did to control pollution, but how effective were they?

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2020 05:57 AM IST
With the city’s air continuing to remain ‘very poor’ with a reading of 345 on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)’s air quality index, the BJP and the Congress accused the AAP-led Delhi government of inaction.
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Union Ministry of Earth Sciences’s air quality monitoring centre, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), also credited Saturday’s improvement to weather conditions.(PTI)
Union Ministry of Earth Sciences’s air quality monitoring centre, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (Safar), also credited Saturday’s improvement to weather conditions.(PTI)

Pollution tracks rising fire graph

By Soumya Pillai and Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 11:56 PM IST
The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) recorded till 4pm on Saturday was 345, down from Friday’s 366. The air quality continued to be in the ‘very poor’ category, a notch below what is considered ‘severe’ – a threshold beyond which exposure could be hazardous for those with vulnerabilities.
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Traffic moves on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, October 23, 2020.(REUTERS)
Traffic moves on a smoggy morning in New Delhi, October 23, 2020.(REUTERS)

Delhi: Health threats imminent as AQI deteriorates to ‘severe’ category

By Asian News International | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2020 07:15 AM IST
According to experts, the severe category affects the health of people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases.
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Gurugram, India-October 22: A health worker collects a swab sample from a child for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) based coronavirus testing in a containment zone at Chhatrapati Shivaji Park in Shivaji Nagar, Gurugram, India, on Thursday, October 22, 2020. (Representational)(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Gurugram, India-October 22: A health worker collects a swab sample from a child for Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) based coronavirus testing in a containment zone at Chhatrapati Shivaji Park in Shivaji Nagar, Gurugram, India, on Thursday, October 22, 2020. (Representational)(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Coronavirus pandemic: Doctors in Delhi see jump in breathing issues amid Covid-19, pollution

By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 12:52 PM IST
Top doctors in New Delhi are reporting a jump in respiratory problems among its residents, coinciding with the onset of peak pollution season in India’s capital and raising concerns about complications for Covid-19 patients.
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Mothers, across India, are coming together to be part of a campaign against air pollution.(Photo: Facebook/WarriorMoms)
Mothers, across India, are coming together to be part of a campaign against air pollution.(Photo: Facebook/WarriorMoms)

Pollution rising? Warrior moms are here to fight against bad air days

By Mallika Bhagat | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 06:32 AM IST
A group of environmentally conscious mothers have joined hands to raise their voice against air pollution and fight for the right to breath clean air.
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Contribution of stubble fires to PM2.5 pollution is likely to rise on Monday and Tuesday.(HT photo)
Contribution of stubble fires to PM2.5 pollution is likely to rise on Monday and Tuesday.(HT photo)

Share of farm fires in PM2.5 forecast to rise

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 12:30 AM IST
The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR) model under the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (used by the Central Pollution Control Board for pollution analysis) showed 17% contribution to Delhi’s PM 2.5 load on Sunday. It was 18% on Saturday
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A woman walks through a cloud of dust on Sector 31, Noida, October 15, 2020(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
A woman walks through a cloud of dust on Sector 31, Noida, October 15, 2020(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)

India must wage an immediate, unified war against pollution

By Shashi Shekhar
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 11:51 PM IST
A question that is on everyone’s mind is whether this will aggravate the Covid-19 pandemic. And, unfortunately, the answer seems to be that it will.
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The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 275 at 8:30 am.(Unsplash)
The city recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 275 at 8:30 am.(Unsplash)

Share of stubble burning in Delhi’s pollution likely to increase

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 04:23 PM IST
The national capital’s air quality was recorded in the “poor” category on Sunday morning and the share of stubble burning in Delhi’s PM2.5 pollution is likely to “increase significantly”.
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According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.(Pixabay)
According to the index, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.(Pixabay)

Noida’s air quality ‘very poor’; roads sprinkled with water, cleaned by machines to check pollution

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Noida (UP)
UPDATED ON OCT 17, 2020 10:48 PM IST
Noida’s air quality on Friday reached “very poor” level of 313 due to concentration of PM 2.5, according to a government agency, which advised people to take precaution.
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