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Punjab: 1.5 lakh farmers apply for over 24k straw management machines

Punjab is seeing a high demand for machines to manage farm residue, the burning of which cause severe air pollution in northern India every autumn, as around 157,000 farmers have applied for 24,569 subsidised machines that will be distributed this week, officials said.

Applications for smart seeders, machines that are used to plant winter wheat after harvesting paddy without removing the stubble, comprise a third (59,000) of all requests, officials of the Punjab agriculture department said. The department will provide 11,970 such machines at subsidised rates to farmers, custom hiring centres and panchayat groups, they said. (HT File)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 12:31 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

157k Punjab farmers seek machines for effective management of stubble

Around 157,000 Punjab farmers have applied for 24,569 subsidized machines for better crop residue management that will be distributed this week

Punjab is seeing a high demand for machines to manage farm residue which cause severe air pollution in northern India. (HT Archive)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 11:54 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Delhi aims to double its EV adoption this financial year

These plans were outlined in the outcomes budget document shared by the planning department of the Delhi government on Tuesday

New Delhi, India - July 20, 2020: A view of a public electric vehicle (EV) charging plaza during its inauguration at Chemsford Club parking, on Rafi Marg in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Photo by Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times) (Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 03:17 AM IST

Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023: Chandigarh trails at dismal 22nd spot

Chandigarh was judged among 47 cities with a population of over 10 lakh; Parwanoo ranks first among cities having population of less than 3 lakh

Chandigarh has been ranked a dismal 22nd among 47 cities with a population of over 10 lakh in the Swachh Vayu Survekshan 2023. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 01:05 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Take up plantation drives: Ludhiana MC to residents

The event was organised under National Clean Air Program (NCAP) at MC Zone D office in Sarabha Nagar

The participants were also encouraged to take up plantation drives in their respective areas. (HT FILE)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 11:25 PM IST
By, Ludhiana

Citizens and organisations unite for cleaner air, improved public transportation

Recognising air pollution as a pressing health emergency affecting citizens across all age groups, particularly children and the elderly, the call for enhanced public transportation emerges as a crucial strategy to combat this crisis, they said

The International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies is commemorated annually on September 7 in recognition that clean air is important for the health of people, while air pollution is the single greatest environmental risk to human health and one of the main avoidable causes of death and disease globally. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:28 AM IST

Devise holistic plans to clean up toxic air

Pollution in Delhi is shaving off 12 years from life expectancy, says a recent report. Authorities must plan holistic year-long strategies to curb pollution

No country has progressed economically without caring for the health of its citizens (ANI)
Published on Aug 30, 2023 10:47 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Morning brief: Owaisi's 'alarm bells' comment on PLA activity in Aksai Chin

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from the Hindustan Times.

AIMIM Chief and MP Asaduddin Owaisi (PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 08:59 AM IST

No country meets WHO air quality standard, life span cut by 2.3 years globally

Air pollution cuts global life expectancy by 2.3 years, more than smoking, alcohol, unsafe water, and car accidents combined, according to a report.

Buildings and highways shrouded in smog in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023. Jakarta, the city that's home to more than 10 million people, has suffered air pollution at unhealthy levels in the past few weeks, with IQAir recently ranking it as the worlds most polluted city. Photographer: Muhammad Fadli/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Aug 30, 2023 07:46 AM IST

Cost of breathing bad air? 11.9 years in Delhi and 11.2 years in Gurugram: Study

Delhi is the most polluted megacity in the world with Noida and Gurugram next in line with average loss of life of more than 11 years

After Delhi, the average resident of Gautam Budh Nagar (which comprises Noida and Greater Noida) may lose 11.3 years of their lives, followed by Gurugram (11.2 years), Faridabad (10.8 years) and Ghaziabad (10.7 years), indicating that the entire metropolitan area requires immediate attention in tackling air pollution. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 03:22 PM IST

Indians losing 5.3 years of life to air pollution, China bent curve: Report

According to PM2.5 data from 2021, pollution in India has increased from 56.2µg/m3 in 2020 to 58.7µg/m3 in 2021—more than 10 times the WHO guideline of 5µg/m3.

Delhi, the most polluted megacity in the world, recorded an annual average particulate pollution of 126.5 micrograms per cubic metres in 2021. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 09:08 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Early air quality warning system deployed for Mumbai

Residents of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) can now access real-time and forecasted data on air pollution levels through the Air Quality Early Warning System (AQEWS). Developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the system provides hourly data on PM2.5 and PM10 pollutant levels across the city. The AQEWS relies on weather forecasts, satellite data, and on-ground data from 24 air quality monitoring stations. The tool can provide actionable forecasts for the near future, allowing citizens to minimise their exposure to unhealthy levels of pollution.

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Updated on Aug 27, 2023 12:39 AM IST
ByPrayag Arora-Desai

PMC distributes subsidy for e-rickshaws, to set up 40 mist-based fountains to reduce air pollution

The civic body under the National Clean Air programme, has received ₹350 crore to address environment-related issues

The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) on Wednesday approved starting a ‘share an auto-rickshaw’ feeder service at 18 metro stations in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 11:48 PM IST

What is antibiotic resistance and how air pollution increases it; how to prevent

Many people are finding it difficult to recover from diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis due to antibiotic resistance. Know what it is.

Antibiotic resistance has become a cause of concern in the past many years, and it can happen due to many reasons like taking over-the-counter antibiotics, not taking antibiotics for stipulated time, antibiotic resistant bacteria making its way through industrial waste among other things.(Freepik)
Published on Aug 08, 2023 06:02 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Antibiotic resistance may be linked to rising air pollution: Lancet study

Recent findings indicate 7.3 billion people globally are directly exposed to unsafe average annual PM2.5 levels, with 80 % iving in low- and middle-income countries

A 10% increase in annual PM2.5 in India could lead to a 2.5% increase in aggregate antibiotic resistance. (HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 04:43 PM IST

Rising air pollution shows need for localized climate action in the Northeast

Air pollution in northeastern cities of India, including Guwahati, has reached alarming levels. Increased monitoring and scientific research is needed

In March this year, Guwahati, the largest metropolis in India’s northeast region, found itself in the global list of 100 most polluted cities, as well as in the list of 10 most polluted cities in Asia (HT File)
Published on Aug 05, 2023 09:51 AM IST

Green ministry allocates 6.87 crore to tackle air pollution in Chandigarh

This comes in the backdrop of the CPCC and the Chandigarh’s municipal corporation chalking out a plan to improve air quality, which has shown high concentration of particulate matter over the years.

Union ministry of environment allocated a budget of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>6.87 crore to Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee to address air pollution. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 11:50 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Pune civic body to set up water fountains to reduce air pollution

The Environment Status Report (ESR) for 2022-23 released by the PMC on Wednesday has suggested installation of water fountains to bring down the effects of dust particles

PMC has installed a mist-based fountain at the busy Road Transport Office (RTO) Chowk on pilot basis. (Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 12:34 AM IST
ByAbhay Khairnar

Outdoor occupational groups at risk of diseases caused by air pollution: Study

A large percentage of the participants reported that they were suffering from sore throats, frequent headaches, itching eyes, etc.

It included 100 individuals from each of the three high-risk occupations and 100 more individuals from a control group. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jul 01, 2023 12:18 AM IST
ByAheli Das

An open letter: On wildfires and pollution

Canada is experiencing an unprecedented year of fires, with the smoke shrouding cities in the US and, over 2,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, in parts of western Europe

The smoke cloud produced by the multiple wildfires ongoing in Canada’s Quebec is seen over the city of Vigo, northwestern Spain, on Monday. (AFP)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 05:56 AM IST
ByBinayak Dasgupta

IMD launches study programme to understand rain-chemistry

The initiative was launched in the presence of KS Hosalikar, head, of CR &S at IMD Pune, and RG Pardeshi, principal of Fergusson College

This four-month-long joint study will be held between June and October 2023. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 21, 2023 11:38 PM IST
ByGayatri Vajpeyee

Delhi green panel to make checklist for nod to projects

A second SEAC member said they were looking at practical problems of other construction projects around the city

The draft checklist includes factors such as mitigation measures in relation to air pollution. (Reuters)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Transport officials seize over 2,000 end-of-life vehicles

The seizures are a fraction of 5.3 million vehicles that have been automatically deregistered

Transport officials confiscate old vehicles during a drive at Patel Nagar in New Delhi on May 30. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2023 11:31 PM IST
ByAlok KN Mishra

Lucknow’s air quality several times worse than WHO guidelines: Greenpeace report

The report states that pollution levels in all the observed cities were dangerously and persistently higher than the latest World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines.

Lucknow’s air was found to have an annual PM2.5 concentration of 79.24 μg/m3. (For representation only)
Updated on Jun 10, 2023 07:08 PM IST

Punjab farmers set to stick with pollution-causing variety of rice

PUSA 44 is an unrecommended non-basmati variety of rice, clearly tagged as an environmental hazard that takes a month longer to mature than other varieties

With paddy sowing in Punjab set to start from June 10, the government is facing a stiff challenge in dealing with the highest stubble-producing variety of PUSA 44. (File)
Updated on Jun 08, 2023 04:08 AM IST
ByVishal Joshi, Bathinda

Vehicles, fuel consumption rise, air quality down in Lucknow: IITR report

The number of registered vehicles in Lucknow city has gone up from around 26.5 lakh vehicles last year to a little over 28 lakh vehicles this year

For representation only (Ht File Photo)
Updated on Jun 07, 2023 06:35 PM IST
BySreya Deb, Lucknow

Into the Haze: Thick smoke envelopes US cities, from New York to Massachusetts

Authorities have issued alerts about potential health hazards caused from Canadian wildfires has enveloped the Northern U.S., casting an orange-gray smoky haze.

Hazardous smoke from Canadian wildfires has enveloped the Northern U.S.(REUTERS)
Published on Jun 07, 2023 05:52 PM IST
ByHarshita Bhati

New York City grapples with wildfire smoke from Quebec as health concerns rise

The concerning surge in air pollution in New York City as smoke from over a hundred wildfires in Quebec blankets the region.

New York City ranks as the global leader in severe air pollution due to the southward drift of harmful smoke from over a hundred wildfires raging in Quebec.
Published on Jun 07, 2023 05:30 PM IST

14 of top 20 most polluted cities in the world from India

India was ranked eighth on the list, with Chad, Iraq, Pakistan, Bahrain, and Bangladesh being the five most polluted countries in 2022.

According to the annual world air quality report published by Swiss air quality technology company IQAir, 15 out of top 20 most polluted cities in the world are Indian. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 08:18 PM IST

CSIR-IITR Pre-Monsoon Report 2023: Pollution in Lucknow down from last year but still above NAAQ standard

The report, which assesses nine areas of the city, was released on Sunday, the eve of World Environment Day. It adds that Aliganj is the most polluted among residential areas -- including Vikas Nagar, Gomti Nagar and Indira Nagar.

Aliganj most polluted among residential areas, air in Chowk most contaminated among commercial areas; Gomti Nagar, Alambagh & Charbagh among the noisiest, reveals study. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 11:21 PM IST
ByAakash Ghosh
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