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7 out of 20 notices for sugar industries in Maha issued for Pune region

Through these notices, the sugar industries were directed to take necessary steps to prevent river (water) and air pollution in the areas around them

At four notices, Aurangabad and Kolhapur got the second-highest number of notices for sugar industries after Pune. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 15, 2024 08:22 AM IST

MPCB serves notice to Chakan Municipal Council over air pollution

MPCB issued notice to Chakan Municipal Council over garbage burning and air pollution following complaints and site inspection, asking for response within 15 days.

The MPCB in the last few months received several complaints about dumping and burning of municipal solid waste in Kharabwadi village of Khed tehsil. The board was informed that the location where the waste was being dumped and burned is not authorised for disposal of municipal solid waste. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 05:48 AM IST

Amid heavy rainfall, Delhi breathes cleanest air in 297 days

On-and-off spells of rain in the city in the past 24 hours, coupled with strong winds, were the reason for the improvement in air quality

Overcast skies throughout the day meant that the maximum temperature in the city was lodged at 31.7 degrees Celsius (°C), six degrees below what is considered normal for this time of the year. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 04:45 AM IST

'34,000 Indians die every year due to air pollution,' says Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh said that of the 34,000 deaths in 10 Indian cities due to air pollution, Delhi is the worst affected with 12,000 deaths each year.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.(ANI)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 03:24 PM IST

Air pollution exposure leading to deaths even when meeting Indian norms: Study

The report found that across 10 major cities in India — Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Shimla, and Varanasi – around 33,000 deaths every year are attributable to PM 2.5 pollution levels

A person commutes in Delhi covering his face amid air pollution in November 2023. (File Photo)
Published on Jul 04, 2024 08:23 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

No scientific study to blame Punjab farm fires for Delhi’s pollution, says NGT member

The statement of a sitting judicial member of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) assumes significance as in most judicial proceedings and public discourses paddy crop residue burning in the neighbouring states, especially Punjab, has been blamed for Delhi’s worsening air pollution.

A farmer burns straw stubble in a paddy field on the outskirts of Amritsar. (AFP File)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 08:24 AM IST
ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

Heat and Haze: Air pollution worsens in Indian cities during summer

A recent analysis reveals a significant summer surge in PM2.5 levels. Byrnihat tops the list of most polluted cities, followed by Faridabad and Gurugram.

Noida, India- April 17, 2024: Clear blue skies were seen after a drop in air pollution levels and increased visibility of the city skyline, in Noida, India, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jul 03, 2024 12:38 AM IST

Air pollution caused 170K kids’ deaths in India in 2021: Report

Exposure to air pollution in young children is linked to pneumonia, lower respiratory tract infections responsible for one in five child (20%) deaths globally.

Noida skyline blanketed by smog on May 23, 2024. (Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 07:16 AM IST
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Air pollution second biggest reason for deaths among young kids in South Asia: Study

In 2021, exposure to air pollution was linked to more than 2,60,600 deaths of children under 5, making it the second-most leading risk factor for deaths in South Asia for this age group, after malnutrition

Children walk to school wearing face masks to protect themselves from air pollution in Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 19, 2024 02:11 PM IST
ByJayashree Nandi

Ghaziabad gets 17 crore from planning commission to combat bad air

Environmentalists suggest the municipal corporation to spend funds in a transparent manner and should also involve citizens in its utilisation

A communication dated June 5 from ministry of finance said seven cities in Uttar Pradesh, including Ghaziabad, have been proposed to receive about <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>258 crore for taking up air quality improvement measure. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Ghaziabad

Delhi govt to hold meeting on summer air plan

The summer action plan was introduced by the Delhi government in each of the last two summers to tackle dust and other summer-related pollutants

A thick blanket of dust covers Kartavya Path on Tuesday morning. (Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Centre tells Punjab to control stubble fires, plan in advance

Against the total farm fire count of 49,922 in 2022, the numbers came down to 36,623 last year. However, the area under stubble fire increased to 19 lakh acres in 2023 against 15 lakh acres in 2022.

About 20 million tonnes of paddy straw is generated in the paddy harvest season.
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Ultra fine emission inventory reveals top polluted hotspots in Mumbai

A recent study unveils a detailed emission inventory for Mumbai, pinpointing critically polluted hotspots in the city.

Mumbai, India - Sept. 19, 2020:High level of air pollution coming out from industries in Mahul, Chembur in Mumbai, India, on Monday, September 19, 2020. (Photo by Vijayanand Gupta/Hindustan Times) (Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 09:36 AM IST

MPCB instructs PMC to act against pollution norm violations

During the meeting, the board instructed the civic body to coordinate within their department and start taking stern action against violators to curb the rising menace of air and water pollution in the city

The meeting was held at the MPCB office and was attended by PMC officials from the solid waste management department, drainage department, and environment department amongst other officials. (REPRESENTATIVE PIC)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:20 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare

47 km of unpaved roads in Delhi fixed to cut dust pollution

The agency said that it has directed the land and road-owning bodies of Delhi to expedite the work on the pending roads

The directions came as part of the summer action plan to tackle air pollution in Delhi, being prepared by the department. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:58 AM IST

The invisible killer lurking in the air of our cities

With climate change making smog and bushfires common, it's likely more people will die from air pollution in coming years especially in densely populated cities

Air pollution can affect everyone, but it is especially risky for kids, pregnant women, and old folks. This is true especially when cities get hit with short, intense bursts of dirty air. (Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 22, 2024 12:47 PM IST
PTI | | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, Melbourne

Cancer-causing daily items: 7 things in your house that are carcinogenic

From plastic containers to non-stick cookware, there are certain household items that are silently putting you at risk of cancer. All you want to know.

Carcinogenic household items: Benzene, asbestos, vinyl chloride, radon, arsenic, and trichloroethylene are examples of toxic substances that can increase the risk of cancer when people are exposed to them.(Freepik)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 11:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Air pollution takes toll on mental health: Delhi govt informs NGT

NGT sought responses from the Delhi government and CPCB on the psychological impact of air quality decline, emphasising the analysis of mental health effects.

The tribunal, noting CPCB's reply, said there was no monitoring of certain air pollutants, including ammonia, lead, nickel arsenic and Benzo(a)pyrene. (Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:33 AM IST
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Health risks of urban air pollution: How Africa is fighting against it

Cities are growing rapidly in Africa, but many countries lack effective technologies to measure air pollution.

Heavy air pollution in places such as South Africa leads to premature deaths (DW)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 04:09 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

NGT seeks report from Punjab government on curbing farm fires

A bench of NGT Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava noted that an action taken report dated March 19 had been filed by the Punjab Pollution Control Board which included the details of paddy straw utilisation in 2023 along with the target for the present year

The tribunal directed the state government to file its report a week before the next date of hearing on July 12. (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 07:30 AM IST
ByPress Trust of India, New Delhi

ASHA workers undergo sensitisation workshop onair pollution in Ludhiana

The convening saw active participation from ASHA workers, who play a very important role in grassroots healthcare delivery across communities

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Updated on Apr 08, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Ludhiana

Awareness about air pollution-related terminologies low among urban poor in Delhi-NCR: Study

Awareness about air pollution-related terminologies low among urban poor in Delhi-NCR: Study

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Updated on Apr 07, 2024 04:48 PM IST
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Election In Pincodes: Ghaziabad votes amid bad air, in shadow of a trash mound

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, HT looks at some key constituencies across India which encapsulate the issues shaping the elections

Homes and dairy units dot the foot of the Ghazipur landfill, on the fringe of the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 09:22 AM IST
BySaurya Sengupta

Pune civic body to direct eateries to switch to cleaner fuels

The decision comes after the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board last month wrote to the PMC requesting to implement measures to reduce Particulate Matter (PM), odour generated by hotels, restaurants, dhabas, bakeries and open eateries in the municipal limits to improve the air quality

To curb air pollution, the health department of Pune Municipal Corporation will soon issue directives to all food business operators (FBOs) to replace conventional fuels with better options, the officials said. (REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:31 PM IST
ByVicky Pathare

Tips for flu prevention amidst environmental health challenges

As per study, air pollution in India is shortening lifespans by over 5 years and respiratory infections and flu are on rise. Here are tips to prevent its spread

Navigating air pollution and flu season: Expert tips on keeping your respiratory well-being in check (Photo by pngtree)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 11:27 AM IST
ByZarafshan Shiraz, New Delhi

Clean air as a poll guarantee

Forty-two of the world’s 50 most polluted cities are in India. That’s why.

Across the National Capital Region (NCR), Delhi was followed by Greater Noida (88.6µg/m3) as the most polluted, ranking 11th in the list of the world’s most polluted cities. (Sunil Ghosh /HT Photo)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 09:48 PM IST
ByHT Editorial

Bihar's Begusarai, ‘world's most polluted city in 2023’; India at 3rd globally

India ranked third worst polluted country out of 134 countries trailing behind Bangladesh and Pakistan, as highlighted in World Air Quality Report 2023.

96 per cent of India's population reside in areas where air quality exceeds WHO guidelines by seven times, as per the report. (File) (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 12:46 PM IST

Delhi back as world’s most polluted capital

New Delhi named most polluted capital in 2023 with PM2.5 levels 20 times safe standard; India third most polluted country, 42 of top 50 cities are Indian.

In the 2022 iteration of the report, New Delhi ranked as the second most polluted capital in the world behind Chad’s N’Djamena(Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:25 AM IST
By, New Delhi

HC directs MPCB to present hiring plan for pollution audit

Bombay High Court directs MPCB to hire 1,310 personnel for pollution audit in Mumbai. Urges audit of "red" industries. Expert committee to report on source apportionment by June 20.

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Updated on Mar 19, 2024 08:04 AM IST
BySahyaja MS

MPCB issues closure notice to industrial unit in Dehugaon for flouting pollution norms

Dehugaon industrial unit during MPCB inspection was found operating sans environmental clearance from the board

Dehugaon industrial unit during MPCB inspection was found operating sans environmental clearance from the board. (Getty Images/iStockphoto (PIC FOR REPRESENTATION))
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 09:10 AM IST
ByVicky Pathare
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