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Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

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Stubble burning around Delhi during October 2018. Winter is peaking in Delhi these days and the air pollution this year has been more engulfing than ever. As Delhi headed into the winter months, citizens did brace for the city's notoriously poor air quality to get even worse. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded close to 250 at the end of October. Things got much out of hand though and according to available figures, AQI has peaked at 999 on more than one days at several places in Delhi since then. With the approach of winter, airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog prove to be a major hindrance to daily life in Delhi every year. This also proves to be a major public health hazard. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health has reported th...
CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

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Growing urbanization has resulted into increased generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) which needs to be managed by adopting environmentally sustainable technologies so as to keep our cities clean and protect the environment. Use of landfills may not be sustainable as it requires land which is scarce and also associated with a potential risk of surface and groundwater pollution due to leachate generation and deteriorated ambient air quality due to bad odour, flies, methane emission, fires etc. There is also a growing need to minimize the cost of managing MSW through recovery of resources and energy instead of disposal into landfill. Giving utmost importance to the Municipal Solid Waste Management, the Central Pollution Control Board  (CPCB) celebrated the occasion of World
Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

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The festival of Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival has always been an occasion for celebrating happiness, prosperity and well being of one and all. However, the situation in Delhi today is such that the celebrations revolving around this festival are becoming a threat to the health and well being of the society at large. Take, for example, the sweets which are manufactured and distributed specifically to meet the high demand during Diwali. The news of toxic laden ingredients as well as chemical treated dry fruits etc. becomes the talk of the town days before the onset of the festival preparations. The consumption of sweets and other eatables made from these ingredients leads to considerable loss of health and happi...
Perception and Legal Standing of Waste to Energy Projects in Delhi

Perception and Legal Standing of Waste to Energy Projects in Delhi

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Socio-enviro-economic crisis: Children among ragpickers at the Okhla Landfill Site. Waste to energy is essentially the process of generating electricity or heat from the direct burning of waste. The concept has been adequately exploited in developed countries and is known to be an environmentally considerate technology. Delhi’s first attempt at converting waste to energy was back in 1987. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) commissioned the Timarpur Refuse Incineration-cum-Power Generation Station at a capital cost of Rs. 20 crores (US$ 4.4 million) in that year. The Plant is said to have not run for more than 21 days of trial operations due to the low calorific value of Delhi’s waste (600- 700 kcal/kg as against the required 1462.5 kcal/kg. More recently, D

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 14, 2013

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 14 (starting April 1,  2013) 2013. 1. The shadow cast by toxicity Metrolife spoke to few environmentalists for their stand on the river’s harmful effects. Govind Singh, Director, Delhi Greens, an NGO studying the Yamuna imbroglio, said, “It is no longer a river now, it is a drain.” 2. Noisy Delhi to get a sound check An average Delhiite is exposed to noise levels several notches higher than what is safe. Experts say this leads to serious health implications — from deafness to heart conditions to sleep disorders. 3. A shocker: Not a single public toilet in whole of rural Delhi It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Anyone travelling the length of the rural belt of Delhi that stretches from
Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 46, 2012

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 46, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 46 (starting November 12, 2012) 2012. 1. Coming: Ten-fold hike in fine for mosquito-breeding If you are building a new home, be sure to fill up all water puddles at the site if you want to avoid a hefty fine. 2. Bhikaji Cama Place a symbol of ‘utter disdain for public property’: Accessibility audit A recently conducted walkability and accessibility audit of the District Centre Complex at Bhikaji Cama Place has revealed that within seven years of a major renovation at the place by Delhi Development Authority, this commercial complex has again returned to a state of neglect and filth. 3. Supreme Court body asks 4 States to take firm steps to check smog Taking serious note of the thick smog o

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 22, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 22 (starting May 28, 2012) 2012. 1. Petrol price hike: Environmentalists worried over the adverse impact of diesel cars on environment Even as chief minister Sheila Dikshit hinted at marginal relief for Delhiites from the petrol price hike, environmentalists are not amused. They continue to be a worried bunch and their fears are not unfounded, for petrol getting out of reach for many people means there will be more diesel vehicles on the road in the years to come. 2. Delhi CM reduces petrol price, makes CNG costlier Less than a week after the public sector oil companies raised petrol price by Rs. 7.54 to 73.18 a litre in the Capital, the Delhi government plans to bring it down by Rs. 1.26 to Rs. 71....
Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

Congratulations DELHI for a cleaner DEEPAWALI 2008

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As has been the trend, the ambient air and noise pollution levels for Deepawali 2008 were monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The results after data analysis for Deepawali 2008 were finally what we have been trying to achieve since a long time. Findings reveal that noise levels as well as air pollution levels this year have gone down with respect to Deepawali 2007.   This could be due to the following two reasons: Bursting of lesser number of crackers. Favourable meteorological conditions like increased mixing of height and temperature, both being higher than Deepawali 2007. This monitoring was conducted at seven and nine places all over Delhi, for air and noise pollution levels respectively. Level of SO2 declined considerably at all locations as com
Finally, Delhi Administration Talks of E-waste!

Finally, Delhi Administration Talks of E-waste!

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The problem of e-waste in Delhi is only increasing by the hour. Still not much is talked about it and little, if any research is going on in making any E-waste management strategy for the city. However of late, the problem is being recognized and being studied from all angles. The following is an article courtesy the Tribune News Service. Legislation to recycle e-waste in Delhi in offing April 3: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests is drafting a legislation in consultation with the Delhi Government to help it properly dispose of 15,000 tonnes of e-waste, which Delhi generate by way of recycling it, Mr. J. K. Dadoo, Secretary, Department of Environment, Government of Delhi, said. The Secretary clarified that stipulations of curr

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