Friday, May 01, 2015

Air Pollution News & Alerts - May 1st, 2015

NPR, May 1st, 2015
Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes.

The Hindu, May 1st, 2015
Green goals for the Delhi aam aadmi.

Bharat Press, May 1st, 2015
Transporters' group suggests ways to reduce Delhi pollution.

China Daily, April 30th, 2015
China to promote cleaner heating to fight smog.

Economic Times, April 30th, 2015
Rules for disposal of construction waste finalised in India.

Indian Express, April 30th, 2015
How plan to stop Delhi’s guzzler trucks remains a plan.

Japan Times, April 30th, 2015
Japan, China agree to boost cooperation to curb PM2.5, other air pollution.

Science Daily, April 30th, 2015
Gravity data show that Antarctic ice sheet is melting increasingly faster.

Treehugger, April 30th, 2015
Top UK court forces government to cut air pollution, diesel cars might be banned.

The Guardian, April 30th, 2015
For the youngest and oldest, air pollution may have serious health consequences.

Live Mint, April 30th, 2015
Daily bulletin on air quality in 10 top cities launched.

Indian Express, April 30th, 2015
Why did no one raise air pollution issue for 10 years…vested interests doing it now.

The Hindu, April 30th, 2015
NGT extends stay order on old diesel vehicles plying in Delhi.

Times of India, April 30th, 2015
Delhi's stricter emission norms only on paper.

Hindustan Times, April 30th, 2015
Air quality index trials begin in city.

Bangkok Post, April 30th, 2015
From Bogota with love: Karachi gets advice from Colombia.

International Business Times, April 30th, 2015
California Drought 2015: Dry Air, Landscape Worsen State's Air Pollution.

Hindustan Times, April 29th, 2015
Mumbai: Shivaji Park locals raise storm over dust levels.

The Guardian, April 29th, 2015
Unless we stop driving cars, all other sustainable transport plans are pointless.

Power Engineering, April 29th, 2015
Coal-fired power tops share of UK winter power generation.

Times of India, April 29th, 2015India plans to have more clean coal technology.

Science Daily, April 29th, 2015
Energy consumption rises with automated bill payment.

Science Daily, April 29th, 2015
Oil and gas development transforms landscapes.

Science Daily, April 29th, 2015
Erosion, landslides and monsoon across the Himalayas.

Science Daily, April 29th, 2015
Dust from the Sahara Desert cools the Iberian Peninsula.

Times of Central Asia, April 29th, 2015
Agreement strengthens cooperation between Kazakhstan and IEA.

Heartland News, April 28th, 2015
UN Backs Coal Power for the Poor.

Science Daily, April 28th, 2015
Beijing Olympics 'natural study' links pollution to lower birth weight.

India Today, April 28th, 2015
Centre moves National Green Tribunal over ban on old vehicles in Delhi.

DNA India, April 28th, 2015
11% people in Delhi suffering from asthma.

RTCc, April 28th, 2015
Three steps to build a greener and climate resilient India.

Times of India, April 28th, 2015
Centre seeks stay on diesel ban.

DNA India, April 28th, 2015
NGT bans burning of waste in open, violators to be fined.

The Hindu, April 28th, 2015
Telangana Pollution Control Board to respond to NGT notice.

EurActiv, April 28th, 2015
German cities show excessive air pollution levels.

Tree Hugger, April 28th, 2015
25% of cars are causing 90% of the air pollution that we breathe.

Economic Times, April 28th, 2015
Foul air against right to life, SC must act.

WHO, April 28th, 2015
Air pollution costs European economies US$ 1.6 trillion a year in diseases and deaths.

Indian Express, April 28th, 2015
Govt faces questions over air pollution in Capital.

Japan News, April 27th, 2015
Behind the Scenes / The future of greenhouse gas reductions after 2020.

Radio Free Asia, April 27th, 2015
China Government Lowers Coal-fired Power Rates as Economy Slows.

Times of India, April 27th, 2015
Hike diesel cess, put the money in public transport.

Economic Times, April 27th, 2015
Strange that environment ministry not accepting studies linking mortality to pollution.

Economic Times, April 27th, 2015
CO2 emission from thermal plants higher than global standards

Washington Post, April 28th, 2015
The weird way that air pollution impacts how we think about innovation.

Times of India, April 27th, 2015
Pollution not local but regional issue.

Times of India, April 27th, 2015
Air pollution bad for your brain too!

USEPA, April 27th, 2015
Free Air Quality Alerts Available as Summer Smog Season Starts Soon.

Live Mint, April 27th, 2015
Government seeks stay on NGT order in Delhi-NCR.

The Digital FC, April 26th, 2015
Old power plants to make way for newGen units.

Finacial Express, April 26th, 2015
Dhaka: Our mega-mini city.

Times of India, April 25th, 2015
Experts urge Delhi govt to work out implementation plan to curb pollution.

Telegraph, April 25th, 2015
Winter Olympics 2022: high praise for Beijing.

The National, April 25th, 2015
Coal can clean up its act.

International Business Times, April 25th, 2015
Air pollution: Long term exposure damages brain in older adults.

Times of India, April 25th, 2015
Experts urge Delhi govt to work out implementation plan.

New Delhi Times, April 25th, 2015
Poor air quality may lead to stroke risk.

First Post, April 24th, 2015Maharashtra government plans to formulate its own Transport Act.

Xinhua Net, April 24th, 2015
Beijing's PM2.5 density drops significantly in Q1.

Times of India, April 24th, 2015
Fake emission certificates pollute the air.

Zee News, April 24th, 2015
HC appalled over Govt's lack of concern about air pollution.

Silicon India, April 23rd, 2015
Greenpeace: India Lags Behind On Scale Conducting Air Pollution Quality Checks.

Hindustan Times, Aoril 23rd, 2015
Weak monsoon may cause spike in air pollution levels this year.

Times of India, April 23rd, 2015
Little data, air index of no use.

Huffington Post, April 23rd, 2015
Globalization and Its Discontents.

Jagaran Post, April 23rd, 2015
Power plants to be soon allowed to swap coal supplies.

Wall Street Journal, April 23rd, 2015
Why So Gloomy? In Sun-Deprived China, Only 5% Have Healthy Levels of Vitamin D.

ECNS, April 23rd, 2015
Beijing mulls traffic congestion fees for 2015.

Business Standard, April 23rd, 2015
Air pollution has reached alarming levels and we are concerned about it.

Xinhua Net, April 23rd, 2015
China turns to clean coal for balance in growth, environmental sustainability.

ECNS, April 22nd, 2015
Heavily polluting vehicles to be pulled off Shanghai's roads.

ECNS, April 22nd, 2015
'Pollution map' director wins China's first Skoll Award.

Maimi Herald, April 22nd, 2015
Use less energy, more clean energy.

Staright Life, April 22nd, 2015
Asthma study says traffic can be a trigger.

Christian Science Monitor, April 22nd, 2015
An app pushes factories in China to cut pollution.

Hindustan Times, April 22nd, 2015
HT Explains: Why Delhi's air is truly worse than Beijing's.

Huffington Post, April 22nd, 2015
Beijing's Air Becoming Slightly More Breathable.

Your Health, April 22nd, 2015
Study on pollution confirms fine dust causes premature deaths.

Science Daily, April 22nd, 2015
Vehicle cost, lack of consumer information hinder purchases of plug-in electric vehicles.

Hindustan Times, April 22nd, 2015
Beijing better than Delhi: Only 7 days of good air in national capital in 2 years.

New York Times, April 22nd, 2015
Obama Uses a Visit to the Everglades to Press His Climate Agenda.

Xinhua Net, April 22nd, 2015
Beijing accelerates air pollution control for Olympics expectation.

Huffington Post, April 22nd, 2015
Earth Day: World Bank Programme To Focus On Air Quality In India.

Business Wire India, April 22nd, 2015
Blueair offers Indian Urbanites Lifeline Mobile App to help Escape Deadly Air Pollution.

The Telegraph, April 21st, 2015
Olympics bid fuels drive for clean air.

Times of India, April 21st, 2015
Blame the air for soaring mercury.

The City Fix, April 21st, 2015
What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto’s Transit-Oriented Development.

New York Times, April 21st, 2015
Hundreds of Chinese Cities Don’t Meet Air Standards.

Science Daily, April 21st, 2015
Traffic emissions may pollute one in three Canadian homes.

NPR, April 21st, 2015
Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution.

ECNS, April 21st, 2015Beijing eyes blue skies via new monitoring system.

The White House Blog, April 21st, 2015Acid Rain, Toxic Leaded Gas, and Widespread Air Pollution? Not Anymore. Thanks to EPA.

Next City, April 21st, 2015
Wearable Sensors Will Measure How Much Air Pollution City Cyclists Inhale.

Times of India, April 21st, 2015Dust and vehicular smoke choking Kanpur, says UPPCB.

India Today, April 21st, 2015
World Bank programme to focus on air quality management in India.

Times of India, April 20th, 2015
Top corporate bosses promote cycling in Gurgaon.

Indian Express, April 20th, 2015
Air, an election issue.

DNA India, April 20th, 2015
Air Pollution: The silent killer we need to talk about more often.

Quartza, April 20th, 2015
It’s not just the Taj Mahal—pollution is ruining many other iconic monuments in India.

Bloomberg, April 20th, 2015
Here’s What China Closing Coal-Power Plants Means for Emissions.

Indian Express, April 20th, 2015
Fly Ash a Must Use for Construction Activities MoEF.

NDTV, April 18th, 2015
Delhi Government Scales-Up Battle with Air Pollution, Notices Issued to 172 Construction Projects.

Economic Times, April 17th, 2015
NCR builders claim to follow NGT orders.

Business Today, April 17th, 2015
No silver bullet for Delhi's pollution woes.

Indian Express, April 17th, 2015
Death by Breath: Swachh Bharat should include Swachh air.

Times of India, April 17th, 2015
Burning garbage in public places chokes Mysureans.

Times of India, April 17th, 2015
Study shows air pollution in Kaushambi 'alarmingly high'.

Times of India, April 16th, 2015
Construction adding to pollution woes.

Business Green, April 16th, 2015
Government agrees to clean up Britain's toxic air in Supreme Court showdown.

The Standard, April 16th, 2015
Study shows Beijing way behind air pollution target.

NVO News, April 16th, 2015
Pollution in Delhi higher than Beijing, caused by 8.5 million vehicles.

Indian Express, April 16th, 2015
In New Delhi, do as Beijing does.

The City Fix, April 16th, 2015
Urbanizing India: A Closer Look.

The Hindu, April 16th, 2015
More buses, fewer cars please.

Times of India, April 15th, 2015
Ban on old diesel vehicles may not be enough to clean up Delhi air.

Indian Express, April 15th, 2015
What Delhi can learn from Paris.

Hindustan Times, April 15th, 2015
Air Quality Index fails to give clear picture.

Indian Express, April 15th, 2015
Reducing Black Carbon Vital in Fight Against Climate Change.

First Post, April 15th, 2015
Saving Delhi's air: Environment ministry wants to ban polluting vehicles, burning garbage.

Hindustan Times, April 15th, 2015
Mumbai: 'We need source-wise mitigation of sources of pollutants'.

New York Times, April 15th, 2015
Experimenting at Home With Air Quality Monitors.

Radio Free Asia, April 15th, 2015
Rare Pollution Protest Creates Long Traffic Jam in Vietnam.

Zee News, April 15th, 2015
Felling of trees by DMRC, PWD given rise to air pollution.

Indian Express, April 15th, 2015
Death by Breath challenges: Check air inside courts, even I have fallen ill, says judge.

Hindustan Times, April 15th, 2015
Pollution check for Mumbai: What you can do to clear the air around you?

China Post, April 15th, 2015
Ban on coal, petroleum coke to impact power supply: minister.

IBN Live, April 15th, 2015
Is the governmnent doing enough to combat air pollution?

CNN, April 15th, 2015
This Indian city has the world's worst air.

New York Times, April 15th, 2015Clearing the Air in Paris.

NDTV, April 15th, 2015
6-Day-Old Ban on Diesel Vehicles for Delhi has Already Been Suspended.

Times of India, April 14th, 2015
NCR states draw up action plan to tackle air pollution.

NDTV Blog, April 14th, 2015Clear the Air With Clean Vehicles.

Times of India, April 14th, 2015
100 roads dug up all at once, Mumbaikars furious.

The Diplomat, April 14th, 2015
Can the US and China Save the World?

Hindustan Times, April 14th, 2015
Worried your diesel car will fail age test in Delhi? You may get incentives to let go of it.

Huffington Post, April 14th, 2015
Delhi Air Pollution: 3 States Join The Battle For Cleaner Air.

Hindustan Times, April 14th, 2015
What’s making Mumbai gasp for air?

Scientific American, April 14th, 2015
Himalayas Fail as Pollutants Barrier.

The Guardian, April 14th, 2015
World Bank must do more on fossil fuels.

Science Daily, April 13th, 2015
Burying the climate change problem.

Mother Nature Network, April 13th, 2015
India launches clean air index to help tackle pollution.

Deccan Herald, April 13th, 2015
Environmental pollution and India's competitiveness.

India Today, April 13th, 2015
Delhi government issues directions to crack down on burning trash in open spaces.

Economic Times, April 13th, 2015
3-month action plan to combat air pollution in Delhi-NCR.

Times of India, April 13th, 2015
Delay in metro inauguration robs citizens of cleaner air.

Hindustan Times, April 13th, 2015
Congestion is the chief problem in Mumbai.

Financial Express, April 12th, 2015
Delhi govt directs crackdown on open burning of garbage.

India Today, April 12th, 2015
Cancer-causing pollutants released at fuel filling stations alarm government.

Climate Progress, April 11th, 2015How Does Hillary Match Up With Other Dems On Climate Change?

Clean Technica, April 11th, 2015
Heavy Public Health Burden Of Coal Energy.

Times of India, April 11th, 2015
10 air pollution monitoring stations in city exceed national average.

The Hindu, April 11th, 2015
Stop construction if green norms not in place: NGT.

DNA Pune, April 11th, 2015
Pune can still salvage its air pollution situation.

Business Standard, April 11th, 2015
A Bengaluru neighbourhood's toxic air portends India's future.

Indian Express, April 11th, 2015
A new vehicle for clean air.

Indian Express, April 11th, 2015
Express Impact: From today, stop construction that’s polluting air, says NGT.

Pollution Solutions, April 11th, 2015
Human Waste is Polluting Mount Everest.

NPR, April 11th, 2015
Plagued By Smog, Krakow Struggles To Break Its Coal-Burning Habit.

NY Times, April 10th, 2015
The Power and Limits of Pope Francis’s Climate Change Campaign.

Visually, April 10th, 2015
What's in the Air We Breather.

News & Observer, April 10th, 2015
Labored breathing as NC lawmakers seek to relax air pollution rules.

First Post, April 10th, 2015
Banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi: Not enough to improve air quality.

Financial Express, April 10th, 2015
National Green Tribunal ban: Over 250 diesel run vehicles impounded in Delhi.

The Hindu, April 10th, 2015
For a breath of fresh air.

Dhaka Tribune, April 10th, 2015
Study quantifies benefits unlocked by new climate action commitments.

World Coal, April 10th, 2015
British coal imports to jump ahead of 1 April carbon tax hike.

Times of India, April 10th, 2015
Gzb air pollution 4 times over normal.

Indian Express, April 10th, 2015
Take a deep breath.

Indian Express, April 10th, 2015
Ensure residents don’t travel towards illness with each breath.

1million Women, April 10th, 2015
Will the new air quality index stop India from choking?

Times of India, April 10th, 2015
NGT order worries Noida homebuyers.

Co-Exist, April 10th, 2015
Here's How Much Of China's Secondhand Smog Is Ending Up In American Air.

UK Mirror, April 9th, 2015
London Marathon 2015: Runners told to train indoors with industrial pollution set to hit record levels.

Voice of America, April 9th, 2015
Seoul Highlights Environmental Investments at Climate Change Conference.

Economic Times, April 9th, 2015
Delhi air pollution: A hara-kiri in waiting.

World Property Journal, April 9th, 2015
Air Quality a Concern for Beijing Office Market Tenants.

Hindustan Times, April 9th, 2015
Delhi air pollution case: From an ‘innocuous petition’ to NGT's ban.

The Hindum April 9th, 2015
How to read India’s new colour-coded Air Quality Index.

Free Press, April 9th, 2015
Seriously, it’s time to clear the air.

The City Fix, April 9th, 2015
Why we need solutions at scale to solve today’s urban challenges.

Huffington Post, April 8th, 2015
Why April Is an Opportunity to Stop People Dying From Pollution.

The City Fix, April 8th, 2015
China’s clean air challenge: Public unrest forges the path ahead.

The Hindu, April 8th, 2015
Can BTM Layout be ‘most polluted place’?

Power Engineering, April 8th, 2015
Fuel Tech receives emission control contracts worth $2.2M.

Deccan Chronicle, April 8th, 2015
Coal ash in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh sparks concern.

Indian Express, April 8th, 2015
New Delhi: NGT bans diesel vehicles older than 10 years.

Bloomberg, April 8th, 2015
China’s Pollution Assault Boosting Solar, Electric Vehicles.

Wall Street Journal, April 8th, 2015
How India’s New Air Quality Index Works.

Times of India, April 8th, 2015
Day after green tribunal order, cops seize 96 vehicles.

NDTV, April 8th, 2015
Soon, Check Your City's Air Pollution on Your Mobile, Thanks to This Team.

Indian Express, April 8th, 2015
Mumbai to Chennai: How Delhi could show the way.

Hindustan Times, April 8th, 2015
Plan ways to improve Mumbai’s air quality: Centre tells state.

First Post, April 8th, 2015
Curbing air pollution: NGT bans all 10-year-old diesel vehicles from Delhi roads.

Times of India, April 8th, 2015
CAG report slams Bihar State Pollution Control Board.

The Hindu, April 8th, 2015
Glitch in report shows Bengaluru as most polluted.

ABC News, April 8th, 2015
Push for Cleaner Stoves in Poor Countries to Cut Pollution.

Economic Times, April 7th, 2015
Centre to announce time-bound plan to cut pollution levels in NCR.

Westside Today, April 7th, 2015
UCLA study: Los Angeles has some of worst air pollution in nation.

Indian Express, April 7th, 2015
Need Common Parameter for Checking Pollution in Delhi.

Indian Express, April 7th, 2015
Express Impact: Will bring in rules to regulate dust from construction activity.

International Bureau Times, April 7th, 2015
India: Air quality index welcomed but lack of action on pollution continues.

Huffington Post, April 7th, 2015
India Air Quality Index: How To Check Your City's Pollution Level.

Business Standard, April 7th, 2015
Delhi govt asks Centre to make laws to curb air pollution.

Times of India, April 6th, 2015
Noida air quality worse than Delhi’s during winter.

Indian Express, April 6th, 2015
Gulf storm to worsen air quality in city, Mumbai: IITM forecast.

The Diplomat, April 6th, 2015
Why India Won't Follow in China's Environmental Footsteps.

Times of India, April 6th, 2015
86% ‘bad air’ days in Delhi this winter.

BBC, April 6th, 2015
India launches air quality index to give pollution information.

Voice of America, April 6th, 2015
India to Monitor Air Pollution in 10 Cities.

Times of India, April 5th, 2015
India raises coal import by 35% to aid power plants.

Indian Express, April 5th, 2015
Lab in a box (Delhi).

The Hindu, April 5th, 2015
Wet spell brings down air pollution.

Indian Express, April 5th, 2015
Chief secy asks depts to comply with NGT’s order on air pollution.

Business Standard, April 5th, 2015
No more power holidays for industries in Telangana.

Times of India, April 4th, 2015Delhi govt plans to initiate crackdown on waste burning.

Economic Times, April 4th, 2015
Pollution in cities: Is dirty air the price of growing affluence.

First Post, April 4th, 2015
Air pollution: Want your kid to grow up healthy? Get out of Delhi.

Hindustan Times, April 4th, 2015
Dust to dust: Non-stop construction chokes Delhi.

Business Standard, April 4th, 2015
Dinesh Mohan: Dealing with pollution in our cities.

University News, April 4th, 2015
From Paris to Beijing, A More Urgent Approach to Air Pollution is Needed.

NY Times, April 4th, 2015
Washington Governor Puts Focus on Climate Goals, and Less on Debate.

The Hill, April 3rd, 2015
The mathematics of life-saving regulation.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rs. 98,000 Cleared for 100 Smart Cities Program in India (AMRUT)

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved Modi government's two flagship schemes - 100 smart cities and urban rejuvenation programme for 500 towns and cities. The idea is to recast the urban landscape and to make such areas more livable and inclusive, besides driving economic growth. The government cleared a total central outlay of Rs 98,000 crore to execute these schemes in the next five years. Work is to be undertaken for smaller cities and towns with one lakh or more population under a new scheme named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Centre will spend Rs 50,000 crore for this scheme. This will be the new scheme in place of JNNURM named after India's first PM Jawaharlal Nehru during UPA rule.

Read more @ Times of India

Cost of Making Cities Environmentally Smart (for air pollution) - currently not discussed in the 100 smart cities program.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Cost of Building a Robust Air Quality Monitoring and Information Dissemination Platform in India

Rs. 7500 crores for 10 years, for 50 cities, with at least 30 continuous monitoring stations each.

We put together some back of the envelope calculations to jump start the discussion on what it would take to build an all continuous air quality monitoring program in India. Full article is published @ India Together

Lets discuss, for the sake of feasibility, the 50 cities from the smart cities program – those with at least one million population (as reported in the 2011 Census). Here are some rough calculations for introducing and operating a continuous system for 10 years. Note that the costs are anecdotal, based on the discussions with suppliers and subject to change over time. These calculations are here to provide an idea of the likely required investment
  • Average cost of a continuous monitoring station (measuring all the criteria pollutants and meteorological parameters) is approximately 1 crore rupees, plus 10 percent by way of annual maintenance fee
  • A representative sample size per city is 30 stations; which puts the required number of stations at 1500 in the 50 cities (we can argue that a big city like Delhi can use +10 stations and a small city like Indore can use -10 stations)
  • This translates to a required investment of Rs 3,000 crore (including 10 percent annual maintenance fees for 10 years)
  • Cost of infrastructure, personnel and training could be an additional 100 percent (this is on the high side, given that the CPCB already operates some of the 573 manual stations across these cities with necessary infrastructure and personnel already in place)
  • Even if we assume a 50 percent hike in the prices and fees, this puts the tab at Rs 7,500 crore for ten years (1 crore = 10 million)
For 50 cities to be environmentally smart and report air pollution and its severity in real time, for ten years, this is not a big sum. The cost of the Delhi metro system is approximately 75,000 crores, which is currently supporting less than five percent of the travel demand in the city. There are similar metro systems, either planned or already under construction, in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Mumbai and others. According to the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, in January 2015 alone, the total consumption of petroleum products in India was 13.9 million metric tonnes. Which means, an additional cess of 50 paise per kg of petroleum products sold, will translate to Rs 695 crore a month (or approximately 8,340 crores rupees per year) – enough to cover the estimated costs to operate a reliable and transparent air quality information management system in 50 cities for ten years.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Air Quality - Delhi vs. Beijing

Is it more dangerous to breathe the air in Delhi or Beijing? We know that both cities are hazardous to your lungs, but residents of India’s capital have been rattled by a growing chorus of claims that they are more at risk than people living in Beijing, the global poster-child for air pollution. Douw Steyn, a Professor at University of British Columbia has obtained two-years-worth of hourly data from the monitoring station in Delhi’s RK Puram neighbourhood, and from the US embassy in Beijing. Each station measures the deadly microfine particles known as PM 2.5 in micrograms per cubic meter of air, which was crunched to produce what staticians call a QQ plot (for quantile vs. quantile).

You could leave it at that, but if you want to understand exactly what the chart means, and why it matters, read on. You can also read Professor Steyn’s explanation to HT here.

More @ Hindustan Times

Infographic - Comparing Air Pollution and Actions in Beijing and Delhi