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    Massive Earth Foundation’s AQI study reveals what is choking India

    While many Indian cities are highly polluted, Delhi — being the capital of the country — has come to be regarded as the symbol of urban pollution. The massive stubble burning that happens in neighbouring states during winter has become the focus of experts, governments and industry bodies, but there are other factors too.

    150 flights impacted due to Delhi smog

    Flights to Delhi were diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow and Amritsar between 9Am and 1 PM due to low visibility at Delhi airport. The visibility at Delhi airport fell to below the minimum visibility required due to smog, primarily created by crop burning in Punjab and Haryana, and has engulfed the city for the past one week.

    Brazil's Forest Fires, Delhi's Smog: A Terrible 2019 For Planet Earth

    2019 has been an unforgettable year, for all the wrong reasons: From killer smog (R) to forest fires (L), drought to flood to hurricanes, the planet saw it all.

    The intangible costs that Delhi's dirty air carries for a slowing economy

    India’s losses from air pollution increased more than four times to $560 billion between 1990 and 2013.

    Pollution won't spare your little one: Kids deemed more vulnerable to damage than adults

    Kids these days are likely to face increased risk from severe floods, prolonged droughts, and wildfires.

    Toxic air in Delhi fueled by rice fields that India doesn’t need

    Each year India’s rice farmers burn the stubble of the harvested paddy crop, contributing to the annual haze.

    As Delhi chokes, power plants are set to miss emissions deadline

    Eight of the plants, whose operators include Vedanta, L&T and Uttar Pradesh Power Corp., have yet to order the required flue-gas desulfurization units, as per the Central Electricity Authority. The units can take as long as three years to secure and install, and it’s unclear if the operators will be penalized by authorities if they miss the deadline.

    No solution in sight to Delhi's November smog as government calls it 'emergency'

    Experts monitoring the Delhi air crisis told that while the Graded Response Action Plan is a good start for “emergency” action, a “massive” and sustained series of action are required to address the scale of the problem.

    Drizzle worsens Delhi air to record 1,200+ on index

    In the global hall of shame, Delhi was on top with its 1,200-plus AQI, followed by Lahore at 163, Dhaka at 157 and Kolkata at 156. Pollution is forecast to improve significantly by Tuesday from the extraordinarily hazardous levels, but is expected to remain in the ‘very poor’ category, said the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research.

    Delhi records poorest air quality in 3 years

    The apocalyptic haze stiffened its choke on Delhi and satellite towns as scattered rains on Saturday increased humidity, leading to smog and a cloud cover preventing sun rays from warming the ground. Low visibility due to smog at the Delhi airport led to diversion of 37 flights. The Delhi government on Friday directed closure of schools till Nov 5.

    Air Quality in Delhi reaches ‘poor’ category

    With a dip in mercury in the national capital, air quality recorded in ‘Poor’ category on October 15. According to Air Quality Index (AQI), major pollutants particulate matter 2.5 remains at 214 and particulate matter 10 at 211 both in 'Poor' category. The air quality was recorded near Lodhi Road in Delhi. Earlier, CM Arwind Kejriwal had requested state governments to take measures as air quality is deteriorating day by day. Air Quality in Delhi reaches ‘poor’ category

    How the growing concern for air pollution is leading to the rise of an anti-pollution products industry

    Face masks are not all. Anti-pollution items have permeated the beauty category too.

    Layer of smog envelopes Delhi after air quality deteriorates

    Heavy smog was seen in the skies of the national capital on October 11. Major pollutants PM 2.5 at 185 in 'Moderate' category and PM 10 at 201 in 'Poor' category were reported in Lodhi Road area, according to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data. There has been spike in pollution following conclusion of festivities in Delhi on Oct 8.Layer of smog envelopes Delhi after air quality deteriorates

    Delhi smog: Air quality hazardous after Diwali, severe at several places

    Delhi is covered in a blanket of thick smog, one of the prime reasons being several refusing to pay heed to SC’s order on cracker ban. Violations were reported across several areas and AQI was at hazardous levels in many locations.Delhi smog: Air quality hazardous after Diwali, severe at several places

    Delhi smog: Ban on trucks, construction lifted

    The measures, part of the Graded Response Action Plan, were enforced on November 8 after pollution levels had spiked, hitting the emergency category, accompanied by thick smog.

    Delhi smog and runway closure to dent travel plans

    The UK has updated its travel advisory for India citing the runway closure at Delhi airport, which may lead to flight delays and cancellations.

    Dust storm in West Asia precipitated Delhi smog crisis: SAFAR

    On November 8, the contribution of the dust storm was 40 per cent, eclipsing the role of emissions from stubble burning, which stood at 25 per cent, SAFAR said.

    Delhi smog: EPCA lens on diesel vehicles, thermal power plants

    The SC-appointed panel has also pitched for stickers on vehicles reflecting fuel and age so that based on the level of pollution, certain categories of vehicles can be prohibited.

    Delhi smog: Supreme Court seeks responses from Centre, state governments

    SC seeks responses from Centre, UP, Haryana and Punjab on the plea seeking direction to curb pollution through road dust, stubble burning, PTI reported

    Delhi smog: AAP government files Odd-Even review petition in NGT

    The AAP government had said that it would file a review petition against the NGT's decision rejecting most exemptions given under the Odd-Even scheme.

    Delhi smog: NHAI tells staff to take pollution control measures

    NHAI has issued instructions to the field officials to take all possible steps to reduce contribution of the highways sector towards air pollution in Delhi NCR.

    Heavy Delhi smog leads to multiple car pile-up on Yamuna Expressway

    On 8 November, footage emerged of a car pile up on the Yamuna Expressway between Agra and Mathura. Vehicle after vehicle plowed into each other after drivers lost control owing to reduced visibility.

    Considering banning industrial activities at NCR pollution hotspots when air quality is severe: EPCA

    In a meeting on Friday with various oil and gas cos, EPCA ashed out at them asking the reason for not being able to switch to cleaner sources of energy.

    Post Diwali Delhi air pollution augments, fine particulates reach 40 times the safe limit

    The level of the most dangerous microparticles, PM 2.5, which can pierce the lungs and enter the bloodstream, was nearly 2,000, dramatically higher than the safe limit of about 50.

    Delhi records worst air quality of year after Diwali due to rampant bursting of crackers: Officials

    The SAFAR had warned that even if partial toxic firecrackers as compare to last year were burnt, then the air quality would fall in the severe category.

    Ahead of Diwali, Delhi air deteriorates to ‘severe’

    Monday saw a sharp turn for the worse as Delhi had “moderate” air quality at 171 on Sunday.

    Watch: The economics of stubble burning

    Simple economics is at the heart of the worsening menace that chokes Delhi every winter, ET's Nidhi Sharma found while travelling through northern India's rice belt from Sonepat to Karnal. Watch this video to know more.Watch: The economics of stubble burning

    ET View: No silver bullet to tackle pollution; make it a consistent effort

    If we are serious about improving air quality, then tackling pollution has to become a serious, long-term effort.

    Pollution doesn't kill just humans but businesses too

    If the govt takes tough measures against pollution, it will boost production and lead to economic benefits.

    Nine flights diverted over Delhi smog

    The aircrafts were diverted to Sanganer Airport here, an official said, adding that one of the charted planes was carrying BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.

    Delhi smog: Rise in asthma, allergy, breathlessness cases

    Doctors and experts say that besides spike in fresh cases, health complications have aggravated in people having a history of asthma, allergy or other related ailments.

    What the government should do to tackle the Delhi smog

    Given that the smog conditions were expected, why weren’t emergency measures in place and advisories released in advance?

    Delhi smog: MCD schools to be closed tomorrow

    About 10 lakh students are enrolled in the schools administered by the South, North and East Delhi Municipal Corporations.

    Government determined to not let Delhi smog-like situation recur: Environment Secretary C K Mishra

    "But, as a government, we are determined to not let the Delhi smog-like situation happen again. And, we are concerned not just for the national capital but for the whole India.

    Delhi smog: Rahul Gandhi takes Bollywood style dig at PM Narendra Modi

    Gandhi quoted the well-known ghazal from the 1978 Hindi movie 'Gaman' to take a poetic dig at The Delhi smog without naming any political party or leader.

    Delhi smog: Doctors say N90 masks can help protect from ill-effects

    Experts say that exposure to air pollution can lead to cancer and heart disease.

    Delhi smog live updates:Odd-even scheme from Nov 13-17 in the national capital called off

    Delhi and Punjab governments announced complete closure of schools till Sunday following weather forecasts that situation is unlikely to improve soon.

    Watch: Delhi, brace for smog as crop burning continues

    Burning of crop stubble is on in Punjab. While it is a worry for Indian Railways now, it also means the national capital and North India should brace for dangerous levels of pollution this winter. Watch now and read the full story in ET Magazine, this Sunday (May 27).Watch: Delhi, brace for smog as crop burning continues

    Delhi smog: Govt bans crackers, only allowed during religious functions

    The LG has also issued directions for strict action against polluting industries running in Delhi, particularly in non-conforming areas

    Delhi smog: CISF to issue masks to 7,000 personnel out on field

    The masks will be provided to those personnel who remian posted outside the buildings to secure the entry and exit of these facilities and those who are mandated to remain positioned at vantage positions and be mobile for patrols or as part of quick reaction teams, officials added.

    Delhi smog: Arvind Kejriwal goes all out to save suffocating capital

    Arvind Kejriwal said that emergency measures are needed to tackle the situation and announced that all constructions and demolitions activities will be stopped for next 5 days.

    Will ensure supply of Euro-VI fuel in Delhi by April 1: Centre to Supreme Court

    The government in an affidavit filed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) said this to a bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta.

    Alpine air at work? Delhi eyes novel ways to battle smog

    From the outside, the Paharpur Business Centre looks like any modern office block. But inside it is a virtual jungle where rooms and corridors are lined with more than 7,000 potted plants and creepers.

    Despite ban on sale of firecrackers, air quality worsened: CPCB

    The short-term study was conducted by experts entrusted by the CPCB at the time when sale of fire crackers was banned in Delhi-NCR by the top court from October 9.

    Expect more anti-pollution measures in 2018

    2017 is ending on an anxious note—that we aren't doing enough to solve the problem of pollution.

    Delhi air back in ‘severe’ zone, 1st time since November

    The overall air quality index, which stood at 359 (very poor) on Wednesday, jumped to 469 on Thursday, which is well into the severe category of CPCB’s index.

    'Anti-smog gun' does little in shooting down pollution

    The hourly-readings of PM2.5, were 444, 421, 476, 509 and 460 between 10 am and 2 pm while the corresponding readings of PM10 were 630, 608, 736, 842 and 702 microgram per cubic metre (ug/m3).

    Delhi rolls out 'anti-smog' mist cannon in trial run

    Delhi chokes every winter as cool air traps a toxic blend of pollutants from crop burning, car exhausts, open fires, construction dust and industrial emissions close to the ground.

    Delhi airport gears up to tackle fog in winters

    A new GPS-based navigation system for airside vehicles has been introduced at all passenger terminals of the airport to enhance operational efficiency.

    Sri Lankan cricketers show what people of Delhi have no choice but to live with

    All throughout the Third India-Sri Lanka Test match, talk hung heavy in the air — like the smog and particulate matter left undisturbed by a lack of breeze — of pollution and its effects.

    Smog hits visibility in Delhi, temperature 8.3 degrees Celsius

    Officials said,"the minimum temperature recorded at the other stations was -- Palam (10 degrees Celsius), Ayanagar (8.5), Lodhi Road (8.3) and Ridge (8.8)."

    Masks of shame at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi

    With two pollution stoppages in play bringing the game to a virtual halt, a stalemate seemed to have been reached with Sri Lanka not having eleven fit men to put on the field.

    View: Do not blame Lankan cricketers for reluctance to play in polluted Delhi

    In today's ethos where even office-goers are focussed on maintaining physical fitness, it would be ridiculous to expect international sportsmen to play in conditions.

    Rs 2000 crore roadmap to end stubble burning submitted in SC

    According to the plan submitted to the Supreme Court, the best solution to avoid burning of crop residue is to till the straw back into the field using certain machines.

    Submit action plan on air pollution before December 4: NGT

    A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered the AAP government and states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to positively submit their plan before December 4.

    Five star hotels' new offering: Top quality air

    Leading hotel chains said they are adopting new measures and initiatives to make sure that the air their guests breathe is of top quality.

    Air quality in Delhi best in over a month: CPCB

    The Air Quality Index, at 298, was classified as 'poor' by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). It was an improvement over 'very poor' recorded over the last few days.

    Here's how you can fight air pollution

    The blanket of smog must have caused a heavy chest, itchy eyes and irritation in throat.

    NGT lifts ban on construction in Delhi-NCR, entry of trucks

    The green panel, however, refused to lift the ban on industrial activities causing pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region.

    Supreme Court asks states, UTs to consider banning pet coke & furnace oil

    Nadkarni told the bench that he would look into this aspect and get back to the court within a week. The bench has fixed the matter for hearing on December 4.

    NGT bans parking in Sarojini Nagar market, Rs 5000 fine for flouting rules

    The National Green Tribunal today banned parking in the city's Sarojini Nagar market and said anyone found doing so would be liable to pay a fine of Rs 5,000.

    6 pollution sources and how to fix them

    The Indicus report has presented a number of practical solutions to crop stubble burning, road and construction dust, vehicular pollution, coal and fly ash, industrial emissions and waste burning.

    Trucks enter city as LG Anil Baijal lifts ban; pollution spike likely on Saturday

    The EPCA said the measures can be lifted with "immediate effect" as the prevailing air quality does not warrant such tough action.

    Money no bar in fighting Delhi's toxic air

    This has come amidst a week of deplorable environmental conditions in the National Capital Region, as a thick layer of smog engulfed the whole city.

    BS-VI fuel rollout advanced in Delhi-NCR to cut pollution

    Vehicular emissions as well as illegal crop burning in the farm states surrounding New Delhi have caused air quality to deteriorate dramatically, prompting calls for tough action.

    LG asked to reconsider hike in parking charges in Delhi

    In his letter to Baijal yesterday, the minister pointed out that due to the hike, people are likely to use their own vehicles instead of parking them at Metro stations and using public transport.

    Arvind Kejriwal, ML Khattar vow to collaborate in fight against pollution

    Kejriwal met Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh today and stressed that the solutions for the pollution problem needed to be found with a joint effort between the Centre and States.

    Odd-Even: Setback for Delhi government as NGT strikes down 2-wheeler, women exemptions again

    On exempting women from the car rationing scheme, NGT asked the state government that why can't they run ladies special buses.

    Companies curtail operations in NCR post NGT's pollution directive

    Plants of Coca-Cola, Dabur, Perfetti, HMSI, Hero MotoCorp have been hit after the National Green Tribunal banned industrial activity in and around Delhi.

    Odd-Even: NGT to hear Delhi government’s review plea today

    Delhi government had planned to roll out its car rationing scheme from Nov 13 to Nov 17 but called it off after NGT objected to some exemptions.

    Air quality back to 'severe-plus'; Delhi seeks exemptions in odd-even scheme 'this year'

    The international permissible limit for PM2.5 -- particles in air with diameter less than 2.5mm -- is 25 units (micro gram per cubic metre), while for India it is 60 units.

    SC notice Centre, states on plea to curb pollution in Delhi-NCR

    SC issued notice to the Centre and the state govts concerned on the plea which also sought a direction to promote solar energy and EVs to check pollution.

    Killer smog: How much can India learn to fight pollution from China?

    China moved early to control pollution, especially for the 2008 Olympics by cracking down on polluting vehicles and factories to improve the air for the games.

    Air quality worsens in Delhi; decision on odd-even expected today

    The NGT, in its order on Saturday, said the odd-even car rationing system would have to be implemented every time the pollution hovered in the “emergency” category for a straight 48 hours.

    Startup Ultimate Sun Systems offers customised renewable energy solutions

    The startup’s services include engineering, procurement, construction and consultation for solar PV power plants for residential, commercial units.

    Discourage roadside parking: NGT to authorities

    A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar slammed authorities for not complying with its earlier orders to decongest traffic and asked them to take steps in a holistic manner.

    Dabur, Bhushan Steel, over 60 other units closed in Ghaziabad

    In view of prevailing hazardous level of air pollution, the Ghaziabad District Magistrate Ritu Maheshwari on Saturday ordered closure of 65 industrial units, including Dabur and Bhushan Steels.

    United Airlines suspends flights to Delhi due to air pollution

    The US-based carrier is possibly the first airline to suspend operations to the city, citing air pollution that has worsened in recent days .

    Anger rises as toxic air chokes Delhi

    Masks once considered an affectation of hypochondriac tourists are these days routinely worn by government workers and regular people on the street.

    Air quality improves in Delhi, but still in severe category; visibility up

    Officials said Delhi’s overall AQI levels are expected to come down, but are likely to remain in “severe” category due to residual pollution on the ground that can only settle down through rain.

    NGT to decide odd-even fate today, raps government on move

    The bench termed the plan as a 'farce' and questioned why the scheme was being imposed for just five days. It also questioned the Delhi govt counsel as to why two-wheelers had been exempted.

    Companies go the extra mile to save its employees from toxic air

    Many companies in the Delhi NCR region are installing air purifiers, distributing masks and allowing employees to work from home.

    No odd-even till its efficacy is proven: NGT

    The green court issued the directive a day after the Delhi government announced it would bring back the odd-even plan from November 13 to 17 to combat air pollution in Delhi and NCR region.

    Smog causing cough and sore throat? Look for nuts, honey, garlic in your kitchen cabinet

    Apart from drinking lukewarm water regularly, it is important to keep a check on the eating habits.

    Smog taking your breath away? Simple tips to stay safe and healthy

    From skipping cardio workout to venturing out in masks, experts list some tips to stay clear.

    Water to be sprayed from high in Delhi amid deepening smog emergency

    Illegal crop burning in farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhaust in a city with limited public transport and swirling construction dust have caused the crisis, as they do year after year.

    Prove odd-even utility before implementing it, NGT tells Delhi government

    The court reprimanded the government for its ‘irresponsible attitude’ and for causing inconvenience by not following most of the EPCA’s directives and recommendations.

    Smog continues to choke Delhi for fourth day

    The department said there was a possibility of light winds later in the day, which may clear the smog choking the national capital.

    Will ensure no surge-pricing by Ola, Uber during odd-even: Delhi government

    hasbeen called with the representatives of Ola and Uber.The.

    Uber to suspend surge pricing in Delhi during odd-even scheme

    The odd-even car rationing scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from November 13 as part of a graded response plan to tackle the alarming level of pollution in the city.

    Odd-even: How big a villain is your humble car?

    A landmark IIT-Kanpur study, which covered the period 2013-14, said during winters, vehicles are the second largest and the "most consistent" contributing source of pollutants PM10 and PM2.5.

    How to protect your skin and hair from this toxic air pollution

    These simple tips can help minimise the negative effects of the hazardous air quality.

    Delhi air pollution: Environment ministry forms high-level committee

    The ministry also asked affected state governments to implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to battle pollution.

    Hike in parking fees, ban on civil construction works in Delhi as pollution levels hit 'severe plus'

    The decisions were approved by Lt Governor Anil Baijal in a meeting which was also attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and EPCA member Sunita Narain.

    Ready for odd-even if pollution is severe plus for 48 hrs: Delhi government

    The AAP government has asked IGL to keep 1.5 lakh stickers ready for CNG-run vehicles which would also be given exemption during the odd-even scheme.

    Protect yourself from smog's harmful effects: Avoid indulging in physical activities

    Due to the hazardous pollution levels, experts have warned people to avoid outdoor physical activities like cycling and jogging.

    Delhi is turning into Hitler’s 'gas chamber'! Here's what the increasing smog is doing to your body, and what you need to do

    Smog affects everyone differently, depending on their lifestyle, health condition and age.

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