The Supreme Court on November 13 directed the Centre to explore the feasibility of a hydrogen-based Japanese technology as a permanent solution to the air pollution in the NCR region and other parts of north India. The court directed the Centre to expedite the deliberations on the issue and come before the court with its findings on December 3.The development comes as Delhi's air quality neared the "emergency" zone for the second time in a fortnight on November 13 due to raging farm fires in neighbouring states and unfavourable weather conditions.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi and CJI designate S A Bobde said since Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has himself brought to the court's notice a technology which is the outcome of a research by a university in Japan, the Centre will explore the feasibility of using it in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of north India.Close At the outset, the bench said there is a need for a permanent solution to … [Read more...] about Explore feasibility of hydrogen-based Japanese tech to fight air pollution: SC to Centre
The government's efforts in addressing air pollution in the last two years have been phenomenal but the results are marginal, a senior environment ministry official said on November 13.Speaking at an event here, Environment Secretary C K Mishra said tackling air pollution is not the government's duty alone but requires everyone to play a role."In the last two years, efforts by the government in tackling air pollution have been phenomenal but the results achieved are marginal. We need at least 50 per cent reduction in current air pollution levels.Close "This needs sustained efforts. Emergency and knee-jerk reactions will not help, " he said at the 'sustainable dialogue on air pollution', which was organised by TERI. related news Make banking regulation law applicable to cooperative banks, says PIL in HC Jharkhand Assembly polls 2019: NDA is strong in Jharkhand, says BJP Mishra said that "air pollution cannot be the government's business alone.""Everyone has a role to play. … [Read more...] about Govt’s efforts in tackling air pollution phenomenal, results marginal: Environment secretary
The Supreme Court-mandated anti-pollution authority EPCA on November 13 ordered schools in Delhi-NCR to be closed for the next two days as pollution in the city hovered close to 'emergency' levels. It also advised people to avoid outdoor exposure and work from home wherever feasible.The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also extended the ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers in Delhi-NCR till November 15.The apex court had on November 4 banned construction and demolition activities in the region till further orders.Close All coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue, will remain shut in Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat and Panipat till November 15, it said. related news Govt eases norms for change of address on Aadhaar SC strikes down Rules on Tribunals, refers to larger bench passage of Finance Act 2017 as Money Bill New India Assurance Q2 profit up … [Read more...] about Delhi Air Quality: SC orders closure of schools till November 15 as air pollution nears ’emergency’ levels
advertisement advertisement Earlier this year, Afghan President Hamid Karzai spoke about discovering that truckloads of single-use plastic shopping bags imported into his war-torn nation were squandering precious resources of fuel while risking the lives of truck drivers as they passed through insurgent held territories. Recognizing the true cost of wasting scarce resources in a place with so few to begin with–call it the Afghan Price of goods–he led the effort to ban the use of those wasteful bags. He may want to measure the Afghan Price of a much bigger threat to his people next–the air pollution that kills more people than the war itself. Recent studies show that some 3,000 people die every year in Afghanistan from air pollution, more than the 2,777 civilians killed in the war in 2010. Nearly half a million suffer from respiratory disease. The sources of air pollution are mainly old cars, dirty fuels, diesel generators, and the burning of trash, all of which … [Read more...] about Afghanistan Banned Plastic Bags, Can They Also Go Farther Than The U.S. In Fixing Air Pollution?
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