• Dussehra celebrations worsen Delhi's air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 26 (Reuters): New Delhi's appalling air quality turned a lot worse over the weekend as Hindus in India's capital burned effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana and lit firecrackers to celebrate the triumph of good over evil during the Dussehra festival. As pollution spiked on Monday morning, India Gate - a monument near the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office - was blanketed in smog, and the mega-city's 20 million people breathed in &
  • Trump's description of India as filthy sets off calls for cleaner air
    NEW DELHI, October 23 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's description of India as a filthy place with polluted air has unleashed calls on social media for urgent clean-up action, particularly over New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital. Defending the clean air in the United States, Trump made the comment during his final debate on Thursday with Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, saying "Look at India. It's filthy. T
  • Delhi residents worry about toxic mix of pollution, COVID-19
    NEW DELHI, October 16 (Reuters) - Families in Delhi with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma are stocking up on oxygen cylinders and pulse oximeters, fearing that the city's worsening air quality will make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus. After months of relatively clean air because of a lockdown imposed to fight the virus, pollution levels have spiked to their worst in two years for October, caused by farmers burning crop stubble in surrounding states and cool
  • India sends out scientists to tackle winter air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 15  (Reuters): Indian authorities sent teams of scientists out to various parts of the capital, New Delhi, and surrounding districts on Thursday to clamp down on illegal factories and construction sites as part of efforts to combat worsening winter air pollution. Fifty teams from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) would track down industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from burning rubbish - some of the main sources of the city&
  • Poultry farms cause pollution, can't be exempted from regulation: NGT
    New Delhi, September 19 (PTI): The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to revisit the guidelines for classifying poultry farms as Green category industry and exempting their regulation under various laws. The green panel asked the CPCB to issue fresh appropriate orders within three months and if no further order is issued, all the state pollution control boards will require enforcement of consent mechanism under the Air, Water and Environm
  • Polluted stretch of Manila Bay gets fake white sand makeover
    MANILA, September 19 (Reuters): Residents of the Philippines' capital on Saturday flocked to an artificial white sand beach that the government has transformed from a polluted stretch of shoreline to mark International Coastal Cleanup day. Despite opposition from environmental campaigners, President Rodrigo Duterte's government has filled a 500-meter stretch of coastline beside the U.S. embassy in Manila with sand made from tonnes of crushed dolomite boulders from centr
  • Nagaland Pollution Control Board directs hotels, restaurants & banquet halls 
    Dimapur, September 17 (MExN): The Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB) has directed all the hotels, restaurants and banquet halls operating in the State “to obtain Consent to Establish and Consent to Operate" from the the Board under Water Act, 1974 as well as Air Act, 1981. Further, the above business entities generating waste water should immediately set up Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP) for treating the waste water before disposal, informed a notification
  • EU parliament votes to make ships pay for their pollution
    BRUSSELS, September 15 (Reuters): The European Parliament on Tuesday voted in favour of including greenhouse gas emissions from the maritime sector in the European Union's carbon market from 2022, throwing its weight behind EU plans to make ships pay for their pollution. Shipping is the only sector which does not face EU targets to cut emissions, but it is coming under increased scrutiny as the bloc attempts to steer industries towards its plan to become "climate neutr