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  • Hookah bars contain harmful indoor air pollution: Study May 30, 2014

    Washington: Frequent hookah bar visitors, beware! Waterpipe smoking creates higher levels of indoor air pollution than cigarette smoking, scientists have warned. Smoking waterpipes, or hookahs, creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution and poses increased risk from diminished air quality for both employees and patrons of waterpipe bars, a new...
  • India rejects WHO report saying New Delhi has worst air pollution May 9, 2014

    India on Thursday rejected the findings of a World Health Organisation (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution, with government scientists saying the UN agency had overestimated levels in the capital. A WHO study of 1,600 cities released on Wednesday found air pollution had...
  • 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution May 8, 2014

    Geneva: India's national capital Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, says a study released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. The 2014 report of the Ambient Air Pollution (AAP) database contains the results of outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 1,600 cities in 91 countries....
  • New Delhi has dirtiest air, Chinese data foggy, says WHO May 7, 2014

    An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear. The study of 1,600 cities found air pollution had worsened since a smaller survey in 2011,...
  • Delhi beats Beijing as the world's most polluted city February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi has beaten Beijing to the dubious title of world's most polluted city as the air pollution is literally choking this city. It has been tagged as having the worst air quality in the world, beating Beijing in terms of particulate matter pollution which causes cancer and various...
  • Flights delayed as air pollution hits record in Shanghai December 6, 2013

    Shanghai: Hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled on Friday in China's commercial hub of Shanghai as record levels of air pollution shrouded the city in smog, prompting authorities to issue the highest level of health warning. The incident is especially embarrassing at a time when China seeks to build Shanghai...
  • Bangalore: 6 lakh students to celebrate ecofriendly Diwali November 2, 2013

    Bangalore: At least six lakh children across Bangalore have said no to crackers this Diwali and the State Pollution Control Board is confident that the initiative is going to make a big difference. High decibel levels, pollution and the possibility of getting injured these are what school children in...
  • Air pollution kills over two million people each year: Study July 14, 2013

    Washington: Humancaused outdoor air pollution may be responsible for over two million deaths worldwide a large number of them in South Asia and East Asia each year, US researchers have said. A study, published in the journal 'Environmental Research Letters', has estimated that around 4,70,000 people die each year...
  • Indonesia president apologises for Southeast Asia smog June 25, 2013

    Jakarta: Indonesia's president has apologised for the raging forest fires that have blanketed its neighbours Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia was doing everything it could to contain the fires on the island of Sumatra,...
  • CJ Abid fights air pollution in kashmir town June 9, 2013

    In Khrew Kashmir, cement factories have turned a nightmare for the environment. These factories puff out toxic gases into air, thus threatening the ecology of the area. CJ Abid reports on how cement factories are polluting Kashmir. ...
  • Air pollution 5th largest killer in India: US study February 14, 2013

    New Delhi: Air pollution is the fifth largest killer in India taking 6.2 lakh lives per year and Delhi is among one of the five most critically polluted regions in the country, a study by a USbased health institute has claimed. The other four most critically polluted regions in the country...
  • Beijing: Air pollution reaches alarming level January 15, 2013

    Beijing: China seems to be losing its battle with air pollution as experts warn against the high level of toxins in the air in its capital city, Beijing. Gauging the threat, schools have been advised to keep children indoors and a smog alert has been sounded. Air pollution remained worse on...
  • Delhi: Pollution data to be released today November 14, 2012

    New Delhi: It's the day after Diwali on Wednesday and the pollution control board will release it's data on pollution levels. Experts have warned that crackers would add to toxin levels in the atmosphere and cause the smog around the National Capital Region to return. People in the national capital...
  • Garbage generated around the world June 27, 2012

    Economic growth might be teetering across the world, but the amount of garbage generated by global cities is only going up. Together, urban centres generate 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste a year and it is set to grow to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, according to projections by the...
  • Garbage generated around the world June 27, 2012

    Economic growth might be teetering across the world, but the amount of garbage generated by global cities is only going up. Together, urban centres generate 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste a year and it is set to grow to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025, according to projections by the...
  • Lung cancer on rise in Delhi due to pollution September 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Air pollution in Delhi is at an all time high and causing a dramatic increase in the number of cases of lung cancer. AIIMS figures have found that out of 13,000 new cancer cases each year, almost onethird are in nonsmokers. The study has found that the Delhi...
  • LPG cause of air pollution, CSE debunks report September 15, 2011

    New Delhi: The Environment Ministry's recent report on sources of pollution levels in cities across India is a victim of bad science and politics. That's the allegation by the Centre for Science and Environment. The Ministry report blames LPG combustion and road dust as the biggest contributor to air pollution...
  • Air pollution trigger 29,000 yearly deaths. September 15, 2011

    London: Air pollution may have triggered the premature yearly deaths of at least 29,000 people in Britain alone. But the figure could be as high as 200,000 deaths a year because of longterm exposure to an unhealthy environment. It adds to mounting evidence of the health dangers of pollution, which is...
  • People living in cities likely to have high BP September 21, 2010

    London: People who live in urban areas where air pollution is high tend to have higher blood pressure (BP) than those who live in less polluted areas, says a new research. The researchers used data from the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study, an ongoing populationbased study of almost 5,000 individuals that focusses...
  • Govt introduces new air quality norms to check pollution November 19, 2009

    The Government has revised the air quality norms after 15 years. ...
  • Delhi curtails pollution during Diwali; Mumbai noisier September 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), on Sunday, released figures of how firecracker triggered pollution has affected the air we breathe post Diwali. Firecrackers burst during Diwali celebrations are major contributors to air pollution and sound pollution. Director, CPCB, Dr Santosh D Makhijani said, "Of the nine locations...
  • Green revolution: Air is what's bothering Indians June 3, 2010

    Most Indians ranked environment pollution as their second worst problem in a list of six and believe that air, water and noise pollution will get worse, says a firstofitskind survey conducted by CNNIBN and Outlook magazine. The survey, in partnership with the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Centre for...
  • What Indians worry about most? The air we breathe June 3, 2008

    New Delhi: Akanksha loves speed and outdoor sports but pleasures like these is a rarity for the 10yearold as her companion on most of her outings is an inhaler because she suffers from chronic asthma. Coal is produced in my locality so it becomes very difficult for me to breath when...
  • Diwali: Festival of lights or litter? | Who should clean up? November 10, 2007

    New Delhi: It's a day after Diwali and one can still smell the crackers in the air. It's strange how after spending thousands of rupees over the fleeting fun of power crackers, all we are left are with is pollution and huge hospital bills. ...
  • Smog in Beijing may choke 2008 Olympics October 26, 2007

    New Delhi: The future of the Beijing Olympics looks foggy. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that some outdoor events may be postponed because of Beijing's rising air pollution. With just 10 months to go before next August's Games, a report by the United Nations Environment Programme criticised Beijing's...
  • Beware of overexposure to air, noise pollution July 20, 2007

    New Delhi: Here's something to worry about if you live close to heavy traffic. You might have learnt to turn a deaf ear to the constant honking of vehicles, but something more serious and which has far reaching consequences is the air pollution. You may be exposed to the danger...
  • Buying a car? Think of climate once June 16, 2010

    If you own a vehicle or planning to buy one, you might want to give a thought to just how you could be adding to climate change on the World Environment Day. HR Venkatesh does a spot check. My car is a 1.3litre petrol engine, which pumps out a healthy 87.5...