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Report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in the matter of Tribunal on its own motion Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Others dated 27/11/2020. The report was in compliance to the NGT order of November 5, 2020 in Original Application No. 249/2020. The tribunal had given certain directions on the ban on firecrackers.

The number of ships using exhaust gas cleaning systems, better known as “scrubbers,” has grown from just three ships in 2008 to more than 4,300 in 2020.

South Africa saw a sharp decrease in Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emissions in 2019, bringing the country’s emissions to their lowest level on record, according to new research by Greenpeace India and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.

CPCB carried out ambient air quality and noise level monitoring on selected pre-Deepawali day (09.11.2020) and on Deepawali day (14.11.2020) in Delhi like previous years. Ambient Air Quality was monitored at 40 locations (3 manual stations and 37 real-time stations).

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own Motion Vs Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Others dated 09/11/2020. The matter relates to remedial action against pollution by use of fire crackers aggravating the menace of Covid-19 pandemic, posing higher danger to the lives and health of the vulnerable groups.

Joint inspection report in the matter of Original Application No. 61/2019/EZ in the matter of Tripurari Singh Vs Ministry of Railways dated 06/11/2020. In pursuance to the National Green Tribunal order of July 17, 2020 a committee was constituted comprising of members from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) and the District Magistrate of Hazaribagh to inspect the Banadag railway siding.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shantanu Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 04/11/2020. The matter related to management of fly ash generated by the thermal power plants (TPPs).

Air pollution presents an increasingly apparent challenge to health and development across the globe. Exposure to PM2.5 is a major health risk and worldwide, an estimated 4.13-5.39 million people died prematurely in 2017 from exposure to PM2.5 pollution. The health impacts of pollution also represent a heavy cost to the economy.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 was promulgated on October 28, 2020.

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