Beijing, the capital of China, has experienced rapid motorization since
1990; a trend that is likely to continue. The growth in vehicles and
the corresponding emissions create challenges to improving the urban
air quality.

As BS IV norms for fuels and vehicles come into force from April 1, 2010 in 13 cities, the automobile industry is trying to delay implementation of BS III norms for vehicles in the rest of India. This is not acceptable, says CSE.

This new CPCB document presents a review of the vehicular emission problems in Indian cities, the status of vehicular pollution control programmes and their impact on the urban air quality.

While Brazil Has Cut Ethanol Blending On Short Supply, India Is Implementing The Plan Here, Raising Many Questions
Prabha Jagannathan NEW DELHI

THE doomsdayers and the anti-trade people will disagree. However, it is clear that trade negotiations under the WTO over the last decade and a half have been fairly successful. The success lies in four principles. One, acceptance by countries that multilateralism is important so that member countries by and large accept their bound tariffs as their minimum commitments.

The government today said it is on track to supply cleaner Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel in 13 big cities from April 1, but sale of Euro-III fuel in rest of the country will be phased over six months.

DIESEL, it seems, is tired of playing second fiddle to other fuel variants, looking to trudge up the popularity charts in a cleaner avatar and with some government help.

LUCKNOW: Commuters might have to face a major transport crisis on Wednesday. Some 6,000 tempos and autos, which connect the various routes of Lucknow, will remain off-road in protest against the short and erratic supply of CNG. The tempo-taxi association is in no mood to relent this time.

New Delhi: Fifteen years after they were first notified, the environment ministry on Wednesday released new and tougher air quality norms under which residential and industrial areas will have the same standards.

Air pollution levels in the megacities of Asia show a stabilizing trend but still exceed World Health Organization
guidelines. Studies also show poor air quality, not only in the megacities of Asia, but also in smaller cities with
populations of 200,000 to 1.5 million. While megacities often receive support for improving air quality; similar