GUWAHATI: Increasing levels of air pollution have been ringing alarm bells for long and now the city civic body is poised to prepare a draft action plan to bring it under control with the help of a

GUWAHATI: The city will from Tuesday host a two-day workshop for coming up with an action plan to improve air quality.

Gurgaon: Air pollution levels reduced nearly 39%on Wednesday as compared to that of Tuesday, with the highest levels of PM2.5 at 142.57 micrograms per cubic metre ('poor' category).

PANJIM: Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) had opined to MoEF&CC that the particulate source apportionment study of air quality in Vasco, through IIT Bombay was a must before considering

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Air Quality, 15/12/2017. Central Pollution Control Board is monitoring ambient air quality in 691 locations covering 303 cities/towns in 29 States and 6 Union Territories across the country
under National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Out of 303 cities, PM2.5 is being monitored in 79 cities and 31 cities exceeded the PM2.5of 40 μg/m3. The list of these cities is given in Annexure.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Lawyers Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) Vs State of Kerala & Others dated 04/12/2017 regarding air pollution in cities of Kerala.

The Court observed that by order dated 05.08.2016, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was directed to file a report on the Ambient Air Quality (AAQ) of cities of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Kochi, Thrissur, Calicut and Kannur within one month and that report is yet to be filed. NGT directs the report to be filed by 16.01.2018.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Nature’s Watch Reg. Society Vs. State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 27/11/2017 regarding air pollution in Muradabad City, Uttar Pradesh. Counsel appearing for the State of Uttar Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board submit that they will do every possible preventive and precautionary measures to ensure that the ambient air quality in Muradabad City meets the prescribed standards or atleast is not of seriously polluting or hazardous.

Few large multicity studies have been conducted in developing countries to address the acute health effects of atmospheric ozone pollution. The researchers explored the associations between ozone and daily cause-specific mortality in China.

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Poor air quality is one of the leading five health risks worldwide, along with high blood pressure, tobacco smoking, diabetes and being overweight. In 2015, it contributed to nearly 8% of all deaths worldwide. Long-term exposure to polluted air has been linked to respiratory infections, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stroke, heart attack and lung cancer. It is justifiably called ‘passive outdoor smoking’.

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Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vardhaman Kaushik Vs. Union of India & Others dated 14/11/2017 regarding air pollution in NCT Delhi. Court directs that the express highway project of Eastern Peripheral Expressway would continue subject to Senior most officer of the NHAI filing an undertaking that they shall fully ensure that there are no dust emission and no pollution is caused by their activity.

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