User: divya_rrs Topic: Bangalore
Category: Air Quality
Last updated: Dec 15 2017 10:57 IST RSS 2.0
 
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'You'll see an epidemic of non-smoking lung diseases' 15.12.2017 Rediff: Interviews
'Just like we have accepted that more Indians have hypertension and diabetes, lower lung capacity of Indians should not be construed as normal.'
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Bengaluru sluggish in adopting clean fuel 14.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Despite the rapidly worsening air pollution, the city and state authorities appear to be sluggish in adopting the fuel considered a cleaner alternative to petrol and diesel. Last year, the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) commissioned four Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelling stations in the city with hope of rapid adoption. But a year later, there are only 250 vehicles retrofitted with CAG kits. In contrast, 72 lakh vehicles use petrol and diesel, blamed for the acrid smoke that dirties the clean air and severely impacts the health of those breathing it. With the city struggling to get a handle on the pollution issue, authorities blame lack of infrastructure to rapidly adopt CNG. "The support system is inadequate," observed Transport Commissioner B Dayananda, while talking to DH. Among the four fuelling stations set up by GAIL in September 2016, the one in Laggere off Magadi Road alone can refill 1,000 CNG vehicles a day. Compressors in the station are capable of delivering 1,200 Standard Cubic ...
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Tech to convert old car into hybrid one 9.12.2017 deccanherald.com
A city-based startup has come up with a technology that can convert existing cars into hybrid vehicles, and improve mileage by 25% by retrofitting a powertrain device. This comes against the backdrop of a study by the IISc, which projected that vehicles in Bengaluru will generate 1.89 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030. The number of vehicles in the city has seen a dramatic rise, with an average of over 350 cars and 1,300 two-wheelers hitting the road every day. "Rising fuel prices and poor air quality are things we cannot wish away. They will only get worse. While electric vehicles are definitely the future, how we go about it is not yet clear. But we found that there is an urgent necessity to find a solution for the existing vehicles," said Amitabh Saran, founder and CEO, Altigreen Propulsion Labs. Two experts from engineering and one from corporate finance joined hands with Saran in 2012. "These vehicles run at about 25% efficiency with 75% of fuel not contributing to the movement of the ...
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BBMP yet to approve tender for clearing construction and debris waste 8.12.2017 Hindu: News
Delay sees Bengaluru miss October 2017 deadline set by the Pollution Control Board to implement waste processing plans
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Bengaluru to don leadership role in tackling air pollution globally 6.12.2017 Hindu: News
Bengaluru is the only Indian city in C40 Air Quality Network
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Roads to an unhealthy life 5.12.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Air pollution has become the hallmark of Outer Ring Roads (ORRs) in Bengaluru. Of late, many infrastructure projects are coming up on these roads and are adding to the current problem. People living in and around the area, corporate employees and even traffic cops are facing the ill-effects of this. Shalinee, an equity expert working in Ecospace says, "It has become an ordeal to travel to work on this route. It is highly polluted. During the rains, it gets even more difficult to travel as the road in front of my office submerges in drainage water, which is an outflow of the Bellandur stormwater drain. People find it difficult to step on the road. We have to enter our offices through this water." Says Ravi Kumar, a resident of Bellandur, "People in my apartment get paid water tankers for drinking as we cannot consume the water here. Not only that, at times the stormwater drain stinks badly. Last year, a multi-storey building collapsed next to our apartment. Kids had to suffer a lot due to the dust from ...
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On smoggy day in Delhi, London Mayor launches anti-pollution network 5.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
London Mayor Sadiq Khan, on a visit to Delhi on a "severe" smoggy day, on Tuesday launched a global network to find solutions to improve worsening air quality in cities worldwide.
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On world's first 'Smog Day', Delhi-NCR chokes with air quality at 'severe' 5.12.2017 All News-IANS Stories
On a day the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) marked world's first "Smog Day", to remember those who died due to air pollution, Delhi-NCR's air quality dipped to "severe" on Tuesday afternoon.
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Mayors of Bengaluru, London join hands to tackle air pollution 5.12.2017 Deccan Herald - TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
Bengaluru Mayor R Sampath Raj and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on Tuesday announced that they will lead a global partnership of 20 major cities to address rising pollution levels in urban areas. A delegation of BBMP officials led by Raj met Khan here and discussed issues related to air quality in Bengaluru and the steps taken by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to tackle the menace.Since Bengaluru will host the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group summit in 2018 to share best practice in tackling air quality, the heads of both cities also discussed the steps to be taken to reduce pollution.
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Mayors of Bengaluru, London come together to help Indian cities tackle toxic air pollution 5.12.2017 Sify Finance
[India], Dec 5 (ANI-BusinessWire India): The Mayor of Bengaluru, Sampath Raj, and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced that London and Bengaluru will lead a global partnership of up to 20 other
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India Sri Lanka test interrupted due to poor air quality 3.12.2017 deccanherald.com

The second day of the third Test between India and Sri Lanka was interrupted for 15 minutes due to the poor air quality in Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

David Boon, the match referee decided to continue the play after the discussion with umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson and captains of both the sides. This is for the first time on the cricket field a play was held up due to the air quality.


Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Gamage was on his haunches as he found it difficult to breathe. Many of the Sri Lankan players were wearing masks while playing.

According to the Central Pollution Control Authority, the air-quality fell under "severe-plus or emergency" levels at Anand Vihar in west Delhi with PM2.5 reaching 433 in the morning.
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Bengaluru needs revamp of public transport system 30.11.2017 Deccan Herald - Analysis
Megacities of the world have become engines of economic growth, witnesses of sprawling urbanisation and population explosion in recent decades. Indias capital, New Delhi, has virtually blacked out, thanks to a boom in vehicular traffic-led air pollution. The growth of income levels in all metropolitan cities is much higher than the average per capita income of the country. This shows that wealth concentration is highly polarised towards cities of the world, causing growing inequality in income distribution, on the one hand, and the pleasure for millions of owning a private vehicle, on the other. The per capita income of city dwellers is several times higher than that of rural households. Bengaluru is the countrys IT hub and the most dynamic city in the world, leaving behind Beijing, China, witnessing a rise in per capita income from a mere Rs 28,512 in 2001 to Rs 2,71,387 in 2015. This has directly influenced interest in owning private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers and cars, whose numbers have shot ...
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When cities were Nature's haven: a tale from Bangalore 28.11.2017 Sify Finance
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GST has been a big relief for the Indian market: Deceuninck 25.11.2017 Sify Finance
[India], Nov 25 (ANI): At a time when New Delhi and other parts of India are struggling to keep its noise and air pollution under permissible limits and extreme temperatures at bay, Belgium based,
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Road projects worth around Rs 60,000 cr sanctioned for TN: Gadkari 23.11.2017 All News-IANS Stories
Union Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said road projects worth around Rs 60,000 crore has been sanctioned for Tamil Nadu.
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When toxic air chokes urban ecosystem 20.11.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
As the winter sets in, Indian cities are grappling with high levels of air pollution. Delhi, a megacity with the worst air quality as per a recent report by World Health Organisation (WHO), has recently adopted an emergency action plan to combat air pollution called the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP). It is formulated by a Supreme Court-mandated panel and suggests a slew of measures to control pollution on severe and very poor air quality days in Delhi and its national capital region (NCR). Bengaluru, which recorded near 46% rise in the level of air pollution this Diwali, aims to become the electrical vehicle capital of India. To this effect, the Karnataka government has announced its Karnataka Electric Vehicle and Energy Storage Policy 2017, which will not only make the state a hub for production of cleaner fuel vehicles, but also bring down air pollution and reduce dependence on the fossil fuels. A recent report by the Indian Institute of Science on the transport sector of Bengaluru has suggested ...
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Thousands brave smog for Delhi Half Marathon 19.11.2017 Deccan Herald - TOP STORIES RSS FEEDS
Tens of thousands of runners braved smoggy conditions for the Delhi half marathon on Sunday despite dire health warnings from doctors who wanted the race postponed in the heavily-polluted capital. Around 35,000 people registered for the race in the Indian city after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels that forced schools shut for several days. The US embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants reached 189 - nearly eight times the World Health Organization's safe maximum. Some runners wore face masks as they jogged through the visible mor
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Heart, lung ailments rise in city as pollution soars 18.11.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The citys rising pollution is now the cause for various diseases that even turns fatal if not kept under check. Doctors say air pollution has emerged as a significant contributor to increasing cases of heart attacks and lung diseases in the city. According to Dr C N Manjunath, director and head of cardiology of the government-run Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, around 20% of the heart attack cases admitted to the institutes ICU are directly linked to air pollution. "Most of the patients with heart attacks caused due to air pollution are drivers," he informs. Dr Manjunath notes that certain particulate matter present in the patients blood vessels could damage them. "Toxic gases such as sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide besides lead are high in the air. This is mainly due to vehicle exhaust," says Dr Adil Sadiq, head of cardiothoracic surgery and senior consultant cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, Sakra World Hospital. The quantity of polluted air and ...
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Low hangs the polluted air 18.11.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Enveloped by a thick layer of smog for days, Delhi has had its air pollution levels skyrocket, scream out a warning loud and clear. But is it loud enough to alert Bengaluru, trapped in massive, unprecedented vehicular pollution? Just round the corner, the winter will only make it worse, warn the citys pollution watchers in all graveness. Fumes billowing out of an estimated 67 lakh vehicles contribute a staggering 42% of the pollutants in the Bengaluru air. The low temperature, low pressure, high mist wintry air will keep these pollutants trapped at a level much lower than in summer. Be prepared, this inversion effect will prevail till January end or even beyond. Winter risks Heres a scientific explanation from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB): The mixing height (layer between the earths surface and the point where the free atmosphere starts) is generally about 1 km. During winter, this is halved, increasing the concentration of pollutants. Beyond the toxic vehicular emissions, road ...
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Snuffed out 16.11.2017 Hindu: Letters
Every winter, Delhi experiences acute air pollution. It is no exaggeration to say that it is like living in a gas chamber. Closing educational institutions on the bad days is only a temporary solution...
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