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DIESEL: On the Toxic Trail of Devil's Engine

That diesel emissions are harmful and toxic is an old story. But even after 20 year of global action to clean diesel up, it is still throwing up new and more difficult challenges; and that is an unfolding story. US, Europe and Japan have made emissions targets stringent, but diesel vehicles are struggling to lower emissions. 

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Air Pollution in Delhi touches emergency levels once again

  • As temperature dips and wind speed slows down, air pollution touches the emergency levels once again

CSE welcomes first-ever comprehensive guidelines for Taxi Policy released by Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

  • Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has accepted the recommendations of its Committee for Taxi Policy Guidelines to promote urban mobility 

The Supreme Court issues far reaching directives on Graded Response Action Plan to address health emergency in the National Capital Region of Delhi

In response to EPCA report on highly polluting industrial fuels of furnace oil and petroleum coke in the entire NCR, the Supreme Court has directed the Union Government to examine and ban these fuels in the NCR region. 

Urban Air Quality Management in Ethiopia: A Guidance Farmework

Objectives and scope of the guidance
Air pollution is one of the leading risk factors in the developing regions of Africa. Africa is one of the fastest-urbanizing regions and more than half of its population is expected to live in polluted urban areas by 2040.

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Towards Clean Air in Nigerian Cities

This is a rapid review of the current concerns around urban air pollution and public health challenges in Nigerian cities. It aims to identify the key policy gaps that need to be addressed while framing the policy guidance on national urban air quality management in Nigeria.

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Reinventing air quality monitoring

 With national ambient air quality standards in place, it is important to set up the air quality monitoring grid to generate air quality data on a routine basis. This will help assess risks and implement control measures. While advanced countries including the US, Japan and European nations have evolved advanced monitoring systems, most developing countries of Asia and Africa are still languishing with very basic monitoring or no monitoring at all.

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Through the thick air

This Diwali, PM 10 and PM 2.5 reached eight times the safe limit. Its not the first time and it won't be the last. Burning of crop stubble, road dust and vehicular emissions are main culprits

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Heavy duty/ truck report

 Trucks are a major contributor to air pollution and fuel guzzling with serious public health and climate change consequences. Rapid growth in the economy and trade is continuously expanding roadbased freight traffic, bringing more and more trucks on roads.

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Legal framework paper

 Why this study?
India has set ambient air quality standards for several pollutants. According to the rules of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the annex monitoring agency, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) should be met for at least 98 per cent of the days in a year.

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