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How power can be cleaned

Coal is an environmentalist’s bugbear. The use of coal to generate energy is the key reason the world is looking at a catastrophic future because of climate change. Recognising this, global civil society has given a rousing call for coal divestment, asking companies, universities and individuals to stop investment in coal thermal power plants. They want coal to go, renewables to be in. And in the interim, clean gas, also a fossil fuel, to be used as a “bridge fuel”. In this scenario any talk of “cleaning” coal to make it less damaging is untenable.

Straw in the wind

What does the decision to save groundwater in Punjab or Haryana have to do with air pollution in Delhi? Plenty. We need to know this because many actions have unintended and deadly consequences.

Walk the talk on carbon tax, Mr Finance Minister

Budget 2015, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has a first. In it, India has accepted that it has a de-facto carbon tax—on petroleum products and dirty coal. Arguably, the only big green initiative of this budget is the increase of cess on coal—from Rs 100 per tonne to Rs 200 per tonne. But the question is: is this carbon tax, imposed on the carbon content of fuel, doing what it should—reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change?

Concern over poor air quality and traffic congestion in Gurgaon: action must gather momentum to protect public health

  • Gurgaon, planned as a counter magnet to decongest Delhi, is in grip of deadly pollution and congestion. This has emerged from the collaborative workshop of the Artemis Hospital and Centre for Science and Environment Our City, We Care: Action for Cleaner Air, held in Gurgaon today. 

So that we can breathe easy

THE EASIEST way to clear air pollution is to not know how bad it is. This is what India practices—in most parts of the country. There is virtually no equipment to monitor the air we breathe and no system that tells us what we should do when pollution levels are up and unhealthy.

Centre for Science and Environment releases stunning data on the daily dose of polluted air that people breathe in Delhi

Monitors real-time individual exposure of people. Finds exposure levels much higher than ambient exposure levels measured by the government’s regulatory agencies

Diesel at Crossroads: Charting the roadmap for co-benefits of health and climate mitigation

CSE symposium, 20 November 2014; BAQ 2014 Conference, Colombo

Centre for Science and Environment organised a symposium on 20 November 2014 at the Better Air Quality conference held in Colombo during 19-21 November 2014

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CSE symposium, 20 November 2014; BAQ 2014 Conference, Colombo

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Tax the bad and fund the good to cut toxic risk from diesel vehicles

  • New analysis from CSE shows even after diesel price deregulation wide tax differential remains. This can continue to fan dieselisation if additional steps are not taken to disincentivise dirty diesel 

CSE welcomes NGT action agenda; appeals for more stringent measures to combat air pollution

  • Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) welcomes the 14-point action agenda directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to clean up the air of Delhi. Appeals for more stringent measures to bring down the severe peak pollution levels in Delhi 
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