Environment
Four Global Cities to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025

D. Raghunandan

17th December 2016

 

With the worst of the winter pollution crisis in Delhi and other northern cities having subsided for the moment, the episodic clamour in the media, the judiciary, government agencies and among the public at large has also quietened down. No doubt it will flare up at the next peak in air pollution. Forgotten, it seems, are the short-term fixes furiously discussed then. And, in the days of instant media, nobody has the patience to discuss long-term solutions.

Efforts to obfuscate the nature of the problem, ...

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Pollution Chokes Delhi: Perennial Problem, Temporary Fixes

D. Raghunandan

11th November 2016

 

So here we are once again, winter and a blanket of severe pollution in Delhi and the north Indian plains in general. These columns carried an article on the subject last year too, and it is déjà vu now. All concerned authorities are blaming the others, multiple problems are being pointed out, and a smog of confusing data to rival the smoke haze is being put out by numerous agencies and experts. The Chief Minister of Delhi has ordered a series of emergency measures, and the Courts ...

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Leapfrogging to Stage VI Vehicular Emission Norms

D.Raghunandan

24th September 2016

 

The government finally issued the long awaited gazette notification for the sharply compressed timetable for introduction of Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission norms for vehicles and other petroleum combustion engines, broadly conforming to the Euro VI emission norms. Government had earlier released an almost identical draft of this policy in January 2016 and had given all stakeholders time to respond.

 

Cur ...

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Last Updated on Saturday, 24 September 2016 10:33
 
WTO: The World Can Fry, but Trade Must Rule

Prabir Purkayastha

30th April 2016

 

The world is currently smashing temperature records one after the other, with 2016 now looking very likely to be the third year in a row as the hottest year on record since 1850. Already, we have had hardly any winter anywhere in the world including the Arctic, and smashed the March all-time high temperature record ...

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Ravaging Yamuna flood plains: Art of Uncaring, Egoism and Cronyism

D. Raghunandan

19th March 2016

 

India and the whole world has just witnessed the most horrible display of utter lack of concern for the environment by the Art of Living (AoL) foundation led by new- age guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which organized a massive international cultural festival slap bang on the Yamuna floodplains in Delhi to commemorate 35 years of its functioning. The AOL organizers and its supporters at the highest echelons of the Central Government br ...

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