Air Pollution: News

29 Sep 2023


Anti-smog guns, bio-decomposer: Kejriwal's winter plan to control air pollution

Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday revealed a 15-point action plan to combat air pollution during the colder months.

28 Sep 2023

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi-NCR residents worried as diesel generator ban to kick in

The upcoming ban on diesel generators (DG) in the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), set to take effect from October 1, has left residents and apartment representatives worried about the financial and logistical challenges.

15 Aug 2023


Air pollution could raise the likelihood of dementia, study finds

People who live in areas with high levels of air pollution, especially from sources like wildfires or farming, may face an increased dementia risk.

07 Apr 2023


NASA SpaceX's TEMPO mission will monitor air pollution every hour

NASA, in partnership with SpaceX, has launched an air-quality monitoring mission called TEMPO (Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution Instrument).

24 Mar 2023


Liquid Tree: Is this the ultimate solution to air pollution

In the fight against air pollution, planting trees in forests is a well-known method adopted by both companies and governments to lower atmospheric CO2 levels.

10 Jan 2023

Delhi Government

Delhi bans BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel cars: Here's why

The Delhi government has banned BS3 petrol and BS4 diesel cars from plying in the national capital due to worsening air pollution.

30 Dec 2022


Delhi: Construction, industrial operations banned as AQI likely to worsen

Forecasting a spike in air pollution, the Central government's air quality panel invoked Stage 3 of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP)—a phased set of emergency anti-pollution measures—in Delhi.

12 Dec 2022


Cyclone Mandous: Unseasonal rains in Maharashtra, Mumbai sees poor AQI

Several areas in Maharashtra experienced unseasonal showers on Monday as the mercury dipped below the normal mark.

08 Dec 2022


Pollution alert! Mumbai's air quality becomes worse than Delhi

The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) in Mumbai dropped to 315 on Thursday morning, which is regarded as "very poor" air quality for breathing.

03 Dec 2022


Delhi wakes up to hazy morning with 'very poor' AQI

Delhiites woke up to a chilly morning as the national capital reported a minimum temperature of 8.3 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

29 Nov 2022


Mauna Loa, world's largest active volcano, erupts after 40 years

The world's biggest active volcano, Mauna Loa, erupted in Hawaii for the first time since 1984.

15 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi air pollution: AQI improves from 'very poor' to 'poor'

In what can be described as a slight relief for Delhiites, the air quality in the national capital has improved to "poor" from the "very poor" category.

13 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality continues to remain in 'very poor' category

Air quality in Delhi stayed in "very poor" category on Sunday as people woke up again to a thick blanket of smog covering the sky.

12 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Air pollution hits India's medical tourism sector, makes patients apprehensive

International patients are reportedly voicing "apprehensions" when coming to India, particularly visiting medical centers based in north India, amid the deteriorating air quality.

10 Nov 2022


Bring home these air-purifying indoor plants to breathe easy

At a time when air pollution is at its peak in major cities, breathing in pure and fresh air is gradually becoming a luxury.

07 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi AQI improves slightly, decision on reopening schools, offices today

In a marginal respite from air pollution, Delhiites witnessed slight improvement, with the air quality index (AQI) declining to 326 in the "very poor" category at 7:00 am on Monday.

05 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

At 431, Delhi-NCR's air quality remains 'severe' for third day

Delhi-NCR's air quality dipped to the "severe" category for the third day in a row on Saturday.

04 Nov 2022


As the AQI rises, use these tips to breathe better

Here's to breathing better!

03 Nov 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi AQI severe at 426, NCPCR suggests closing of schools

Smog shrouded Delhi as the air quality in the national capital region plummeted to 'severe' — the worst bracket on the scale on Thursday.

27 Oct 2022

Delhi Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality poor post Diwali; respiratory illness, allergies spike

Despite being enveloped in smog, the air quality in Delhi NCR improved to 'poor' on Wednesday after dropping to the 'very poor' category after Diwali.

25 Oct 2022


Diwali: Firecrackers choke Delhi as people flout ban; AQI worsens

Delhiites celebrated a noisy Diwali on Monday with no holds barred despite a ban on firecrackers in place, pushing the air quality from the "poor" to "very poor" category, as recorded by over 40 monitoring stations across the national capital on Tuesday morning.

20 Oct 2022

Air Quality Index

Smog to choke Delhi in 3 days, action plan enforced

The National Capital Region (NCR) is likely to lose its breath under the grip of smog in the next three days.

19 Oct 2022


Delhi: 3-year jail term for dealing firecrackers, 6-month for bursting

With Diwali approaching, Delhi has banned the manufacture, storage, and sale of firecrackers apart from prohibiting bursting, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

In a first, toxic air pollutants found in unborn babies

Air pollution will likely affect the health and development of unborn babies as toxic pollutants have been found in their developing lungs and other vital organs, a new study published in the journal Lancet Planetary Health found.

07 Sep 2022


Delhi: Firecracker ban to continue this Diwali, says environment minister

Delhi Government will continue its ban on firecrackers this Diwali as well, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Wednesday.

28 Jun 2022


Delhi government makes PUC certificate mandatory, automatic challans at home

In an effort to reduce pollution, the Delhi government has directed vehicle owners to obtain valid pollution under control certificates (PUCC) to avoid strict fines.

14 Jun 2022


India's air pollution reducing 5 years of life expectancy: Study

Air pollution emerged as the greatest threat to human health in India, decreasing life expectancy by five years, said the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago's Air Quality Life Index (AQLI) released on Tuesday.

18 Feb 2022


Delhi's ban on diesel generator sets lifted as AQI improves

The central government's expert panel on air quality has decided to lift the ban on the use of diesel generator sets in the national capital region (NCR), including Delhi, with immediate effect.

16 Dec 2021

Home Decor

5 ways to purify the air indoors

The air quality index (AQI) has become a matter of concern worldwide. Pollution is a leading cause of death in many countries.

14 Dec 2021


Air quality slips to 'very poor' in Delhi and Noida

The air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) degraded to "very poor" on Tuesday.

02 Dec 2021


Supreme Court gives 24-hour ultimatum over Delhi air pollution

The Supreme Court Thursday came down heavily on the Centre and the governments of Delhi and neighboring states over air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).

24 Nov 2021


Delhi: SC pulls up Centre over delay in pollution-control measures

The Supreme Court on Wednesday criticized the Centre for delay in the implementation of pollution-control measures in Delhi.

24 Nov 2021


Delhi schools and colleges to reopen from November 29

Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will reopen in Delhi from Monday, November 29, the city's Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced.

15 Nov 2021


Follow these tips to beat winter smog and air pollution

Most of us love the winter season and enjoy wearing long coats, knitted sweaters, and splendid boots.

14 Nov 2021


Delhi pollution: 4 Haryana districts shut schools, impose other curbs

Four Haryana districts bordering Delhi imposed fresh curbs on Sunday in light of the worsened air quality in the national capital.

07 Nov 2021

Narendra Modi

PM Modi meets engineer who could make Delhi's air cleaner

During his two-day trip to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference, PM Narendra Modi met Delhi-based mechanical engineer Vidyut Mohan for a brief interaction in Glasgow, Scotland.

07 Nov 2021


Delhi 's AQI remains 'severe' for third straight day

Delhi's air quality remained "severe" for the third consecutive day after Diwali with the Air Quality Index (AQI) measuring at 436 on Sunday morning.

06 Nov 2021


Delhi: Air pollution reaches alarming levels; emergency measures launched

The Delhi government has launched some emergency measures to curb air pollution in the national capital, which has risen to alarming levels after Diwali.

04 Nov 2021


Delhi AQI dips to 395; worse air quality predicted tomorrow

Delhi's air quality further worsened on the day of Diwali, recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 395 ("very poor").

03 Nov 2021


Delhi's air quality becomes 'very poor'; will it get worse?

The air quality in Delhi plunged to the "very poor" category for the first time this season on Tuesday.

03 Oct 2021


Air pollution: Delhi to get Rs. 18cr as 'Green Fund'

The Centre has decided to sanction a "Green Fund" worth Rs. 18 crore for Delhi under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to mitigate air pollution.

29 Sep 2021


Air pollution linked to six million preterm births globally: Study

Air pollution likely contributed to nearly six million premature births and almost three million underweight babies around the world in 2019, according to a study published on Wednesday.

01 Sep 2021


Air pollution results in drastic reduction in life expectancy: Study

India's air pollution levels have expanded geographically over time and increased so much in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh that an average person is now losing an additional 2.5 to 2.9 years of life expectancy, according to a new report.

19 Aug 2021


High time legacy waste sites cleared, garbage disposed scientifically: NGT

Legacy waste continues to be a serious problem and it is high time such sites are cleared and solid waste collected is disposed of scientifically, the National Green Tribunal has said.

05 Aug 2021


Air pollution linked with higher risk of dementia: Study

Even a small increase in the levels of fine particle pollution (PM2.5) is associated with a greater risk of dementia for people living in those areas, shows a study conducted in the US.

07 Jul 2021


Delhi's NO2 pollution increased by 125% in one year: Study

Delhi recorded an increase of 125% in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution between April 2020 and April 2021, according to a Greenpeace India study that analyzed NO2 concentrations in India's eight most populous state capitals.

21 Mar 2021


Effective ways to purify the air we breathe at home

With the majority of us spending most of our time indoors now, ensuring the quality of the air we breathe in is healthy has become important.

26 Jan 2021


Air pollution linked to increased risk of irreversible vision loss

Air pollution is associated with an increased risk of progressive and irreversible sight loss, known as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), according to a long-term study published in the British Journal of Opthalmology.

10 Jan 2021

Health & Wellness

Low maintenance indoor plants to amp up your home

Indoor plants are a great way to add color and vibrance to your living space.

13 Dec 2020


How to protect yourself from air pollution during winters

Winter is the time for warm blankets and fuzzy sweaters. However, one more thing that is attached to this season is the bad air pollution levels.

15 Nov 2020


Delhi's air quality turns 'severe' as people defy firecracker ban

Pollution levels in Delhi and its neighboring areas spiked as several celebrated the festival of Diwali on Saturday night.

14 Nov 2020


Delhi's air quality could turn 'severe' on Diwali night

Delhi's air quality remained 'very poor' on Saturday morning and is likely to turn 'severe' by night due to calm winds and emissions from firecrackers, government agencies reported.

13 Nov 2020

Arvind Kejriwal

CM Kejriwal blames air pollution for coronavirus spike in Delhi

Delhi is in midst of a third coronavirus wave after being battered by the first and second waves in June and September respectively. As the situation raised questions on the administration of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he blamed air pollution.

11 Nov 2020

Times of India

With COVID-19 and pollution, which masks should you be wearing?

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, experts have stressed the importance of wearing face masks to shield people from the viral disease.

09 Nov 2020


NCR: Total ban on firecrackers from midnight till November 30

Considering the rising air pollution levels, the National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale or usage of all kinds of firecrackers in NCR, which engulfs entire Delhi, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana, till November 30.

07 Nov 2020

Times of India

In a first, Delhi logs over 7,000 new coronavirus cases

Delhi is buried under a heavy coronavirus caseload and on Friday made a new record by crossing the 7,000-mark for the first time since the outbreak.