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CSE welcomes pollution tax on cars—higher on diesel cars and SUVs; doubling of cess on coal and lignite; and LPG connection for poor women to protect health

But CSE questions the design of the tax sop for affordable housing; no hard money for bus transport; and claims of highest ever allocation to MNREGA

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CSE slams the statement of Jaguar and Land Rover Chief – about their cars being air-purifying machines – as irresponsible

CSE says car companies cannot be allowed to hide behind such misleading claims when the technology in India is lagging and there are raging concerns around toxic diesel emissions even in advanced markets today.  No car company can get away by making such remarks in any other country

Kolkata residents breathe in air which has 3-5 times higher pollution levels than the ambient level that is already several times higher than the permissible limit. Action must gather momentum, says CSE’s Kolkata study

  • Kolkata is in the grip of rising air pollution and multi-pollutant crisis. Official ambient air quality monitoring has shown 61 per cent increase in particulate matter in just four years (2010 to 2013). The levels exceed standards by 2.7 times. NO2 levels exceed by close to two times

New Delhi-based research body Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) monitors air pollution exposure levels in Kolkata

Will release its findings on January 30, 2016

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Status of air pollution during winter of 2015-16 and the impact of odd-even car rationing scheme on air quality

January 21, 2016

1. Overall pollution level this winter is higher than last winter. This demands emergency action

This winter has witnessed extremely high level of pollution. Typical winter conditions -- cold temperature, lower mixing height of air, calm and no-wind conditions trap air and pollution. As a result, pollution builds up very quickly and peaks. This is why winter months require tougher emergency action to reduce pollution. Weather is an important constraint in pollution management.  

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Air quality benefits of odd-even vehicle rationing programmein Delhi: An analysis of week 1

Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for NCR

January 8, 2016

Overall pollution level this winter is higher than last winter. This demands emergency action

This winter has witnessed extremely high level of pollution. Typical winter conditions -- cold temperature, lower mixing height of air, calm and no-wind conditions trap air and pollution. As a result, pollution builds up very quickly and peaks. This is why winter months require tougher emergency action to reduce pollution. Weather is an important constraint in pollution management.

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