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Come out and claim the road

I write this column from my bed, recovering from an accident that broke my bones. I was hit by a speeding car when cycling. The car fled the scene, leaving me bleeding on the road. This is what happens again and again, in every city of our country, on every road as we plan without care for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. These are the invisible users. They die doing nothing more than the most ordinary thing like crossing a road. I was more fortunate. Two cars stopped, strangers helped me and took me to hospital. I got treatment. I will be back fighting fit.

Gas, found and lost

Natural gas as fuel has environmental benefits, particularly when compared to burning coal for power generation or using diesel for vehicles. So when the government increases—in fact, doubles—the price of domestically produced natural gas it has far-reaching implications for air quality and public health. But these benefits do not matter at all in the price-benefit calculations.

Workshop on Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility in Bengaluru

A joint initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board

Venue: Auditorium of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board at 'Parisara Bhavan', #49, 4th & 5th Floor, Church Street, Bengaluru
Date: March 22, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 9 am – 4 pm

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A joint initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board

Wake up and smell the air

Our health is not on anybody’s agenda. Or, we just don’t seem to make the connections between the growing burden of disease and the deteriorating condition of our environment. We don’t really believe the science, which tells us each passing day how toxins affect our bodies, leading to high rates of both morbidity and mortality. It is true that it is difficult to establish cause and effect, but we know more than enough to say that air pollution is today a leading cause of both disease and death in India and other parts of South Asia.

Air pollution is now the fifth largest killer in India, says newly released findings of Global Burden of Disease report

  • Findings released by the scientists behind the study at a Dialogue Workshop organised by Centre for Science and Environment, Indian Council of Medical Research and US-based Health Effects Institute

Latest finding listing air pollution as one of top 10 killers in the world shocking, says CSE

Latest Global Burden of Disease count ranks air pollution as a major killer. Deaths caused by outdoor air pollution has increased three-fold in 10 years

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Latest Global Burden of Disease count ranks air pollution as a major killer. Deaths caused by outdoor air pollution has increased three-fold in 10 years

Ponty, buses and PPPs

Liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother who were killed in a fratricide incident had another business not widely known. Ponty had recently acquired the concession to run public transport buses in Delhi. His company had won the bids for three clusters with a combined fleet of 600-odd vehicles. Now questions are being asked about who will run the business.

Diwali, 2012

Pollution caused from Diwali Crackers

Smog has to be cleared

Losing after winning is the worst feeling possible. This is how I feel looking out of my window at a thick pall of black smog engulfing my city. It was this time of the year, exactly 15 years ago, when Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) began its right-to-clean-air campaign. The air in Delhi was so foul one could hardly breathe. That was a time when air pollution was an unknown curse. Not much was known about its nature and the toxicity of the air contaminants.

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