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CSE welcomes the move to bring forward Euro V emissions standards to 2019 and Euro VI to 2021

Says Bharat Stage IV standards, currently in force in a few cities, must be extended nation-wide immediately

CSE exposure monitoring on Diwali finds unacceptably high levels of pollution

CSE exposure monitoring of PM 2.5 on Diwali night found unacceptable levels of pollution people breathe despite a small dip in ambient pollution levels reported by official ambient monitoring systems

Who can touch diesel?

Volkswagen diesel car scam is of no consequence to us. India’s diesel vehicle industry is so powerful that even this exposé of the cover-up of diesel emissions is like water off a duck’s back to them. They should be renamed Teflon Diesel. They will ride it out, literally, even if it means we choke and die from deadly emissions of their vehicles.

CSE welcomes Supreme Court decision to levy ‘pollution’ charge on trucks entering Delhi. The decision is a big victory in fight against air pollution in Delhi

  • CSE has welcomed Supreme Court (SC) decision to levy an additional charge of Rs 700 on light commercial vehicles and Rs 1,300 on bigger commercial vehicles entering Delhi.  SC will pass this order on Monday.

Governance matters

It is time we focused on strengthening the capacity of regulatory agencies

It is time we recognised that the current ways of fixing the environment are not working. Rivers are more contaminated; air is more polluted and cities are filling up with garbage we cannot handle. The question is: where are we going wrong? What do we need to do?

CSE condemns misrepresentation of findings of recent CSIR study on diesel and CNG buses

Says it misleads policy action on emissions standards and technology roadmap for CNG and diesel buses in India 

Deadly air: face it

Leaving Delhi for a less-polluted city would mean accepting defeat. And not many have the option. Instead, we must fight the battle against air pollution. 

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.

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