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Coal politics in an unequal world

Australia is a coal country. It is big business—miners are important in politics and black gold exports dominate the country’s finances. But dirty and polluting coal evokes emotions in environmentally concerned people. Coal-based power provides 40 per cent of the world’s electricity and emits one-third of global carbon dioxide, which is pushing the world to climate change. 

Supreme Court admits EPCA report on priority measures to control air pollution

Issues notices to Centre and governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh 

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Issues notices to Centre and governments of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

Beijing’s action on air pollution outstrips that by Delhi, says CSE

  • New number crunching by the Centre for science and Environment expose that this winter if air quality classification and health alert system of Beijing or that of the US was applied the city would have been in frequent state of pollution emergency requiring contingency action.

India’s twin environmental challenges

In the past 10 years, India’s environmental movement has had a rebirth. It was first born in the 1970s, when the industrialised world was seeing the impact of growth on its environment. In that decade the air and rivers of London, Tokyo and New York were full of toxins. The world was learning the pain of pollution. The first major global conference on the environment, the Stockholm meet, was held to find ways to deal with this growing scourge.

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

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