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    ...Diesel exhaust puts people at grave risk.1. Diesel fumes are carcinogenic increasing the possibility of lung cancer; a US study from as far back as 2005 shows that "diesel exhaust poses a cancer risk 7.5 times higher than the combined total cancer risk from all other air toxics".2. Diesel exhaust contains nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, some so small (PM 2.5 and less) that these penetrate the cells of your lungs.3. Euro 6 standards have not been effective, yet, as shown by a study by the ICCT , the agency which blew the lid off the Volkswagen emissions fraud. It says, "These studies have shown that despite large reductions in the NOX limit value for (Euro 6) diesel vehicles, very little improvement in real-world NOX emissions from diesel vehicles has occurred in Europe."4. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 3, 2016, midnight

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    ...Forget the special buses organised for them, even taking a cab to the Parliament gates and walking the last few steps seems too much to ask. Quite a few MPs from across party lines broke the rule though at least one, Paresh Rawal, was contrite enough to tweet an apology to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.But Odd Even 2.0 is fast losing political capital for other reasons. The Chief Minister had hit the jackpot earlier this year when there was widespread support for restricting odd-number plate cars to odd dates and similarly for even plates. But this time round, in April, pollution hasn't come down. In fact on several days it's higher than pre-Odd-Even days.This is where it gets nuanced. Neither the Chief Minister nor the Odd-Even car ban can be accused of failure. At most, Kejriwal can be accused of making this the centre-piece of his anti-pollution drive. ...

    NDTV on April 26, 2016, midnight

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    ...Also there's been no other simultaneous, large-scale crackdown on other polluting sources, except the rerouting of non-Delhi bound trucks to prevent them from entering the capital.Given that lakhs of cars in Delhi are affected by the Odd-Even trial, it was always going to be the headline grabber. But its biggest achievement is that it's shown the willingness of Delhi residents to accept inconvenient change for the larger goal of cleaner air.Yes, there are some who object to this. But sample some of the positive comments from just one group on Facebook. "It's heartening to see that the "odd-ly" "even" formula is getting such a positive response...in no rush to see drastic changes...by & by we shall make it work! "Even though I am exempt from the odd/even scheme being a woman driver and I drive a Hybrid the other days of the year, it JUST DID NOT FEEL RIGHT to take the other car out today which is odd numbered and runs on Deisel. ...

    NDTV on Jan. 9, 2016, midnight

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    ...Many will have problems with it, many will demand more. But at least more people are talking about solutions. For anybody living under the Indian haze, pollution and climate change are linked. In the last few days, between Paris and Delhi, both have unprecedentedly peaked in the headlines and, hopefully, public consciousness. The governments at the Centre and Delhi have arguably done well to set the agenda on the two fronts. Now they should announce a five-year plan on their agenda. This is not for any power politics abroad, even though the Paris climate summit called for a review of emission cuts every five years, but for the people in India. There couldn't be a better time to build policy and rules from scratch to work towards a cleaner planet and breathing easy: the polity is prepped even if not entirely understanding. Ambient pollution is not a Delhi problem alone. The air quality index reports danger levels many times the health limit across North India. From the plains of Punjab to Bihar, that's roughly 400 million people. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 17, 2015, midnight

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    ...Are its warning standards too low, specially where children are concerned?If one compares, as many are doing, the government's Air Quality Index or AQI to the one followed by the US Embassy in Delhi a couple of things stand out starkly.To begin with, the national AQI has three danger levels - Poor, Very Poor and Severe. The US standard has four - Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Unhealthy, Very Unhealthy and Hazardous - which it applies to Indian conditions as well.India's "moderate" begins at 100 AQI and ends at 200, the US index ends at 100. The table below shows the comparison.Also, the threshold of the highest danger level comes at an AQI of 301 in the US, but at 401 for the Indian government. ...

    NDTV on Dec. 3, 2015, midnight

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    ...Carbon Footprint tests are easily found on the net and are good and guilty fun.That's what Paris is all about - changing our lifestyles, before our lifestyles lead us to complete disaster by the end of this century. If we continue without any change, floods, storms, droughts, lack of potable water, etc will all become more intense, more frequent and occur in more places.One cannot envy the task before our ministers and negotiators at the climate summit. Not least because whatever is decided there will be insufficient, unless the goals and commitments to cut pollution are ramped up. The UN met agency's report just days before Paris shows that the rate at which we are polluting the planet has risen. At this rate we will cross the 2 degree Celsius Rubicon much earlier than expected. ...

    NDTV on Nov. 28, 2015, midnight