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No 'Severe+' AQI days: Latest data shows Delhi records surprisingly improved air quality in 2022
India

No 'Severe+' AQI days: Latest data shows Delhi records surprisingly improved air quality in 2022

Delhi in 2022 also saw the cleanest air the morning after the festival despite all firecrackers. Similar conditions continued till mid-December with clear skies and sunny days, which explains why December recorded the lowest-ever AQI of 306 (average) in the last six years

Desolation of Smog: Why Mumbai’s air quality is now worse than that of Delhi
India

Desolation of Smog: Why Mumbai’s air quality is now worse than that of Delhi

Over the past few days, Mumbai’s air quality index levels have been higher than Delhi’s. Construction activities coupled with a change in wind patterns has left the financial capital gasping

Delhi's air quality still remains in 'very poor' category
India

Delhi's air quality still remains in 'very poor' category

The National Capital Region (NCR) also continued to witness bad air as Noida also registered very poor air quality with an AQI of 341 while Gurugram's AQI stood at 324 and continued to remain in the 'very poor' category

Delhi's air quality improves slightly to 'upper end of Very Poor' category
India

Delhi's air quality improves slightly to 'upper end of Very Poor' category

Even though the air quality in Delhi came down to 'very poor' from the 'severe' category, it is still touching an alarming level on Sunday morning as the overall Air Quality Index of the city stood at 339

Delhi CM announces Rs 5,000 aid to workers amid ban on construction work
India

Delhi CM announces Rs 5,000 aid to workers amid ban on construction work

With pollution levels worsening, the Centre's air quality panel had on Saturday directed authorities to impose a ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR, except in essential projects, and other curbs under the GRAP III

Delhi's air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category, CAQM bans construction work, except Central Vista
India

Delhi's air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category, CAQM bans construction work, except Central Vista

According to CAQM, the winds are forecasted to be calm in the coming days and the wind direction is likely to change course frequently and there is a high likelihood of the pollutants getting trapped in the region and not getting dispersed effectively

Delhi's air quality slightly improves, but still remains under 'poor' category
India

Delhi's air quality slightly improves, but still remains under 'poor' category

Delhi had recorded 'very poor' air quality on Tuesday after residents in many parts of the capital flouted the ban on firecrackers on Diwali night

What is stubble burning? How much does it contribute to Delhi’s air woes?
Explainers

What is stubble burning? How much does it contribute to Delhi’s air woes?

Stubble burning is a way of clearing fields of paddy crop residue in order to sow wheat. The practice contributed to around 10 per cent of Delhi's pollution on Diwali. This is far lower than that of previous years -- 25 per cent on Diwali in 2021, 32 per cent in 2020, 19 per cent in 2019

Bye to Bad Air Days: What is GRAP and how is it helping Delhi to breathe better?
India

Bye to Bad Air Days: What is GRAP and how is it helping Delhi to breathe better?

The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) is a set of measures imposed to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR. The Stage I measures of GRAP have come into force in the national capital after the Air Quality Index (AQI) touched 'poor' category on 5 October

Delhi air quality turns poor, 'hyperlocal emissions' behind spike on Dussehra
India

Delhi air quality turns poor, 'hyperlocal emissions' behind spike on Dussehra

According to the IITM's Early Air Quality Warning System for Delhi, the air quality is likely to remain largely in the 'satisfactory' category over the next six days

Why Delhi’s transport model is showing signs of distress and decline
India

Why Delhi’s transport model is showing signs of distress and decline

In 2015, DTC had 5,900 CNG-fuelled buses, today it’s down to 3,700 buses. Even the strength of bus drivers and conductors on the rolls of DTC has come down by half to 75%

Delhi: Air quality inches closer to poor category, improvement unlikely till tomorrow
India

Delhi: Air quality inches closer to poor category, improvement unlikely till tomorrow

Just three days after the city recorded its first good air quality day this year, Delhi's air quality slipped towards the poor levels

Environment Minister Bhupendar Yadav says, innovations in air quality management should become a movement
India

Environment Minister Bhupendar Yadav says, innovations in air quality management should become a movement

Addressing an event here to mark the International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies, Yadav said his ministry is focusing equally on enforcement and creating awareness among the public

Noida twin towers demolition: Air quality not significantly affected in nearby areas
India

Noida twin towers demolition: Air quality not significantly affected in nearby areas

Noida Authority said Air quality instruments were installed by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board at six places near the demolition site and air quality information was obtained from them from time to time before and after the demolition

Pollution and fear of the unknown: Why neighbours are worried over the demolition of Noida Supertech twin towers
India

Pollution and fear of the unknown: Why neighbours are worried over the demolition of Noida Supertech twin towers

What if it doesn’t go as planned? That’s the question on everyone’s mind as people living around Supertech Limited’s twin towers gear up for the demolition of the buildings, which is set to take place on 28 August at 2.30 pm

Duststorms, PM2.5: How Delhi kids are gasping for breathe amid heat waves
Health

Duststorms, PM2.5: How Delhi kids are gasping for breathe amid heat waves

Children under six years are most vulnerable to poor air quality, as their lungs are still developing and susceptible to particulate matter

Delhi's air quality index in 'very poor' category; expected to improve from 29 Nov
India

Delhi's air quality index in 'very poor' category; expected to improve from 29 Nov

The air quality in the national capital has remained in the 'very poor' or the 'severe' category on most days in November so far.

Air pollution: SC re-imposes ban on construction in Delhi-NCR, asks states to pay affected workers
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Air pollution: SC re-imposes ban on construction in Delhi-NCR, asks states to pay affected workers

The bench said as of now, the action is proposed after air quality has deteriorated and directed the commission to take preventive advance measures to deal with the rise in air pollution

Delhi's air quality improves slightly but remains in 'very poor' category; ban on construction, demolition activities lifted
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Delhi's air quality improves slightly but remains in 'very poor' category; ban on construction, demolition activities lifted

The Air Quality Index in the national capital is likely to improve to the 'poor' or 'lower end of very poor' category in the next two days

Marked improvement in Delhi's air quality, city to submit lockdown proposal to SC on Monday
India

Marked improvement in Delhi's air quality, city to submit lockdown proposal to SC on Monday

The National Capital recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 330 on Sunday as against 437 the previous day