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Run of the mills

The difficulties some of the green inspectors had to face while assessing the industries aside, most of them seem to have enjoyed conducting the exercise. "It was challenging and at the same time it gave me first-hand knowledge of double standards," says P Udaya Chandra, who rated West Coast Paper Mills Ltd and Mysore Paper Mills Ltd (MPML) in Karnataka.

Needed: Answers

The questionnaire sent by CSE's Right To Clean Air Campaign to senior executives of transnational carmakers selling diesel cars in India: • We presume that you know that suspended particulate matter levels are very high in a city like Delhi; that respirable particulate matter is extremely carcinogenic; and that diesel engines can produce extremely high levels of particulate matter compared to petrol engines. Yet you are planning to sell diesel cars in India. May we know the reason for your investment decision?

Toyota: letting India down

On May 18, 1999, the United Nations Environment Programme announced that it had elected Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan to the prestigious ranks of its Global 500 Roll of Honour for the company's "outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment". It is well known that Toyota has been at the forefront of research and development of clean alternative vehicle technologies like fuel cells, hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.

Off the diesel track

Why has Daewoo not gone in for diesel cars when other car manufacturers are flooding the market with diesel models? It is true that some car manufacturers have introduced diesel models, luring customers with the initial price advantage and lower cost of running. But six months down the line, people will realise that maintenance costs are much higher. Diesel engines would cause considerable wear and tear, which would push up the cost of maintaining the vehicle.

Liberalising pollution

Issue Date: Jul 15, 1999
Air pollution is one of the direct results of economic growth. With the introduction of economic reforms in 1991 in India, there has been a substantial degree of liberalisation in the car industry. Industrial growth in the country seems somewhat expensive when the tremendous costs to public health due to air pollution in urban India are calculated.

Be kind to the vulture

Author(s): Mario
Issue Date: Jul 15, 1999
T he vulture is a very patient bird. It is waiting patiently for its next flight, which may very well be into oblivion. Meanwhile, experts try and figure out what is killing the vulture. Ornithologists fear that India's vulture populations have declined in recent times. The vulture has a host of enemies today. Pesticides, as a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment ( cse ) has shown, may be an important one. Yet there were sounds of uncertainty in some conservation circles about the study.

Victims of dirty air, all

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999

Breathing time?

Issue Date: Jun 15, 1999
the Supreme Court, on May 13, 1999, removed the cap on car sales in the National Capital Region ( ncr ) and allowed self-certification for Euro-norm compliance by the automobile industry itself.

A clarion call

Author(s): Anil Agarwal
Issue Date: Feb 28, 1999
It is painfully slow, but progress nevertheless. Already,people are talking about the next millennium. So let me make a prediction as well. The next millennium will increasingly be the period of the civil society. The centralised state will give way to systems of governance that increasingly involve and empower the people. In India, that would mean shedding away the 19th century governance system developed by the British and perfected in India during the second half of the 20th century.

Trauma,caused by extreme shock

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1999
The Lt Governor of Delhi needs, for his own sake, to be immediately airlifted from the polluted environs of the capital. Any concerned citizen who has being paying attention to his statements in the previous six months will realise immediately that he suffers from an extreme case of trauma caused by shock. In June 1998, Vijai Kapoor told his wheezing citizenry that there was no such thing as air pollution in Delhi. Then, in January 1999, he announced to them that there is no crime in the city. What is this, if not the denial stages of a trauma case?
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