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Vehicular Pollution

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Issue Date: Nov 15, 1996
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Diesel: when bad policy makes for toxic hell

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2011
Just consider. Every time petrol prices are raised, oil companies end up losing more money. Simply because the price differential between petrol and diesel increases further, and people gravitate towards diesel vehicles. More the use of diesel, more the oil companies bleed. Worse, we all bleed because diesel vehicles add to toxic pollution in our cities, which, in turn, adds to ill health and treatment costs.

Rent an e-scooter

Author(s): Arushi Mittal
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2011
Once famed as the bicycle city of India, Pune has lost that reputation because of rising number of motor vehicles. It can once again host a quiet and clean transportation system, albeit with a twist. The Maharashtra transport authority has approved a scheme under which Puneites can hire electric scooters that emit absolutely no exhaust gases.

Every breath you take

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2011
In labs in many countries, scientists are beginning to find links between air pollution and critical illnesses ranging from cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes to debilitating eye disorders and hypertension. No doubt research has improved in India in the past three decades. Nearly 60 per cent of the studies on health impacts of air pollution are now on vehicular pollution. Unlike other countries, most studies here are by doctors who deal with new health risks from worsening air quality. But regulators are yet to act effectively.

Parking that can’t be found

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2011
Khan Market in boulevard Delhi is said to be the most expensive real estate in India, maybe even in the world. But in this richest shopping destination, buyers do not want to pay for parking their vehicles.

Diesel cars dearer; cycles cheaper

Author(s): Arushi Mittal
Issue Date: Apr 15, 2011
IT IS a budget with concern for the environment. The Delhi government has made diesel cars costlier and bicycles cheaper.

Flawed, but accepted

Author(s): Arushi Mittal
Issue Date: Mar 15, 2011
A recent study by the Central Pollution Control Board has exonerated vehicles of being the worst polluters in Delhi and Mumbai. Instead, it has pinned down liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as the biggest source of fine pollutants. Experts have contested the study, saying the findings are unsubstantiated and scientifically untenable. The study will set the basis for the post-2010 emissions standards for vehicles and fuels.

Remove the perverse incentive

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2011
Pre-budget discussions on misuse of subsidised diesel in cars has hit a crescendo. Public angst has already brought this to a boil. Political ire is also sharper this year, with Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh condemning the use of subsidised diesel in luxury SUVs as “criminal”. Will the Union Budget 2011-12 make diesel cars pay the right cost of the fuel as well as the pollution?

Letters

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2011
CARS ON MY PLATE

Europe sets fuel-efficiency target

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2011
EUROPE has set fuel-efficiency targets for vans to curb greenhouse gases emissions. Environment ministers who met at Brussels in December endorsed a deal to achieve emission of 175 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2017 and 147 g/km by 2020 from vans. The 2017 target represents a 14 per cent reduction on the 2007 level of 203 g/km. The 2020 target is about 33 per cent lower compared to the 2007 level.
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