HOW CAN AI AND IOT MAKE INDIAN CITIES BREATHABLE BY ADDRESSING AIR POLLUTION?

As people say artificial intelligence will be taking over the world. Taking it positively, we can say that AI is taking over the harmful aspects of the world. Today’s AI and IoT have the potential to provide solutions to many real-life problems. One of the problems requiring urgent attention, where AI can demonstrably make an …

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How to plug gaps in the law to prevent and control air pollution

In 2019, I submitted a Private Member’s Bill (PMB), drafted in consultation with civil society and experts, proposing amendments in the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981. The Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 passed in the Monsoon Session resonates with multiple proposals put …

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Concentration of air pollutants significantly increasing over India: IPCC

India, and especially its capital, Delhi, have been annual witnesses to apocalyptic-looking winters in the past half-decade. Delhi’s residents have especially gasped for air as smoke from paddy straw fires, Diwali firecrackers, industrial and vehicular emissions have besieged their city every year.   Now, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s …

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Air pollution exposure is shifting from outdoor to indoor – here’s why

You may have seen the before-and-after-lockdown photos of major cities that appear to show dramatic changes in air quality. In one, the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi is barely visible amid the smog. Then, during lockdown, it’s clearly visible in its red Bharatpur stone grandness. Getting vehicles off the road may do wonders for smog, …

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Explained: What the commission for air quality management in NCR aims to achieve and why are some opposing it?

The Bill seeks to create an overarching body to consolidate all pollution-monitoring bodies, and bring them on one platform so that air-quality management can be carried out in a more comprehensive, efficient, and time-bound manner.   The Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021, was recently introduced …

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New research on air pollution and Alzheimer’s is a warning for Asia

Scientists are growing more confident that air pollution—especially from particulate matter less than 2.5 microns wide, known as PM 2.5—significantly raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to a series of separate studies published in July. The link between neurological disease and air pollution has been suspected for some time, and now data …

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