Air Pollution: Delhi sees hope as NTPC steps in to buy crop residue from farmers: Hindustan Times

“Pollution-plagued Delhi can finally heave a sigh of relief, now that the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and a few biomass power units have expressed their intent to purchase crop residue from farmers in surrounding states.
Agricultural stubble running into millions of tonnes is burnt by farmers in northern India every October, triggering heavy pollution in Delhi-NCR before the onset of winter. As many as 35 million tonnes are burnt in Punjab and Haryana alone to make room for the winter crop.”  Hindustan Times
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Air Pollution: Delhi sees hope as NTPC steps in to buy crop residue from farmers

Air Pollution Tied to Kidney Disease: The New York Times

“Add a new potential ill to the list of problems linked to air pollution: kidney disease…”   The New York Times

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It’s About Time We Got Smart About Monitoring Our Air Pollution: The Wire: By Sarath Guttikunda

Screen Shot 2017-09-16 at 8.44.17 PM.png“The quality of air in India is bad and is becoming a serious public health issue with huge repercussions to our quality of life and economy. We know this through anecdotal evidence and through the little data on monitoring that trickles down to the public. This limited information is not enough – to formulate policy, to understand seasonal and diurnal variations, to tease out patterns or to calibrate forecasting models. It is the right of any citizen to have access to information on the quality of air she is breathing – monitoring data that is real-time, reliable and accessible to any citizen.”

Sarath Guttikunda, scientist and director of Urban Emissions India,  explains the importance of having real time monitoring information. The current use of modeling comes with uncertainty and is “not a substitute for daily on-ground monitoring. What we need are ground measurements using reference methods approved by the environment ministry.  This ensures that the monitoring information is reliable and conforms to the government’s standards,” he argues.  The current manually operated stations provide inaccurate data and information. Instead, he says, what’s needed are “continuous air monitoring systems for more reliable, more traceable, more accessible and more transparent information for real-time data analysis.”

Read about Guttikunda’s assessment and calculations on the investment required for operating continuous air monitoring program in major Indian cities and states on  The Wire.  September 15, 2017.

It’s About Time We Got Smart About Monitoring Our Air Pollution