• Pune needs CNG buses: Do not buy polluting diesel buses for our city
    Diesel buses are one of the major contributors of outdoor air pollution. Emissions due to such vehicles have major health impacts -- right from causing irritation in the eyes, noses and throat to causing lung cancer. And hence, we need better and sustainable alternatives like CNG, which has lower fuel consumption and lower emissions than diesel vehicles. Doing away with all diesel vehicles is one of the many ambitious plans by countries like France and Germany. India too is following suit, with its zealous plan of running only electric vehicles by 2030. So at a time when the entire country, as well as the world, is trying to aggressively move away from diesel and petrol run vehicles, Pune is taking a step back and taking the city into a decade-long battle with air pollution. Let us urge Pune city officials to not consider diesel buses and stick to their original plan of CNG buses. After all, clean air in Pune is possible with an efficient transport system! References: Careful study must be undertaken before purchasing CNG or diesel buses by PMPML, says NGO: http://bit.ly/2u9FIMo PMPML planning to buy diesel-run buses, activists call the move ‘ridiculous’: http://bit.ly/2fdZq2R
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  • Scrap Old Buses! : Shri M. R. Vijayabhaskar
    Air pollution in the form of vehicular emissions is most commonly faced by people across the country. Our cities are filled with old diesel buses and trucks that should be taken off the roads immediately. Taking old buses off the road is the right thing to do -- These buses have outlived their shelf life and are less fuel efficient. Also, maintaining these buses cuts a deeper hole in the government’s pockets. Chennai’s buses are also known for frequent breakdowns. These breakdowns increase the traffic congestion on the streets, adding to the traffic woes of the city. Half of MTC's fleet have run beyond the permissible limit of six lakh km. The major pollutants emitted from transport include carbon dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulate matter -- and the scary list goes on! But black carbon emissions from diesel vehicles are known to be several times more toxic than other pollutants. And commercial vehicles in several Indian cities run on diesel because it is cheap. So pedestrians and the millions of Indians who use public transport are inhaling very high levels of pollution. Scrapping old, polluting vehicles and upgrading public transportation fleets is essential for clean and vibrant cities.
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  • Submit your comments on draft National Energy Plan! Just 12 hours left
    We have 2 days to send in our comments to NITI Aayog before they finalise the policy, and here's what's at stake: -Protecting our environment vs. continuing to damage it -Massive increase in air pollution vs. breathable air for all Indians -Dependence on dirty fossil fuels vs. a renewable energy revolution -India as a climate champion vs. an India hit hard by catastrophic climate change NITI Aayog is seeking comments, views, recommendations and any other input from stakeholders and the public latest by 14th July, 2017. You have the option of submitting these comments we've compiled from issue experts, or editing/adding your own thoughts. Just use the box to the right. Please act now and send in your comments directly to the NITI Aayog today! Help strengthen India’s energy future. You can read the NEP here: http://bit.ly/2rXZmWK
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  • We need electric Teslas here in India - reduce the import duty!
    Earlier this year, the Indian government announced its ambitious plans to to phase out the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles altogether. They want only electric vehicles to be sold in India by 2030! This massive pivot in India’s energy consumption towards sustainable and renewable energy will significantly reduce vehicular emission on Indian roads, one of the primary causes of outdoor air pollution. This move by the Indian government is a progressive and proactive step towards to tackling air pollution and reducing carbon emissions in the long run. Tesla Motors has state-of-the-art technology for energy efficient electric cars, and their interest in bringing this technology to India comes at the perfect time: when our government has just announced plans to become all-electric car nation by 2030. By levying restrictive import duties on Tesla, just as it is poised to bring electric-cars en masse to the country, the Indian government is being short-sighted, and creating unnecessary obstacles that will only further slow down the process of becoming all-electric by 2030. In order for the Indian government to live upto its visionary target of getting rid of gas-guzzling vehicles from Indian roads, Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, needs to temporarily waive import duties for Tesla, giving them enough time to set up a local production unit in India, and make electriccars in India. Sign this petition and add your voice to assert that Indians support progressive measures by the Indian government to shift to renewable energy and have only electric cars on Indian roads by 2030. Temporarily waiving import duties for Tesla is the smart thing for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to do. If enough Indian citizens sign this petition, we will deliver our collective voices to Mr. Jaitley and convince him to not let import duties be a roadblock in India’s march towards embracing renewable energy. Sources: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/auto/miscellaneous/india-aiming-for-all-electric-car-fleet-by-2030-petrol-and-diesel-to-be-tanked/articleshow/58441171.cms http://www.deccanchronicle.com/business/companies/150617/tesla-in-talks-with-indian-govt-to-reduce-import-duty-elon-musk.html https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/india-electric-car-sales-only-2030/
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  • Stand your ground: Do not allow 300+ power plants to continue with extreme air pollution
    UPDATE: As per a new order issued by the Environment Ministry, new thermal power plants in India will now have to comply with ‘human health and environment’ criteria as part of their mandatory environmental clearance procedures. This essentially means any company seeking environmental clearance for new thermal power plants will have to take into account chronic exposure to air and noise pollution which may adversely affect health of not only workers but also of people living in its vicinity. However, cleaning up of existing power plants (through retrofitting) needs to be prioritised and the progress needs to be made public, so there's more transparency and accountability. BACKGROUND In 2015, the Environment Ministry put in place improved pollution norms for the thermal power industry which required all the thermal plants to become more water efficient and to further reduce the pollution they spew into the air. These included toxic pollutants like sulphur oxides, nitrous oxides, mercury, and particulate matter. These important rules were set to come into force in 2017, but this did not happen. Instead, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) disregarded the Environment Ministry's rules and gave thermal power plants an extension. The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change later told the Supreme Court that coal-based thermal plants will conform to emission norms by 2022. Sulphur dioxides (SOx) and Nitrogen dioxides (NOx) are toxic gases hazardous when inhaled. Inhalation of these gases may cause or worsen respiratory diseases, such as asthma or bronchitis, or may also aggravate existing heart disease. The asthma cases in India are already on the rise -- doctors claim that they are now seeing a rise of 60-70 per cent in ailment cases related to pollution. To meet the new pollution norms for SOx the plants are required to install a technology called, flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) which helps remove sulphur dioxide from the exhaust gases of fossil-fuel power plants. Even though the industry had a two year window period to install the required technology, most of the industry began arguing back with the government against the rules once they had been officially notified. High levels of toxic air pollution are a problem plaguing most parts of India for several years now. And thermal power plants are a major contributor to SOx and NOx levels in the country. A study found that coal-based thermal power plant clusters were responsible for more than 75% of total SO2 emissions in all 23 Indian states they analysed, and for more than 90% in 16 Indian states. With over 300 thermal power plants allowed to flout environmental rules for another 2 - 5 years, it will lead to an increase in air pollution levels across the country. Centre for Science and Environment estimates that about 45% of the SOx pollution from the industrial sector comes from thermal power plants. Sources: - http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/300-thermal-plants-ignore-rules-to-adopt-pollution-norms-in-2020-not-2017-117060801228_1.html - http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/publications/factsheet-sulfur-dioxide-so2 - http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/delhi-pollution-cases-of-breathlessness-asthma-allergy-rise-in-the-city-3739775/ - http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/two-indians-die-every-minute-due-to-air-pollution-study/article17328922.ece - https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/green-light-to-thermal-power-plants-only-after-human-risk-evaluation/articleshow/66717796.cms
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  • Green Bus Stop
    - Trees prevent climate change -Trees clean the Air -Trees provide oxygen -Trees cool the streets and city -Trees provide energy -Trees prevent water pollution -Trees prevent soil erosion -Trees bring diverse groups of people together Trees provide lot of benefits to clean and safe environment. So, how about increasing trees in our city for better future?
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  • Install More Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Pune
    Pune is the ninth largest city in the country and is home to many of India’s IT, automotive and manufacturing companies, which attracts lakhs of Indians every year. A growing population means an increase in the number of vehicles as well as new construction sites around the city, both of which contribute significantly to outdoor air pollution. That’s why we need the government to ensure that the problem of air pollution is mitigated effectively. According to recommendations by the Central Pollution Control Board, a city like Pune should have at least 12 AQMS in different regions. But we’re not even halfway there. Moreover, the MPCB has more than Rs. 500 crores of unused funds! Air quality monitors record the pollution levels in a particular region and the data is used to understand health impacts citizens face. Air pollution is extremely dangerous for children. On a really poor air quality day, the government can issue health advisories to its citizens and ask schools to shut down. Parents, too, can refer to this data if it is readily available and ensure that children stay indoors or wear air masks. This will also justify if we need more gardens and trees in the vicinity and distinguish certain places as vehicle free zones. Punekars need access to better data on air quality and that’s why you should sign this petition for more AQMS across Pune. If thousands of Punekars sign the petition, we will deliver it directly to Satish Gavai, chairman of the MPCB. This will show him that citizens want him to take action! If we don’t act now, Pune’s air quality will reach dangerous levels. We cannot wait anymore! Our health and our children’s health is at risk.
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  • Install More Air Quality Monitoring Stations in Mumbai
    AQMS record the pollution levels in a particular region and the data is used to understand health impacts citizens face. Air pollution is extremely dangerous for our children. On a really poor air quality day, the government can issue health advisories to its citizens and ask schools to shut down. Parents too, can refer to this data if it is readily available and ensure that children stay indoors or wear air masks. According to recommendations by the Central Pollution Control Board, a city like Mumbai should have at least 15 AQMS in different regions.2 Meanwhile a smaller city like Bangalore has 15 AQMS! This means that Bangaloreans can get better data and health advisories. Don’t we Mumbaikars also deserve accurate data on the quality of air we breathe? We cannot wait anymore! Our health and our children’s health is at risk. Tell Satish Gavai, the chairman of the MPCB, that we want him to fulfill his promise, and SHARE the petition with every Mumbaikar. If thousands of Mumbaikars sign the petition, we will deliver it directly to Mr Gavai. This will show him that citizens want him to take action! If we don’t act now, the growing population, more than a million vehicles, and plans to cut down thousands of trees for development, will add more pollutants and Mumbai’s air quality will reach dangerous levels. Sources: Maharashtra pollution board high on funds, low on staff, equipment: The Hindustan Times - http://bit.ly/2rzHggv Guidelines for ambient air quality monitoring: NAAQMS - http://bit.ly/2qZ8t9Z Deadly pollutants in Mumbai’s air have soared in past 10 years: The Hindustan Times - http://bit.ly/2rkiu4n
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  • Himachal Pollution Control Board: Formulate Air Pollution Control and Monitoring Plan
    Grab a Boro plus sachet, a bottle of your P&G Shampoo, your J&J soap, a tube of soframycin, your Dabur herbal toothpaste and just look at where it was manufactured. You are likely to find Baddi, Barotiwala in fine print. Baddi, Barotiwala and Nalagarh (BBN) in Nalagarh tehsil of Solan District (Himachal Pradesh) has witnessed rapid industrialization since 2003 when the Central Government announced an industrial subsidy package for the state. Since then an investment of thousands of crores, into close to 3000 (plus) registered industrial units has happened. A lot of the highly polluting industries from Gujarat and other parts of the country set up base here because of the subsidy offered. A large number of the units here are polluting in nature, like pharmaceuticals, chemicals, plastics, dying units and boilers. Heavy extraction of ground water, ground water pollution, toxicity in air, fly ash and hazardous waste dumping have been the key problems that have arisen in a stretch of almost 35 kms with 21 Panchayats and 115 villages being affected. Air pollution is the biggest, most urgent, crisis facing this area. The BBN region nearly made it to the Central Pollution Control Board’s list of “critically polluted” areas list in 2009. Air samples have shown the presence of heavy metals like mercury, lead, manganese, nickel and cadmium in the air, which could be fatal for the local population. Major health problems that have been reported in the area include chronic respiratory and skin problems. Dust due to industrial units and commercial vehicular emissions as well as poor conditions of the road have become a severe health hazard. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) the level of ambient particulate matter (APM) has been exceeding the National Air Quality Standards consecutively from 2011 to 2015 in the state’s industrial hub of Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN). So much so that the CPCB has in early 2017 directed the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) to take effective steps to maintain pollution level within the prescribed norms. But, the Himachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board has failed to regularly monitor air quality in the area. In 2009 the National Ambient Air Quality standards were amended to accommodate monitoring of at least 12 parameters including PM 10, PM 2.5 and a range of volatile organic compounds and heavy metals in the air. However, HPPCB monitors merely 4 out of these parameters in air. With over 3000 industrial units in the region, most polluting (air pollution) of which are cement plants and pharmaceutical units, the PCB still chooses to place the air sampling devices on the road sides in these regions rather than downwind of these units. Himachal Pradesh is known for its clean, crisp, mountain air. Let’s not allow Himachal’s pristine air to be polluted. Hold the HPSPCB accountable by asking them to do their job and set up Air Quality Monitoring stations in the BBN area.
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  • Extreme Air pollution at DLF INDL. area phase 1 Faridabad
    Those immense air pollution is adversely affecting the health of over a thousand people living and working in the surrounding areas and even in this factory. The fumes from this factory cause a burning sensation in the lungs when inhaled and is severely damaging the air quality of NCR contributing to respiratory diseases and even may cause TB or cancer.
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  • Keep your promise: Buy new BMTC buses by June 2017!
    An efficient public transport system is key to solving the outdoor air pollution problems in a city like Bengaluru. By scrapping old buses and buying new ones, we can reduce the problem of traffic congestion, and thus aim for cleaner air. But why do we need new buses in the city? Currently there are hundreds of old buses still running that need to be scrapped. These buses have outlived their shelf life and are less fuel efficient. Also, maintaining these buses cuts a deeper hole in the government’s pockets. Moreover, when these buses breakdown, they increase the traffic congestion on the streets, adding to the traffic woes of the city. More buses running on the streets will mean introduction of newer routes, thus increasing the connectivity in the city. This will reduce the dependence on private vehicles and increase the use of public transport, leading to less congestion and less traffic on Bangalore’s streets. Our dream for a pollution-free Bangalore will slowly become a reality. If at least 5,000 of us sign this petition, we will do a petition delivery to Mr Nagaraju to complete the purchase order. With amped-up pressure from citizens, the BMTC will not ignore this demand from concerned citizens. Source: BMTC promised 1,650 buses but adds just 75, wants two more months to complete purchase - Economic Times http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/bmtc-promised-1650-buses-but-adds-just-75-wants-two-more-months-to-complete-purchase/articleshow/58470619.cms
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  • Stop building Concrete Jungle
    This is one of the leading cause to Air pollution , as they cut down trees and and built Malls or Apartments and create a concrete jungle which leads to deforestation. There is enough space of people to to survive so stop cutting down trees in the name of development. The destruction of healthy forest systems causes so many different problems. Trees provide a habitat for animals, purify water sources, control flooding and erosion and help to replenish the soil with nutrients needed for farming. When farmers can’t grow anything their farms fail and they have no option but to move to the overcrowded cities looking for work. Often they have to resort to selling themselves or their families into slavery just to survive. So once our government stops being selfish, greedy and really think about the issues like Air Pollution, Soil Erosion, Deforestation, Global Warming and think about the families of the Farmers. This will them a decent income so they can provide for their families again. As the reforestation effort goes on, healthy forests begin to emerge and all the negative effects of deforestation will begin to disappear.. By signing this petition you are not only creating awareness for Air Pollution but also about the struggles related to farmers life and Global warming too and Eighty percent of Earth's land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes. Its not just about the Air Pollution in my City or Country its about the whole world and whole humanity.. Thank you, By- A human with humanity.
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