Diwali Firecrackers See Indian Air Pollution Soar

This year’s Diwali celebrations saw Delhi’s National Capital Region enveloped in harmful smog as the widespread use of firecrackers caused air quality to plunge to ‘hazardous’ levels. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), despite the Supreme Court limiting firecracker use on Diwali from 8pm to 10pm, crowds continued …

India’s Huge Solar Ambitions Could Push Coal Further into Shade

India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world – another Indian project scheduled to open for bids next month. But analysts have said the country has neither the infrastructure nor the …

Mumbai Bans Plastic Bags and Bottles

Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and three months in jail from Monday. Council inspectors in navy blue jackets have been posted across the city to …

Clean Air Is Now a Status Symbol in the World’s Most Polluted Cities

The Cordis hotel in Shanghai boasts proximity to railways and the airport, a beautiful pool, and double-filtered air. Indeed, air quality seems to be a selling point for this luxury hotel — each of its 396 rooms is equipped with a pollution monitor, The Guardian reports. Breathing clean air is …

Solar Power Brings Light to Dark Corners of Indian Train Stations

The pounding of trains running through the night does not disturb the fatigued sleep of the homeless migrants huddled at the foot of the sky bridge at Visakhapatnam railway platform. “It is the dark corners that frighten us, near the water taps and where we take a child to relieve …

Reports: India Targets 100 Per Cent EVs by 2030

The Indian government is working on an innovative clean transport scheme that would see people given electric cars with no upfront payment, according to comments from the Power Minister Piyush Goyal reported in the Economic Times. Speaking at an event in Delhi late last week, Goyal said India has ambitions …