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New pollution alert closes California beaches

Fri, 2015-05-29 08:15
Workers scrambled to clean oil pollution along a series of California beaches near Los Angeles on Thursday, barely a week after a huge oil spill further up the coast.






Centre clears 170 eco-sensitive zones in the country

Fri, 2015-05-29 04:35
The government has cleared 170 eco-sensitive zones in the country and hopes to wrap up the entire business of such zones by the end of this year, said Union environment, forests and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar.






Government to issue directives on frothing lakes in Bengaluru

Fri, 2015-05-29 04:34
The surreal sight of toxic foam frothing from Varthur Lake, and the foam catching fire in Yemlur Lake in Bengaluru have caught the attention of the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change.






MoeF to issue directives to Karnataka government, BBMP on frothing lakes in Bengaluru

Thu, 2015-05-28 06:51
Surreal sight of toxic foam frothing from Varthur Lake, and the foam catching fire in Yemlur Lake in Bengaluru has caught the attention of union ministry of environment, forests and climate change.






NGT decision on Kanpur tanneries hailed

Thu, 2015-05-28 02:25
Tannery associations and owners have hailed National Green Tribunal (NGT) decision to allow closed tanneries, situated on the banks of the Ganga here, to operate on a trial basis for 19 days in June.






Getting its lifeline from court, Greenpeace vows to restart its campaign against pollution

Wed, 2015-05-27 07:39
Getting interim relief from the Delhi High Court to access its two main domestic bank accounts, the Greenpeace India on Wednesday vowed to restart its campaigns to "reduce air pollution, protect forests and boost solar power immediately".






New emission norms: early adoption of Bharat V and VI

Wed, 2015-05-27 01:36

New emission norms: early adoption of Bharat V and VI is a post from: India Transport Portal

After an outcry over the deteriorating air conditions in the country, the Indian automobile industry has decided to adopt Bharat stage V and VI emission norms ahead of schedule. These will begin in 2019 and 2023.

These stricter emission norms will hopefully curb the increasing problem of air pollution in the country, which, according to a World Health Organisation study, is home to 13 of the 20 dirtiest cities in the world.

Atanu Ganguli, senior director at Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said “the auto industry has agreed to compress the deadline by a year”. Adding that this change will lead to an increase in price of diesel vehicles by Rs 30-50,000 in the move from BS IV to V and a further increase when it reaches BS IV.

Air pollution is the fifth larger killer in India

Delhi is currently the world’s most polluted city, according to a World Health Organisation study, and fuel emissions are seen as a leading cause of this. Plus, in 2013, the Global Burden of Disease study concluded that air pollution was the fifth largest killer in India with around 620,000 deaths occurring in 2010 from diseases related to this on going problem.

In April, Bloomberg news reported that India is currently almost a decade behind other developing countries such as Turkey and Brazil in regards to creating cleaner burning fuel. A panel was set up in December 2012 to revaluate the country’s auto emission standards. Saumitra Chaudhuri, planning commission member has stated that oil refineries must stop production of Bharat stage III and move directly to stage IV no later than January 2017. After it’s introduction in 2010, Bharat stage IV is limited to only 30 cities.

Refiners and auto manufacturers will have to adapt to this higher quality fuel

Bharat stage V fuel specifies a maximum of 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur in comparison to stage IV (50ppm) and stage III (150ppm). The sulphur in fuel both dirties and lowers the efficiency of the catalytic converters that are in place to control fuel emissions. To meet this new stricter standard, refiners will be expected to spend roughly 80,000 crore and auto manufacturers will need to create vehicles that are suited to this higher quality fuel.

Officials from the automobile industry have stated that this process cannot be sped up further however the government is attempting to introduce a vehicle health inspection mechanism throughout the country. This comes after the government opposed the order from the National Green Tribunal to ban diesel vehicles over ten years old.  “A good engine is not limited by age. The fuel quality has to be improved to ensure pollution levels come down”, a senior government official claimed.

Pollution Under Control (PUC) checks will also be enforced more regularly by the road ministry.

The post New emission norms: early adoption of Bharat V and VI appeared first on India Transport Portal.

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Everest glaciers may retreat 70% by end of century, warns new study

Wed, 2015-05-27 01:33
ver 70 per cent of glacier volume in the Everest region could be lost by 2100 if current trends of greenhouse gases emission continue, a new paper published today in The Cryosphere

Over 70 per cent of Everest glacier's volume may be lost by 2100: Study

Wed, 2015-05-27 01:33
Over 70 per cent of the glacier volume in the Mount Everest region in the Himalayas could be lost in 85 years if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, a new paper suggests. It also indicates more flood risk in the future in the Kosi river downstream from Nepal to India.






Centre cites more studies to oppose ban

Mon, 2015-05-25 22:05
On Monday, the ministry submitted a new study "Characterization of ambient PM 2.5 at a pollution hotspot in New Delhi and inference of sources "by scientists from University of Birmingham, CRRI, Desert Research Institute, Reno.






Transport ministry submits more IIT studies to argue banning old vehicles is ineffective

Mon, 2015-05-25 05:50
Union transport ministry on Monday submitted three more IIT studies to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to back their argument that age-based ban of vehicles will have a negligible impact on air pollution.






How carpooling became a hot new social trend in <b>India</b>

Sun, 2015-05-24 21:30
“I knew classic carpooling would not work in India. ... In India, about 16 percent of Indians drive to their workplaces on their own ... traffic, high pollution, insufficient transportation options and high transportation costs,” said Lakshna.

Few steps taken to kill bad air in Delhi

Sun, 2015-05-24 04:53
When the AAP government came to power in February, Delhi's air pollution had touched the danger level with PM 2.5 (fine, respirable particles) remaining 10 times higher than the limit prescribed by WHO.






Sea of trash pollutes water, air in Delhi

Sat, 2015-05-23 19:32
People living close to some of Delhi’s landfills are routinely exposed to extremely polluted air and those drinking groundwater from the area are actually drinking water that’s far from being fit for consumption.






Japan to give $400mn to Pacific islands for climate change

Sat, 2015-05-23 02:46
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday pledged $453 million in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters.






Platform for cities and cos for their climate actions by UN

Fri, 2015-05-22 04:20
As the world is looking for various options to galvanise different forces for taking actions against the challenges of climate change, the United Nations (UN) has launched a unique platform where companies, cities, regions and investors will be able to directly register their "climate action commitments" and show to the global community what all they are doing to face the common threat of global warming.






Documentaries on Godavari pollution screened

Thu, 2015-05-21 16:40
Eight documentary films, which were selected at the state-level competition conducted as part of the Green Kumbh for creating public awareness about river pollution, were screened at Kusumagraj Pratishthan on Thursday evening.






Tyre thresholds yet to become compulsory in India

Wed, 2015-05-20 01:30

Tyre thresholds yet to become compulsory in India is a post from: India Transport Portal

India lags behind its Western counterparts in enforcing tyre labelling and there seems to be no legislation on the anvil either.

 

 

In the EU and other countries such as Japan and Korea, tyre labelling has helped increase consumer awareness and sales of high-performance fuel efficient tyres. It is only a matter of time before this legislation is enforced world over. European tyres carry information about the rolling resistance, wet braking distance and external noise. Indian tyre manufacturers with a global presence have to meet these labelling requirements wherein customers have easy accessibility to relevant information that influences their buying decisions.

Tyres are vital to achieve fuel economy. In an era where policymakers everywhere are trying to emphasize the importance of smart mobility to realize long-term sustainability, labeling tyres will be a huge step forward. Low-rolling resistance tyres can reduce fuel consumption by minimizing energy losses (heat) “between the tire and the road, within the tire sidewall itself, and between the tire and the rim.” Research indicates fuel savings of 1–2% if the rolling resistance of the tyre is reduced by 10%. Axel Vassen, who heads the Lanxess Green Tyres Initiaive, said, “Tire labeling creates transparency for consumers and helps to reduce CO2 emissions.” He added, “Tires optimized in terms of their rolling resistance can make fleet operation more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.” Though the initial investment may be a bit steep, these tyres are worth every penny because they help reduce emissions and gas mileage significantly in the long run. Billions of litres of fuel can be saved annually if replacement tyres also have low rolling resistance. India has announced its intention to reduce its carbon intensity by 20 to 25% by the end of this decade. Perhaps now there will be more “green” tyres available in the local market.

India has no tyre labelling scheme in place as of now. “Reducing rolling resistance of tyres for fuel saving is an identified need applicable for every market, and the same is applicable for the market in India. But the question is that how long it will take for the Indian market to be ready for this challenge and to realize the potential benefits,” said Apollo’s Chief Advisor, R&D, P.K. Mohamed. He added: “Nonetheless, India being a vibrant and fast developing market, the poor quality of infrastructure, inefficient practices in transportation industry & automobile operations and lack of proper knowledge about the right application, makes it very difficult for tyres to operate in and realize their potential.” India suffers from the lack of adequate infrastructure and roads are anything but well-maintained in many places. Bringing in tyre thresholds will benefit the commercial vehicle segment so much more as they usually “operate under very high vertical load conditions.”

There is no doubt that India cannot sit idle if it has to compete in the global market. Tyre labelling will have to be made mandatory sooner than later. There is no national tyre policy either. Enforcing tyre legislation is no easy task but promoting the use of green tyres could be. Indian authorities will have to learn from the EU experience and study the impact of introducing tyre thresholds in other countries before they enforce standards that will work in the Indian context.

The post Tyre thresholds yet to become compulsory in India appeared first on India Transport Portal.

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Oil pipeline spills about 21,000 gallons off California coast

Wed, 2015-05-20 01:17
An estimated 21,000 gallons (79,500 liters) of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline just off the central California coast before it was shut off, creating a spill stretching about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) along the beach, the US Coast Guard said.






New ethanol emission norms for vehicles

Tue, 2015-05-19 16:36
Government on Tuesday issued notification on mass emission standards for flex-fuel ethanol E85 and ED95 in vehicles. This move is aimed at pushing production of vehicles that run on clean fuel, particularly in cities that are facing acute problem of air pollution.






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