More Than 90% of World’s Children Don’t Breathe Clean Air, WHO Reports

Buildings are seen in heavy haze in Beijing’s central business district

Buildings are seen in heavy haze in Beijing’s central business district

It also directed the Transport Department to publish a list of such vehicles on its website and also impound them if found on the road.

EPCA is permitted to take pre-emptive steps under the Graded Response Action Plan without strict adherence to pollution stages delineated in the plan. The plan contains steps to combat air pollution in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas and is created to take remedial measures when air quality deteriorates.

In a frantic effort to control worsening air pollution in the Delhi-NCR, a senior official on Tuesday said if things go beyond control, a ban on private vehicles in Delhi may be in the offing.

Another report by Greenpeace presented a grim picture of India's pollution level.

"If you take a walk in the evening to the Old Delhi railway station, you will see poor people on cycle rickshaws".

The court order came as a thick haze, which had enveloped Delhi on Monday, continued to linger and the air quality deteriorated to "very critical".

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The bench told Nadkarni that authorities would have to do their work properly and find out solutions to avoid such situation as prevailing in Delhi.

The CPCB will immediately make social media account on which citizens can complain about pollution, the top court ordered.

The amicus referred to a note prepared by EPCA chairman which contained details and photographs of garbage burning in several parts of Delhi, including Bawana, Narela, Dwarka, Nangloi and Mundka. "Farmers of these two states are also fed up with their governments", he said. The report adds that the PM2.5 pollutants are the particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometres. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in the city was measured at 401.

On Tuesday, Delhi's air quality reached the "severe" level for the first time this season. They (authorities) have got a good excuse in crop burning today.

Air pollution is slowly easing in EU countries but still causes almost half a million early deaths each year, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said in its annual report published Monday.

"Mere talking is not enough. Better waste management can reduce the amount of waste that is burned within communities and thereby reducing 'community air pollution.' The exclusive use of clean technologies and fuels for household cooking, heating and lighting activities can drastically improve the air quality within homes and in the surrounding community", the World Health Organization wrote in its press release.

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