World Environment Day: See what ails Indian cities

On World Environment Day, we bring you The Indian Express's exclusive investigative series on pollution.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2015 12:58:09 pm
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Death by Breath was an investigative series by The Indian Express, it highlights harmful effects of toxic waste and pollution on Delhi’s environment. As the we celebrate the World Environment Day, here are the best stories from the investigative series:

* Death by Breath

People whose petitions brought about key environmental rulings look back at the way the capital, having once become a model for fighting air pollution, went downhill from there.

Delhi pollution, air pollution, Kuldip Singh, pollution delhi, green delhi, delhi green, delhi pollution level, delhi environment pollution, environmental pollution, pollution city delhi, pollution delhi environment, delhi news, india news, nation news The last government in Delhi for three terms, and at the Centre, did nothing despite so much data from so many organisations warning about deteriorating air quality, says Singh.

Read full story here – ‘Judiciary hasn’t been as active, needs to step in,’ says Kuldip Singh

 

* Leave Delhi

That’s what doctors are prescribing to patients with respiratory ailments

 

* When air turns deadly

As many as 15 authoritative studies red-flagged how landmark gains from CNG were being frittered away.

With an estimated cost of Rs 2,500 crore, the project is expected to decongest Vikas Marg and the New Delhi Railway station, sources said. With an estimated cost of Rs 2,500 crore, the project is expected to decongest Vikas Marg and the New Delhi Railway station, sources said.

Read full story here – Seven years ago, everyone saw Delhi’s air take a deadly U-turn but no one did a thing

 

* Kids suffer the most

Dr Manas Ray, lead author of biggest study on air pollution effects on Delhi kids, says that citizens of Delhi, especially school-age children, were suffering more from several health problems compared to their control counterparts.

Read full story here – We made it clear kids were suffering… absolutely nothing was followed up: Dr Manas Ray

 

* There is no way to go

If you thought leaving Delhi was one option to escape its toxic air, you might need to think again about where you’re going.

Waste from tanneries on the bank of the Ganga in Kanpur. “We have put special focus on Kanpur and its leather tanneries,” says Javed Abidi, chairman of Uttar Pradesh PCB. Waste from tanneries on the bank of the Ganga in Kanpur. “We have put special focus on Kanpur and its leather tanneries,” says Javed Abidi, chairman of Uttar Pradesh PCB.

Read full story here – Mumbai to Chennai: How Delhi could show the way

 

* Explained

What do you understand by Air Quality Index? Here is all you need to know:

 

* People slept over alarming reports

People whose petitions brought about key environmental rulings look back at the way the capital, having once become a model for fighting air pollution, went downhill from there

I don’t hold one person responsible for this but the entire administration, right up to the prime minister. People at the helm just fell asleep, says lawyer MC Mehta. I don’t hold one person responsible for this but the entire administration, right up to the prime minister. People at the helm just fell asleep, says lawyer MC Mehta.

Read full story here – Big talk when in Opp, talk of lobbies when in power: M C Mehta

 

* Read and watch what exactly happened to Delhi’s air

Full coverage – Death by Breath

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