Webinar organised on International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies

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  • September 9, 2020
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Webinar organised on International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III- Pollution

In news

  • Recently, a webinar on the occasion of the first-ever International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies was organised.
  • Organised by: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) 
  • Aim of the International Day of Clean Air For Blue Skies: To demonstrate the close link of air quality to other environmental/developmental challenges and raise public awareness related to air quality at all levels.

Key takeaways

Indian Government’s Efforts to combat air pollution:

  • It is committed to reducing the air pollution level in 122 most polluted cities.
  • In 2014, the Air Quality Index (AQI) was launched which currently tracks the levels of pollution on eight parameters.
  • Parameters: Ground-level ozone, Particulate Matter (PM) 10, PM 2.5, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ammonia and lead.
  • Most harmful pollutants: Ground-level ozone and airborne particles 
  • A brochure on Integrated Measures to Combat Air Pollution under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was also launched in the webinar.

Suggestions for Improvement

  • States must work with city-specific plans, as every city has a different source of pollution.
  • Most effective way to reduce air pollution in cities is to identify the hotspots and then disburse funds. 
  • Use of electric vehicles must be encouraged and the public transport should be modernised.
  • Augmenting waste management Infrastructure is essential. 
  • Car-pooling and use of public transport must be promoted.

Do you know?

  • India has migrated to BS-VI standards, quality petrol and diesel, which is an important initiative to fight against pollution.
  • Ministry responsible for deciding the fuel standards: Environment Ministry. 
  • Fuel standards implemented by: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) 

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