According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution kills an estimated seven million people worldwide every year and nine out of 10 people breathe air with high levels of pollutants.In a study published by the Science of the Total Environment journal, a global team of researchers led by Surrey's Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE) investigated air pollution exposure levels for commuters in 10 different global cities -- Dhaka (Bangladesh), Chennai (India), Guangzhou (China), Medellin (Colombia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Cairo (Egypt), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Blantyre (Malawi), and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania).The research team investigated PM2.5 and PM10 exposure levels inside vehicles during peak hours in the morning and evening, as well as off-peak hours in the middle of the day. The scientists measured how exposure levels changed when drivers used recirculation systems, fans and simply opened the windows.The study discovered that drivers in some of … [Read more...] about Study reveals drivers who keep windows down exposed to 80 pc more air pollution
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Studies conducted by the EU indicate that the use of biodiesel offers positive outcomes in terms of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, despite the fact that the production of energy plants (use of fertilizer and tractors for field work) consumes fossil energy. The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU), Germany, ascertained that by using biodiesel, 1,500 litres of mineral oil can be saved for each hectare of agricultural land used to produce rapeseed oil. Or, by comparison, each litre of biodiesel saves the equivalent of 2.2 kg greenhouse gases. … [Read more...] about The road to cleaner air
Despite the mid-sized V-twin, this is quite an easy bike to ride and a hoot at low-city speeds. The engine has a fair sense of urgency but is never over the top, even at high revs. This, I think, is due to the flat torque band. The clutch, too, is light and easy to modulate at low speeds without you having a brown pants moment, a quality very few mid capacity bikes possess. … [Read more...] about Is this India’s most unique motorcycle?
When you go out, you are sure to find the ubiquitous masks, being sold at makeshift stalls, pitched under the shade of trees. The masks come in various hues, shapes and sizes with prices ranging from a mere ₹10 to a couple of hundred rupees, depending on the quality of the cloth used. … [Read more...] about Masks available in all hues, sizes
“To increase manufacturing, ‘Make in India’ and employment, priority sectors have been identified and work has started in three — furniture, air conditioner, leather & footwear. Just in case of air conditioners, we import over 30% of our demand. We need to reduce this quickly. Similarly, we have a small share in global exports, despite being the second-largest leather producer,” PM Narendra Modi said at CII’s annual session.Commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal has held several rounds of talks with a group of CEOs, led by M&M MD Pawan Goenka, with development clusters being the key. “The overall thrust is to give a push to domestic manufacturing once Covid-19 ends,” he told TOI.Others who have been part of the deliberations suggested development of clusters held the key, while ensuring that it doesn’t turn into real estate development. “The opportunity lies in large-scale manufacturing, which you can do, given … [Read more...] about Government eyes $17 billion investment proposals to boost local manufacturing