India implements new pollution control measures

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Officials in India have new plans to curb pollution in New Delhi – ranked by the World Health Organization as the most polluted city in the world.

A big problem is the number of commercial vehicles that travel through the landlocked city. One solution, according to India’s supreme court, is to make them pay for the privilege.

CCTV’s Shweta Bajaj has more.

India implements new pollution control measures

India implements new pollution control measures

Officials in India have new plans to curb pollution in New Delhi - ranked by the World Health Organization as the most polluted city in the world. A big problem is the number of commercial vehicles that travel through the landlocked city. One solution, according to India's supreme court, is to make them pay for the privilege. CCTV's Shweta Bajaj has more.

More details:

  • According to a recent report by the Center for Science and Environment, 52,000 commercial vehicles enter Delhi every day. 
  • A previous court ruling ordered cars more than 15 years old off Delhi roads, but it was never enforced.
  • 30 percent of Delhi’s pollution is caused by commercial vehicles.
  • 80 people die from pollution-related causes every day, according to the Indian government.
Global CO2 emissions from 1995 to 2013 (in billion metric tons)

The statistic represents global carbon dioxide emissions between 1995 and 2013. Globally, more than 36 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide were emitted in 2013. That year, the United States accounted for about 15 percent of global CO2 emissions.
* Original data have been converted from million metric tons of carbon to units of carbon dioxide by multiplying by 3.664.


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World carbon dioxide emissions from 2005 to 2014, by region (in million metric tons of carbon dioxide)*

The statistic represents the worldwide amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced through the consumption of oil, gas and coal between 2005 and 2014, by region. In North America, 7.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide were emitted in 2008. Regarding CO2 emissions by country, China topped the list in 2014.
* The carbon emissions in this statistic reflect only those emissions produced through consumption of oil, gas and coal, and are based on standard global average conversion factors. This does not allow for any carbon that is sequestered, for other sources of carbon emissions, or for emissions of other greenhouse gases. According to the source, these data are not comparable to official national emissions data because they are compiled on the basis of carbon content: oil – 73,300 kg CO2 per TJ (3.07 tonnes per tonne of oil equivalent); natural gas – 56,100 kg CO2 per TJ (2.35 tonnes per tonne of oil equivalent); coal – 94,600 kg CO2 per TJ (3.96 tonnes per tonne of oil equivalent).