That report, which was published in February by Greenpeace, found that fine particulate matter levels in New Delhi came to about 128 micrograms per cubic meter, in comparison to Beijing’s 81 and Washington D.C.’s 12. In contrast, the World Health Organization recommends that nations shoot for an annual average of 10 micrograms per cubic meter.
The press of India has repeatedly reported the severity of the problem.
With Toxic Smog over New Delhi, no India signature on IATA Carbon Offsetting and Reporting Scheme for International Aviation
Countries covered by CORSIA (blue) and not(Gray) in CO2 reduction effort
CORSIA: IATA to continue discussions on India joining initiative during voluntary stage
“India’s refusal to join the International Air Transport Association-led Carbon Offsetting and Reporting Scheme for International Aviation
‘I would like India to join CORSIA, but frankly for the moment, I do not see things moving and do not expect it to during the election period,’ he lamented.”
India, which has four of the five carbon-neutral airports in the Asia-Pacific region and the world’s first fully solar powered airport, has drawn attention to “differentiated responsibilities” and the “need to ensure the transfer of financial resources, technology transfer and deployment and capacity building support to developing countries for enabling them to voluntarily undertake action plans.”
Given its horrendous conditions within its borders, one would assume that the Republic of India would want to agree to CORSIA for its own preservation. The argument for “differentiation” would make more sense if its airlines operated old fleets, but they have VERY modern, green fleets:
Hopefully, the new government will see fit to join CORSIA so it can clear its own air.
This ancient nation has received unusually good aviation treatment in the past. As a growing participant in the global economy, it should not take such an incongruous position as to world’s environment.
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