One might expect that the Government of India, having had to close its capitol airport due to pollution, would see the critical need for it to participate in Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) ?
Flights cannot operate at India’s Capital due to opaque pollution
Yet Country does not participate in ICAO plan on reducing CO2
One Three Major Countries to opt out!!!
After Diwali, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had claimed pollution levels were at their best in five years.
…Poor visibility due to the haze in the National Capital Region led to 37 flights at Delhi airport being diverted to other airports between 9 am and 1 pm.
Pollution levels spiked further on Sunday morning, with 10 air monitoring stations in the Capital recording “severe-plus emergency” category. The overall air quality index in Delhi was 708 at 5.45 pm, which is even beyond the severe levels, according to the government-run monitoring agency System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research, or SAFAR.
SAFAR measures Delhi’s air quality based on index values recorded at up to nine stations spread across the city and one each in Noida and Gurugram. An AQI between 0-50 is considered “good”, 51-100 “satisfactory”, 101-200 “moderate”, 201-300 “poor”, 301-400 “very poor” and 401-500 “severe”. Anything above 400 poses a risk for people with respiratory illnesses and can also affect even those with healthy lungs.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday to say that pollution had reached “unbearable levels” and Delhiites were suffering “for no fault of theirs”. He asked the Centre to take immediate steps and added that he would support the central government in all their initiatives.
In a video message, Kejriwal said pollution should not be “politicised”, and urged neighbouring states and the Centre to “sit together” and deliberate on how to prevent stubble burning. He said his government was not indulging in a “blame game” but looking for solutions.
The Delhi government on Friday had announced a public health emergency, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal writing to the Union environment minister about his concerns over the pollution. Kejriwal has blamed much of the smog on fumes from stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana. Schools in Delhi have also been closed till Tuesday, and construction work has been stopped until next week.
The Delhi government will enforce the odd-even road rationing scheme from Monday until November 15.
With Toxic Smog over New Delhi, no India signature on IATA Carbon Offsetting and Reporting Scheme for International Aviation
Unable to take-off and land due to the POLLUTION, why doesn’t the Government see the need to cut CO2 emissions starting with its own aircraft?
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