Environment Survey 2014: How India senses change in air quality

Jun 05 2014, 10:26 IST
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Most people in 8 urban centres in India perceive a change in climate, according to the Environment Survey 2014. (Reuters) Most people in 8 urban centres in India perceive a change in climate, according to the Environment Survey 2014. (Reuters)
Summary90% in Delhi felt climatic changes were occurring, according to a survey conducted by TEERI.

Most people have begun to perceive a deterioration in air quality, according to the Environment Survey 2014 conducted by TERI, The Energy Research Institute. The survey interviewed some 11,200 respondents across eight urban centres — Coimbatore, Guwahati, Indore, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Pune, Delhi and Mumbai — between December 2013 and February 2014. Some of its findings:

CLIMATE CHANGE

* Most people perceived a change in climate.

* 90% in Delhi stated they felt that climatic changes were occurring

* 95% said temperature was increasing

* 64% said that rainfall was declining

* 50% said air quality had worsened.

WATER

* 50% of the respondents treated their drinking water before consumption.

* 50% respondents said they felt that water should be charges a cost to discourage wastage. Except in Coimbatore, in all other cities a significant number of respondents were aware of subsidies offered on water supply

WASTE

90% respondents across cities felt that improper waste management imposed severe to moderate health hazards. Most respondents in Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Coimbatore and Delhi felt that generating less garbage is key to better waste management while most in Guwahati, Pune and Mumbai preferred waste segregation as a solution.

* 40% respondents identified the municipal authority as the agency to manage the city’s garbage

* 24% pointed to individual households

* 25% said it was a combined responsibility of all

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