India: Conquering Gridlock?

Goodspeed, Brianne
July 2006
E: The Environmental Magazine;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p38
This article reports that India, the world's second-most populous nation, currently produces six percent of the world's greenhouse gases. And Indian CO2 emissions are projected to increase 102.4 percent between 2001 and 2025. Only China will experience a larger rise. In one of the world's most polluted cities, long-time advocates for air pollution control are now pressuring the government to introduce measures The New Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment (CSE) says that the recent rise of individual car ownership in India needs to be controlled, and quickly. Of the 35 cities in India with more than a million residents, only eight have viable bus services, and the road tax for buses in Delhi is approximately twice that of cars. CSE is also pressuring the government to introduce fuel-efficiency standards and research new vehicle technology. USAID is working in India to develop the country's first zero emission battery-powered electric car, the Reva, which is being test marketed in several other countries, including Japan and China.


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