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Delhi NCR to Use Colour-Coded Stickers to Identify Nature of Fuel Used by Vehicles

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response on the Environment Pollution plea to use colour-coded stickers to identify nature of fuel used by vehicles plying in the National Capital Region (NCR)

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The central government said the radio frequency identity (RFID) tag had been made mandatory for commercial vehicles entering Delhi. Pixabay

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from Delhi, UP, Haryana and Rajasthan governments on the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority’s (EPCA) plea seeking a direction to implement the apex court’s order to use colour-coded stickers to identify nature of fuel used by vehicles plying in the National Capital Region (NCR).

On August 13, 2018, the top court had directed that vehicles plying in the NCR should have stickers of different colours, indicating the nature of fuel used by them. Hologram-based light blue colour sticker will indicate vehicles using petrol and CNG, while orange sticker, diesel-run vehicles. It was to be implemented on September 30, 2018.

After observing that the policy was not implemented, the EPCA requested the Division Bench, comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta, to direct the four states to implement the practice by November 1.

Senior advocate Aparajita Singh, amicus curiae on pollution issues, told the Bench colour-coding could help as the pollution level in the national capital might rise during winter. The top court had passed the order because pollution was acute, she added.

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Although the air in cities like Mumbai is not as dirty as in Delhi, the problem is worsening and environmentalists warn that much of urban India faces an air pollution crisis. Pixabay

The stickers would also help in identifying banned vehicles.

Supporting the EPCA report, the central government said the radio frequency identity (RFID) tag had been made mandatory for commercial vehicles entering Delhi and the cost of RFID tag had been fixed at Rs 225.

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However, the Bench said it couldn’t issue direction without working out modalities of distributing colour-coded stickers.

The bench has listed the matter for hearing on October 21. (IANS)

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Google gets Accused of Funding Groups that Defy Climate Change

According to a report in The Guardian, Google contributes heavily to conservative groups that defys Climate Change

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Google gets accused of making "substantial" donations to Washington-based think tanks that defy climate change. Pixabay

Google has been accused of making “substantial” donations to at least a dozen Washington-based think tanks that deny climate change and are actively campaigning against stricter climate legislation.

This is in stark contrast to Google CEO Sundar Pichai who has taken a public pledge to take urgent action against the climate crisis.

According to a report in The Guardian, Google contributed heavily to conservative groups like the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and the American Conservative Union that are in support of regulatory efforts that benefit tech companies.

The CEI is a strong proponent of the idea that climate change is a myth. In the past, the group has taken tough stances in opposition to tech regulation and antitrust enforcement.

According to reports, Google is “trying to appease conservatives so it can retain important protections under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act a” a law that protects Google from being responsible for third-parties”.

A company spokesperson said that it might not endorse every policy position of an organization when it makes a contribution.

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Google tries to appease conservatives so it can retain important protections under a law that protects Google from being responsible for third-parties: Report. Pixabay

“We’re hardly alone among companies that contribute to organisations while strongly disagreeing with them on climate policy,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge.

Pichai last month announced the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history — made up of a 1,600-megawatt (MW) package of agreements that includes 18 new energy deals.

“These deals will increase our worldwide portfolio of wind and solar agreements by more than 40 per cent, to 5,500 MW equivalent to the capacity of a million solar rooftops,” Pichai said in a statement.

“Once all these projects come online, our carbon-free energy portfolio will produce more electricity than places like Washington D.C. or entire countries like Lithuania or Uruguay use each year,” he added.

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The issue is in stark contrast to Google CEO Sundar Pichai who has taken a public pledge to take urgent action against the climate crisis. Pixabay

The announcement came as hundreds of Google employees participated in the “Global Climate Strike” during the United Nation’s climate summit on September 23.

In a blog post, the Google Workers for Action on Climate group highlighted some of the funding that the company was involved with that contradicted its public stance on climate change.

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“Google Cloud makes significant revenue licensing infrastructure, machine learning, and engineering talent to fossil fuel companies, promising to help them extract fuel reserves faster,” the group said. (IANS)