New Delhi: A court here on Saturday permitted environmentalist R.K. Pachauri, accused in a sexual harassment case, to visit the US from June 29 to July 9 for attending his brother-in-law’s funeral.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shivani Chauhan allowed Pachauri’s plea, seeking to attend the last rites of his brother-in-law in the US.
In a plea moved by his counsel advocate Asish Dikshit, the environmentalist sought to visit the US.
He was granted anticipatory bail on March 21. But the sessions court had directed him not to leave the country without permission. He was also directed not to visit the premises of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Pachauri was questioned by Delhi Police on Wednesday and Friday.
A 29-year-old research associate working in Pachauri’s office filed a complaint of sexual harassment against him in south Delhi on February 13 after approaching TERI authorities on February 9.
Delhi Police later booked Pachauri on charges of molestation, stalking, sexual harassment and criminal intimidation as the complainant had claimed that she was harassed by him for nearly two years since she joined his office in September 2013.
She also alleged that Pachauri had engaged in “sexually-laden conversations” with her over e-mail and SMS.
Pachauri was forced to step down as chairperson of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in February and proceeded on leave from TERI after the sexual harassment complaint but he has denied the allegations.
Freezing pollutants can prevent deadly outdoor air pollution — thought to cause more than three million premature deaths worldwide every year — from seeping indoors by 99 per cent, scientists have discovered.
The research, by a team of scientists from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, involved studying the effectiveness of cryogenics for indoor air purification, by removing the gaseous pollutants and tiny particulates caused by haze.
The team found that as they circulated haze-polluted air through a cryogenic condenser, the finer particles stuck together in the condenser tube before dropping out by gravity, and emerging as clean air.
Their method was able to remove 99 per cent of particulates and 98 per cent of nitrogen oxide pollutants.
“Hazardous outdoor air pollution has severely affected indoor air quality, threatening the health of billions of people,” said Professor Robert Mortimer, Dean of the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham.
“Outdoor air pollution in cities is a global problem. While there are some existing technologies to purify indoor air, they can be inefficient, expensive or produce harmful by-products.
“When outdoor air quality is poor, people tend to spend even more time indoors – but outdoor pollution also leads to indoor pollution and people are still impacted.”
The experiments, reported in the journal Science of the Total Environment, showed that by simply circulating polluted air through a small freezing chamber we can remove most of the fine particles and gas pollutants.
“Our study makes it possible to add an ‘air cleaner’ option to household appliances in areas which might experience extremely poor air conditions. By controlling indoor air pollution and improving air quality in this way, this work could be greatly beneficial for public health,” added Gang Pan, Professor at the varsity.
It is hoped that the work could pave the way for simple modification of air conditioning and humidifier units so that they can also clean polluted indoor air, the team said.
Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Sunday witnessed “very poor” air quality with the minimum temperature recorded at 12.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average.