What can be consequence of a heatstroke? With the mercury soaring over 40 degrees Celsius mark, doctors have warned against heatstroke and related medical condition stating that it is a medical emergency and can be fatal if not promptly and properly treated. “While heatstroke may appear to be a short-lived medical episode, if ignored, it … Continued
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India has called for a judicious use of resources amidst concerns over resource depletion and scarcity. Addressing the 4th BRICS Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that a decrease in global materials, or at least stabilization at present levels, demand major reductions … Continued
The Supreme Court said last week that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) “will have to be thrown out of the picture” if the Taj Mahal was to be saved, and the Centre informed the court that it was considering the suggestion to involve international experts in the conservation of the 17th-century monument. The court … Continued
What is it? India’s groundwater resources have been overexploited, as experts have been warning for some time now. According to a sample assessment in 2011, groundwater in 19 of India’s 71 districts — about 26% — were critical or exploited, meaning that nearly as much or more water was being pulled out than their reservoirs’ … Continued
14 Indian cities among the 20 most polluted A new report from the World Health Organization highlights not only how widespread air pollution is in urban India, but also how deficient air quality monitoring is. The report, which summarized 2016 data for 4,300 cities, ranks 14 Indian cities among the 20 most polluted ones globally. … Continued
States to get leeway in developing tourism, industrial infrastructure The Centre has allowed India’s coasts to be made more accessible to tourism and industrial infrastructure and given individual States considerable leeway to decide how they should plan such development, according to a draft version of the proposed modification to India’s coastal regulation zone plan made … Continued
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018. The amended Rules lay down that the phasing out of Plastics is now applicable to Multilayered Plastic (MLP), which are “non-recyclable, or non-energy recoverable, or with no alternate use.” Central Registration system The amended Rules also prescribe a … Continued
Gir in Gujarat, the last abode of Asiatic lions in Asia, has lost an alarmingly large number of the endangered wild cats in two years. On March 28, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India (CAG) was tabled in the Gujarat Assembly. It listed huge “flaws” in lion conservation efforts in the State.What … Continued
Verdict of Jodhpur court A Jodhpur court held Bollywood actor Salman Khan guilty and awarded him five years in jail in a case related to blackbuck poaching filed against him in 1998. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the actor. Salman’s lawyers plan to move the sessions court as well as … Continued
Great Pacific Garbage Patch The vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific ocean is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined – far larger than previously feared – and is growing rapidly, a study warned. Researchers based in the Netherlands used a fleet of boats and aircraft to scan the immense accumulation … Continued