Choking of cities in northern states: Reasons Air pollution is choking several cities in the northern States once again, as changes in temperature and slowing winds trap soot, dust and fine particulate matter. The National Capital Region is badly hit, as the burning of agricultural residue in Punjab and Haryana is releasing large volumes of … Continued
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Clean Air week A Clean Air Week would be organised from 01 to 05 November, 2018 in collaboration with the Government of Delhi and the four major NCR cities to control the air pollution. For this, 52 teams have been formed to ensure compliance and safety and take quick action. The teams will be jointly … Continued
Poor sanitation situation Bad sanitation is India’s worst-kept secret, but recent data from Uttar Pradesh show that in spite of working in mission mode to expand sanitation, 87% of faecal sludge expelled from toilets in urban areas is untreated. Viewed against the 2030 goal to achieve clean water and sanitation for all under the UN … Continued
What is it? Swinging between ‘poor’ and ‘very poor’ air quality for the past two weeks, the National Capital Region seems set for another lung-clogging winter this year. Figures released by the Union Health Ministry early this week showed the total emissions of Particulate Matter (PM) less than 2.5 micrometre in diameter increased by 15% … Continued
How serious are the lion deaths in Gujarat? A canine distemper virus (CDV) has led to many deaths in the Gir sanctuary. In September alone, 21 lions died. Every year, it is normal for 80-90 lions to die in Gujarat, according to wildlife experts. There is no number yet on how many have died this … Continued
As you read this Monday morning, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would have released a keenly awaited “special report” on the actions the world needs to take to prevent global average temperatures from rising beyond 1.5°C as compared to pre-industrial times. The report, which will have a major bearing on how the world … Continued
What has happened? Stunned by the deaths of 23 lions since September 12, the Gujarat government, which initially insisted that the lions had died due to infighting for territorial domination, has now sprung into action and launched not only rescue efforts but also called experts from outside, including London, and imported a vaccine from the … Continued
Atigress at the Tippeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district. Photo: Special Arrangement For over a week now, more than 100 Forest Department officials, guards, tranquillising experts, shooters, trackers, rescue teams, veterinarians and two elephants, brought from Madhya Pradesh, have been carrying out a massive hunt for a tigress in the Ralegaon area of Yavatmal … Continued
With many high-temperature cities in India set to only get hotter, the requirement for cooling is being recognised as key to health and well-being. To assess the requirement and plan ahead, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has released a draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). The draft by the MoEF Ozone Cell … Continued
Increase in number of polluted stretchs The number of polluted stretches in India’s rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control … Continued