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Shrinking size of Ozone Hole

An “ozone hole”, which builds up over the Antarctic region this time of the year, has been found to be the smallest since it was first discovered in the 1980s. This comes just a month after the UN Environment Programme said that the ozone layer was on track to be completely restored within “our lifetime” … Continued

U.S. begins formal pullout from Paris deal

United States notified the United Nations of its formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Paris agreement was signed in year 2015. It was the global agreement for countries to cut emissions and reverse global warming. After the US withdrawal the fate of Paris agreement is uncertain. President Donald Trump had said in 2017 that he … Continued

Rising seas in India and the world: freshly assessed threat

The number of people in India threatened by rising sea-levels is at least seven times more than previously estimated, a new research has revealed. The research, published in Nature Communications, has found large areas on the eastern as well as western coastlines under threat of rising sea levels, including Mumbai on the west and Kolkata … Continued

Delhi chokes as pollution levels hit three-year high

Pollution levels in Delhi peaked to a three-year high. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the national capital’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 494 at 4 p.m. on Sunday, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497. Twenty-one of the 37 air quality monitoring stations recorded the AQI … Continued

Health emergency declared in Delhi

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) declared a public health emergency in the Capital as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category. According to the official data provided by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the overall AQI score of Delhi was 504 (normal range of particulate matter is  51 to100) at 3.30 … Continued

How green are Deepavali crackers?

Last October, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court of India mandated the use of green crackers for Deepavali, prescribing specific norms for the manufacture. This year, for the first time, ‘green crackers’ have been made available in markets, though the reach has been limited. These are milder avatars of traditional firecrackers in terms of … Continued

As Diwali approaches, where do cleaner ‘green crackers’ stand?

  With less than a week left for Diwali, there is no clarity on the types of firecrackers that individuals and families conscious of reducing their pollution footprint should buy. Air quality, especially in North India, meanwhile continues to get steadily worse.  Ruling of Supreme Court In October 2018, the Supreme Court had ruled that … Continued

Smallest ozone hole in decades: how it happened, why it matters

During September and October, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has been the smallest observed since 1982, NASA and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists have reported. The annual ozone hole reached its peak extent of 16. 4 million sq km on September 8, then shrank to less than 10 million sq km … Continued

First National Protocol to Enumerate Snow Leopard Population in India Launched

In a major boost towards protecting and conserving Snow Leopards, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the First National Protocol on Snow Leopard Population Assessment in India, on the occasion of International Snow Leopard Day. Snow Leopard enumeration of the Nation, which is the first of its kind, … Continued

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