Bulletins

12/11/2018 12:22:00 PM'

Air quality in Kolkata remains ‘severe’ for third day in a row

The Air Quality Index (AQI) in densely populated north Kolkata remained ‘severe’ for the third day in a row. The AQI at the West Bengal Pollution Control Board’s (WBPCB’s) air monitoring station at Rabindra Bharati University, the only computerised monitoring station of north Kolkata, was 407 for PM 2.5, which was ‘severe’ in air monitoring terms, at 2 pm on December 10, 2018. The AQI is an indicator of air pollution caused by three pollutants – NO2, PM 10 and PM 2.5. The index indicates air ...

12/7/2018 7:41:00 AM'

‘Air pollution cause of 1 in 8 deaths’

Study says 26% of global premature death and disease burden by air pollution occurs in India India, with 18% of the world’s population, has a disproportionately high 26% of the global premature deaths and disease burden due to air pollution. Moreover, one in eight deaths in India was attributable to air pollution in India in 2017, making it a leading risk factor for death. This is according to the first comprehensive estimates of reduction in life expectancy associated with air pollution in...

12/7/2018 7:37:00 AM'

Manifesto of tribal rights issued

Charter of demands presented to all parties in Rajasthan for action by next govt. Tribal groups in Rajasthan have demanded that the next elected government in the State reveal the status of each of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with reference to tribal communities and declare their status targets. The activists said that no political party had depicted its commitment to work for sustainable development of tribal people. A manifesto for rights of the tribal population, residi...

12/7/2018 7:33:00 AM'

State told to set aside ₹500 cr. for Bengaluru lakes

NGT orders Karnataka to place money in escrow for use in cleaning waterbodies Coming down heavily on the Karnataka government for failing to “protect and rejuvenate” Bengaluru’s Bellandur, Agara and Varthur lakes, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed the State government to transfer ₹500 crore to an escrow account. The amount is to be utilised for execution of action plans to clean the waterbodies. Observing that untreated sewage continued to flow into the waterbodies “ind...

12/7/2018 6:49:00 AM'

साल 2017 में प्रदूषण के चलते भारत में करीब 12.4 लाख लोगों ने जान गंवाई

भारत में पिछले साल तंबाकू के इस्तेमाल के मुकाबले वायु प्रदूषण से लोग अधिक बीमार हुए और इसके चलते प्रत्येक आठ में से एक व्यक्ति ने अपनी जान गंवाई। बृहस्पतिवार को एक अध्ययन में ऐसा कहा गया है। इस अध्ययन में यह भी कहा गया कि हवा के अत्यंत सूक्ष्म कणों-पीएम 2.5 के सबसे ज्याद संपर्क में दिल्ली वासी आते हैं। उसके बाद उत्तर प्रदेश एवं हरियाणा का नंबर आता है। इसमें कहा गया कि 2017 में करीब 12.4 लाख मौतों के पीछे वायु प्रदूषण वजह थी। साथ ही इसमें वायु प्रदूषण को देश में होने वाली मौतों के पीछे के...

12/7/2018 6:24:00 AM'

बेहद खराब हुई दिल्ली की हवा, अगले दो-तीन दिन बनी रहेगी यही स्थिति

हवा की धीमी गति जैसी प्रतिकूल मौसमी परिस्थितियों के कारण बृहस्पतिवार को दिल्ली की वायु गुणवत्ता 'बेहद खराब की श्रेणी में बनी रही जबकि सात क्षेत्रों में वायु गुणवत्ता 'गंभीर श्रेणी में दर्ज की गई। केन्द्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण बोर्ड ने औसत वायु गुणवत्ता सूचकांक (एक्यूआई) 355 दर्ज किया। एक्यूआई सूचकांक 201 से 300 के बीच में 'खराब, 301 से 400 तक 'बहुत खराब और 500 से ऊपर 'गंभीर श्रेणी में आता है। सीपीसीबी के अनुसार सात इलाकों - आनंद विहार, अशोक विहार, मुंडका, नेहरू नगर, रोहिणी, विवेक विहार और वजीरपु...

12/7/2018 6:04:00 AM'

देश में वायु प्रदूषण से 12.4 लाख की मौत, झारखंड में 26486 मौतें 2017 में, 1.7 वर्ष घटी भारतीयों की औ

वायु प्रदूषण को लेकर ‘दी लैंसेट प्लैनेट्री हेल्थ’ की एक रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, 2017 में भारत में वायु प्रदूषण के कारण 12.4 लाख लोगों की मौत हो गयी जो कि 70 वर्ष से कम उम्र के थे. रिपोर्ट में कहा गया है कि वायु प्रदूषण के कारण लोगों की औसत आयु करीब 1.7 वर्ष घट गयी है. विश्व में भारत एकमात्र  ऐसा देश हैं जहां पीएम2·5 का लेवल हर वर्ष विश्व स्तर पर सबसे ज्यादा होता है. भारत का एक भी ऐसा राज्य नहीं था जहां पर विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के मानक से 10 माइक्रोग्राम/मी³, 45 से कम हो. बिहार तीसरे नंबर पर  ...

12/7/2018 6:01:00 AM'

दिल्ली में प्रदूषण: दुनिया में सबसे प्रदूषित हुई राजधानी की हवा, NGT के जुर्माने का भी कोई असर नहीं

लोग आज भी खुले तौर पर प्लास्टिक जला रहे हैं और उन्हें रोकने वाला कोई नहीं है. दिल्ली सरकार (Delhi Government) ऐसे लोगों को रोक पाने में पूरी तरह से विफल दिख रही है।नई दिल्ली: देश की राजधानी दिल्ली (Pollution in Delhi) मौजूदा समय में विश्व की सबसे प्रदूषित शहरों में सबसे शीर्ष पर है. यहां हवा की गुणवत्ता दिन पर दिन और खराब होती जा रही है. आलम यह है कि नेशनल ग्रीन ट्रिब्यूनल (NGT) द्वारा बीते सोमवार को राज्य सरकार पर लगाए गए 25 करोड़ रुपये के जुर्माने का भी कोई असर होता नहीं दिख रहा है. लोग आज भी...

12/6/2018 9:18:00 AM'

'India third largest contributor to carbon emission'

India, the third-highest contributor, is projected to see emissions rise by 6.3% from 2017. Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project. India, the third-highest contributor, is projected to see emissions rise by 6.3% from 2017. The 2.7% projected global rise in 2018 has been driven by appreciable growth in coal use for the second year in a row, an...

12/6/2018 9:14:00 AM'

15-year-old schoolgirl pleads next generation’s case at climate talks

Greta Thunberg held solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament in August By the time 15-year-old Greta Thunberg is 45, tens of millions of people are expected to have fled their homes as climate change unleashes a maelstrom of extreme weather, crop failures and devastating forest fires. Although it's her parent's generation and those before who have made climate change possible, it the billions of young people like her who will bare its brunt. And she's had enough. "It's us who are going t...

12/3/2018 10:30:00 AM'

IIT Delhi incubated start-up aims to keep bad air out of homes

Pollution Net aims to replace the traditional mosquito net On the occasion of World Pollution Prevention Day, which is observed on December 2, a start-up incubated by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi — Nasofilter — launched a product that promises to protect homes and offices from particulate matter (PM). Called Pollution Net, the product aims to replace the traditional mosquito net that people instal on windows. Pollution Net promises protection not just against mosquitoes but also out...

12/3/2018 10:23:00 AM'

IIT-Delhi incubated start-up aims to keep bad air out of homes

Pollution Net aims to replace the traditional mosquito net On the occasion of World Pollution Prevention Day, which is observed on December 2, a start-up incubated by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi — Nasofilter — launched a product that promises to protect homes and offices from particulate matter (PM). Called Pollution Net, the product aims to replace the traditional mosquito net that people instal on windows. Pollution Net promises protection not just against mosquitoes but also out...

12/3/2018 10:20:00 AM'

Horn not okay please

Traffic cops have been cracking down on sound of loud music To keep a lid on noise pollution, the Delhi Traffic Police is prosecuting vehicles for playing loud music, using pressure horns and for honking at restricted places. As of November 15, the traffic police issued 1,459 challans to vehicles for playing loud music; 7,209 for using a pressure horn and 21,996 for honking at restricted places. Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Alok Kumar said a major crackdown on air and noise poll...

12/3/2018 10:14:00 AM'

Prosecution for PUC violations up 334 parentage over last 4 years

Challans will keep increasing as the police have been cracking down on polluting vehicles in the Capital, says a senior traffic police officer Though pollution in the Capital remains in the ‘poor’ category, prosecution by the traffic police for plying without a valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate has increased by 334% in the last four years. A traffic policeman said the figure is expected to touch 400% by the end of the year. Between November 1 and 15, the Delhi Traffic Police...

12/3/2018 9:55:00 AM'

Parties’ tall claims for rejuvenation of lakes

But Udaipur voters disillusioned Though both the major political parties have been making tall claims for rejuvenation of water bodies in the “City of Lakes”, the voters here are disillusioned with their “restricted vision” which they say is unable to grasp the significance of the ecosystem that ensures protection of catchment areas. The lakes here are facing a major issue of pollution and reduction of submergence area. After the successful removal of water hyacinth about six years ago, the...