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  • New satellite-produced map shows largest methane emitters around the world Oct 21, 2020 08:26 PM IST

    New satellite-produced map shows largest methane emitters around the world

    PULSE shows monthly methane concentrations averages on a grid averaging 2km x 2km over land, and is updated weekly. A slider function lets users explore how gas levels change over time.

  • NGT rejects plea alleging falsification of emission readings by Mercedes Benz Oct 21, 2020 04:37 PM IST

    NGT rejects plea alleging falsification of emission readings by Mercedes Benz

    The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Tanuj Mittal alleging falsification of emission readings by manufacturers of Mercedes Benz.

  • Delhi-NCR shrouded by haze; air quality enters 'very poor' zone Oct 15, 2020 07:28 PM IST

    Delhi-NCR shrouded by haze; air quality enters 'very poor' zone

    Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 312. The last time the air quality hit such a poor level was in February with an AQI 320.

  • Prakash Javadekar flags off 50 CPCB teams in Delhi-NCR, says only 4% pollution due to stubble burning Oct 15, 2020 01:44 PM IST

    Prakash Javadekar flags off 50 CPCB teams in Delhi-NCR, says only 4% pollution due to stubble burning

    The 50 CPCB teams will make extensive field visits from October 15 to February 28 next year and focus on hot spots where air pollution is aggravated, the environment ministry said. They will visit Delhi and NCR towns Noida, Ghaziabad, Meerut in Uttar Pradesh; Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabgarh, Jhajjar, Panipat, Sonepat in Haryana; and Bhiwadi, Alwar, Bharatpur in Rajasthan.

  • Coronavirus pandemic caused 'unprecedented' emissions drop: Study Oct 14, 2020 06:08 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic caused 'unprecedented' emissions drop: Study

    As governments ordered lockdowns to try to crush the first wave of COVID-19, CO2 emissions from transport, power and aviation plummeted, the international team of researchers said.

  • SC notice to Haryana on builder's plea against NGT penalty for violating environmental norms Oct 14, 2020 04:05 PM IST

    SC notice to Haryana on builder's plea against NGT penalty for violating environmental norms

    A three-judge bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi sought response from the Haryana government, state pollution control board (SPCB) and the NGO on whose plea the tribunal had passed the order.

  • India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June; Maharashtra biggest contributor Oct 12, 2020 03:00 PM IST

    India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June; Maharashtra biggest contributor

    COVID-19 biomedical waste could include PPE kits, masks, shoe covers, gloves, human tissues, items contaminated with blood, body fluids like dressings, plaster casts, cotton swabs, beddings contaminated with blood or body fluid, blood bags, needles, syringes etc.

  • Delhi taking lead in fight against pollution, but neighbouring states still not serious: Gopal Rai Oct 09, 2020 05:50 PM IST

    Delhi taking lead in fight against pollution, but neighbouring states still not serious: Gopal Rai

    In view of air quality in Delhi-NCR hitting poor level, a Supreme Court-mandated body Thursday announced implementation of graded response action plan (GRAP) from October 15 and a ban on the use of diesel generators, except for essential and emergency services in Delhi and the neighbouring cities of Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

  • Urban air pollution may make COVID-19 more deadly: Study Oct 08, 2020 01:33 PM IST

    Urban air pollution may make COVID-19 more deadly: Study

    The study, published in The Innovation journal, analysed key urban air pollutants, including fine particle matter (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and ozone (O3), across 3,122 counties in the US from January to July.

  • India world's largest emitter of sulphur dioxide, emissions see drop in 2019: Report Oct 08, 2020 12:38 PM IST

    India world's largest emitter of sulphur dioxide, emissions see drop in 2019: Report

    Sulphur dioxide is a poisonous air pollutant that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and premature death. In 2019, India emitted 21 percent of global anthropogenic (human-made) SO2 emissions, nearly double that of second-ranked global emitter, Russia.

  • Dangers posed by plastic are hidden far beneath the ocean’s surface Oct 07, 2020 08:53 PM IST

    Dangers posed by plastic are hidden far beneath the ocean’s surface

    The new study published Monday by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, in Australia highlights how humankind’s use of plastics has seeped into the darkest depths of the world’s waters.

  • Delhi's air quality turns 'poor', first time since June 29 Oct 07, 2020 08:51 PM IST

    Delhi's air quality turns 'poor', first time since June 29

    The Ministry of Earth Sciences' air quality monitor, SAFAR, said, "PM2.5 is now becoming the lead pollutant instead of PM10 — a characteristic of winters."

  • Delhi's air quality hits 'poor' category Oct 07, 2020 12:38 PM IST

    Delhi's air quality hits 'poor' category

    PM10 levels in Delhi-NCR stood at 225 microgram per cubic metre (g/m3) at 10 am, which is the highest in over three months, according to CPCB data.

  • SC notice to Centre, others on plea to ban stubble burning Oct 06, 2020 08:08 PM IST

    SC notice to Centre, others on plea to ban stubble burning

    The petition contended that stubble burning contributes almost 40 percent of air pollution in Delhi.

  • Stubble burning: 'Bio-decomposer' spraying from October 11 in Delhi, says CM Arvind Kejriwal Oct 06, 2020 03:49 PM IST

    Stubble burning: 'Bio-decomposer' spraying from October 11 in Delhi, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

    Scientists at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, PUSA, have found a low-cost, simple and effective way to deal with the problem of stubble burning, Arvind Kejriwal said.

  • Dr Reddy's looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent in 10 years Oct 05, 2020 07:15 PM IST

    Dr Reddy's looks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent in 10 years

    The company has committed to reducing its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030, keeping 2017-18 as the base year. It is the first Indian and the third Asian pharmaceutical company to join the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for minimising environmental harm.

  • California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash Oct 02, 2020 04:22 PM IST

    California wildfires turn beloved Napa wine spots to ash

    The Silverado Trail has long been a place of dreams for Napa Valley wine lovers as it winds gently through vineyards and on to Calistoga.

  • 5 lakh sharks may be killed for COVID-19 vaccine, warn conservationists Oct 01, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    5 lakh sharks may be killed for COVID-19 vaccine, warn conservationists

    Many vaccines, including those against other coronaviruses such as H1N1, SARS-CoV and influenza, have seen usage of squalene -- a natural compound originally obtained from shark liver oil.

  • Delhi loses cleaner lockdown air as farmers burn crop waste Sep 30, 2020 04:45 PM IST

    Delhi loses cleaner lockdown air as farmers burn crop waste

    Air pollution typically worsens during the winter months from October to December.

  • A Thailand national park is mailing garbage back to litterbugs Sep 24, 2020 04:21 PM IST

    A Thailand national park is mailing garbage back to litterbugs

    In a rather innovative approach to tackle the menace, officials at a national park in Thailand collected garbage left behind by visitors, packed it up and mailed it to them

  • Water quality of Ganga, four other major rivers deteriorated during COVID lockdown: CPCB Sep 23, 2020 07:20 PM IST

    Water quality of Ganga, four other major rivers deteriorated during COVID lockdown: CPCB

    According to the report, river water samples from 387 monitoring locations were collected during the pre-lockdown period and 77.26 percent of them complied with the primary water quality criteria for outdoor bathing.

  • Nearly 25 lakh tonne e-waste generated in country in past 3 years: Govt Sep 23, 2020 07:10 PM IST

    Nearly 25 lakh tonne e-waste generated in country in past 3 years: Govt

    Responding to a query, Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo told the Lower House that for the 21 types of notified Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE), an estimated 7.08 lakh tonne e-waste was generated in 2017-18, while the respective figures for the next two financial years were 7.71 lakh tonnes and 10.14 lakh tonnes.

  • World's biggest greenhouse gas emitter China now aims to go carbon neutral by 2060 Sep 23, 2020 03:47 PM IST

    World's biggest greenhouse gas emitter China now aims to go carbon neutral by 2060

    Speaking via video link to the United Nations General Assembly, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country would aim to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060

  • India aims to cut crop waste burning in key farm states by 80% Sep 22, 2020 08:01 PM IST

    India aims to cut crop waste burning in key farm states by 80%

    The federal government and the state governments of Punjab and Haryana have ensured that rice farmers can easily hire machines to dispose of the paddy stalks and straw, said the officials, who did not wish to be identified in line with government policy.

  • World’s richest 1% contribute twice the emissions of poorest 50%, finds Oxfam Sep 21, 2020 12:13 PM IST

    World’s richest 1% contribute twice the emissions of poorest 50%, finds Oxfam

    Despite a sharp decrease in carbon emissions due to the pandemic, the world remains on pace to warm several degrees this century, threatening poor and developing nations with the full gamut of natural disasters and displacements

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