POLLUTION

  • Air pollution discolouring Taj Mahal, finds study December 11, 2014

    Washington: A team of researchers from India and the US has found that the browning of the Taj Mahal's iconic marble dome and soaring minarets is due to dust and airborne carbon particles. "Our team was able to show that the pollutants discolouring the Taj Mahal are particulate matter carbon from...
  • Oceans laden with 269,000 tons of plastic: Study December 11, 2014

    Washington: The world`s oceans are laden with nearly 269,000 tons of plastic pollution, international researchers said on Wednesday after a six-year study of conditions across the globe. The findings in the journal PLOS ONE show that larger plastic debris usually lingers around the coast, but gets churned into tiny particles further...
  • Watershed conservation can reduce pollution in India: Study December 10, 2014

    Kolkata: Indian cities like Mumbai, Gurgaon, Rajkot and several others that suffer from water pollution, have the potential to reduce pollution at the source by 10 per cent through practices like watershed conservation and river bank restoration, a new study says. The recently released "Urban Water Blueprint" study by The Nature...
  • Delhi bans 15 year old vehicles: Can this be implemented? December 3, 2014

    Dismayed at increasing air pollution in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal held that all vehicles which were more than 15 years old would not be permitted to ply on the city roads. ...
  • Over 29 lakh vehicles set to go off Delhi roads following NGT verdict November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: More than 29 lakh vehicles will go off the national capital's roads following a National Green Tribunal order putting a ban on plying of vehicles older than 15 years, the Delhi government has said. Dismayed at the increasing level of air pollution in Delhi, the NGT had on November...
  • Delhiites give mixed response to ban on 15-year-old vehicles November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: World Health Organisation (WHO) states that Delhi is the world's most polluted city. A city where average pollution level is eight times higher than the average. The National Green Tribunal Authority (NGTA) has banned all vehicles aged above 15 years from plying on the roads in the national...
  • Rickshaw research reveals extreme pollution in Delhi November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The three-wheeled rickshaw lurched through New Delhi's commuter-clogged streets with an American scientist and several air pollution monitors in the back seat. Car horns blared. A scrappy scooter buzzed by belching black smoke from its tailpipe. One of the monitors spiked. Joshua Apte has alarming findings for anyone who...
  • JNU sets up panel to check pollution, accidents on campus November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University has set up a committee to implement policies which will help check rising pollution and regulate traffic on the campus. The decision to set up 'Traffic Planning Committee' was taken by the administration recently and was informed to JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA), which had raised...
  • Centre to constitute 25 special teams to expedite PM Modi's project of cleaning Ganga November 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Expediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pet project of cleansing the Ganga, the Centre will be constituting 25 special teams to check the source of pollution of the holy river so that further action could be taken accordingly. The teams to be drawn from different wings of the Ministry of...
  • Ganga cleaning: Yours is a story of complete failure, frustration, disaster, SC tells state pollution control boards October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has hauled up the Central government and state pollution control boards on the progress of the Clean Ganga project. The apex court has slammed them for not taking action against polluting industries on the banks of the River Ganga. The court told the pollution control boards,...
  • More emergency fire calls in Kolkata this Diwali October 24, 2014

    Kolakta: The West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services here received 108 calls on Diwali, slightly higher than last year, an official said on Friday. "Till 12 midnight October 23, we received 108 calls. This is slightly higher than last year as Diwali and Kali puja coincided," an official said. According to the...
  • TWTW: Cyrus advises not to burst crackers on Diwali October 24, 2014

    To curb the air pollution on Diwali, Cyrus Broacha urges his viewers to not burst crackers. ...
  • Delhi air quality deteriorates alarmingly post-Diwali, pollution 5 times higher than normal October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Air quality in the national capital deteriorated alarmingly a day after Diwali as pollution levels spiked more than five times higher than normal leaving many at the risk of respiratory problems. The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), which directly affects breathing, has gone up by five times from the...
  • Our effort to reduce use of crackers has not been successful, CSE admits October 24, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Programme manager of Centre for Science and Environment Vivek Chatopaday said that their efforts to reduce use of crackers had not been successful. "We saw pollution levels reaching upto 10 times higher than normal," said Chatopaday. ...
  • High level of pollution in cities across India after Diwali, Faridabad maintains prescribed standards October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: After the celebrations, in the the fallout of Diwali, the quality of air has gone alarmingly bad across the country. The Met department has predicted that the air will stay polluted for the next two days. On Thursday, the national capital recorded 210 micro grams per cubic metre...
  • Kali Puja, Diwali celebrated across West Bengal October 23, 2014

    Kolkata: Kali puja and Diwali, festivals of lights, were celebrated with fun and frolic across West Bengal, with people bursting crackers and exchanging sweets with family and friends. Devotees thronged Kali temples, including the famous ones at Kalighat, Dakshineswar and Tarapith. People in large numbers were seen visiting Kali puja...
  • Traffic pollution may damage lungs of unborn babies October 21, 2014

    London: Pregnant women who live in polluted areas risk damage to their children's lungs, a new study has warned. Researchers said exposure to pollution during the second trimester of pregnancy in particular raises the risk of harm to a child's lungs. The finding underlines the multiple public health benefits of...
  • Project to scan 'social pollution' on Twitter: Researchers October 18, 2014

    New York: Researchers at the Indiana University in the US are working on an ambitious project to collect and analyse 'social pollution' that is spreading on social media like Twitter. Funded by the US National Science Foundation, the project named "Truthy" will study what researchers call "social epidemics", including how memes...
  • India's air pollution policies more successful than water pollution ones: Study October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: India's air pollution policies are more successful than the water pollution ones because of the country's Supreme Court's effective intervention to address matters polluting the atmosphere, according to a new study. The study, published in the October issue of the American Economic Review, says that high levels of...
  • Fall in monsoon rains driven by rise in air pollution: Study October 2, 2014

    London: Emissions produced by human activity over the past 50 years have caused decline of the annual monsoon rainfall, on which billions of people - including in India - depend, a new study suggests. In the second half of the 20th century, the levels of rain recorded during the Northern...
  • Polluting industries along Ganga will be monitored 24x7: Centre August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Making it clear that pollution of the Ganga will not be allowed, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said industries along the river bank would be monitored roundtheclock. The Central Pollution Control Board will be handling the realtime monitoring of the industries, he told reporters. "We are setting up realtime...
  • Delhi: Soon motorists will require PUC to buy petrol, diesel August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Soon motorists will have to show 'pollution under control' certificates at petrol pumps to refuel their vehicles with the Delhi government on Wednesday taking an inprinciple decision to this effect primarily to check vehicular pollution in the city. The decision was taken at a highlevel meeting chaired by Chief...
  • Villagers block traffic to protest industrial pollution August 12, 2014

    Scores of villagers in the Loni area in Ghaziabad on Tuesday blocked traffic in protest against the alleged release of polluted chemicals into open drains by some factories. Residents of Agrola village alleged that groundwater was being contaminated and posing health hazards as they held up traffic on the DelhiSaharanpur and...
  • NGT issues notices to state government, Pollution Control Board July 30, 2014

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bhopal bench has issued notices to the state government of Rajasthan and Rajasthan Pollution Control Board seeking reply on the matter of vegetable cultivation in the state usingsewerage water of the cities. The tribunal has issued these notices while allowing a petition filed by an environmentalist...
  • Decision on critically polluted areas soon: Prakash Javadekar July 13, 2014

    Ahmedabad: The government will find an amicable solution to the issue of banning new projects or expansion of existing projects in Gujarat's 'critically polluted' industrial clusters, Union Minister for State for Forests and Environment Prakash Javadekar said on Sunday. These three industrial clusters include Vapi in Valsad district, Ankleshwar in Bharuch...
  • UP government will cooperate with Centre to clean Ganga, said Azam Khan July 4, 2014

    Terming pollution of Ganga a serious challenge, Uttar Pradesh government on Friday said it would cooperate with Central government for cleaning the river. The issue was raised in the state Assembly by BJP MLA Shayamdev Roychaudhary who moved a resolution to immediately stop all drains falling in the river. Referring to the...
  • Development in India and China adds to the CO2 emission: Obama June 27, 2014

    Washington: The fast developing economies of India and China are adding to the emission of carbon dioxide, US President Barack Obama has said asking Americans to be ready and adopt more and more green technologies. "Hurricane Sandy may not be as unusual as it used to be. You see higher incidents...
  • Congress, BJP stage walkout in UP assembly over river pollution June 26, 2014

    Congress and BJP members on Thursday staged a walkout in the Uttar Pradesh assembly on the issue of river pollution due to release of untreated effluents by factories. During the question hour, BJP member Satish Mahana raised the issue of river pollution due to effluents from factories wherein he sought to...
  • Goa's Mandovi river water unsafe for swimming, fishing: Report June 23, 2014

    Panaji: Goa's Mandovi river is unsafe for water sports and fishing due to high level of coliform bacteria in it, according to a recent study by state Pollution Control Board. "The coliform bacteria content in the water is alarmingly high. The water is full of bacterial contamination which makes it unsafe...
  • BJP's new website to seek people's opinion on making Kanpur pollutionfree June 17, 2014

    BJP would be launching a website for Kanpur where people's opinion will be sought on how to make the industrial city pollutionfree. BJP's Kanpur unit President Surendra Maithani on Tuesday said that the website will have all information related to various projects undertaken for the people in the city and how...