POLLUTION

  • Kali Puja, Diwali celebrated across West Bengal 3 hours 47 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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...
  • China to take 6 mn vehicles off roads to ease pollution June 11, 2014

    Beijing: Smoghit China plans to remove 6 million vehicles that do not meet emission standards off the roads this year, in a bid to reduce air pollution in the world's largest auto market. More than 2.4 million vehicles will be taken off roads in the municipalities of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei...
  • Hookah bars contain harmful indoor air pollution: Study May 30, 2014

    Washington: Frequent hookah bar visitors, beware! Waterpipe smoking creates higher levels of indoor air pollution than cigarette smoking, scientists have warned. Smoking waterpipes, or hookahs, creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution and poses increased risk from diminished air quality for both employees and patrons of waterpipe bars, a new...
  • India rejects WHO report saying New Delhi has worst air pollution May 9, 2014

    India on Thursday rejected the findings of a World Health Organisation (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution, with government scientists saying the UN agency had overestimated levels in the capital. A WHO study of 1,600 cities released on Wednesday found air pollution had...
  • 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution May 8, 2014

    Geneva: India's national capital Delhi is the most polluted city in the world, says a study released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday. The 2014 report of the Ambient Air Pollution (AAP) database contains the results of outdoor air pollution monitoring from almost 1,600 cities in 91 countries....
  • New Delhi has dirtiest air, Chinese data foggy, says WHO May 7, 2014

    An effort by the World Health Organization to measure pollution in cities around the world has found New Delhi admits to having the dirtiest air, while Beijing's measurements, like its skies, are far from clear. The study of 1,600 cities found air pollution had worsened since a smaller survey in 2011,...
  • Beijing artist, tired of his city's choking pollution, puts up glass jar of clean air from south of France for sale April 10, 2014

    Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists and collectors late...
  • Clean Yamuna: Hema's top priority after elections March 26, 2014

    Hema Malini, BJP's Lok Sabha candidate from Mathura, on Wednesday, said that eliminating pollution from Yamuna will be her top priority. "Protection of our cultural heritage in the form of Ganga and Yamuna is vital. I would do my best to ensure clean Yamuna," she said. "Nobody can move in the land...
  • TN: Engineering students create record for making pollution masks March 3, 2014

    Coimbatore: Students of a local engineering college on Monday created a world record by making 2,493 handmade pollution masks in 30 minutes. Three hundred students of the Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology entered into the UK-based 'Elite World Records' on achieving the feat, for which they were awarded...
  • Pollution hides Beijing skyline; statues get masks February 26, 2014

    Beijing: The smog is so bad even the statues wear masks. Or at least they do in pictures of a campus stunt that circulated online on Tuesday as parts of northern China suffered a sixth straight day of severe pollution. After being cooped inside because of the bad air, a psychology...
  • Chinese man becomes first to sue government over smog February 25, 2014

    A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday. Li Guixin, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, has submitted his complaint to a district court, asking...
  • Water supply in Agra may be suspended, warn civic authorities February 20, 2014

    Civic authorities in Agra have warned that water supply in the city could be suspended in view of Yamuna river's already high pollution reaching levels much beyond treatment. Both Agra Mayor Indrajeet Arya and MP Ram Shankar Katheria on Thursday threatened to sit on a 'dharna' to highlight the poor...
  • Sugar mill, distillery, dairy plant to be inspected if they discharge effluents into Ganga February 13, 2014

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and its Uttar Pradesh unit to inspect a sugar mill, a distillery and a dairy plant on whether they were discharging effluents into the Ganga river. The NGT was inquiring into whether the Simbhaoli Sugar Mills and...
  • Delhi beats Beijing as the world's most polluted city February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Delhi has beaten Beijing to the dubious title of world's most polluted city as the air pollution is literally choking this city. It has been tagged as having the worst air quality in the world, beating Beijing in terms of particulate matter pollution which causes cancer and various...
  • CJ Madhevraj highlights the polluted condition of a lake in Bangalore February 2, 2014

    CJ Madhevraj reports on the polluted state of a fresh water lake in Bangalore. The condition of Varthur Lake is deteriorating all thanks to the unfiltered sewage that flows into it. ...
  • Delhi: NGT asks DPCC to check if DMRC took steps to reduce pollution January 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to check whether DMRC has rectified the lapses in functioning of its concrete mixing plant in a Janakpuri colony. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after residents of the colony submitted that...