Category: Environment

New Delhi is world’s most polluted capital for third straight year – IQAir study

New Delhi was the world’s most polluted capital for the third straight year in 2020, according to IQAir, a Swiss group that measures air quality levels based on the concentration of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5. India was home to 35 of the world’s 50 most polluted […]

Faceplanting to fame: NZ livestream catches albatross in awkward landing

A livestream camera at a New Zealand nature reserve has caught a Royal Albatross making an awkward landing, with the video of the faceplanting now propelling the bird to fame. The video, shot at the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve in Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island, shows an […]

Air pollution led to around 54,000 premature deaths in New Delhi in 2020 -study

Air pollution caused an estimated 54,000 premature deaths in the Indian capital New Delhi last year, a higher toll than in any other big global metropolis, according to a study released on Thursday. The study by Greenpeace Southeast Asia Analysis and Swiss firm IQAir measured air quality by […]

World in denial on climate action five years after Paris accord, says Thunberg

STOCKHOLM – Five years on from the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world remains in denial over the actions needed to prevent catastrophic warming, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg said on Friday. The deal was adopted on Dec. 12, 2015 by 196 countries but, so far, global […]

Yamuna river regains sparkle as virus lockdown banishes waste

NEW DELHI – The sparkle has returned to the Yamuna river flowing through India’s capital of New Delhi, residents say, after decades of filthy and stinking waters, matted with garbage and polluted with toxic effluent from industry. In a feat that eluded years of government cleanliness efforts, a […]

Protesters demand closure of LG Polymers plant in Andhra Pradesh after toxic gas leak

VISAKHAPATNAM – Villagers placed the bodies of three victims of a deadly gas leak from an LG Polymers plant in Andhra Pradesh at the gates of the site on Saturday, and demanded the factory be shut down immediately and its top management arrested. Toxic styrene gas spewed out […]

India issues guidelines for post-lockdown factory restarts after fatal gas leak

NEW DELHI – India has issued guidelines to ensure the safe restart of manufacturing facilities, after a weeks’ long nationwide lockdown aimed at stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus. The guidelines come days after a gas leak killed 11 people and hospitalised 800 others at a plant […]

NDMA issues guidelines for restarting industrial activities to avoid Vizag-type tragedy

New Delhi, May 10: In the wake of the gas leak at a factory in Visakhapatnam, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued detailed guidelines for restarting industries after the lockdown and the precautions to be taken for the safety of the plants as well as the workers. […]

Air pollution linked to higher COVID-19 death rates: US study

Boston, Apr 8: Living in areas with higher levels of air pollution is associated with an increased risk of death from COVID-19, claims a study conducted in the US. The research is the first to look at the link between long-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) — […]

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