Category: Environment

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. […]

Delhiites wake up to foggy morning, air quality moderate

New Delhi, Nov 30: A blanket of fog enveloped the national capital on Saturday morning with minimum temperature settling at 12 degrees Celsius. A MeT department official that relative humidity was 100 per cent at 8.30 am. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 24 degrees Celsius, he […]

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high in 2018: UN

Greenhouse gases levels in the atmosphere, the main driver of climate change, hit a record high last year, the UN said Monday, calling for action to safeguard “the future welfare of mankind”. “There is no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline, in greenhouse gas concentration in […]

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