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    Only 4 MPs turn up for parliamentary panel meet to discuss Delhi-NCR air pollution

    Only four of 29 members attended a meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development on deteriorating air quality in Delhi and the National Capital Region. A November 8 letter called them all to discuss the role of the region's municipal bodies, Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and National Buildings...

    • 14 hrs ago
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    Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (November 15, 2019)

    Monitoring mechanism for laboratories The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on November 14, 2019 directed the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to furnish a list of private laboratories and analysts recognised by it, monitoring mechanism about their functioning as well as the result of such monitoring. The order came in the wake of an application filed by the...

    • 15 hrs ago
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    Can you beat air pollution with masks

    Research has shown that exposure to air pollution, be it brief or over the long term, can have negative impacts on the lungs and hearts, and potentially the brain as well (Brook 2009). It is estimated that outdoor air pollution causes 3 million excess deaths worldwide each year ( The Lancet 2015). In response, a number of cities have introduced policies aimed at reducing urban air pollution, including...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    No punitive action to control population, India commits in Nairobi

    Amid a loud domestic chorus demanding punitive actions to control population, at a global forum India reiterated to guarantee voluntary and informed choices of contraception. At the Global Population Summit in Nairobi, which concluded November 14, 2019, India also said it would increase its basket of contraceptives and improve the quality of family planning services. Some 25...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    Global industrial emissions: Steeling through?

    Emissions from manufacturing industries and construction accounted for nearly 19 per cent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fuel combustion in 2016. When emissions from power and heat are allocated to end-use sectors, its share rises to over 36 per cent, making it the largest such sectoral emitter. Of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as a whole (excluding land use change and forestry),...

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    Powerful winds of change: How India can benefit from offshore

    This is the third and final part in a series on offshore wind energy. India is now trying to expand its green energy portfolio by harnessing the entirely unexploited offshore wind energy potential along its 7,600 kilometres coastline. The focus on offshore has increased in recent years partly due to its global rise and partly due to the ongoing lull in the onshore wind energy segment...

    • 19 hrs ago
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    Chloroquine with TB antibiotic may reduce drug resistance

    Administering anti-malarial drug Chloroquine (CQ) with anti-TB drugs can reduce the tolerance of the TB bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), towards it. That, in turn, can help fight drug-resistant TB, according to a new research whose findings were published in Science Translational Medicine, a journal of American Association for the Advancement of Science. The first-of-its-kind...

    • 21 hrs ago
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    Ten zero-waste cities: What makes Penang stand out in waste recycling?

    Penang is leading Malaysia's recycling initiative, recording 43.25 per cent in 2017 - a figure that was double the national recycling rate of 21 per cent. The state has been performing fairly well in recovering materials from its households and businesses due to its existing zero-waste policies, which were enforced on June 1, 2017. Under the policy, residents of landed...

    • 2 days ago
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    Promoting agri practices in Punjab for water efficiency, better residue management

    Baldev Singh is a farmer who owns 31 acres of land and grows wheat and paddy at Talwandi Bhangerian village in Punjab's Moga district. He switched from traditional rice cultivation - transplanting sprouted seedlings from a nursery into standing water - in the past years to a more sustainable direct seeding - sowing and sprouting on the field. This reduced...

    • 2 days ago
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    Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (November 14, 2019)

    Smog in Delhi The Supreme Court (SC) on November 13, 2019 directed the Union of India as well as the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi to convene a meeting for working out the feasibility of installation of smog towers which would take care of smog in the city within a certain kilometre range. The apex court further directed that a proposal be placed before...

    • 2 days ago

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