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| 19 January, 2021, 01:55 PM IST | E-Paper


    Contribution of stubble-burning to PM2.5 levels in Delhi-NCR went up from 10% in 2019 to 15% this year

    Average contribution of stubble burning to the concentration of PM2.5 in Delhi-NCR during peak phase has increased from 10% in 2019 to over 15% this year with Punjab reporting an increase of 48% in fire incidents while these declined by 28% in Haryana.

    COVID-19 trashed the recycling dream while oil and gas industry hope for more plastic

    The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a rush for plastic. From Wuhan to New York, demand for face shields, gloves, takeaway food containers and bubble wrap for online shopping has surged. Since most of that cannot be recycled, so has the waste. But there is another consequence. The pandemic has intensified a price war between recycled and new plastic, made by the oil industry. It's a war recyclers worldwide are losing, price data and interviews with more than two dozen businesses across five continents show.

    India will not only meet, but exceed Paris pact targets: PM at G20 meet

    Addressing G-20 leaders on a 'circular carbon economy approach' Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We will meet our goal of 175 gigawatts of renewable energy well before the target of 2022. Now, we are taking a big step ahead by seeking to achieve 450 gigawatts by 2030." India, he said, would not only meet its Paris Accord targets but exceed them.

    Italy's pollution 'persistently' breaks EU law: Court

    "Daily and annual limit values for PM10 particulate matter were very regularly exceeded" in zones highlighted by the European Commission in an infringement procedure launched two years ago, the court said in a statement.

    Stubble burning: SC keeps in abeyance its Oct 16 order appointing Justice M B Lokur panel

    The SC has kept in abeyance its October 16 order appointing one-man panel of retired apex court judge to monitor the steps taken by neighbouring states to prevent stubble burning, which is a major cause of pollution in Delhi-NCR. The SC passed the order while considering the Centre's stand that it is coming out with a comprehensive legislation to deal with air pollution.

    6% drop in SO2 emission, but India still top polluter

    India has recorded a 6% decline in emission of hazardous sulphur dioxide (SO2) in 2019 compared to 2018 - the first decline in four years. But by contributing 21% of global anthropogenic emissions of sulphur dioxide, India continues to be at the top in the list of big emitters for the fifth year in a row.

    Fish exposed to noise pollution likely to die early: Study

    Fish exposed to noise pollution likely to die early: Study

    Fish stressed by noise are less able to fight off disease while prolonged exposure can lead to an early death, according to research published Tuesday, the latest outlining the consequences of man-made clamour on the natural world.

    Pollution affects honey bees, impacts pollination

    Pollution affects honey bees, impacts pollination

    In what they claim was some of the first research in the world to try to address the physiological and molecular impacts of air pollution on our wild plants and animals, scientists from the Bangalore Life Science Cluster (BLiSC) show that air pollution could be devastating for organisms we rely on most for our own survival – like the honey bee.

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