"We found that noise affects many species of amphibians, arthropods, birds, fish, mammals, molluscs and reptilians," scientists at Queen's University Belfast said in the Royal Society's Biology Letters.
"Cars create less pollution. What are you (Delhi) getting from this odd-even? What is the logic behind the odd-even scheme? Banning diesel vehicles we can understand, but what is the point of odd-even scheme," Justice Arun Mishra said. The bench has sought data from the Delhi govt by Friday to prove that the odd-even scheme has reduced pollution in Delhi.
A new international study re-evaluated the carbon impacts of forests that were destroyed or degraded between 2000 and 2013, adding up to 49 million hectares (121 million acres), roughly the size of Spain. The carbon released from losses to those "intact forests" will amount to more than six times previous estimates when additional emissions caused by changes to the forest up to 2050 are included, it found.
The Delhi govt on Tuesday said that the latest images from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) show a drastic increase in the stubble burning in the last 24 hours in Haryana and Punjab. The statement said that wind direction shows stubble plume could increase from Punjab and Haryana, and Delhi facing adverse air quality despite the cleanest Diwali night in the last many years.
The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, noted that the chicks of noise-exposed birds were smaller than the young ones from quiet nests. The researchers, including those from The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science in Germany (MPG), studied the effect of traffic noise on stress hormone levels, health, and reproductive success in breeding zebra finches -- birds native to the arid areas of Central Australia.
NEW DELHI: Days before Diwali, Delhi's air quality plunged to "very poor" category and was in the "severe" category in Mundka, one of the 14 pollution hotspots in the city, owning primarily to unfavourable wind speed.Twenty of the 37 air quality monitoring stations recorded pollution levels in the "very poor" category.
The high-level task force led by the principal secretary to the prime minister held a meeting on Thursday to analyse factors contributing to the deterioration of air quality in the last week of October, the situation in the run up to Diwali and till mid November. It also reviewed the measures being taken by various agencies to control dust emission in the Delhi-NCR region, a Delhi government official who attended the meeting said.
In homes across the Nepali capital upcycled items, from pots to lamps, crafted from Everest waste products are slowly making their way as authorities and businesses look for fresh ways to tackle the damage caused by decades of commercial mountaineering.
On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Dairy undertook an awareness drive urging its consumers to reduce use of plastic. "And, to drive home the point, the company commissioned a 25-feet effigy of Ravana using waste plastic collected from households in Delhi-NCR," the company said in a statement.
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