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NGT sets 3-month deadline to shut polluting industries across India

National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board to shut down polluting industries in "critically polluted" and "severely polluted" areas within three months. It directed CPCB with the assistance of experts to compile information with regard to polluted industrial areas based on water and air pollution norms and notify such information on public domain within three months.

Russia’s turquoise lake, a popular selfie spot, is a toxic waste dump

The man-made lake in Novosibirsk, Russia, has attracted hundreds of Instagram users thanks to its vibrant blue hue. But, it’s actually an ash dump from a coal plant. The bright colour of the water, which has led some to dub it the “Siberian Maldives”, comes from calcium salts and metal oxides dissolved in it which gives it a high alkaline content.

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags

Companies that break New Zealand's ban will face heavy penalties, including fines of up to $67,000. Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain.

Paris bans up to 60% of its cars as heatwave worsens pollution

The ban on older and less efficient cars was imposed on Wednesday and is due to stay in place within the A86 second ring-road - which encompasses Paris and 79 towns around it - as long as the hot weather lasts, the city council said. French authorities also stepped up restrictions on water use. Car owner lobbies decried the ban, saying it is not efficient to reduce pollution.

In legal first, court faults France over air pollution

The case at the administrative court in Montreuil outside Paris was brought by a mother and daughter who argued their health had been harmed by the air in a notoriously congested area of the city.

Among world's worst polluters, ASEAN vows to tackle ocean waste

Leaders during an ASEAN meeting over the weekend are expected to sign a "Bangkok Declaration" on fighting maritime waste -- a first of its kind. Just five Asian countries -- China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand -- dump more than half of the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that end up in oceans every year, according to a 2017 Ocean Conservancy report.

‘Non-ODF areas 13 times more prone to ground water pollution’

‘Non-ODF areas 13 times more prone to ground water pollution’

Villages where people still defecate in open face nearly 13 times higher risk of faecal contamination of ground water as compared to open defecation free (ODF) villages, says a study by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The assessment has also found that risk of ground water contamination in Bihar is maximum at nearly 36%.

World Environment Day: President Kovind reaffirms commitment to cleaner, sustainable planet

World Environment Day: President Kovind reaffirms commitment to cleaner, sustainable planet

"On World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. Living in harmony with nature is a part of the Indian ethos. India is committed to addressing climate change and bequeathing a greener, eco-friendly habitat to our children," President Kovind wrote on his Twitter handle.

US scientist says Everest increasingly polluted and warmer

US scientist says Everest increasingly polluted and warmer

Prof. John All of Western Washington University and his team of scientists spent weeks testing snow on Everest and surrounding peaks, as well as plants on the foothills. All said Tuesday after returning from the mountains that they found there was lot of pollution buried deep in the snow, and that the snow was surprisingly dark when they processed and filtered it.

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