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Centre mulls banning use of burnt clay bricks in its construction projects

Traditional brick kilns cause air pollution as they use coal in brick-making process. However there are technologies available to produce environment-friendly bricks by utilisation of waste material. To give a boost to environment-friendly products and waste material, the ministry has directed CPWD to examine whether burnt clay bricks can be banned.

Experts tell COP24 nuclear energy has an important role to play in tackling climate change

Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association said, "The future decarbonization of the electricity sector is central to tackling climate change. We have the solutions, but we are lacking the decisions. Those decision makers here at COP24 have the most immediate goal to achieve.”

Around 12.4 lakh deaths in India in 2017 attributable to air pollution: Study

One in eight deaths in India last year was attributable to air pollution, which contributes to more disease burden than tobacco use, a study said Thursday while asserting the highest exposure to ultra-fine particulate matter, PM2.5, was in Delhi followed by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

In the Balkans, winter cheer is darkened by a toxic smog

As hundreds of nations gather in Poland for the UN's COP24 climate summit this week, residents in this corner of Europe are wondering when their governments will do anything to address an annual plague that is killing thousands.

CO2 emissions on the rise for first time in three years, UN agency warns

The 'Emissions Gap Report' comes just days before the key UN climate change conference known as COP 24 in Katowice in Poland, which starts on Sunday and will last for two weeks, with UNEP urging nations to triple their efforts to curb harmful emissions.

Northwest China hit by sandstorm as Beijing is smothered in smog

Video from state broadcaster CCTV showed a grey wall of sand hitting Zhangye City in Gansu province on Sunday, casting a yellow fog across the city.

NGT directs Centre, states to periodically review steps to stop crop burning

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Ministry of Agriculture and the Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi chief secretaries to periodically review steps taken to stop crop burning incidents.

Nagaland's 'Hornbill Night Carnival' to be plastic-free

Nagaland's 'Hornbill Night Carnival' to be plastic-free

The carnival is part of the International Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, an annual tourism promotion event of the state government. There will be a ban on usage of all forms of plastic and non-biodegradable materials, including mineral water bottles and thermocol.

Beijing, northern China hit by worst pollution this year

Beijing, northern China hit by worst pollution this year

Readings by the US Embassy's air quality monitor in Beijing showed PM 2.5, the fine particulate matter that causes smog, hit 376 micrograms per cubic meter which meant 'hazardous' levels of air pollution with potential to cause 'serious health' problems to everyone. This is the highest reading in Beijing so far this winter.

Four international agencies to join govt’s effort to tackle air pollution in 102 cities

Four international agencies to join govt’s effort to tackle air pollution in 102 cities

India has sealed a deal with the World Bank, German development agency, the Asian Development Bank and Bloomberg Philanthropies to build capacities of all 102 polluted cities across the country. Each agency will be earmarked a geographical area to work with the cities. It will be a long term national level strategy to tackle the increasing air pollution.

Why farmers still continue to burn stubble in Punjab, Haryana

Why farmers still continue to burn stubble in Punjab, Haryana

The EY Foundation, along with NGO India Paryavaran Sahayak (IPS) Foundation, is working in five districts of Punjab to spread awareness about Happy Seeder and to make it available on rent to farmers at a subsidised rate.

Air pollution may up autism risk in children: Study

Air pollution may up autism risk in children: Study

The research followed children in Shanghai from birth to three years to understand the effect of exposure to fine particles (PM2.5). The study included 124 ASD children and 1,240 healthy children in stages over a nine-year period, examining the association between air pollution and ASD.

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