Union environment ministry has endorsed suggestions on levying 'water conservation fee' on industries and infrastructure projects, including residential and commercial complexes, and brought agriculture sector for the first time into ambit of regulations for groundwater use in the country. The ministry submitted the report on the NGT's direction.
The study found that large quantities of dark aerosols- airborne particles such as dust and soot that absorb sunlight- settle on top of the Tibetan Plateau's snowpack in spring before the monsoons begin. These dark aerosols cause the snow to absorb more sunlight and melt more quickly.
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