From EIA to Air Pollution- The Weekly Wrap Vol. 2

Here is the top environment news of the week: 1. Activists from Himalayan region write to Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) against the Draft EIA 2020 More than 50 environmental organisations, eminent ideologues and activists from across the Himalayan region issued a joint statement opposing Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 (EIA) by […]

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Effect of COVID-19 lockdown on air pollution

A conventional story of a crow and crane, the lesson we learnt ‘Tit for Tat’. In other words, the way a person will treat you, they himself will be treated in the same manner. A similar situation was created in December 2019 in Wuhan, China called the COVID-19 pandemic. Humans have consistently destroyed the different […]

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Air pollution shortens life expectancy by 5.2 years in India: Study

Air pollution has shortened the average Indian life expectancy by 5.2 years, according to data released by air quality life index (AQLI), a tool developed by the Energy Policy Institute of The University of Chicago (EPIC). The report named as Annual report on Air Quality Life Index has revealed many parameters on life expectancy related […]

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Will clean air sustain past the COVID Crisis?

The journey into the year 2020 definitely has been a rough ride for the whole world due to the prevalence of the global health crisis. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has emerged as global healthcare, social, and economic calamity, it has brought a healing dose for the repairment of nature. Some of its splendid impacts on […]

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Students unite against Draft EIA Notification 2020

On 23rd of March, the ‘Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change of India’ (MoEFCC) released the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2020 as a replacement to the EIA Notification 2006.  This proposal aims to bring in, continue, and strengthen controversial amendments such as a post-facto grant of approval for the EIA for proposed projects, exemption […]

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Lockdown helped achieve 95% of NCAP target:Study

The coronavirus lockdown helped achieve 95% of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) targets for 2024 in just 74 days in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, according to a CarbonCopy and Respirer Living Sciences analysis of CPCB AQI data. In a bid to improve the air quality, the National Clean Air Programme was proposed in […]

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In 5 countries, majority citizens want stricter laws to improve air quality: Report

At least two-thirds of citizens in five countries have said they support stricter laws to tackle air pollution, according to a new YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Clean Air Fund.  According to a new survey, the majority of Indians think living in an area with high air pollution increases the risk of “catching […]

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We need to protect our forests now!

While the entire nation has been under lockdown, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) and the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL), our country’s highest government authorities entrusted with the role of protection of India’s environment, forests and wildlife have been busy diluting our environmental laws and clearing industrial, mining, hydropower, commercial projects […]

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COVID-19 Lockdown: Global carbon emissions cut by 17%

Carbon dioxide emissions have fallen dramatically since lockdowns were imposed around the world due to the coronavirus crisis, research has shown. Population confinement has led to drastic changes in energy use and CO2 emissions. These extreme decreases are likely to be temporary though, as they do not reflect structural changes in the economic, transport or […]

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Delhi witnesses spike in air pollution as India enters lockdown 4.0

After almost two months of clean air and blue skies, Delhi has entered the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown with air quality index (AQI) above the 200 mark. The level of Particulate Matter (PM) with diameters of 2.5 and 10 microns, which are too small to be filtered out of the body, stood at […]

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India’s CO2 emissions decline for the first time in four decades

India’s CO2 emissions have fallen for the first time in four decades, according to researchers at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). This happened due to an economic slowdown, growth of clean energy and the ongoing lockdown. It was revealed in the latest analysis done by Lauri Myllyvirta and Sunil Dahiya […]

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Cleaner air could bring down pollution deaths by 6.5 lakh in India: Study

If the low levels air pollution reached during the lockdown period are maintained, India’s annual death toll could reduce by 6.5 lakh, says a study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, and two Chinese universities, Fudan University in Shanghai and Shenzhen Polytechnic. As India went into the world’s biggest lockdown to combat the […]

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Vizag gas leak: NGT directs LG Polymers India to deposit Rs 50 crore for damages

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) took cognisance on its own about the Visakhapatnam gas leak incident killing at least 11 people and leaving hundreds hospitalised. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel will take up the matter today titled “Gas Leak at LG Polymers Chemical Plant in RR Venkatapuram Village, Visakhapatnam in […]

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Delhi, Mumbai among the most polluted cities in the world during lockdown: Study

Mumbai was the third most polluted among 10 international cities during the first three weeks of the lockdown imposed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study. Researchers studied 10 cities having relatively high coronavirus cases Researchers from IQAir — a global air quality information and tech company — studied 10 major cities […]

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Benefits of Mosses to curb outdoor as well as indoor pollution

Moss walls turn a bland interior into something stunning. The visuals are second-to-none, combining the timelessness of nature with cutting edge technology and design. But did you know that moss walls also have some incredible scientific benefits? In this post, we’ll take a closer look at some of these impressive benefits, and you’ll come to […]

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