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NGT to assess 102 cities to curb pollution


Thailand to make it rain as pollution chokes Bangkok
The weather modification technique involves dispersing chemicals into the air to aid cloud condensation, which should, in theory, result in rain."The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation... expects the rainmaking to be done tomorrow (Tuesday) but it depends on wind and humidity levels,"said Thailand's Pollution Control Department officials.

Why fast fashion is bad for people and planet
Globally, 80 billion pieces of new clothing are purchased translating into $1.2 trillion annually. Major production hubs are China and Bangladesh. From the growth of water-intensive cotton to the release of untreated dyes into local water sources, worker’s low wages poor working conditions, the environmental and social costs involved are widespread.

Sunscreen, cosmetics may harm coral reefs: Study


J&K to develop state-wide strategy on noise pollution


Konkan coast, Gulf of Mannar saw widespread coral bleaching during 2014-17


Bali's Agung volcano spews ash in fresh eruption
Mount Agung has been erupting periodically since it rumbled back to life in 2017, when it grounded hundreds of flights and left 120,000 visitors stranded. On Sunday morning, the volcano sent ash skywards as it erupted for about three minutes.

Delhi's air quality turns 'severe': Authorities
CPCB data showed the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi at 412, which falls in the 'severe category', while the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR) recorded an AQI of 388, which comes under the 'very poor' category.The SAFAR also pointed out that a consistent day-night trend is observed for the past one week.

China plans more nuanced anti-pollution measures in 2019
“We will coordinate environmental protection with economic development and avoid simple and brutal forces to deal with violations,” the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said in a statement.

Pan-India clean air programme set to be rolled out with Rs 300 crore initial support and a mid-term target
The NCAP is a pan-India national level strategy to tackle increasing air pollution problems in a comprehensive and time-bound manner. The Centre has set a mid-term (five-year) target to reduce air pollution by 20-30% by 2024, taking 2017 as base year.

Paris climate accord: The emission issue that was left untouched
The 200 signatories to the historic Paris climate accord may have agreed to a “rulebook” on tracking efforts to curb emissions at the COP24 meet last week in Poland.

California is first state to call for zero-emission bus fleet


Organic food good for you, but not for planet
Organic food can result in much greater emissions as the yields per hectare are much lower, primarily because fertilisers are not used. To produce the same amount of organic food, you therefore need a much bigger area of land. Since organic meat and milk production uses organic feed-stock, it also requires more land than conventional production.

EU and 27 nations vow to raise emission cut targets; experts want India, China to take lead
As crucial negotiations to finalise rulebook for Paris Agreement entered the final round, India and other developing countries want the rich ones (historical polluters) to meet their pre-2020 targets so that "no undue burden is shifted to post-2020 period".

Temple waste recycle project from India receives UN honour