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Water pollution in Iraq threatens Mandaean religious rites
Iraq's soaring water pollution is threatening the religious rites of its tight-knit Mandaean community, already devastated by 15 years of war that has also affected the country's other minority sects. Mandaeism follows the teachings of John the Baptist, a saint in both the Christian and Islamic traditions, and its rites revolve around water. There are just 10,000 Mandaeans left in Iraq today.

Experts blame perfume, hair gel for fuelling smog in Beijing
The air quality index in Beijing climbed to 213 on Monday. While several studies have been conducted on the reasons for heavy pollution in Beijing attributing to heavy industrialisation and automobiles, experts now blame the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Common household products like paints, perfume, hair gel, insecticide, cleaning products give off the VOCs.

Govt to launch air pollution prediction system for Delhi on Oct 15


New 'smart traffic light' may reduce fleet time, air pollution


Delhi's air quality remains 'poor' for 4th consecutive day even as wind speed improved: Authorities
The overall air quality index (AQI) recorded at 4 pm on Thursday stood at 210, which falls under 'poor' category, authorities said. On Wednesday, Delhi's AQI stood at 239, according to a data by the Central Pollution Control Board.

Centre notifies e-flow norms for river Ganga, asking existing projects to comply with it within 3 years


Race to clean up oil spill after cargo ships collide off Corsica
The accident occurred early Sunday when a Tunisian freighter rammed into a Cyprus-based vessel anchored about 30 kilometres (20 miles) off the northern tip of the French island. The ship's hull was pierced and at least one fuel tank began leaking into the sea off the holiday island of Corsica.

UN climate panel says 'unprecedented changes' needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require "far-reaching and unprecedented changes," such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said, launching a special report that said the world must move faster on climate change.

Bachendri Pal to lead month-long rafting expedition to clean Ganga
The expedition will start from Haridwar on October 5 and traverse through Bijnor, Farukhabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Buxar and end in Patna on October 30. The members of the team will stay at each destination for 2/3 days, where they will organise cleaning and awareness drives with the help of local support.

World waste could grow 70% as cities boom, warns World Bank
There could be more trash in the world than people. The rise in rubbish will outstrip population growth, reaching 3.4 billion tons by 2050 from around 2 billion tons in 2016. By 2050, South Asia's waste will double, sub-Saharan Africa's will triple.Better collecting, recycling and disposing of trash, could reap economic and environmental benefits.

A green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water
The ghastly-looking "Alegae Bloom" beer made by Maumee Bay Brewing Co., which relies on Lake Erie for its water, is a good conversation starter that reminds customers about the toxic algae that show up each year in the shallowest of the Great Lakes. Workers came up with the idea last summer when a thick coat of algae settled into a creek alongside its brewhouse.

Cut the cutlery: Plastic with your home-delivered meal adds up to 22,000 tonnes waste every month
Estimates suggest that nearly 22,000 tonnes of plastic waste is created every month when cutlery made from it is bunched in with the food that's ordered online. But there is some good news as App-based food delivery start-ups have decided to reduce plastic in their packages.

In green push, president offices now free of plastic bottles
​​From July 25, when President Kovind completed one year in office, the Rashtrapati Bhawan offices switched to using monogrammed glass bottles. Glass bottles replaced plastic inside all offices houses inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and the transition from plastic to glass has also been made for state functions hosted by the President.

Cigarette butts one of the biggest ocean pollutants


Air pollution affects brain too, hits maths skills: Study
A new study indicates air pollution affects the brain so much that people, especially the elderly, could struggle for words or to complete simple maths. Long-term exposure to air pollution severely affects cognition skills, according to the joint study by Yale and Peking Universities and published in the reputed Proceedings of National Academy of Science journal.