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Contact lenses contribute to microplastic pollution


Babies in strollers exposed to more bad air than adults


'Indians may live 4 years longer if country achieves WHO air quality standards'
Indians would live for about four years longer on an average if the country meets the WHO's air quality standards, according to a new study. Noting that ambient air pollution alone may cost India more than $500 billion per year, it said it is causing hundreds of millions of people in the country to lead shorter and sicker lives.

Garbage in water drains polluting Mumbai coastline: BMC
In an affidavit filed before a division bench of justices A S Oka and Riyaz Chagla, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, "There are 107 storm water drain outfalls which drain into the Arabian sea directly.

Plan to green Andaman stuck in red tape for over 2 years
A proposal to rid Andaman of polluting diesel by switching to clean-burning natural gas for generating power, fuelling automobiles and kitchens has remained stuck in red tape for more than two years over allotment of land and awarding the project to companies under the government's umbrella.

Yamuna at its 'healthiest' state this year due to rise in flood water inflow: Experts
"The quality of Yamuna water is at its healthiest state for the first time this year but that is due to the better water flow. Any water that is flowing always has better quality as it has increased oxygen content which washes away the existing pollutants," said Manoj Mishra.

NGT: If cigarette pack can contain warning, why not Ganga water


Polluted cities to now get a time frame to cut emissions
The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) may not have uniform targets for all polluted cities but will indicate timeline for actions as suggested recently by Niti Aayog. The paper is focussed on measures only for the country’s top 10 most polluted cities.

Feni, fish and formalin: Morgue preservative in seafood provokes outrage, acrid humour
Surprisingly, soon after the raid and a subsequent tweet (since unavailable) by Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, the FDA flip-flopped, saying only permissible quantities of formalin was found in the seized fish consignment.

14,800 people died prematurely in Delhi due to fine particulate matter, says new study


Delhiites exposed to five times more black carbon than Americans, Europeans
Travelling by car in Delhi exposes people to black carbon levels five times higher than Europe and America, say scientists who found that Asian residents are exposed to nine times more air pollution than their Western counterparts. Researchers from University of Surrey in the UK focused on the levels of fine particles, black carbon produced by carbon rich fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and ultrafine particles small enough to travel deep into a citizen's lungs.

Himachal Pradesh imposes complete ban on plastic polythene
To save the environment from degradation, governor, Acharya Devvrat, on Saturday banned the use of thermocol cutlery, including cups, plates, glasses and spoons or any other item in the state. It should be noted Himachal Pradesh was the first state to ban plastic and polythene in 2009.

National Clean Air Programme likely to be notified by July end: Environment ministry


Air pollution linked to 3.2 million diabetes cases in a year
While earlier studies have suggested a link between diabetes and pollution, this study published in The Lancet Planetary Health is significant as it quantifies the burden. It estimates that pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases (14% of the total) globally in 2016.

Sweden, Finland developing technology to curb India's pollution woes