Pollution

Cleaning Up Delhi air

Wintry smog has been plaguing Delhi for years, yet it hardly attracted much attention from the authorities. This year, as the capital ended up akin to a gas chamber, the government was shaken off its somnolence. But results will depend on strict enforcement of norms.

Pollution

Poor Air Quality, Diwali Smog and policies that could have been

Diwali is just a couple of days away and the Delhi's air quality has already plunged to the ‘very poor’ category, breaching the hazardous ‘red zone’ on October 23 for the first time this season. According to the data collected on October 23 by Central Pollution control Board (CPCB) and System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Delhi's air quality index had a reading of 318 on an average for the whole day. An AQI of more than 300 is considered "very poor". Dr....

Pollution | VOL. 16, ISSUE 96, May-June 2016

Capture Methane

Methane, which is mostly generated out of solid waste, is one of the major greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. If methane from solid waste is utilised as a source of energy and fuel, it can become an effective alternative resource.

Pollution | Vol 15, ISSUE 95 March-April 2016

Marine Litter: Threat to Marine Biodiversity

Comprising plastics and other non-degradable solid waste, marine litter drifts around the global oceans posing a serious threat to marine habitats, as also human health and safety. Since legal mechanisms are not yet in place, existing mechanisms ought to be used as a framework to build on for protecting the oceanic realm.

Pollution | VOL. 16, ISSUE 95, March-April 2016

Atmospheric Aerosols

Atmospheric aerosols are produced through natural and anthropogenic means. They modulate the microphysical properties of clouds and therefore, can govern weather and climate over a region.

Pollution | VOL. 15, ISSUE 94, January-February 2016

Water Pollution in River Noyyal

River Noyyal, an important tributary of the Cauvery, was a significant source of water in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode and Karur districts in the 1980s. Since the 1990s, effluent discharge from the dyeing and bleaching units in and around Tiruppur has ecologically damaged the river basin, bringing agriculture to a standstill. Despite judicial intervention and the setting up of common effluent treatment plants, the water quality remains unchanged.

Pollution

The US shoulders the gargantuan task of cleaning the Ganga

New Delhi, September 22 (G’nY News Service): After almost two decades of futility, the Indian government has finally sought the help of global leaders to assist it in cleaning the Ganga. The revelation was announced during the US-India Business Council (USIBC) meeting held in Washington on September 21, 2015. Addressing the symposium, the Union Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj asserted that India’s alliance with the United States is ‘defined by natural synergy of democracies...

Pollution

Methane emission deadlier than here to realized

Concerns about the overflowing landfill sites of the country escalated new heights as a recent report released by the United States Environmental Protection Agency established that these dump zones are weighty contributors of climate change. As the study states, landfill sites are significant reservoirs of methane gas, a greenhouse gas “whose comparative impact on climate change is 25 times greater than CO2 over a 100-year period.” Inefficient waste management is synonymous to India. The country...

Pollution

Ganga Doomed

New Delhi, September 3 (G’nY News Service): Narendra Modi, standing on the banks of Ganga in holy city of Varanasi, promised to the world a rapid transition towards restoration of pristine heath of the present dismal river. However, 15 months of the NDA government, plans are yet to be underway and promises nullified, by the fact that none of the schemes and plans for the cleaning of the Ganga have been placed before the Cabinet for its approval. One of the biggest rivers in the world, the Ganga...

Pollution | VOL. 15, ISSUE 91, July-August 2015

Water Quality of the Upper Ganga

Several natural and anthropogenic drivers have contributed towards the degradation of water quality in the region of the Upper Ganga. An integrated effort involving every stakeholder is the only way to improve the water quality of Ganga today.