COVID-19: Challenges of Human Health and Environmental Costs

Litter generated from disposable single-use masks and latex gloves is among the many downsides of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These discarded personal medical clothing items are now seen strewn on the roads, sidewalks, and other public places. Besides being medically dangerous for humans who may come in contact with these discards and trigger another surge […]

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Rising Green and Golden Seaweed Tides: A Menace or a Resource

Green, brown and red seaweeds scattered on the beach is a normal occurrence in many coastal regions. The volume of beached seaweed biomass started to increase along the shores of industrialised nations in the 1970s and had become a major nuisance by the 1990s, when mass beaching of macroalgae started to be known as green […]

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India’s Action to Protect the Ozone Layer

The gradual thinning of earth’s ozone layer in the upper atmosphere caused by the release of chemical compounds from human activities and adverse impact of UV rays on various components of the environment was confirmed by scientists during 1974. The first international action was initiated in March 1977 and experts from 32 countries met in […]

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Delhi’s Air Pollution

Delhi’s Air Pollution: Rural-Urban Interlinkages

For the last few years, the onset of winter in Delhi is being regarded with dread. The city is enveloped in a thick blanket of pollutants that deteriorate air quality to hazardous levels, posing grave threats to human health. This phenomenon disrupts daily activities in the city as worsening pollution levels restricts outdoor movement; even […]

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pollution in oceans

Plastic Pollution in Oceans

The modern era is witness to marked anthropogenic activities with rapid industrialisation, development and urbanisation. As a consequence the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and the lithosphere—all constituents of our earth, show increasing signs of pollution. While the atmosphere has shown a rise in the aerosol content and greenhouse gases, the land at most places is being […]

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plastic ban in India

The Efficacy of the Plastic Ban: Findings from States

Since its inception in 1957, when polystyrene was first produced, the plastic industry has grown and diversified. Currently, it employs about 4 million people in India and comprises more than 30,000 processing units, of which 85 to 90 per cent are small and medium sized enterprises (IBEF, 2017). Today, plastics have a wide range of […]

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Thermal Pollution

Thermal Pollution as the Unseen Side of Water Pollution

When we talk about pollution, thermal pollution rarely comes to our minds. However, with the innumerable thermal power plants and industries mushrooming everywhere, thermal pollution is a real and persistent problem of current times. Thermal pollution in the broadest sense can be defined as the abrupt change in ambient temperature of a natural water body […]

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