Panel to tackle pollution around Taj Mahal

The government has formed a committee comprising officials of the environment ministry, experts from NEERI, IITs and various other forums to look into the issue of industrial pollution around the iconic Taj Mahal. The committee will be headed by C K Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The committee will take up the problems on a case-to-case basis.

15-point action plan to combat air pollution

Niti Aayog has proposed a 15-point action plan to combat air pollution in 10 most polluted cities in India, including Delhi and Varanasi. The action plan titled ‘Breathe India’ includes encouraging electric vehicles, phasing out private diesel vehicle & development of crop residue utilisation policy. The plan includes expediting strategic decommissioning of old & inefficient power plants.

India-Nordic partnership to curb Pollution

Sweden to come up with innovative technology to address the issue of stubble-burning in parts of north India that leads to pollution. Finland & India are also working on converting rice paddy to fibre that can be used for making clothes. Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The partnership comes after India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm in April 2018.

Raj, Haryana get notice over deforestation

NHRC issued notices to the Centre, Haryana, and Rajasthan government over the deforestation in the Aravalli hills. Media reports claimed that “massive deforestation” in the mountain range had led to “increasing dust storms and air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region”. Aravalli Range is a range of mountains running from Delhi and passing through Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Acid Leak at Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi

A Sulphuric acid leak is detected at Sterlite Copper plant, a Vedanta group company in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. The leak was detected in one of the storage units but as the plant was non-operational nobody was harmed. The evacuation from the sulphuric acid plant would take a day with assistance of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Inspectorate of Factories.

Punjab to install dust collectors

Punjab is set to counter dust pollution in grain markets across the state with the installation of dust collectors on nearly 50,000-grain cleaning machines. It will provide relief to 3,00,000 directly-affected workers. The pollution is the main cause of respiratory and lung diseases among labourers, farmers, and commission agents, as well as those living in the vicinity of the grain markets.

Solar car to protect Taj from pollution

Students of ACE College of Engineering & Management in Agra have developed a four-seater solar car to help reduce air pollution which is damaging the Taj Mahal. Priced at ?50,000, the car can attain a maximum speed of 30 kmph. The vehicle can be used at night and is also sturdy enough for rural areas, college officials said.

Uranium in Rajasthan groundwater

Many parts of Rajasthan may have high uranium levels in their groundwater. The main source of uranium contamination was “natural,” but human factors such as groundwater table decline and nitrate pollution could be worsening the problem. Uranium is not included in the list of contaminants monitored under the Bureau of Indian Standards’ Drinking Water Specifications.

World Ocean Day: 8th June 2018

8 : On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. World Oceans Day helps raise the profile of the ocean and inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this amazing resource we all depend on. The main action focus is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean.

Nitrogen emissions going up

Nitrogen particles make up the largest fraction of PM2.5, the class of pollutants closely linked to cardiovascular and respiratory illness, says the first-ever quantitative assessment of nitrogen pollution in India. The burning of crop residue is a key contributor to winter smog in many parts of North India. Indian NOx emissions grew at 52% from 1991 to 2001 and 69% from 2001 to 2011.