Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, a network of NGOs, in a survey has revealed that nearly 60% farm protestors resort to open defecation. Citing inadequate facilities including insufficient toilets, lighting facilities, solid waste disposal and shortage of warm clothes, the study found that only one in 10 protestors used mobile toilets. Moreover, while only protestors at Ghazipur site adequately used the toilets, others said either they were filthy,… read-more
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A joint study by IIT Delhi and Harvard University has discovered high air pollution is threatening children under the age of 5 years with anaemia. The report highlighted that for every 10 micrograms/m³ of increase in PM2.5 exposure leads to 1.9% increased chances of getting anaemic. Besides, pollution reduces the haemoglobin level by 0.07 grams/decilitre. The study also claimed that air pollution results in low birth weight and child stunting… read-more
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In a frightening revelation, the Amazon rainforest is predicted to vanish by 2064 due to the excessive deforestation and droughts in the region. Geologist Robert Walker cited the climate change as the reason and concluded that "Southern Amazonian can expect tipping point sometime before 2064 at the current rate of dry-season lengthening". Reportedly, 1,202 sq. km of the rainforest was destroyed in first four months of 2020, a whopping 55%… read-more
In a unique measure to ease the stress on the environment, a Kochi-based man has devised a 'Rocket stove' that reduce the usage of LPG or electricity. Designed by 57-year-old Abdul Kareem, the stove can be ignited using dry waste, including coconut-shells and paper still curbs nearly 80% smoke-emission. Kareem said, "It can be easily used in the balconies of flats without disturbing the neighbours".
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
Recent sightings of rare animal species have proved the blooming biodiversity of Uttarakhand’s Gangotri National Park. The Divisional Forest Officer RN Srivastava said sightings and camera trapping of rare Snow Leopard, Himalayan Brown Bear and Himalayan Tahr confirm the park has a stable prey base. Reportedly, the park authorities had installed 25 cameras above 3,000m height. Moreover, the DFO added a varied variety of fauna would help to… read-more
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An engineer-entrepreneur Vidyut Mohan has won the United Nation's "Young Champions of the Earth" 2020 award for his social enterprise 'Takachar.' Reportedly, the model enables extra income to farmers as it buys rice husks, straw, and coconut, which they convert into fuels, fertilizers, and activated carbon. Moreover, 'Takachar' aims to favour 300 million Indian farmers by 2030 and eyes at generating income of USD 4 billion a year.
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While addressing the virtual Climate Ambition Summit on December 12, PM Narendra Modi said that India would exceed the target of the Paris Agreement. PM Modi stated, "...I make a solemn pledge today. Centennial India will not only meet its own targets but will also exceed your expectations". Moreover, the PM added emission intensity levels have been curbed by 21 per cent in comparison with 2005 levels.
An Odia artist, Samarendra Behera, has carved PM Narendra Modi's image on a tree in Odisha’s Similipal National Park to draw the latter's attention towards illegal deforestation. Behera said that he opted for this way since he cannot personally meet the PM. Popularly known as ‘Artist of Environment’, Behera also lauded PM Modi’s efforts towards development and health sector. Behera has carved various other paintings on trees in and out of the… read-more
Swedish Environmentalist Greta Thunberg said that the world has failed to satisfy the actions needed to stop global warming. On the occasion of the fifth-year of the Paris Climate Agreement, Greta urged the people to #FightFor1Point5 through a video. She stated, "...when it comes to the immediate action we need, we are still in a state of complete denial". Moreover, she said that world leaders have missed delivering the promises.
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Environment minister Prakash Javadekar has blamed the US, Europe and China for historical carbon emissions. Claiming "Climate change isn’t an overnight phenomenon", Minister Javadekar said that India contributed only 3% to the emissions. Moreover, he said the US' share was 25%, with Europe and China contributing 22% and 13% respectively to the climate change. He stated India has also nearly achieved its nationally determined contribution (NDC… read-more
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