Migration reduces transmission of pathogens between species: UN Report

The migration behaviours of several species is changing because of man-made factors like climate change and habitat loss   Migration undertaken by migratory species can reduce the spread of zoonotic diseases, said a report jointly released by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) July 6, 2020. Migratory species like Read More …

Climate change can affect diseases transmitted by insects, vectors: UN report

Humans are changing zoonotic disease systems and increasing their impact through habitat encroachment, human population pressure, the report said  “Climate change is a major factor in disease emergence. The survival, reproduction, abundance and distribution of pathogens, vectors and hosts can be influenced by climatic parameters affected by climate change,” the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) Read More …

Visakhapatnam gas leak: LG Polymers neglected safety norms, finds govt probe

The company — owned by South Korea’s LG Chem Ltd — also ignored a warning sign in December last year, the report said A negligence in safety norms led to the leak of toxic styrene gas in the LG Polymers Ltd chemical plant in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam that killed 12 and hospitalised thousands on May Read More …

Lessons from a pandemic: Urgency for climate action

Much like the claimed behaviour of an ostrich burying its head underground in the face of risk, we demonstrate our capacity to ignore risks like the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Scholarly work and viral videos of prophetic philanthropists have warned us of the next pandemic after the Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2002. Read More …

Extreme heat and rain: Thousands of weather stations show there’s now more of both, for longer

Unusually warm days are becoming more common throughout Australia; New Zealander also experiencing more days with temperatures 25℃ or more A major global update based on data from more than 36,000 weather stations around the world confirms that, as the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are now Read More …

Locust swarms: How can they be warded off?

All ammunition currently in use against locusts can have serious health and environmental impacts In May 2019, when the Union and state governments were caught off-guard by the locust attack, their response was to pass the buck. Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary during his visit to the affected areas blamed Pakistan, while the Read More …

Locust swarms: How the other plague is affecting several states

Locusts have returned to India in just two months and are spreading to new territories. Has climate change added another layer of stress and uncertainty?  It’S May 27, 2020. A few minutes past 11 am. Down To Earth reporters had just arrived in Pachgaon village, Dholpur district, Rajasthan to enquire about desert locusts that are crossing Read More …

Court Digest: Major environment hearings of the week (June 29-July 3, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal through the week Purushothapatnam Lift Irrigation Scheme needs EC: Report A compliance report was submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) April 28, 2020 — in pursuance of its order — by a Read More …

Daily Court Digest: Major environment orders (July 3, 2020)

Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal Maintain Kudlu Chikkakere lake: NGT The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in a July 1, 2020 order directed the commissioner of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to remove illegal construction in the buffer Read More …

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