Supreme Court relaxes deadline to transition to BS-VI amid lockdown

The deadline for a transition to Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) from BS-IV emission standards in India was extended up to 10 days by the Supreme Court on March 27, 2020, keeping in mind the nationwide lockdown to curb the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The ruling gives only marginal relief to automobile manufacturers, allowing them Read More …

Just how harmful is air pollution and how bad is India placed

That air pollution was harmful was known. But a widely reported recent study on the extent of the harm it can cause has come across as shocking even for experts. And India, with its billion-plus population, seems ill-prepared to cope. Air pollution shaved three years off average life expectancy, causing 8.8 million premature deaths per Read More …

Air pollution reduces life expectancy more than war, diseases: Study

A new study published by journal Cardiovascular Research on March 3, 2020, showed air pollution was responsible for cutting life expectancy on a scale greater than diseases, wars and other forms of violence. Researchers said the findings suggested the world faced an air pollution ‘pandemic’. Global air pollution shortened life expectancy by an average of three years or Read More …

Book review: Green laws matter

Indian Environmental Law examines a compendium of cases that interpret the constitution for environmental jurisprudence On December 16, 1983, the Supreme Court for the first time linked environment to an individual’s fundamental right to life. The apex court issued directions to stop air and water pollution after interpreting Article 21 of the Constitution which ensures Read More …

Waving off pollution inspection not right for ease of doing business

NGT noted large-scale violations of environmental norms by industries, which went unchecked Environmental regulation in India requires industries to control pollution in order to comply with norms and send reports to respective state pollution control boards (SPCB) periodically. Industries hire laboratories on a monthly basis to monitor pollution monitored and submit quarterly data to respective Read More …

COVID-19: NASA maps show decline in pollution amid slowdown

Reduction in NO2 pollution was first seen near Wuhan, but eventually spread across the country, according to scientists Pollution levels in China declined dramatically between January and February 2020, according to latest maps released by United State’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). According to the space agency, the decline was partially because of economic Read More …

Peeping into the Future of Waste

Waste management is an important tool for curbing climate change and for keeping our environment clean and healthy. Methane generated from biodegradable wastes is a powerful greenhouse gas, and when it’s not captured and used as a fuel it contributes to rapid warming of the atmosphere. Estimates suggest that biodegradable waste in dump sites and uncapped landfill Read More …

Simply Put: Arsenic

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