Badri Chatterjee

Badri Chatterjee

Badri Chatterjee is an environment correspondent at Hindustan Times, Mumbai. He writes about environment issues - air, water and noise pollution, climate change - weather, wildlife - forests, marine and mangrove conservation

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Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray.(Twitter)
Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray.(Twitter)

Climate change is here, need to adapt to ways to handle it: Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 01:32 AM IST
As Mumbai became the sixth Indian city earlier this month to be chosen as a member of the C40 cities, state environment minister Aaditya Thackeray in an exclusive interview to HT spoke about the roadmap and strategies to make Mumbai the most active city among the C40 group in South and West Asia region.
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20 million people in Mumbai at risk due to cyclones, sea level rise: Study

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:59 AM IST
The study found that the decadal increase in cyclone events had increased six times from two cyclones in 1970-1979 to 12 during 2010-19 that had impact along the Maharashtra coast.
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The study found extremely high levels of PM2.5 in the air, especially between 6am and 8am, and average air quality above safe standards for 17 hours every day.(Waatavaran)
The study found extremely high levels of PM2.5 in the air, especially between 6am and 8am, and average air quality above safe standards for 17 hours every day.(Waatavaran)

Kharghar-Panvel belt near Mumbai breathes unsafe air for 17 hours a day: Study

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:53 AM IST
The air has suspended particulate matter (PM) of different sizes. Many of these are a complex mixture of dust, pollen, soot and smoke and are hazardous, making them responsible for lower visibility and smog
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The state has appointed Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, to carry out mapping of critical habitats and reorganise the boundary of the sanctuary.(Forest department)
The state has appointed Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, to carry out mapping of critical habitats and reorganise the boundary of the sanctuary.(Forest department)

33 years after being notified, Maharashtra govt appoints WII to reorganise boundaries of Malvan Marine Sanctuary

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 12:42 AM IST
The final decision was taken during a meeting chaired by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray with Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) and various state bodies in the last week of November to discuss the issue
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12,149 of 27,254 eggs survived in 2019-20.(Mohan Upadhyay)
12,149 of 27,254 eggs survived in 2019-20.(Mohan Upadhyay)

Researchers come up with natural solution to prevent red ants from attacking Olive Ridley turtle nests in Maharashtra

UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 12:44 AM IST
By maintaining a safe distance from the nest, protective layers were carved out sprayed with neem powder
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A rusty-spotten kitten.(Photo: Wildlife SOS)
A rusty-spotten kitten.(Photo: Wildlife SOS)

26 wild rusty-spotted kittens reunited with mothers across Maharashtra farms over 6 years

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:23 AM IST
The achievements of the team, part of wild animal conservation group Wildlife SOS, were published in a research paper in the Journal of Threatened Taxa on December 14
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A mangrove.(Sourced)
A mangrove.(Sourced)

Contempt notice to Konkan collectors for failure to transfer mangrove land to Maharashtra forest department

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 01:16 PM IST
The direction to hand over mangrove areas to the forest department was first issued by the Bombay high court on October 6, 2005. The HC reiterated its order on September 18, 2018
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Raigad district administration informed the HC panel that there were no wetland sites in Uran taluka(HT Photo)
Raigad district administration informed the HC panel that there were no wetland sites in Uran taluka(HT Photo)
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The civet cat has vanished from Sanjay Gandhi Park.(File photo)
The civet cat has vanished from Sanjay Gandhi Park.(File photo)

Maharashtra forms 4 sub-committees to expedite critical wildlife habitat declaration

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 01:25 PM IST
At present, not just the state, the entire country does not have a single critical wildlife habitat despite guidelines being put in place by the Union environment ministry in January 2018
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Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli(HT File)
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli(HT File)

Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park reopens for visitors after 9 months with strict Covid-19 guidelines

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:48 AM IST
On Tuesday, around 300 people visited the park after its reopening
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The Indian grey wolf.(Photo: Mihir Godbole)
The Indian grey wolf.(Photo: Mihir Godbole)

Wolves prefer to stay away from human, shows telemetry study in Maharashtra

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 09:48 AM IST
For the study, eight wolves were radio-collared in the Vidharbha and western Maharashtra grasslands
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Pedestrians caught in rains at Sector-10 Vashi in Navi Mumbai, on Monday.(Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
Pedestrians caught in rains at Sector-10 Vashi in Navi Mumbai, on Monday.(Bachchan Kumar/ HT PHOTO)
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The cover of haze at Mahim Dargah. The temperature in south Mumbai was 27.4°C Celsius on Sunday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The cover of haze at Mahim Dargah. The temperature in south Mumbai was 27.4°C Celsius on Sunday.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Mumbai records season’s coldest day; light rain predicted today

UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 12:16 AM IST
Meanwhile, the pollutant-measuring indicator – air quality index (AQI) – was the best for the week on Sunday at 108 (moderate), according to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research
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Pangolins are listed in Schedule I of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, implying the highest degree of protection.(Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra and WCCB)
Pangolins are listed in Schedule I of India’s Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, implying the highest degree of protection.(Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra and WCCB)

Maharashtra becomes first state in India to get dedicated action plan to protect pangolins

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 05:39 PM IST
The principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF-wildlife) recently got nod from the state for its proposal to form a study group to prepare a five-year conservation action plan for pangolins
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Bhendkhal where tankers are being used to drain water from the site.(HT Photo)
Bhendkhal where tankers are being used to drain water from the site.(HT Photo)

Mumbai: Tankers being used to drain water from Uran wetlands; more security cabins set up at Panje

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:21 PM IST
The techniques were identified by the Bombay high court (HC)-appointed wetland and mangrove grievance redressal committee member Stalin D and environmentalist Nandkumar Pawar
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Hazy weather was witnessed in Mumbai on Friday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Hazy weather was witnessed in Mumbai on Friday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
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Beed has faced major drought issues these past years.(HT Photo)
Beed has faced major drought issues these past years.(HT Photo)
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The day temperature fell by almost 2 degrees Celsius on Thursday both in the suburbs and south Mumbai.(HT FILE)
The day temperature fell by almost 2 degrees Celsius on Thursday both in the suburbs and south Mumbai.(HT FILE)

Mumbai hottest in country on Tuesday, Wednesday

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 11:52 PM IST
The streak of hot weather continued on Thursday as the night temperature recorded was 5 degrees Celsius above normal, making it the city’s second-highest minimum temperature during December in 10 years.
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There are 456 fishing villages in seven districts—Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.(AFP File)
There are 456 fishing villages in seven districts—Mumbai city, Mumbai suburban, Thane, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg.(AFP File)

Maharashtra appoints panel to phase out unsustainable fishing

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 04:39 PM IST
In 2014-15, a similar state-appointed expert committee had submitted a report against purse seine fishing, detailing its impact along the coastal environment of Maharashtra
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Raigad administration told the HC panel that none of the areas in Uran qualified as a wetland as per the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017.(HT Photo)
Raigad administration told the HC panel that none of the areas in Uran qualified as a wetland as per the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017.(HT Photo)
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The sunrise view at Goregaon, on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The sunrise view at Goregaon, on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Cloud cover over Mumbai, unseasonal rainfall unlikely, says IMD

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 12:09 AM IST
The maximum and minimum temperatures, both in the suburbs and south Mumbai, were above the normal mark
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The total cost of the project as per the proposal read ₹8,429.44 crore.(HT File)
The total cost of the project as per the proposal read ₹8,429.44 crore.(HT File)

MCZMA nod to reclaim 21 hectare more for Mumbai coastal road project

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:47 PM IST
Proposal was recommended to the Union environment ministry for final clearance after the coastal authority laid down 16 conditions that need compliance by the BMC while commencing reclamation
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94 animals, birds rescued during a raid in Mumbai

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 09:01 PM IST
According to forest officials, 62 Indian rose-ringed parakeets, 12 plum headed parakeets, seven Indian palm squirrels, and 13 albino rabbits were rescued
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The dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)
The dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)

Maharashtra: Four-acre mangrove patch destroyed near proposed eco park in Uran

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 05:41 PM IST
At least approximately 1,500 mangrove trees were destroyed after tidal water had been blocked off by locals for captive fish breeding or aqua culture activities
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The city can expect a partly cloudy sky on Wednesday and the AQI is expected to be 166 (moderate).(HT File)
The city can expect a partly cloudy sky on Wednesday and the AQI is expected to be 166 (moderate).(HT File)

Mumbai sizzles at 36.4° Celsius on second hottest Dec day in 10 years

UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 01:05 AM IST
The minimum and maximum temperature is expected to be in the range of 18 and 34-35 degrees Celsius over the next five days in Mumbai
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The Guhagar beach is an Olive Ridley turtle breeding area.(Sourced)
The Guhagar beach is an Olive Ridley turtle breeding area.(Sourced)

Maharashtra scraps jetty project to protect turtle nesting beach in Ratnagiri

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON DEC 08, 2020 04:06 PM IST
According to the minutes, the construction of the jetty was completed in 2013-14 without CRZ clearances, and the harbour engineer sought post-facto CRZ approval
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The air quality index (AQI) fell under moderate category at 149 for PM2.5 pollutant in Mumbai on Monday.(Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)
The air quality index (AQI) fell under moderate category at 149 for PM2.5 pollutant in Mumbai on Monday.(Bhushan Koyande/ HT Photo)

Mumbai: Mercury fluctuates from season’s lowest 17.8° to 35.5°C within 9 hrs

By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 01:14 AM IST
However, as the day progressed, warm conditions prevailed indicating a large variation in minimum and maximum temperature.
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The gaur or Indian bison was spotted by forest guards.(Maharashtra Forest Department)
The gaur or Indian bison was spotted by forest guards.(Maharashtra Forest Department)
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A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)
A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)

Maharashtra pollution board shuts down 4 industries; pulls up civic body over river pollution

By Badri Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 01:22 PM IST
An environment group, petitioners before the Supreme Court, flagged violations through three complaints between November 26 and 28
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The Jamsar lake is around 600-700 years old.(Jamsar gram sabha)
The Jamsar lake is around 600-700 years old.(Jamsar gram sabha)

A first in India: Gram sabha at Palghar passes resolution to declare heritage lake a wetland; Maharashtra govt to consider demand

UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 12:55 AM IST
Along with flora-fauna, cultural and historical factors also play a major role in declaring a site a wetland. Archaeological surveys of the lake have showed the presence of an ancient temple and artefacts dating back to 6th century AD
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