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
Articles by Badri Chatterjee
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A closer look at the spread of non-native species significantly altering ecological functions of marine ecosystems
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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.
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.
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
33 years after being notified, Maharashtra govt appoints WII to reorganise boundaries of Malvan Marine Sanctuary
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
Researchers come up with natural solution to prevent red ants from attacking Olive Ridley turtle nests in Maharashtra
By maintaining a safe distance from the nest, protective layers were carved out sprayed with neem powder
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
Contempt notice to Konkan collectors for failure to transfer mangrove land to Maharashtra forest department
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
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
Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park reopens for visitors after 9 months with strict Covid-19 guidelines
On Tuesday, around 300 people visited the park after its reopening
For the study, eight wolves were radio-collared in the Vidharbha and western Maharashtra grasslands
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
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
The techniques were identified by the Bombay high court (HC)-appointed wetland and mangrove grievance redressal committee member Stalin D and environmentalist Nandkumar Pawar
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.
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
The maximum and minimum temperatures, both in the suburbs and south Mumbai, were above the normal mark
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
According to forest officials, 62 Indian rose-ringed parakeets, 12 plum headed parakeets, seven Indian palm squirrels, and 13 albino rabbits were rescued
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
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
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
However, as the day progressed, warm conditions prevailed indicating a large variation in minimum and maximum temperature.