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

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.
Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray.(Twitter)
Maharashtra environment minister Aaditya Thackeray.(Twitter)
Updated on Dec 22, 2020 01:32 AM IST
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20 million people in Mumbai at risk due to cyclones, sea level rise: Study

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.
Published on Dec 21, 2020 12:59 AM IST
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Kharghar-Panvel belt near Mumbai breathes unsafe air for 17 hours a day: Study

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
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)
Updated on Dec 21, 2020 12:53 AM IST
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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
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)
Published on Dec 21, 2020 12:42 AM IST
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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
12,149 of 27,254 eggs survived in 2019-20.(Mohan Upadhyay)
12,149 of 27,254 eggs survived in 2019-20.(Mohan Upadhyay)
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 12:44 AM IST
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26 wild rusty-spotted kittens reunited with mothers across Maharashtra farms over 6 years

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
A rusty-spotten kitten.(Photo: Wildlife SOS)
A rusty-spotten kitten.(Photo: Wildlife SOS)
Published on Dec 18, 2020 10:23 AM IST
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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
A mangrove.(Sourced)
A mangrove.(Sourced)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 01:16 PM IST
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Form sub-committee to verify status of Uran wetlands in National Atlas: Bombay HC-panel to Raigad collector

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)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 12:25 AM IST
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Maharashtra forms 4 sub-committees to expedite critical wildlife habitat declaration

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
The civet cat has vanished from Sanjay Gandhi Park.(File photo)
The civet cat has vanished from Sanjay Gandhi Park.(File photo)
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 01:25 PM IST
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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
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli(HT File)
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli(HT File)
Updated on Dec 16, 2020 12:48 AM IST
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Wolves prefer to stay away from human, shows telemetry study in Maharashtra

For the study, eight wolves were radio-collared in the Vidharbha and western Maharashtra grasslands
The Indian grey wolf.(Photo: Mihir Godbole)
The Indian grey wolf.(Photo: Mihir Godbole)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 09:48 AM IST
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Overnight rain in Mumbai brings down temperatures and pollution

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)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 12:10 AM IST
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Mumbai records season’s coldest day; light rain predicted today

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 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)
Updated on Dec 14, 2020 12:16 AM IST
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Maharashtra becomes first state in India to get dedicated action plan to protect pangolins

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
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)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 05:39 PM IST
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Mumbai: Tankers being used to drain water from Uran wetlands; more security cabins set up at Panje

The techniques were identified by the Bombay high court (HC)-appointed wetland and mangrove grievance redressal committee member Stalin D and environmentalist Nandkumar Pawar
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)
Updated on Dec 13, 2020 11:21 PM IST
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Mumbai’s winter pollution more toxic in 2020; PM2.5 levels 25-30% higher than 2019: CSE

Hazy weather was witnessed in Mumbai on Friday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Hazy weather was witnessed in Mumbai on Friday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 12, 2020 12:54 AM IST
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Seven-fold increase in drought events, six-fold rise in frequency of extreme flood events in Maharashtra over 50 years: Study

Beed has faced major drought issues these past years.(HT Photo)
Beed has faced major drought issues these past years.(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 10, 2020 11:58 PM IST
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Mumbai hottest in country on Tuesday, Wednesday

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.
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)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 11:52 PM IST
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Maharashtra appoints panel to phase out unsustainable fishing

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
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)
Published on Dec 10, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Raigad administration says no wetlands in Uran before Bombay HC panel; civic bodies pulled up for failing to restore wetland areas

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)
Published on Dec 10, 2020 12:32 AM IST
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Cloud cover over Mumbai, unseasonal rainfall unlikely, says IMD

The maximum and minimum temperatures, both in the suburbs and south Mumbai, were above the normal mark
The sunrise view at Goregaon, on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
The sunrise view at Goregaon, on Wednesday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 12:09 AM IST
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MCZMA nod to reclaim 21 hectare more for Mumbai coastal road project

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
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)
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 11:47 PM IST
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94 animals, birds rescued during a raid in Mumbai

According to forest officials, 62 Indian rose-ringed parakeets, 12 plum headed parakeets, seven Indian palm squirrels, and 13 albino rabbits were rescued
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 09:01 PM IST
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Maharashtra: Four-acre mangrove patch destroyed near proposed eco park in Uran

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 dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)
The dry patch in Belpada, Uran.(Sourced)
Updated on Dec 10, 2020 05:41 PM IST
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Mumbai sizzles at 36.4° Celsius on second hottest Dec day in 10 years

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
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)
Updated on Dec 09, 2020 01:05 AM IST
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Maharashtra scraps jetty project to protect turtle nesting beach in Ratnagiri

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
The Guhagar beach is an Olive Ridley turtle breeding area.(Sourced)
The Guhagar beach is an Olive Ridley turtle breeding area.(Sourced)
Published on Dec 08, 2020 04:06 PM IST
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Mumbai: Mercury fluctuates from season’s lowest 17.8° to 35.5°C within 9 hrs

However, as the day progressed, warm conditions prevailed indicating a large variation in minimum and maximum temperature.
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)
Updated on Dec 08, 2020 01:14 AM IST
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In a first, Indian bison spotted at Maharashtra’s Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary

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)
Published on Dec 08, 2020 12:04 AM IST
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Maharashtra pollution board shuts down 4 industries; pulls up civic body over river pollution

An environment group, petitioners before the Supreme Court, flagged violations through three complaints between November 26 and 28
A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)
A foaming Waldhuni near Samrat Ashok Nagar.(Sourced)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 01:22 PM IST
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A first in India: Gram sabha at Palghar passes resolution to declare heritage lake a wetland; Maharashtra govt to consider demand

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
The Jamsar lake is around 600-700 years old.(Jamsar gram sabha)
The Jamsar lake is around 600-700 years old.(Jamsar gram sabha)
Updated on Dec 07, 2020 12:55 AM IST
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