[

Environment News

]

Why not lead the world in phasing out zoos?

  • In this era of the 6th extinction, unless it’s a conservation programme, should we still invest in zoos? What are the options?
Royal Bengal tigers in a playful mood at Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh.
Royal Bengal tigers in a playful mood at Chhatbir Zoo, Chandigarh.
Published on Jul 04, 2022 03:50 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Violation of some green regulations may be decriminalised

Some violations of the air and water acts, the environment protection law, and the public liability insurance law that deals with providing relief to victims of accidents while handling hazardous substances in industries will be decriminalised to remove the fear of imprisonment, the ministry said.
Legal experts are divided on the implications of the proposals. (AP)
Legal experts are divided on the implications of the proposals. (AP)
Updated on Jul 03, 2022 07:11 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

To promote kitchen gardens, Delhi govt takes up ‘smart urban farming’

Following the approval of the cabinet, experts will now be hired on a large-scale basis to conduct 400 awareness workshops and 600 entrepreneurship training programmes across the capital, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
In the general public initiative, 40 master trainers will also be trained by the Delhi government and they will then assist the public and resident bodies across the city in taking forward the project.
In the general public initiative, 40 master trainers will also be trained by the Delhi government and they will then assist the public and resident bodies across the city in taking forward the project.
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 03:53 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Single-use plastic ban to come into force across India from tomorrow

DPCC officials said that adequate time has been given to suppliers, manufacturers and retailers to phase out these items and ensure a zero inventory of the banned stock from July 1 onwards.
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
According to an assessment by the environment department in 2020, Delhi generates 1,060 tonnes per day of plastic, which is roughly 10.10% of the total municipal solid waste.(HT File)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 01:39 PM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Govt directs formation of screening panel to review diversion of forest lands

The five-member committee will meet at least twice every month and will advise the state governments on projects in a time bound manner, the rules state.
A senior environment ministry official said the committee would help in cutting down the time taken to finish the review process. (AP)
A senior environment ministry official said the committee would help in cutting down the time taken to finish the review process. (AP)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 03:24 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

India to ban these single-use plastic items from Friday: 'A defining step'

  • States and Union Territories have been asked to set up border check points to stop inter-state movement of any banned single use plastic items, according to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change.
The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, prohibit use of plastic carry bags having thickness less than seventy five microns. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021, prohibit use of plastic carry bags having thickness less than seventy five microns. (Harvinder Singh/HT)
Published on Jun 28, 2022 01:57 PM IST
Copy Link
By | Edited by Kunal Gaurav

NHRC notice to environment ministry on air pollution impacting life expectancy

In a statement, the NHRC said it has taken motu cognizance of media reports quoting a survey that air pollution is a great threat to human health in India, reducing overall life expectancy by five years and 9.7 years for the people in Delhi.
The rights panel has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, raise a serious issue of the right to life.
The rights panel has observed that the contents of the media reports, if true, raise a serious issue of the right to life.
Published on Jun 24, 2022 10:48 PM IST
Copy Link
PTI |

World’s tallest animal, easily spotted in Africa, speeding towards extinction

They’ve disappeared completely from seven African countries, prompting the International Union for Conservation of Nature to sound an alarm and classify them as “vulnerable” in December 2016.
Giraffe. (Representational image)
Giraffe. (Representational image)
Published on Jun 21, 2022 11:45 PM IST
Copy Link
Bloomberg |

A climate shield for India’s small farmers

  • Water evaporation and shortage apart, such long days of intense heat change how crops grow, their ability to absorb nutrients. In some cases, they burn off the plant itself.
Farmers at a paddy field. (Image for representational purpose)
Farmers at a paddy field. (Image for representational purpose)
Published on Jun 20, 2022 06:43 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Single-use plastic to be phased out by June 30: Pollution Control Board

According to a statement by the CPCB on Friday, directions have been issued at the national, state and local levels to ensure there is a complete phase-out of the listed single-use items by June 30.
According to a statement by the CPCB on Friday, directions have been issued at the national, state and local levels to ensure there is a complete phase-out of the listed single-use items by June 30. (HT photo)
According to a statement by the CPCB on Friday, directions have been issued at the national, state and local levels to ensure there is a complete phase-out of the listed single-use items by June 30. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 12:37 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Delhi MCD parks with defunct borewells to be used as ground water recharge zones

Water deficient Delhi receives 617-670mm of average annual rainfall which can be used to recharge the depleting ground water resources, experts have said. However, most of it goes waste every monsoon.
Representative image. ( (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo))
Representative image. ( (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo))
Updated on Jun 17, 2022 01:31 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Odisha officials charged with hiding elephant deaths, Centre seeks report

The environment ministry on Wednesday sought a report from the Odisha government on deaths of elephants , including those cause by poaching in the state. Some of these deaths were allegedly concealed by the state forest department.
The carcass of an elephant near Chandragiri hills in Athagarh forest division of Chhattisgarh.
The carcass of an elephant near Chandragiri hills in Athagarh forest division of Chhattisgarh.
Updated on Jun 16, 2022 04:46 AM IST
Copy Link
ByDebabrata Mohanty, Bhubaneswar

Fires, heat waves cause 'climate anxiety' in youth: Report

  • Their findings have been published in a report that highlights youth feelings of distress, anger and frustration about perceived adult and government inaction.
Group of demonstrators on road, young people from different culture and race fight for climate change. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Group of demonstrators on road, young people from different culture and race fight for climate change. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 15, 2022 09:48 AM IST
Copy Link
AP | , Portland

Bad air biggest health risk in India, cuts 5 years in life expectancy: Study

Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC)’s Air Quality Life Index says Delhi stands to gain life expectancy by 10 years on average if annual average pollution levels did not exceed five micrograms per cubic metres
Globally, India is the second most polluted country preceded by Bangladesh. (HT PHOTO)
Globally, India is the second most polluted country preceded by Bangladesh. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 15, 2022 11:17 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi

Greenpiece: need to create law to reduce food waste

Most middle class Indians have grown up being told not to waste food because it’s in short supply for the poor. Yet, the world wastes up to 30% of all food, increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Food waste is both an environmental and a moral hazard.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Food waste is both an environmental and a moral hazard.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 13, 2022 07:07 AM IST
Copy Link

India pushes for funding to mitigate climate crisis risk

The efforts in India and other developing countries that require these large investments have to be supported by wealthy nations through a loss and damage finance facility, the Indian delegates demanded on Saturday.
India intervened strongly three times to emphasise loss and damage and the finances needed to mitigate the impacts of global warming, an environment ministry official in Bonn said on condition of anonymity.
India intervened strongly three times to emphasise loss and damage and the finances needed to mitigate the impacts of global warming, an environment ministry official in Bonn said on condition of anonymity.
Updated on Jun 13, 2022 04:57 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Forest fire fears over new Greek migrant camp

  • Officials say it is desperately needed on an island at the forefront of Europe's migrant crisis, where hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have arrived from countries such as Syria and Afghanistan since 2015.
In this aerial view taken on June 6, 2022 in the outskirts of a dense pine forest of the island of Lesbos, construction is underway on a new migrant camp for 3,000 people over the objections of many local residents. (AFP)
In this aerial view taken on June 6, 2022 in the outskirts of a dense pine forest of the island of Lesbos, construction is underway on a new migrant camp for 3,000 people over the objections of many local residents. (AFP)
Published on Jun 09, 2022 09:09 PM IST
Copy Link
AFP |

Climate crisis likely to hit India’s renewable energy potential: Study

While solar radiation over most active solar farming regions is expected to decrease during all seasons, the annual wind speed is likely to reduce in north India and increase in some parts of south India, it added.
Frequency of high energy-producing wind speeds will decrease as a whole but those of low energy-producing wind speeds are likely to increase, a regional analysis of wind potential indicated. (AP)
Frequency of high energy-producing wind speeds will decrease as a whole but those of low energy-producing wind speeds are likely to increase, a regional analysis of wind potential indicated. (AP)
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 05:01 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Govt slams 'unscientific' Environment Performance Index; India 180th and last

India has been placed at the bottom on a list of 180 countries judged for their environmental performances by US-based institutions. "India, with increasingly dangerous air quality and rapidly rising greenhouse gas emissions, falls to the bottom of rankings for the first time," the report read.
India has been placed at the bottom on a list of 180 countries judged for their environmental performances by US-based institutions.(HT Photo)
India has been placed at the bottom on a list of 180 countries judged for their environmental performances by US-based institutions.(HT Photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 05:24 PM IST
Copy Link
PTI |

Air quality panel bans use of coal in Delhi-NCR from next year

Around 1.7 million tonnes of coal is used annually in industrial applications in NCR, with about 1.4 million tonnes being consumed in six major industrial districts alone.
However, the use of low-sulphur coal in thermal power plants has been exempted from the ban.(PTI file photo)
However, the use of low-sulphur coal in thermal power plants has been exempted from the ban.(PTI file photo)
Published on Jun 08, 2022 02:40 PM IST
Copy Link
PTI |

Celebrating World Environment Day today isn't enough. Here’s why

  • Amid all the crises around the world, one of the biggest and often the most overlooked is that of climate change.
Demonstrators outside the White House on Earth Day demand immediate action on climate change.(Image for representation/Bloomberg)
Demonstrators outside the White House on Earth Day demand immediate action on climate change.(Image for representation/Bloomberg)
Published on Jun 05, 2022 11:37 PM IST
Copy Link
By | Edited by Sohini Goswami

What 50 years of celebrating World Environment Day should have taught us

  • According to the United Nations, more than a third of 50 Nobel laureates surveyed cited that population rise and environmental degradation are the biggest threats to humankind
A man rides a makeshift boat through toxic foam floating in Yamuna river, on World Environment Day, at ITO, in New Delhi, Sunday.(PTI)
A man rides a makeshift boat through toxic foam floating in Yamuna river, on World Environment Day, at ITO, in New Delhi, Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2022 11:22 PM IST
Copy Link

Global CO2 levels this May rose to highest in 4 million years: Report

  • Global warming caused by humans – through the production of electricity using fossil fuels, transport, the production of cement, or even deforestation – is believed to be responsible for the new high, the report stated.
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose to highest in 4 million years.(AP)
Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose to highest in 4 million years.(AP)
Published on Jun 04, 2022 06:42 PM IST
Copy Link
AFP |

Our govt won’t compromise on development or environment: Bhupender Yadav

India will uphold the demands and needs of developing countries both at the upcoming Bonn Climate Change Conference in June and COP 27 at Sharm El Sheikh, the minister said in an interview to HT
New Delhi, India – March 14, 2022: Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav with Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey during the release of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for Rejuvenation of 13 Major Indian Rivers through Forestry at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi, India on Monday, March 14, 2022. (Photo by Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India – March 14, 2022: Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav with Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey during the release of Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for Rejuvenation of 13 Major Indian Rivers through Forestry at Indira Paryavaran Bhawan in New Delhi, India on Monday, March 14, 2022. (Photo by Arvind Yadav / Hindustan Times) (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 12:33 PM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

India’s performance on climate action slipped in 2019-20, says CSE report

The report also highlighted declines in other environmental parameters. For instance, it said that at least 74% of river monitoring stations in India have high levels of heavy toxic metals.
India’s performance on climate action slipped in 2019-20, says CSE report
India’s performance on climate action slipped in 2019-20, says CSE report
Updated on Jun 03, 2022 04:33 AM IST
Copy Link
ByJayashree Nandi, New Delhi

Need to create better ecosystem for animals

  • The problem, scientists pointed out, was that humans were feeding coyotes so they could draw them out for photographs. Consequently, the animals lost their fear of humans over time and chased, bit and scratched them.
From co-existence, people globally have slid into a cruel confrontation with the natural world. (HT file photo)(HT_PRINT)
From co-existence, people globally have slid into a cruel confrontation with the natural world. (HT file photo)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 30, 2022 04:48 AM IST
Copy Link
By, New Delhi

Why Britain is spending £37 billion to make energy-supply crisis worse

A decade of policy failings left the UK with little choice but to subsidize energy consumption.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(Reuters file photo)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.(Reuters file photo)
Published on May 28, 2022 03:08 PM IST
Copy Link
Bloomberg |

Supecyclones may have much more devastating impact in India in future: Study

Researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK examined the 2020 Super Cyclone Amphan - the most costly cyclone to make landfall in South Asia -- and predicted its implications under several scenarios of sea-level rise caused by global warming.
The researchers used sophisticated climate model projections to anticipate the scale of those affected by cyclones in the rest of this century.(PTI)
The researchers used sophisticated climate model projections to anticipate the scale of those affected by cyclones in the rest of this century.(PTI)
Published on May 27, 2022 07:04 PM IST
Copy Link
PTI |

6.1-magnitude quake strikes off East Timor, tsunami advisory issued

  • A tsunami advisory group said the earthquake "may be capable of generating a tsunami affecting the Indian Ocean region".
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) issued the tsunami warning for the region.(Reuters / Representative image)
The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) issued the tsunami warning for the region.(Reuters / Representative image)
Published on May 27, 2022 09:08 AM IST
Copy Link
AFP |
SHARE
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • ...
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, July 05, 2022