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Kerala's rain pattern has seen a big shift, say experts

An expert said It was high time Kerala gave top priority to environmental impact studies when it takes up developmental projects
There has been a 52% increase in cyclonic movement over the Arabian Sea between 2001 and 2019 and eight per cent during the same period in the Bay of BengaI. (REUTERS TV/ANI/KERALA GOVERNMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE/ HANDOUT via REUTERS)
There has been a 52% increase in cyclonic movement over the Arabian Sea between 2001 and 2019 and eight per cent during the same period in the Bay of BengaI. (REUTERS TV/ANI/KERALA GOVERNMENT PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE/ HANDOUT via REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 10:47 AM IST
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India is key to a safe and secure Afghanistan: Italy

G20 president Italy believes India has a key role as an important regional actor in ensuring a stable and secure environment in Afghanistan, and both countries are of the view that the Afghan people need immediate and unhindered access to humanitarian aid
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Published on Oct 19, 2021 12:10 AM IST
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Environmentalists allege GMC’s laxity for waste dumping near Hindon floodplains

Environmentalists allege that the Ghaziabad municipal corporation has been lagging behind in controlling dumping of garbage in the floodplains along the Hindon River and the forest area behind Mahamaya Stadium in the city
Ghaziabad generates nearly 1,200 metric tonnes of daily solid waste, but there is a deficit of 300-400 metric tonnes on a daily basis, according to officials. (Sakib Ali/HT)
Ghaziabad generates nearly 1,200 metric tonnes of daily solid waste, but there is a deficit of 300-400 metric tonnes on a daily basis, according to officials. (Sakib Ali/HT)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Delhi pollution: Govt launches Red light on, Gaadi off

The Red light on, Gaadi off campaign is aimed at urging drivers to shut ignition while waiting at traffic signals. The campaign is aimed at curbing air pollution in Delhi. Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai launched the drive on Monday
Volunteers hold placards at ITO as part of Delhi government’s ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign to reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi, on Monday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Volunteers hold placards at ITO as part of Delhi government’s ‘Red light on, Gaadi off’ campaign to reduce vehicular pollution in Delhi, on Monday. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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‘India’s role key in ensuring stable and secure environment in Afghanistan’

Being an important regional actor, India’s involvement in consultation and coordination activities is key to ensure a stable and secure environment and effective initiatives aimed at humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, Italian ambassador Vincenzo de Luca said
File photo: Ambassador of Italy to India Vincenzo de Luca pays tribute to poet Rabindra Nath Tagore during their visit to Tagore's ancestral house at Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata on October 18, 2021. (PTI)
File photo: Ambassador of Italy to India Vincenzo de Luca pays tribute to poet Rabindra Nath Tagore during their visit to Tagore's ancestral house at Jorasanko Thakurbari in Kolkata on October 18, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 18, 2021 04:07 PM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu asks youth to lead campaign to protect environment

Venkaiah Naidu urged people to voluntarily participate in various environment conservation activities and asserted that youth should lead the movement to protect the environmental and “motivate others to adopt sustainable practices
Naidu said that developmental needs had to be balanced with environmental protection for sustainable living (Photo Courtesy- Facebook)
Naidu said that developmental needs had to be balanced with environmental protection for sustainable living (Photo Courtesy- Facebook)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 11:49 AM IST
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By Amitoj Singh Kalsi

Delhi govt’s ‘Red Light on, Gaadi off’ campaign to begin from today

The campaign, which tells commuters to switch off the engines of their vehicles as soon as they stop at a red light, was first introduced by the government last year. This year, the first phase of the campaign will run for a month till November 18.
According to Delhi government's plan, the campaign will be carried out at 100 traffic intersections spread across 13 police districts.(HT file photo)
According to Delhi government's plan, the campaign will be carried out at 100 traffic intersections spread across 13 police districts.(HT file photo)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 06:20 AM IST
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Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, New Delhi

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu calls for people’s movement to protect environment

Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu called upon the youngsters in particular to pro-actively lead the movement to protect the environment and motivate others to adopt sustainable practices
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu calls for people’s movement to protect environment
Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu calls for people’s movement to protect environment
Published on Oct 18, 2021 12:43 AM IST
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Avinash Tiwary calls for more conversations around animal welfare

Actor Avinash Tiwary on why conversations around animal welfare and climate change should happen more often and not just around specific days
Actor Avinash Tiwary is currently shooting for a project in Jharkhand
Actor Avinash Tiwary is currently shooting for a project in Jharkhand
Published on Oct 17, 2021 12:27 AM IST
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By Sugandha Rawal

Ghaziabad: Puja leftovers clutter Hindon banks

Environmentalists said that the issue has been witnessed year after year and the enforcement agencies have failed to rein in erring persons
The banks of Hindon from GT Road to the Vasundhara underpass were strewn with garbage on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/HT)
The banks of Hindon from GT Road to the Vasundhara underpass were strewn with garbage on Saturday. (Sakib Ali/HT)
Published on Oct 16, 2021 10:44 PM IST
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SpiceJet's licence to carry 'dangerous goods' suspended temporarily

  • An article or substance is termed a ‘dangerous good’ if it poses a risk to health, safety, property or the environment.
SpiceJet's licence to carry 'dangerous goods' suspended temporarily. (MINT_PRINT)
SpiceJet's licence to carry 'dangerous goods' suspended temporarily. (MINT_PRINT)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 10:58 PM IST
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Written by Shubhangi Gupta | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

For garbage dumped on mangroves, MPCB issues penalty notice on Uran civic body

Even as the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board has imposed ‘environmental damage costs’ on Uran Municipal Council (UMC) for dumping garbage on mangroves, the civic body sought to deny the charges against it
For garbage being dumped on mangroves, MPCB has imposed a penalty notice on Uran Municipal Council. (HT PHOTO)
For garbage being dumped on mangroves, MPCB has imposed a penalty notice on Uran Municipal Council. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 04:53 PM IST
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By G. Mohiuddin Jeddy, Navi Mumbai

Centre says lesser stubble burning incidents observed in Delhi, NCR this year

In a statement, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change said that the paddy residue burning events in the three states during the one-month period between September 15 and October 15 have reduced from a similar observation last year.
In Punjab, four districts, namely Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Patiala and Ludhiana, contributed more than 70% to the total stubble burning events.(PTI | Representational image)
In Punjab, four districts, namely Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Patiala and Ludhiana, contributed more than 70% to the total stubble burning events.(PTI | Representational image)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 03:30 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

No road widening proposed in Aarey, clarifies BMC

While environmentalists have expressed relief, they remained sceptical of the BMC’s clarification as the tender calls for construction of a nine-metre wide road at Aarey, as opposed to the existing seven-metre wide carriageway
BMC for its part has now said that there will be “no proposal of widening of existing asphalt road” and that “due care will be taken to protect existing trees and the adjoining Aarey forest. (HT PHOTO)
BMC for its part has now said that there will be “no proposal of widening of existing asphalt road” and that “due care will be taken to protect existing trees and the adjoining Aarey forest. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 06:29 PM IST
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By Prayag Arora-Desai, Mumbai

No road widening proposed in Aarey, clarifies BMC

Environmentalists remained sceptical of the clarification as the tender calls for the construction of a nine-metre-wide road as opposed to the existing seven-metre
The development, which marks the second time this year that BMC has issued a tender for revamping the Aarey main road, has sparked the ire of environmentalists, who maintain that such infrastructure expansion can be ecologically detrimental to the area. (HT photo)
The development, which marks the second time this year that BMC has issued a tender for revamping the Aarey main road, has sparked the ire of environmentalists, who maintain that such infrastructure expansion can be ecologically detrimental to the area. (HT photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 12:08 PM IST
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By Prayag Arora-Desai

165 builders in Delhi fined 53.5L in five days for dust violations

Environment minister Gopal Rai said that he found “minor violations” during a surprise inspection of a construction site of WHO Building at Mahatma Gandhi Marg in IP Estate on Wednesday
Environment minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that in the last five days, the government has conducted 522 inspections of construction sites, out of which 165 agencies were found to be violating dust control norms, following which show cause notices were issued to the firms. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Environment minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday said that in the last five days, the government has conducted 522 inspections of construction sites, out of which 165 agencies were found to be violating dust control norms, following which show cause notices were issued to the firms. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 04:10 AM IST
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By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi'

‘Cycle track around Powai Lake flouts DCR’

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) clarification on the Powai Lake cycle track dispute issued earlier this week has come under fire from environmentalists who have pointed out that the project contravenes the BMC’s own development control regulations (DCR).
Environmentalists have pointed to a provision in the BMC’s development plan which bars any construction work in close proximity of the lake. (HT FILE)
Environmentalists have pointed to a provision in the BMC’s development plan which bars any construction work in close proximity of the lake. (HT FILE)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 10:29 PM IST
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By Prayag Arora-Desai, Mumbai

Darjuv9, an urge to shift from chemical to organic products

Through its varied product range, the company aims to promote an environment-friendly lifestyle and also spread awareness regarding the ill effects of chemical-ridden everyday products.
Darjuv9, a pioneer in organic sourcing
Darjuv9, a pioneer in organic sourcing
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:19 PM IST
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Delhi government to induct 140 electric AC buses to check air pollution

The Delhi government has floated the tenders in line with its environmentally, socially and financially sustainable approach towards public transport which will also help contain the air pollution.
The DTC bus in Delhi (HT Photo)
The DTC bus in Delhi (HT Photo)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:13 PM IST
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TN’s girl gets nominated for ‘Eco-Oscars’ for making solar powered ironing cart 

The 14-year-old girl made an environmentally friendly ironing cart by substituting the damaging charcoal with solar energy.
Vinisha with her solar iron cart.(Life Beyond Numbers)
Vinisha with her solar iron cart.(Life Beyond Numbers)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 04:47 PM IST
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Bengal: When economics, culture, religion and politics come together in a pandal

This year, in Bengal, many socio-economic and environment-related themes have been on display: From the nationwide farm protests to Lakhimpur Kheri to demonstrations against the National Register of Citizens to Cyclone Yaas to “Khela Hobe”, pandals capture almost all pressing issues of the day.
What sets Durga Puja apart from many other similar large-format festivals across the country, such as Diwali in the North, Pongal in the South, Ganesh Puja in the West, and Bihu in the Northeast, is not just its economic impact, but its unique theme pandals (something seen to a much lesser scale in the golus or kolus of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where dolls are displayed on the nine days of Navaratri). (Agencies)
What sets Durga Puja apart from many other similar large-format festivals across the country, such as Diwali in the North, Pongal in the South, Ganesh Puja in the West, and Bihu in the Northeast, is not just its economic impact, but its unique theme pandals (something seen to a much lesser scale in the golus or kolus of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka where dolls are displayed on the nine days of Navaratri). (Agencies)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 11:03 AM IST
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COP15: These 6 endangered species are on the verge of extinction

As the world discusses ways to tackle pollution and prevent mass extinction, here's a look at some of the species which are critically endangered. The world may never get to see these animals again.
The Cuban Crocodile is one of the six species which are critically endangered.(Twitter/@SedgwickCoZoo)
The Cuban Crocodile is one of the six species which are critically endangered.(Twitter/@SedgwickCoZoo)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 07:56 AM IST
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By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India vows to help shape global conservation plan

“We in India have respected and revered nature for thousands of years. With just 2.4% of the world’s land area, we harbour 8% of all recorded species and are recognized as one of the eight centres of origin of cultivated plants
Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav. (File photo)
Union environment minister Bhupender Yadav. (File photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 07:44 AM IST
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By Jayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Loni’s air quality monitoring station may be relocated to city forest

However, environmentalists said that the relocation of the monitoring station is the administration’s attempt to conceal the true picture of air pollution in the city
Environmentalists said that the relocation of the monitoring station is the administration’s attempt to conceal the true picture of air pollution in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Environmentalists said that the relocation of the monitoring station is the administration’s attempt to conceal the true picture of air pollution in Ghaziabad. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 11:49 PM IST
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'India one of countries to have made effort to meet emission target'

  • A former government adviser on Tuesday said that India is at the forefront of making serious efforts towards achieving climate change targets but, stressed, there is a need to set up manufacturing units of solar panels to reduce the dependency on China.
Representational image (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Representational image (Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 10:40 PM IST
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Ramdas Kadam to be dropped from list of invitees for Shiv Sena Dussehra rally?

After the purported audio clips of Shiv Sena leader Ramdas Kadam went viral, the party is unlikely to invite the leader for the Dussehra rally on October 15 in Mumbai. With the party inviting only a limited number of leaders and functionaries at the indoor event at Shanmukhanand Hall, the former Sena environment minister is likely to be axed from the list of invitees.
Party insiders said that the Shiv Sena chief was not happy with the audio clips where Ramdas Kadam was heard expressing happiness over action against Sena minister Anil Parab by district authorities. (HT Photo)
Party insiders said that the Shiv Sena chief was not happy with the audio clips where Ramdas Kadam was heard expressing happiness over action against Sena minister Anil Parab by district authorities. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 08:30 PM IST
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By Swapnil Rawal, Mumbai

Nerul to Uran railway corridor: ‘CIDCO violated Forest Act, HC order on mangroves’

The regional empowered committee (Nagpur), constituted by the Union environment ministry, has held off on green-lighting the City Industrial Development Corporation’s (CIDCO) proposal to divert 23.7 hectares of forest land in Thane district, to make way for Phase 1 of the Nerul-Uran railway corridor
This was done in the light of previous violations of the Forest Conservation Act (1980) and the Bombay High Court’s orders on mangrove conservation in Maharashtra by CIDCO, reveal the minutes of the REC’s last meeting on September 16, a copy of which was accessed by Hindustan Times this week. (Hindustan Times)
This was done in the light of previous violations of the Forest Conservation Act (1980) and the Bombay High Court’s orders on mangrove conservation in Maharashtra by CIDCO, reveal the minutes of the REC’s last meeting on September 16, a copy of which was accessed by Hindustan Times this week. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Oct 13, 2021 07:26 PM IST
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By Prayag Arora-Desai, Mumbai

Over 50,000 students pledge to preserve environment

Over 50,000 students have pledged their commitment for preserving the environment and public property, the Kerala State Legal Services Authority (KSLSA) said on Tuesday.
Over 50,000 students pledge to preserve environment(pic for representation)
Over 50,000 students pledge to preserve environment(pic for representation)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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In Uttarakhand, when a project destroys a village

On the morning of September 22, 200 policemen and three bulldozers appeared on the horizon, and bulldozed 16 houses, to acquire their land for the Vishnugad-Pipalkoti 444 MW hydroproject
Today, their own district of Chamoli, with its unprecedented glacial avalanche earlier this year, whose flood waters reached right up to Vishnugad – Pipalkoti and destroyed HEP’s just upstream of it (PTI)
Today, their own district of Chamoli, with its unprecedented glacial avalanche earlier this year, whose flood waters reached right up to Vishnugad – Pipalkoti and destroyed HEP’s just upstream of it (PTI)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 12:12 PM IST
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By Priyadarshini Patel

'Didn't want to operate at 80 percent and be miserable in a team environment'

  • Days after making back-to-back crucial decisions in his career, the 32-year-old has finally opened up on why he made a move that caused a stir in the cricketing arena.
Virat Kohli led RCB in 140 matches, winning 66. (RCB/Twitter)
Virat Kohli led RCB in 140 matches, winning 66. (RCB/Twitter)
Updated on Oct 12, 2021 11:08 AM IST
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