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A study conducted by California University in 2015 projected that a rise in average global temperatures by 1ºC would increase the frequency of lightning by least 12%.(Reuters)

Lightning strikes in India see 34% rise than previous year, finds CSE study

By Avik Roy, New Delhi, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2021 04:25 PM IST
Experts find a link between lightning strikes and climate change triggered by unchecked urbanisation. They feel following safe practices can reduce fatalities.
The climate and biodiversity crises are global crises. They require solutions that carry the support of all, and provide support to all. (File photo)
The climate and biodiversity crises are global crises. They require solutions that carry the support of all, and provide support to all. (File photo)

90% of India’s biodiversity hotspots lost, shows new statistical analysis

By Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 09, 2021 10:42 PM IST
A report published by Centre for Science and Environment pointed out that 16 states have witnessed a significant rise in number of forest fires as well as warmer than usual winter, monsoon and post-monsoon seasons.
A view of India Gate blanketed in heavy haze in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)
A view of India Gate blanketed in heavy haze in New Delhi.(Amal KS/HT File Photo)

CSE study identifies 14 new pollution hot spots in Delhi-NCR

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 07, 2021 07:45 AM IST
The CSE also said that lockdowns improved the air quality in Delhi-NCR this year as well but not as effectively as last year due to the 2021 curbs being shorter and lesser stringent.
The Centre for Science and Environment said that the leak in the Vizag plant seems to have happened because of the haste to restart it without carrying out proper maintenance work(PTI)
The Centre for Science and Environment said that the leak in the Vizag plant seems to have happened because of the haste to restart it without carrying out proper maintenance work(PTI)

Vizag is a wake-up call to ensure industrial safety | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 10:02 PM IST
Vizag is a wake-up call. Institute regulatory compliance
The PM recognises the centrality of renewables. It is important to translate that on the ground(Reuters)
The PM recognises the centrality of renewables. It is important to translate that on the ground(Reuters)

HT Editorial| Is the renewable energy sector under stress?

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 06:06 PM IST
If it is losing steam, as a new CSE report claims, the Centre must act without delay
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)
The state government’s response to the pollution emergency has been half-hearted.(HT Photo)

Mumbai needs to walk an extra mile to curb air pollution

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2019 01:06 AM IST
Mumbai has had a lackadaisical attitude towards air pollution, believing that sea breezes will sweep away the murk, but the CSE study has shown that the city needs more than the sea to clean up its air.
People wearing masks to protect against air pollution October 28, 2019(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
People wearing masks to protect against air pollution October 28, 2019(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)

Diwali pollution: Delhi’s residents have been irresponsible

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 05:27 PM IST
They must show more individual and civic responsibility
Minister of health and family welfare Harsh Vardhan launches green crackers, Anusandhan Bhavan, New Delhi, October 5, 2019(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Minister of health and family welfare Harsh Vardhan launches green crackers, Anusandhan Bhavan, New Delhi, October 5, 2019(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Green crackers: Make the idea work

Hindstan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2019 07:08 PM IST
To bridge the current shortfall, help the sector to make this leap of faith

Watch | Discontinuing single-use plastic: How easy, how difficult

Hindustan Times | By Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2019 10:52 AM IST
In this episode of Metro Matters, a weekly show on everything that matters to Delhi, Hindustan Times metro editor Shivani Singh speaks to Swati Singh Sambyal, programme manager (waste management) at the Centre for Science and Environment, about the feasibility of discontinuing the use of single-use plastics following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to citizens to shun such items.
Food items will have to colour the nutrient label red in case the energy from added sugar is over 10% of the total energy provided by 100 gm or 100 ml of the product and the energy from trans fat is more than 1%.(HTfile)
Food items will have to colour the nutrient label red in case the energy from added sugar is over 10% of the total energy provided by 100 gm or 100 ml of the product and the energy from trans fat is more than 1%.(HTfile)

FSSAI mandates colour-coded labels on items

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2019 05:54 AM IST
The draft will be available in the public domain for comments for a month, after which it will be finalised.
Experts said that such local protests against dumping sites have become common. “This is again an example of the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) syndrome.(HT Photo)
Experts said that such local protests against dumping sites have become common. “This is again an example of the NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) syndrome.(HT Photo)

Silt dumping turns costly for east Delhi Municipal Corporation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 05:27 AM IST
East corporation officials say that now their trucks have to travel four times the distance they used to cover earlier. The cost involved — including fuel and manpower — has also doubled.
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)
Smoke comes out from a Refinery factory at Sewri in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT File Photo)

Life expectancy down by 2.6 years due to air pollution, finds study

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 12:07 AM IST
While exposure to outdoor particulate matter (PM) accounted for a loss of nearly one year and six months in life expectancy, exposure to household air pollution accounted for a loss of nearly one year and two months, according to the CSE.
“These figures are probably higher for Gurugram, where diesel generators are more rampant,” said Sachin Panwar, a city-based air quality expert.(HT Photo)
“These figures are probably higher for Gurugram, where diesel generators are more rampant,” said Sachin Panwar, a city-based air quality expert.(HT Photo)

Diesel fumes from gensets, autos choke city

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 04:04 AM IST
The combustion of diesel is known to emit over 40 kinds of toxic contaminants into the atmosphere, including benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde.
North and south Delhi civic bodies registered a significant fall in their rankings in the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2019’ announced Wednesday, the east municipality was the silver lining.(Shivam Saxena/HT File Photo)
North and south Delhi civic bodies registered a significant fall in their rankings in the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2019’ announced Wednesday, the east municipality was the silver lining.(Shivam Saxena/HT File Photo)

Swachh Survekshan 2019: North, South Delhi civic bodies slip in cleanliness ranking, East records big jump

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Baishali Adak
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2019 02:41 AM IST
Swati Singh Sambyal, programme manager, solid waste management at Centre for Science and Environment, said, “The rankings hold up a mirror for the MCDs. They are not focusing on implementing the Solid Waste Management Byelaws 2016. There is no segregation, the only emphasis is on waste to energy plants.”
Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT File / Representative Photo)
Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary.(HT File / Representative Photo)

NDA government green-lighted 65% infra projects; activists sound red alert

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2019 03:45 PM IST
Ecologists said that irrespective of which government is in power, clearances have always been issued regardless of their merit.
The Centre’s decision to cut down the budget on pollution control by 50 % this year has drawn criticism from environment experts. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
The Centre’s decision to cut down the budget on pollution control by 50 % this year has drawn criticism from environment experts. (Photo by Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)

Centre cuts pollution control budget by 50%, draws flak from experts

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 01, 2019 08:12 PM IST
The union budget has not changed the budgetary allocation for climate change action plan from last year by keeping it constant at Rs 40 crore.
Data released by the CSE on Tuesday during their international conclave on urban transport systems of the world showed that a middle-class commuter in Delhi spends 19.5% of his/her income travelling in the Metro. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo)
Data released by the CSE on Tuesday during their international conclave on urban transport systems of the world showed that a middle-class commuter in Delhi spends 19.5% of his/her income travelling in the Metro. (Mohd Zakir / HT Photo)

Delhi Metro hits back, says report terming it world’s second most unaffordable is ‘misleading’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2018 05:33 PM IST
DMRC managing director Mangu Singh said the study conveniently chose only a few Metro networks to help the Centre for Science and Environment prove its point.
The Pink Line Metro network, which was thrown open for public use earlier this year.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
The Pink Line Metro network, which was thrown open for public use earlier this year.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

With Metro network growing, it’s time Delhiites took a hike

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shivani Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 12:15 PM IST
Those willing to walk to and from Metro stations can save money spent on the last-mile commute and, at the same time, ease congestion and air pollution.
The food products that tested GM positive include infant food for children with allergies , edible oils, corn and pancake syrup, popcorn, cereals and snacks.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The food products that tested GM positive include infant food for children with allergies , edible oils, corn and pancake syrup, popcorn, cereals and snacks.(AFP/Picture for representation)

One in three packaged foods have genetically modified content: CSE

New Delhi | By Rhythma Kaul
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2018 11:14 PM IST
One in three packaged foods tested by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had genetically modified (GM) content, the activist group said on Thursday, highlighting the need for regulations on the manufacture, import, and sale of such foods.
The Union road transport and highways ministry’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy, which proposed a mandatory cap of 20 years on the life of all commercial vehicles starting in 2020, has hit a roadblock.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)
The Union road transport and highways ministry’s ambitious vehicle scrapping policy, which proposed a mandatory cap of 20 years on the life of all commercial vehicles starting in 2020, has hit a roadblock.(Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

Government’s plan to scrap old, polluting vehicles runs into roadblock

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Moushumi Das Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 11:40 PM IST
The vehicle scrapping policy, which was aimed at reducing pollution, was welcomed by vehicle makers because it meant more sales for them.
Both brick kilns and power plants are major users of coal.(AFP/Photo for representation)
Both brick kilns and power plants are major users of coal.(AFP/Photo for representation)

Power plants, brick kilns may miss clean air action plan deadline

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2018 09:25 AM IST
A survey by the Centre for Science and Environment indicates nearly 80% plants will not meet the December 2019 deadline for new emission norms. The study also said that only around one-third of the over 3,000 brick kilns have shifted to Zig-Zag technology that could bring down emission by 70%.
The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. Countries are being pushed to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.(PTI file photo)
The theme for the World Environment Day 2018 is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. Countries are being pushed to reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.(PTI file photo)

World Environment Day 2018: In Delhi, plastic waste management rules remain on paper

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Joydeep Thakur
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 12:14 PM IST
On World Environment Day 2018, experts say it is the responsibility of companies to take back plastics and multilayered packaging that they introduce. Incentives can be provided for this
According to the index, the impact of very poor air quality includes ‘respiratory illness on prolonged exposure’.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
According to the index, the impact of very poor air quality includes ‘respiratory illness on prolonged exposure’.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Air quality at ‘very poor’ level in Noida, Ghaziabad

Hindustan Times | By Snehil Sinha, Noida
PUBLISHED ON MAR 28, 2018 10:47 PM IST
The AQI at Sector 125 monitoring station was 371 and 332 at the Sector 62 in Noida at 6pm. The AQI in Ghaziabad, meanwhile, was 364 around the same time.
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