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Last year, on World Environment Day on June 5, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that all single-use plastics will be banned in India by 2022.(HT Photo)

15-member NatGeo team to travel up Ganga to study plastic pollution

New Delhi | By Anonna Dutt
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 06:21 PM IST
The expedition will be undertaken by boat, road and rail over four months, of which two months will be in summer beginning at the end of May and two months after the monsoon.
Children walk along a garbage-filled bay in Manila. According to the UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution, land-based sources account for up to 80% of the world’s marine pollution, 60- 90% of the waste being plastic debris.(AFP Photo)
Children walk along a garbage-filled bay in Manila. According to the UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution, land-based sources account for up to 80% of the world’s marine pollution, 60- 90% of the waste being plastic debris.(AFP Photo)

Why India is taking the lead for a clean planet

By Harsh Vardhan
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2018 03:45 PM IST
Our obsession with plastic, coupled with over consumption, the use-and-throw culture, and littering creates a hazardous environment for animals, marine life and human beings, writes Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan.
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