India accounts for 75 per cent of air pollution deaths: WHO

New Delhi. Citing that air pollution is the world’s biggest environmental health risk, killing nearly eight lakh people annually in the Southeast Asian Region, the latest WHO report has revealed that India alone accounts for over 75 per cent of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. The report said that nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, while nearly 90 per cent of air pollution-related deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, with nearly two out of three occurring in WHO’s Southeast Asian region,Read More

6 Swamp deer shifted from Kanha to Satpura tiger reserve

Bhopal. Under supervision of wildlife doctors and experts, Forest Department relocated 6 swamp deer from Kanha tiger reserve to Satpura tiger reserve. They were released into Bori sanctuary of Satpura tiger reserve under direction of Chief Wildlife Patron Shri Ravi Shrivastava. This specie of swam deer found in central India is called ‘Hardground Swam Deer’. This specie had survived only in Kanha tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh. Their number even Kanha tiger reserve had dwindled to only 66 in the 70s, which had endangered their existence. Due to untiring effortsRead More

India ranks 24th in the first Environmental Democracy Index

Washington: India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries in the first Environmental Democracy Index that is topped by Lithuania and evaluates nations’ progress in enacting laws to promote transparency, accountability and citizen engagement in environmental decision making. Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, the US, South Africa, the UK, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia are the top 10 nations in the list launched by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) and Access Initiative on Wednesday. The index evaluates environmental democracy in 70 countries, including 75 legal and 24 practice indicators, based on recognisedRead More

Pakistan termed sepratists as freedom fighters

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday called Kashmiri separatists “freedom fighters”, a day after Defence Minister Arun Jaitley asked the country to draw a red line and decide whether it wants to talk to Government or those who want to break India. However, the official transcript released by the Foreign Office later did not carry these remarks but said, “Kashmiris are not Indian separatists they are people in occupied territory struggling for their right to self-determination that has been recognised by the United Nations resolutions.” Aslam also reacted sharply to Jaitley’s remarksRead More

Air quality has worsened in Delhi, Mumbai: Survey

New Delhi: Quality of air has worsened in eight major Indian cities including Delhi and Mumbai, a survey on environment has said. The TERI Environmental Survey 2014 was conducted in Delhi, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Guwahati, Indore, Jamshedpur, Kanpur and Pune to gauge the perception, awareness, opinion and behavior of people towards environment in India. “A vast majority of respondents (90 percent) felt that climate change was a reality,” it said. In Delhi, over 90 percent of the respondents stated that climatic changes were occurring. 95 percent felt that temperature was increasingRead More

Quarries of minor minerals should be exempted from environmental clearance

Bhopal: In a letter to Union Minister for Environment and Forests Shri Prakash Javadekar, Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged that quarries of minor minerals should be exempted from provisions of environmental clearance. In the letter, the Chief Minister said that the Union Ministry for Environment and Forests had made environmental clearance mandatory for less than 5 hectare mining projects through a notification on September 9, 2013. Quarries of minor minerals in Madhya Pradesh have also come under purview of this notification. Through a memorandum on December 24,Read More

Industries crossing the limits

BHOPAL: Around 350 commercial units in Madhya Pradesh have flouted pollution control norms and are emitting harmful air and water effluents beyond the permissible limits. The State Pollution Control Board gave details of about 342 such industries which violated standard pollution control norms during 2010-11, the information given in reply to an RTI query. Exercising his Right to Information, environment activist Ajay Dubey had filed an application seeking information on number of industries emitting waste in air and water beyond the norms set by the government. A highest of 60Read More