NGT asks Delhi, Haryana to resolve issue of ammonia in capital’s water

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday directed the Delhi and Haryana governments to hold a meeting to resolve the issue of high ammonia content in the water of the river Yamuna. The high ammonia content water is being provided to the Delhi by Haryana, according to a plea by Delhi Jal Board (DJB). The …

Haryana to allot sites for filling stations through auctions

To bring transparency in the process of allotment of sites for vehicle filling stations, the Haryana government has decided that these will be allotted only through auction. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Haryana Shehri Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar here on Friday. Under …

Government begins trial of ‘anti-pollution towers’ in Delhi

In a bid to curb air pollution in the city, the Delhi government on Friday started the trial of “anti-pollution towers”, an official said. The anti-pollution towers absorb particulate matter in the air and release clean air back into the atmosphere. “Delhi government has initiated the testing of anti-pollution towers at Indraprastha Marg Flyover, ITO, …

Chouhan assures relief to hailstorm-hit farmers

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced relief of Rs 30,000 per hectare and an equal amount under the crop insurance scheme to farmers whose crops were damaged due to hailstorm earlier this week. The state government will give additional Rs 25,000 for the marriage of farmers’ daughters, Chouhan assured farmers during …

Amazon to pay $1.2mn in settlement over pesticides sale

Online retail giant Amazon has reached a settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over charges of third parties selling illegal pesticides on its website. The EPA said Amazon had committed nearly 4,000 violations of federal pesticide law — dating back to 2013 — for selling and distributing imported pesticide products that were not …

Russian skier dies in Gulmarg avalanche

A Russian skier was killed in an avalanche while four other skiers were rescued on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir’s ski resort Gulmarg, police said. Disaster management authorities had issued an avalanche warning for the higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley on Thursday evening for Friday and Saturday.

One-way traffic restored on Jammu-Srinagar highway

The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway that had remained closed for the last four days, was restored for one-way traffic on Friday. “Traffic will move from Jammu to Srinagar. No vehicle will be allowed in the opposite direction,” a traffic official said. The highway had remained closed due to multiple landslides in Udhampur and Ramban districts …

Australia has lost almost 99% of its crustacean reefs: Study

Australia has lost almost all its crustacean reefs, the most threatened marine habitats in the country, from its coastline, according to a study released on Thursday. The study, led by non-profit Nature Conservancy, was conducted in collaboration with 10 other Australian organisations, and found that 90 to 99 per cent of these reefs have disappeared, …

Goa’s economy should be factored in for mines closure: Parrikar

Even as Goa readies for closure of its iron ore mines next month, following a Supreme Court order, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said it is not possible for governments to suddenly disrupt the economic trajectory of a state and all stakeholders, including the judiciary, will have to take that into consideration vis-a-vis decision-making. …

WCS to continue protecting sanctuary in Cambodia

The US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is encouraged by the Cambodian government’s actions pursuing justice in connection to the murder of three rangers and is committed to continue working with the authorities to protect the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, it was announced on Wednesday. Ministry of Environment Ranger Teurn Soknai, Military Police Officer Sek Wathana …

Germany proposes free public transport to lower urban emissions

The German government has made a proposal to introduce free public transportation as a radical measure to lower nitrogen oxide pollution in cities. At least 20 major German cities continue to record nitrogen oxide pollution levels that exceed the EU limits and would be unable to correct the circumstance before 2020 according to a new …

Over five lakh to be trained with ‘green skills’

The Environment Ministry will train over five lakh people with “green skills” for better job opportunities between 2018 to 2021, said Union Minister Harsh Vardhan here on Tuesday. The Minister, however, also clarified that though the skills provided by them are in demand, the ministry does not guarantee employment. The Minister said that a total …

Three killed as rains, hailstorm lash Maharashtra

Three persons were killed and crops spanning over large tracts of agriculture land damaged due to unseasonal heavy rains and hailstorm which lashed several parts of Maharashtra, Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar said on Monday. Three persons hit by hailstones lost their lives since Sunday. The deceased have been identified as Namdev Shinde (70) Asaram Jagtap …

Films make people associate emotionally with wildlife, says British TV producer

Films enable people feel closer to wildlife, associating them emotionally with the lives of animals, says a top British TV producer. “I think (wildlife films) enable them to be, what makes them closer to the wildlife. You can’t make that happen through a mediator” British television producer Mike Gunton told IANS in an email interview. …

Maharashtra hailstorm kills 2, damages standing crops

Two persons were killed and two others injured as unseasonal rains, accompanied by hailstorm, lashed parts of Maharashtra’s Marathwada and Vidarbha region, razing huge tracts of standing crops on Sunday, officials said. The hailstorm, which hit Jalna, Beed, Amravati, Buldhana, Washim, Akola and surroundings, flattened the standing crops of wheat, grapes and chickpea besides hitting …

MoEF warms up to establishing cold stores around Taj Mahal

The Environment Ministry has approved the setting up of new cold stores in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ), saying these don’t the pollute air that causes yellowing of the Taj Mahal. According to Ministry officials, based on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) findings, there was no improvement in the area’s air quality after cold …

Assam Governor appeals to security forces to help stop poaching

Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has asked the law enforcing agencies to help stop incidents of poaching of rhinos in the state’s Kaziranga National Park. Mukhi, who chaired a law and order review meeting on Saturday, also reviewed the situation in Assam’s Golaghat district and asked the law enforcing agencies to be on their toes to …

Aerial imagery from drones can help measure water resources

Aerial imagery gathered from helicopters and drones can be used to measure changes in the water flow of rivers, suggests new research. The study, published in the journal Water Resources Research, found that aerial imaging can be just as accurate as older, more expensive field methods in some cases. “Remote sensing methods like these can …