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Open Defecation in India: Rural Jharkhand declared ODF

3 days ago
The rural Jharkhand was declared Open Defecation Free on November 15 during a regional review meeting of the eastern states held in Kolkata, West Bengal. The West Bengal Government, on the occasion, shared the state’s commitment towards achieving open defecation free status by December 2018.

Delhi Air Pollution: NGT forms committee to check air quality during functions at hotels, banquets

Nov 14, 2018
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution.

Union Environment Minister launches Global Cooling Prize

Nov 13, 2018
The Global Cooling Innovation Summit was inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on November 12 in New Delhi. The two-day summit is a first-of-its-kind solutions-focused event, which has been organised to explore concrete means to address the climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners.

NMCG approves 12 projects worth Rs 929 crore under Namami Gange programme

Oct 30, 2018
The committee sanctioned two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) for Delhi for creating 340 MLD (Millions of Liters per Day) waste treatment capacity at a cost of Rs 580 Crore. The first STP will be of 318 MLD capacity at Coronation Pillar. The second is a project in Chattarpur assembly constituency.

Supreme Court prohibits plying of 15-year-old petrol, 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

Oct 30, 2018
The bench directed the Central Pollution Control Board to immediately create a social media account on which citizens could lodge their complaint about pollution directly, which will be acted upon by the task force responsible for implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

No sale of Bharat Stage-IV vehicles across the country from April 1, 2020: SC

Oct 24, 2018
The court ruled for no grace period for automobile manufacturers for the sale of BS-VI non-compliant vehicles after April 1, 2020. Earlier, advocate Aparajita Singh, assisting the apex court as amicus curiae, had opposed the Union Government’s move to give time till June 30, 2020 to automobile manufacturers to sell their BS-VI non-compliant four-wheelers manufactured till March 31, 2020.

Environment Ministry launches Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign

Oct 23, 2018
The Union Ministry of Environment has launched Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign. The campaign was first initiated in 2017-18 to encourage school children in Delhi and NCR to take the pledge to ensure a green and healthy Diwali by minimising the bursting of crackers.

Green fund approves $1 billion to assist poor countries to tackle climate change

Oct 22, 2018
A UN-backed fund has approved more than $1 billion for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change. The green fund, considered a key vehicle for climate-related development programs, was originally meant to receive over $10 billion from rich countries by 2018.

ICFRE signs two MoUs to spread awareness on forests and environment

Oct 16, 2018
The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education has signed two Memorandums of Understanding with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS). The agreements were signed to launch ‘Prakriti’ programme that aims to promote environmental awareness among the students.

Government launches air quality warning system in Delhi to combat air pollution

Oct 15, 2018
The Union Government unveiled an Air Quality early warning system for the Delhi region. The system has been designed with the help of American and Finnish models to predict extreme air pollution levels. The system will help combat air pollution in the National Capital by getting information 2-5 days in advance.

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle found to be worst plastic polluters: Break Free From Plastic Movement

Oct 9, 2018
Over 187,000 pieces of plastic trash were audited, identifying thousands of brands which package their products in the single-use plastics that pollute oceans and waterways globally.

Global temperature could exceed 1.5°C in just 12 years: UN report

Oct 9, 2018
The special report titled ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C’ traces the impact of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. It states that going past 1.5°C is dicing with the planet's liveability and the temperature could be exceeded in just 12 years, by 2030.

CII, UN Environment sign MoU for environmental cooperation

Oct 8, 2018
The Confederation of Indian Industry has signed a MoU with the UN Environment for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development. The agreement aims to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate cooperation in areas including environment, climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and management.

Petroleum Minister to launch SATAT initiative to promote compressed biogas as alternative fuel

Sep 29, 2018
The Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative on the penultimate day of the ongoing Swachhta Hi Seva campaign to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels.

Nepal to become world's first country to double its tiger population

Sep 24, 2018
Nepal is set to become the first country in the world to double its tiger population as part of the World Wildlife Foundation's (WWF) 'Tx2' programme which aims to double the number of tigers all over the world.

PM Narendra Modi launches Swachhata hi Seva Campaign

Sep 15, 2018
The Swachhata hi Seva Campaign 2018, a mega countrywide campaign, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15. The movement aims to generate greater public participation towards Swachhta.

Global Climate Action Summit 2018: Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

Sep 14, 2018
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), India’s leading manufacturer of utility vehicles and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, will venture to become a carbon neutral company by 2040. The residual emissions will be addressed through carbon sinks.

Jharkhand government introduces electric cars for official use

Sep 14, 2018
The state government of Jharkhand has introduced electric vehicles for official use. The energy department of the state got 20 such cars for its use. Use of electric vehicles will not only help curb pollution and protect the environment but it will also help save foreign currency.

Ocean Cleanup foundation deploys 2000 ft long device to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Sep 10, 2018
The cleanup system, “System 001”, headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before moving towards the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, to start the cleanup.

India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’

Sep 7, 2018
India and France have signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport. The initiative is a part of an international initiative and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December 2015.

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