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First International Conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management’ held in Mohali

3 days ago
The first International Conference on Sustainable Water Management began on December 10 at the Indian School of Business in Mohali, Punjab. The theme of the conference deals with promoting integrated and sustainable development and management of Water Resources.

World Soil Day observed globally with theme 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution'

Dec 5, 2018
The World Soil Day was observed across the world on December 5, 2018. The day is observed annually to highlight the importance of healthy soil and advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

COP24: UN Conference on Climate Change begins in Poland

Dec 3, 2018
The Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama declared the UN COP24 climate summit open and handed over the presidency of the talks to Michal Kurtyka, Poland's Deputy Environment Minister in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

EU aims to be first carbon neutral economy by 2050

Nov 29, 2018
The European Union on November 28, 2018 urged government, businesses, citizens and regions to join it in an ambitious plan to cut emissions and make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050. The EU’s strategic long-term vision relies on its member states to take action.

Shut down of Sterlite Copper plant: NGT Committee rules that closure is against natural justice

Nov 28, 2018
The Tamil Nadu government on May 28, 2018 ordered the permanent closure of the controversial Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi or Tuticorin, following major protests against the operation of the plant that led to the killing of 13 people and left around 100 wounded.

India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau wins UN Environment award

Nov 23, 2018
The United Nations Environment has awarded India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau with the Asia Environment Enforcement Award, 2018 for the excellent work done by the Bureau in combating transboundary environmental crime.

World Toilet Day observed globally

Nov 20, 2018
The World Toilet Day was observed across the world on November 19, 2018. The day’s main focus is to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The 2018 theme of the International Day is ‘toilets and nature’.

Open Defecation in India: Rural Jharkhand declared ODF

Nov 19, 2018
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.

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