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Out of 100 cities facing storm of environmental hazards, four-fifths in India or China
The New Indian Express

PARIS: Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and most are in India or China, according to a risk assessment published on Thursday. Across the globe, more than 400 large cities with a total population of 1.5 billion are at "high" or "extreme" risk due to some mixture of life-shortening pollu more....

Draft plastic waste rules: Why multi-layered plastic needs to be phased out
Down to Earth

The implementation of plastic waste management rules in India has been off-track since 1999, mainly due to intense lobbying by associations and bodies formed and funded by the plastic industry. One such issue that has been delayed time and again is phasing out of multi-layered plastics (MLP) used for packaging by fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) c more....

Cyclone Tauktae can be among the ‘strongest’ on India’s west coast in 2 decades
Down to Earth

The first cyclone of 2021 may be here, and quite a storm it can be. Cyclone Tauktae is likely to form May 16, 2021 in Arabian Sea. The system must be watched closely for rapid intensification, which can make predictions tough. The current characteristics of the storm indicate rapid intensification. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said more....

Differently endangered: Why the lions are most vulnerable to Covid
India Today

Over the past month, reports have trickled in of lions testing Covid-positive—as many as eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad zoo (April 29) and two at the Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh (May 6). According to officials, tests are on at other zoos and the number of cases of Covid among wildlife may rise. While a number of animals had tested posi more....

Permit hurdle for wildlife research docu filmmakers in Ranthambore
The Times of India

Jaipur: Filming documentaries on the life of big cats at the Ranthambore National Park (RNP) is experiencing unusual challenges and resistance. Internationally acclaimed wildlife documentary makers shooting in the state are in a fix as the forest department is considering cancelling permission to them to shoot documentaries. The documentary m more....

18 wild elephants killed in Assam’s Nagaon district probably due to lightning
Hindustan Times

Eighteen wild elephants have been killed, most probably due to lightning, in Assam’s Nagaon district, officials informed on Thursday. “The incident took place at Bamuni area of Barhampur on Wednesday. Our officials got to know about it on Thursday. Teams of forest and veterinary officials are at the spot to take stock of the tragedy,” Nagaon, de more....

Haryana’s 1st wildlife census postponed amid wildlife safety concerns in times of Covid
Hindustan Times

The first state-wide wildlife census in Haryana, which started in April, was postponed indefinitely amid Covid-19 crisis, said the officials on Thursday. ML Rajvanshi, chief conservator of Forests (wildlife), said, “We have indefinitely postponed the state-wide wildlife estimation process, which started last month, amid the ongoing Covid-19 cris more....

Bombay HC: Are local bodies aware of protocol on disposal of Covid biomedical waste?
The Times of India

Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Thursday directed the state government to inform it whether civic bodies had been made aware of the guidelines for disposal of masks, PPE and waste generated during treatment of Covid-19 patients. “We would like to be apprised as to whether the state has issued any advisory to collectors and municipal commissioners more....

How flushing down COVID-19 waste can pose a serious threat
Down to Earth

People disposing all kinds of solid waste such as toilet paper, diapers, tampons and condoms into the toilet bowl and chocking up sewer networks is a problem that has persisted for years. The blockages take up extra person-hours, machinery and equipment, and increase the cost of waste treatment. It is difficult to treat septage and sewage wit more....

Environment department tried to bury research that found huge underspend on Australian threatened species
The Guardian

The federal government tried to stop the publication of an academic paper that found it needed to drastically increase its spending on threatened Australian wildlife. Internal documents released to Guardian Australia under freedom of information laws show senior officials in the federal environment department spent months pressuring the scientis more....


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