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The Purity of Air in Numbers: 8 Facts About Air Quality Index

The Purity of Air in Numbers: 8 Facts About Air Quality Index

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An air quality index is your guide to how clean the air that you are breathing is and government agencies use this number to guide the general public on what levels of pollution are present. The higher the AQI reading the greater the prospects of people experiencing adverse health effects, which is why it is a good idea to understand how the index is put together and what it means. Here are some points about the Air Quality Index (AQI) and how it is calculated. Why Air Quality Matters Local air quality is something that is very important to every one of us in that area as the quality of the air that you are breathing in is going to have a direct impact on how you live and your health profile. The reason for monitoring air pollution and producing an AQI figure for the area is th...
Top Ten Wetlands in India You Must Put on Your Travel Bucket List

Top Ten Wetlands in India You Must Put on Your Travel Bucket List

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The word Wetlands entails all lakes, rivers, aquifers, swamps, marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas, coastal areas, coral reefs, and all human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs and salt pans. Apart from acting as flood buffers, wetlands are mesmerizing cradles of biodiversity. A trip to a Wetland is always a rewarding one. Here is the list of top ten wetlands of India, from north to the south, which are a must visit for any travel enthusiast! 1. Wular Lake Located in Kashmir valley, the Wular lake is the largest freshwater lake in all of Asia. It is an important habitat for fish and has lusciously edible fish species pleasing the taste buds of the Kashmiris. Some of the more frequently found fish species here include Cyprinus carpio, B...
2.0 Movie Review: Because Delhi Too Loves Its Birds

2.0 Movie Review: Because Delhi Too Loves Its Birds

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The sequel of the 2010 movie Robot is up as 2.0 and it seems to be doing fairly well. The budget for the film is huge (estimated to be 600 crores) making it one of the most expensive movies ever made in India. 2.0 has been released on 7,000 screens in three different languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). The central theme of 2.0 is the impact of mobile phone radiations on birds. Mobile phones, as we all agree, have indeed become an inalienable part of our lives. The movie attempts to convey the impact of mobile phone radiations on birds and the Environment. With its big budget and VFX extravagance, the movie is said to have reached Hollywood Standards. But amidst the Rajinikanth hype, grand fighting scenes and the elaborate flashback of the perceived protagonist Professor Pakshirajan...
Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

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Stubble burning around Delhi during October 2018. Winter is peaking in Delhi these days and the air pollution this year has been more engulfing than ever. As Delhi headed into the winter months, citizens did brace for the city's notoriously poor air quality to get even worse. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded close to 250 at the end of October. Things got much out of hand though and according to available figures, AQI has peaked at 999 on more than one days at several places in Delhi since then. With the approach of winter, airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog prove to be a major hindrance to daily life in Delhi every year. This also proves to be a major public health hazard. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health has reported th...
Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

Delhi Government Goes All Out to Ensure a Clean, Green Diwali 2018

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The festival of Diwali is no longer a festival of joy alone and is accompanied by misery especially for those suffering from breathing disorders. This is true for the entire NCT of Delhi, which has an alarming population of over 20 million people. Every year during Diwali, the air quality worsens and is worst during and immediately after the Diwali night. The large-scale burning of fire crackers during the Diwali night, which spikes up the already air polluted National Capital is the principal cause of this pollution. This year, the Government of NCT of Delhi has taken significant steps for ensuring the reduction of air pollution due to Diwali. The Government began with writing a letter to all the schools, through its Eco Clubs Scheme. The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Manish ...
First Day of DYSoC 2018 Concludes with Green Ideas and Sustainability Solutions

First Day of DYSoC 2018 Concludes with Green Ideas and Sustainability Solutions

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The first day of the two-day long 4th Delhi Youth Summit on Climate Change concluded today in Miranda House with young people sharing ideas and green solution for protecting ‘our common environment’ and for sustaining the urban growth of Delhi. The Youth Summit began with remembering the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings on Environment and with Shlokas that call for environmental harmony. The Chief Guest of the occasion Padma Shree Awardee Dr. Anil P. Joshi called for the youth of Delhi to wake up and come to terms with the ecological crisis that Delhi and India are facing and start acting. He said that the onus is more on the youth of the Delhi, since they can represent their voices better. He called for the youth to prepare themselves on war scale for fighting
Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

Oriental Apartments Leads the Way in Holistic Waste Management

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Oriental Apartments in Sector-9 of Rohini celebrated the Independence Day this year with another freedom. This was the freedom from the burden of sending thousands of kilograms of solid waste to the already overflowing landfills in Delhi. In doing so, Oriental Apartments showed the way to other Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and colonies on what needs to be done to solve the ongoing waste management crisis in Delhi. Waste management is perhaps the greatest environmental challenge being faced by Delhi, yet one which is least discussed. The waste of Delhi has already created three giant mountains, taller than 80 feet in height, and these landfills have also become killer and are now coming down as landslides. There is thus a need for disruptive innovation in the waste management...
The Concretization of Trees, Or That of Non-Compliance?

The Concretization of Trees, Or That of Non-Compliance?

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As we walk along the roads of Delhi, there are some entities calling us and crying out for help. They are moaning of the dreadful death we are thrusting on them from suffocation and starvation, slowly and painfully. We cannot hear them because they cannot speak. They receive our attention only when the services they render to us start falling short for us. Yes! I am talking about those magical devices on the sides of roads, in front of shops, in our backyards, around our institutions, in areas of traffic, which keep imbibing the notorious carbon dioxide for us and continue to give oxygen that we terribly need. Our Trees! This time the concrete is killing them, a dire threat to the survival of the same entities that give us food and oxygen. Trees are choking to death, their roots ...
List of 30 Elephant Reserves of India, 30th Declared Recently in Nagaland

List of 30 Elephant Reserves of India, 30th Declared Recently in Nagaland

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The Asiatic Elephant is the largest living land animal in India, and by far in Asia. Most importantly, elephants help maintain forest and savanna ecosystems for other species, and are integrally tied to rich biodiversity. They are also culturally revered in India and are closely associated with religious and cultural heritage, playing an important role in the country’s history. Although a decline in elephant population has been noticed in recent years, large numbers of sustainable herds still exist – particularly in south and northeast of the country. Elephant conservation in India though, has been an uphill task. The Government of India launched Project Elephant in the year 1992 as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with objectives to protect elephants, their habitat and corridors; to
Conclave on Biodiversity for Everyones Life Held at Miranda House

Conclave on Biodiversity for Everyones Life Held at Miranda House

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Miranda House, University of Delhi organised a Day Long Conclave on the theme Biodiversity for Everyone's Life on 31 August 2018. The Conclave was organised in collaboration with the Manipur based Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD). Ujala Mall, participant of the Conclave, shares her experience and learning from this Conclave. The Day Long Biodiversity Conclave at Miranda House was as diverse as is the Biodiversity of India. From photographers to musicians, from scientists to environmental activists, the conglomerate was the most fascinating one. The Chief Guest of the event was Prof. K. Vijayraghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India who shared his scientific understanding of the subject with the participants. He was welcomed by the Coll...

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