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Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

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A Waste-to-Energy Plant is a waste management system where waste is burnt to produce electricity. These plants usually burn municipal waste. The various techniques used in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants are biomethanation, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Non-recyclable and not-hazardous wastes should ideally be burnt in this process. The waste to energy plants comparatively release less pollution than a coal-based plant. Recently, residents of Okhla region and nearby areas in Delhi have been protesting against WTE plants in their vicinity. Why India Urgently Needs a Waste Management Plan?  Increasing urbanization and industrialization has paved the way for greater economic growth in India. This is only augmented by increasing purchasing power of the average citizen. Simultaneou
Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

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The January of 2017 saw an environmental flashpoint in Delhi, when schools in Delhi were shut down for the first time due to alarming levels of air pollution. Air pollution was declared as an emergency in Delhi. It had become dangerous for children and adults to go out in the city and breathe. The concentration of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), those toxic particles that go straight to our lungs and reduce our lifespan, increased more than 10 times the prescribed standard between November 2016 and January 2017. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have been consistently monitoring air pollution levels in Delhi after Diwali. The level of air pollution reaches beyond alarming after every Diwali. The festival of jo...
AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

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Air pollution has become a consistent environmental challenge in Delhi in recent years. An air quality based graded response system is now being put in place which could increase your parking rates and close down schools during peak pollution days. What is important to understand is if it will actually help bring down Delhi's air pollution and what role can citizens play in helping the Government fight this life threatening menace. Here's a quick understanding of this AQI based graded response system. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India directed the framing and submission of graded response action plan for various categories of National Air Quality Index (AQI) on 10 November, 2016. An AQI is a number which considers the health impact of individual air pollutant (e.g. particulate matter, ...
#tellyourpollutionstory to the Global Commission on Pollution and Health

#tellyourpollutionstory to the Global Commission on Pollution and Health

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Dev Patel, Freida Pinto among others observe a globe signed by the cast of The Newsroom at a Pure Earth event. Pure Earth, along with the Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) are working on a landmark Report on the impact of pollution around the globe. Authored by 50 expert researchers and policymakers, the Global Commission on Pollution + Health will publish a report in The Lancet in the spring of 2017. The Report will document the combined disease burden from air, water and soil pollution, calculate the economic impact and examine the disproportionate harm pollution causes children and pregnant women. The research team has so far concluded, that pollution is the leading cause of death in the world, stealing almost 10 million lives a year, 92% of those deaths occurring...
Ahead of Diwali, Eco Clubs Urged to Campaign Against Crackers

Ahead of Diwali, Eco Clubs Urged to Campaign Against Crackers

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The festival of Deepawali is no longer just about sweets and celebrations. It is also about the fear and anxiety of coping up with the tremendous amount of air and noise pollution that it will bring, to an already polluted Delhi city. While majority of the people may not feel any major immediate impact of this pollution, a large number of people in the city are significantly impacted due to it. Even those who are not immediately impacted, suffer long term health problems due to the smoke and pollution. Expressing concern over the rising pollution in Delhi, and the role Deepawali may play in it, the Deputy Chief Minster of Delhi Government Shri Manish Sisodia has written to the Eco Clubs of all schools in Delhi. He has urged all the Eco Clubs to play active role in the Anti-Cracke...
High VOCs Found in US Citizens Living Around Oil & Gas Fields

High VOCs Found in US Citizens Living Around Oil & Gas Fields

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A coalition of community and environmental health groups in the United States of America today released a first-of-its-kind research combining air monitoring methods with new biomonitoring techniques to determine if toxic air emissions from natural gas operations could be detected in the bodies of nearby residents. The study, entitled When the Wind Blows: Tracking Toxic Chemicals in Gas Fields and Impacted Communities, found evidence of eight hazardous chemicals emitted from Pavillion, Wyoming gas infrastructure in the urine of study participants. Many of these chemicals were present in the participants' bodies at concentrations far exceeding background averages in the U.S. population. "If your drinking water is contaminated with chemicals, you might be able to make do with anoth...
Delhi No Longer Breathes in Free Air This Independence Day

Delhi No Longer Breathes in Free Air This Independence Day

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15th August marks the date when the struggle and supreme sacrifice of thousands of Indians led to the attainment of India's independence. Some like the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi took to Satyagraha and non-violence while others like Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose did not think twice before laying down their lives while protecting the pride and glory of Mother India. Delhi Greens salutes these brave sons of the soil who freed India from oppressing forces and taught us the valuable lesson of always keeping India first. Sixty eight years after India attained her independence, a new kind of oppression is now taking over the country. The worst hit by this oppression is the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The citizens of Delhi can no longer ...
CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

CPCB Marked World Environment Day Along Ghazipur Landfill Site

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Growing urbanization has resulted into increased generation of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) which needs to be managed by adopting environmentally sustainable technologies so as to keep our cities clean and protect the environment. Use of landfills may not be sustainable as it requires land which is scarce and also associated with a potential risk of surface and groundwater pollution due to leachate generation and deteriorated ambient air quality due to bad odour, flies, methane emission, fires etc. There is also a growing need to minimize the cost of managing MSW through recovery of resources and energy instead of disposal into landfill. Giving utmost importance to the Municipal Solid Waste Management, the Central Pollution Control Board  (CPCB) celebrated the occasion of World
When Will the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Toxic Waste Be Cleaned – An Environment Day Appeal

When Will the Bhopal Gas Tragedy Toxic Waste Be Cleaned – An Environment Day Appeal

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Residents of Bhopal gather atop the mound overlying the hazardous toxic waste with the banner asking when will the toxic mess be cleaned up and forming a big concerning question mark. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy, one of the worst industrial disasters that India has witnessed till date, took place on the night of 2nd December 1984 in the Indian capital city of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. While the cause of the disaster has been kept under debate, it is largely accepted and believed that the Union Carbide accident took place due to poor maintenance of the industrial plant which so as to avoid the cost of maintenance and prevent expenditure made for making the industrial plant safe for its workers and surrounding population. Twelve years later, in 1996, several thousand tons of hazardous w...
This Environment Day You Will Have to Do More Than Just Planting Trees

This Environment Day You Will Have to Do More Than Just Planting Trees

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If it was a regular Environment Day, I would have asked you to take a break from what you are doing to look at the image above. I would have then reminded you of the beautiful bounty of Mother Nature, and asked you to take a deep breath and let Nature rejuvenate yourself.  But wait, I cannot do that because the deep breath that you will take could impair your lungs beyond repair. It would also shorten your life span by a few days and put you at risk of a large number of pulmonary disorders. The World Environment Day is an annual celebration made on the 5th of June since 1972. On this day, individuals, organisations and governments remind themselves about the role of a healthy environment and cherish the bounty of Mother Nature. UNFORTUNATELY, Delhi has been devoid of that luxury

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