High-level political commitment stressed India had the highest share of welfare costs (or a loss of income from labour), of about $220 billion (about ₹1.4 trillion), in South and South-East Asia — of a combined total of $380 billion from mortality due to air pollution, according to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The
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This biodiversification took place between 445 and 485 million years ago A boost in levels of oxygen may have caused a three-fold increase in biodiversity during between 445 and 485 million years ago, a study has found. The explosion of diversity, recognised as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, brought about the rise of various marine
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A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. The famous Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and Tulaipanji rice of West Bengal are among the seven commodities that have been granted Geographical Indication (GI) this fiscal year by the Indian patent office. A
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The restriction will come into effect in October 2019, respecting the wishes of aboriginal tribes for whom the site is sacred Climbing the world’s largest monolith Uluru was banned on Wednesday amid concerns it was becoming a “theme park”, undermining the giant red rock’s deep cultural significance. Scrambling up the symbol of the Outback, also
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Paris Agreement pledges leave deficit that could raise temperature by 3°C The UN Environment Emissions Gap Report 2017 warns that a big carbon emissions gap exists between the levels that can be achieved in 2030 with present climate commitments, and what needs to be done using set pathways to limit increases in global average temperature
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Many major Indian cities, including Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata, grapple with air pollution. However, India’s air pollution crisis is largely due to the noxious, winter air quality in Delhi and some cities in north and central India. In 2016, the World Health Organisation put 10 Indian cities on the list of the world’s most-polluted. Reports
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Despite the 2015 ban on crop burning, farmers in the State continue to set fire to paddy residue to make way for the next crop. The author finds out why arely 10 kilometres from Patiala, the home town of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Jagdish Singh is busy gauging the speed and direction of
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Slams it for extraction of groundwater without permission The National Green Tribunal on Thursday warned of halting the Capital’s Metro services as it slammed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for not complying with its order on extraction of groundwater without permission. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar took strong exception on
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The current method of GDP calculation treats environmental damage costs as income India’s decelerating GDP growth rate in the past five quarters has generated panic. A drop in GDP growth rate from 7.4% in January-March 2016 to 5.7% in April-June 2017 is equivalent to ₹2.59 trillion. Most commentators argue that a smaller rate of GDP growth
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The prospect of limiting global warming through ‘negative emissions’ is bleak uman activities, the collective choices we have made to deploy fossil fuels and change land uses, are responsible for the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and associated global warming. In 2016, the earth’s temperature was 1.3°C warmer than in pre-industrial times — as warm
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