Ministry of Environment: News

09 May 2023

Madhya Pradesh

MP: 5 more cheetahs to be released in Kuno

The Union Environment Ministry on Monday said that five more cheetahs, including three females and two males, would be released into the wild in Kuno National Park (KNP) in Madhya Pradesh before the beginning of the monsoon in June, reported PTI.

26 Oct 2022


Decades after Bt cotton, GM mustard trials get GEAC nod

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has recommended the environmental release of the indigenously developed genetically modified (GM) mustard hybrid DMH-11 to the Ministry of Environment.

01 Jul 2022

Plastic Ban

#NewsBytesExplainer: All about single-use plastic ban effective from today

The ban on single-use plastic came into effect on Friday despite business organizations wishing for a gradual implementation rather than a blanket ban.

08 Jan 2020


India succeeds in breeding the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard

India has reportedly succeeded in the breeding of the bird species Great Indian bustard (scientific name: Ardeotis nigriceps) through a state-sponsored conservation program.

01 Oct 2019

Narendra Modi

After brouhaha, government will NOT ban single-use plastic

From ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about waging a war against single-use plastic. Listing how it harms the environment, he urged countrymen to switch to cloth bags for daily use.

19 Sep 2019


Five Chartered Accountants turned IAS officers to know about

Chartered Accountancy (CA) is one of the most sought-after and toughest professional courses in the country.

30 Aug 2019


Five Chartered Accountants turned IAS officers to know about

Chartered Accountancy (CA) is one of the most sought-after and toughest professional courses in the country.

14 Aug 2019


These women IAS/IPS officers led #KodaguFloods relief-efforts from the front

Last week, Karnataka's Kodagu district was lashed by devastating rains that triggered landslides and floods in 79 villages. It received 897mm of rain between August 5-11- 468% more than normal.

27 Jan 2019


Comprehensive-study to assess environmental flow of Yamuna to be undertaken

A comprehensive study to assess the minimum required environmental flow of the Yamuna river will be undertaken by the government, according to officials.

30 Dec 2018

Delhi High Court

Complete Chandni Chowk parking-lot by September 2020: Delhi-HC to NDMC

The Delhi High Court has directed the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to ensure completion of a parking lot at Gandhi Maidan in crowded Chandni Chowk area of the walled city by September 2020.

06 Nov 2018


People protest outside Environment Ministry office against increasing pollution

A group of people gathered outside the office of the Environment Ministry today to protest the alarming rise in the pollution level that has raised health concerns.

05 Nov 2018


Diwali Pollution: 'Green crackers' to the rescue?

Let's be honest here- we Indians are a bit strange.

27 Oct 2018

Air Pollution

Shut coal, biomass industries; minimize use of private vehicles: CPCB

Stringent measures, including minimization of private vehicles and shutdown of coal and biomass industries, are recommended by the CPCB-led task force between November 1-10 to deal with the alarming increase of pollution in Delhi.

17 Oct 2018

Climate Change

Delhi's air-quality deteriorates to 'very poor' for first-time this season

Delhi's air quality for the first time this season deteriorated to 'very poor' category with several areas in the national capital nearing towards severe levels of pollution, according to authorities.

12 Oct 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

NGT summons Delhi-govt official to explain action-plan on climate change

The National Green Tribunal has summoned an official of the Environment Department in Delhi to explain the proposed amendments made by AAP government in the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC).

29 Sep 2018


Environment Ministry might ban these 4 plastic products

The Union Environment Ministry might impose a uniform, countrywide blanket ban on four single-use plastic products - styrofoam cups, plastic water bottles, disposable plastic cutlery, and all plastic carry bags.

14 Aug 2018


Unbelievable! Bengaluru, India's Garden City, more polluted than Delhi

Air pollution is no longer Delhi's domain.

12 Aug 2018


Landslides in Manipur are mostly 'anthropogenically' induced: Environment Ministry

Every year, during monsoon, landslides claim a number of lives in Manipur, which has already witnessed six major landslides this year.

29 Jul 2018

Air Pollution

Meteorological factors improved Delhi air-quality; source still not addressed: Greenpeace

Noting that air quality in the national capital had improved due to meteorological factors and not by addressing the "source of pollution", Greenpeace India stressed the need for taking comprehensive action to contain such sources for sustained clean air days.

15 Jul 2018

Delhi High Court

Center removes JNU professor accused of sexual harassment from EPCA

The Center has removed a JNU professor, accused of sexual harassment, from the Supreme Court-empowered Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), tasked with taking various measures to tackle air pollution.

17 Jun 2018

Air Pollution

Speed up 'National Clean Air Programme' roll-out, Greenpeace-India urges govt

With a massive haze of dust enveloping Delhi and pollution levels dropping to "severe" category, Greenpeace India urged Union Environment Ministry to speed up rolling out its National Clean Air Programme, which proposes multiple strategies to combat air pollution.

14 Jun 2018


Air quality in Delhi remains beyond 'severe' for third day

The air quality in Delhi remained beyond the "severe" level for the third-day with the PM10 level beyond 796 in Delhi-NCR and 830 in Delhi, particularly.

Delhi's IGI airport expansion plan gets approved by Environment Ministry

Delhi airport officials can finally start the expansion work, after getting the much-needed permission from Union Environment Ministry.

19 May 2018


UGC directs universities to ban plastic cups, bottles on campus

The UGC has directed all varsities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles, and bags on their campuses.

Start anti-pollution fight under NCAP with Delhi: SC tells Center

Taking into account Delhi's rising air pollution, the SC today asked the Center to start the National Clean Air Program (NCAP) with the capital.

28 Feb 2018


Delhi's air-quality improves; some anti-pollution GRAP measures to be lifted

Starting tomorrow, Delhi's Badarpur power plant that's been shut for over four months can start temporary operation, ban on diesel generators will be lifted, and hundreds of brick kilns can resume production.

30 Aug 2017


NITI Aayog backs proposed law for heavy penalties on polluters

Thousands of polluting industries, including sugar producers, distilleries, pharmaceutical units, mining units, etc. have been issued closure orders by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for violating pollution norms.

13 May 2017


Genetically-modified Mustard to be commercially cultivated

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee has given clearance for the commercial cultivation of genetically modified mustard. It has forwarded the approval to the Ministry of Environment and Forests for consideration.

25 Apr 2017


Bengaluru cinemas, restaurants ordered to provide clean drinking water free

Multiplexes and restaurants in Bengaluru have been directed by a consumer court to provide clean drinking water to their customers for free.

17 Apr 2017

Tamil Nadu

Bengaluru police to launch new app for jurisdiction

Bengaluru Police is set to inaugurate 'Know Your Police Station' in April, an app to lead complainants to the right police station-one which their localities fall under.

Mumbai: 2 Vasai societies fighting for water-connection since a decade

The Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation has failed to provide 2 housing societies in Vasai's Evershine City with a water connection since they were formed in 2007.

25 Mar 2017

San Diego

American brewery recycles sewage water for new pale ale

San Diego brewery Stone Brewing recently unveiled Full Circle, a pale ale made with treated sewage water.

21 Mar 2017


Karnataka witnessed non-PAN transactions worth Rs. 2,710 crore post demonetization

Post demonetization, numerous jewellers, petrol bunk owners, real-estate developers and contractors from Karnataka deposited more than Rs. 2.5lakh in their bank accounts till 30th December, 2016.

19 Aug 2016


CPCB study finds 41 Indian cities with poor air quality

A survey conducted across Indian cities by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) brings to light the alarmingly poor quality of air amongst a large number of cities in the country.