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Five easy tips to make your living space more eco-friendly

12 Feb 2020

Five easy tips to make your living space more eco-friendly

Even though we know that global warming, deforestation, climate change, and increasing levels of pollution hugely affect our planet, not many of us make enough efforts to make the situation any better.

Five IAS officers who have launched eco-friendly initiatives in India

10 Feb 2020

Five IAS officers who have launched eco-friendly initiatives in India

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the most prestigious and sought-after Civil Service of the country.

Coca-Cola says customers want plastic bottles; wouldn't ban them

22 Jan 2020

Coca-Cola says customers want plastic bottles; wouldn't ban them

Despite being one of the largest producers of plastic waste, the leading beverage brand Coca-Cola has indicated that it has no plans to ditch plastic.

Now, there is a 'FrogPhone' to track wild frog populations

09 Dec 2019

Now, there is a 'FrogPhone' to track wild frog populations

For years, scientists have struggled to understand wild frog populations, owing to the difficulties involved in tracking species scattered in different parts of the world.

This IAS officer is helping local trade by curbing plastic

23 Sep 2019

This IAS officer is helping local trade by curbing plastic

Odisha's Keonjhar district administration is cutting down on its plastic waste by retracing the local roots.

Environment, population control and more: Decoding PM Modi's I-Day speech

15 Aug 2019

Environment, population control and more: Decoding PM Modi's I-Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered his customary Independence Day speech on Thursday from Delhi's Red Fort.

Mother-daughter sue France government over air pollution, seek €160k damages

30 May 2019

Mother-daughter sue France government over air pollution, seek €160k damages

People may not debate environmental issues as much as they should, but it is a pressing concern that is leading to health crises, species extinction, climate change, on a massive, global scale.

#NewsBytesExclusive: GEM Enviro, start-up that recycles plastic waste into bags

17 May 2019

#NewsBytesExclusive: GEM Enviro, start-up that recycles plastic waste into bags

Let's face it, plastics are a threat for everyone, from humans on the land to creatures in the deepest parts of the ocean.

Odisha teenager builds 'cheapest' mobile cover that absorbs harmful radiations

02 Mar 2019

Odisha teenager builds 'cheapest' mobile cover that absorbs harmful radiations

In a remarkable innovation, a 17-year-old boy from Odisha has developed a mobile flip cover, using biodegradable products like cow dung and bael leaf. It is cheap and also protects users from harmful radiation.

Indian Railways: Major eco-friendly steps taken by the national transporter

06 Jan 2019

Indian Railways: Major eco-friendly steps taken by the national transporter

With the vision of supporting the cause of environment protection and preservation, the Railway Ministry has taken various measures, in recent years.

This 12-year-old boy is building ship to clean the oceans

26 Nov 2018

This 12-year-old boy is building ship to clean the oceans

A 12-year-old me was a puberty-hit gawky teenager, obsessing over SRK after watching him in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Sikkim: 4% increase in forest cover since 1993, says CM

21 Nov 2018

Sikkim: 4% increase in forest cover since 1993, says CM

A plethora of initiatives for preserving biodiversity in Sikkim such as spreading mass awareness and adopting an eco-friendly policy has led to an increase of its forest cover by over 4% since 1993, Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has said.

UN environment chief, under fire for travel expenses, resigns

21 Nov 2018

UN environment chief, under fire for travel expenses, resigns

UN environment chief Erik Solheim resigned yesterday after an audit questioning his huge travel expenses triggered an outcry.

Rapid urbanization increases risks from natural, human-made disasters: Antonio Guterres

31 Oct 2018

Rapid urbanization increases risks from natural, human-made disasters: Antonio Guterres

On the occasion of 'World Cities Day', celebrated annually on October 31, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said today that about 1.4mn people move to cities every week around the world and warned such rapid urbanization can contribute to increased risks from natural and human-made disasters.

IIT-KGP students on mission to reduce single-use plastic within campus

24 Oct 2018

IIT-KGP students on mission to reduce single-use plastic within campus

A group of students at the IIT Kharagpur is on a mission mode to reduce usage of single-use plastic within the campus.

China to ban 'eco-unfriendly' tourist vehicles near Mt. Everest base-camp

22 Oct 2018

China to ban 'eco-unfriendly' tourist vehicles near Mt. Everest base-camp

China is planning to ban polluting tourist vehicles at the Mount Everest base camp in Tibet from next year as part of its efforts to reduce pollution in the area that has a fragile environment.

Environment Ministry might ban these 4 plastic products

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.

World's first zero-emission hydrogen-powered train launched in Germany

18 Sep 2018

World's first zero-emission hydrogen-powered train launched in Germany

Marking a new era of pollution-free transport, French-maker Alstom has launched the world's first hydrogen-powered trains in Germany.

Delhi: Kejriwal launches mega drive to plant 5 lakh saplings

08 Sep 2018

Delhi: Kejriwal launches mega drive to plant 5 lakh saplings

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday launched a mega tree plantation drive by planting a sapling at the Yamuna floodplain in Usmanpur village, with thousands of others joining him in the initiative.

Tamil Nadu: Yogendra Yadav detained, claims he was manhandled

08 Sep 2018

Tamil Nadu: Yogendra Yadav detained, claims he was manhandled

Former Aam Aadmi Party leader and Swaraj Abhiyan chief, Yogendra Yadav was detained in Tamil Nadu today. He was to join the farmers' protest against the eight-lane Salem-Chennai Expressway.

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

14 Aug 2018

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

Air pollution is no longer Delhi's domain.

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

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.

'Dump garbage near L-G's house': SC rebukes Delhi government

07 Aug 2018

'Dump garbage near L-G's house': SC rebukes Delhi government

The SC took strong exception to plans of constructing a landfill site in Delhi's Sonia Vihar without consulting residents.

Govt took several measures to protect tiger habitats: Environment Minister

29 Jul 2018

Govt took several measures to protect tiger habitats: Environment Minister

India has taken several measures, including bringing out guidelines for tiger safaris to reduce the pressure of eco-tourism, protect tiger habitats, and conserve their population, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said today on International Tiger Day.

Tourists who don't respect Goan culture not welcome: Minister

26 Jul 2018

Tourists who don't respect Goan culture not welcome: Minister

Tourists who do not respect the culture of Goa and create nuisance by littering on the beaches or taking drugs are not welcome in the state, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said in the Legislative Assembly today.

In Jamshedpur, a tree for every newborn during Shravan month

23 Jul 2018

In Jamshedpur, a tree for every newborn during Shravan month

As part of its green initiatives, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) in Jharkhand has decided to undertake a drive, under which parents of babies born in the holy "Shravan month" will get a chance to plant and name a sapling after their child.

Goa wants only 'good tourists': Heavy fines for public-drinking, littering

17 Jul 2018

Goa wants only 'good tourists': Heavy fines for public-drinking, littering

Goa, a state dependent on tourism, is becoming selective. Now it wants only "good" visitors, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has said.

CBSE saves 50,000 trees and Rs. 100cr by going digital

12 Jul 2018

CBSE saves 50,000 trees and Rs. 100cr by going digital

At a time when the capital struggles to breathe amid polluted air, CBSE has welcome news.

Delhi: With L-G's approval, plan to chop 3,000 trees canceled

07 Jul 2018

Delhi: With L-G's approval, plan to chop 3,000 trees canceled

Bringing huge relief to Delhiites, the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has now officially cancelled the previous decision to cut down almost 3,000 trees to make way for seven central government colonies.

In 10 days, Maharashtra relaxes plastic ban yet again

04 Jul 2018

In 10 days, Maharashtra relaxes plastic ban yet again

The Maharashtra government is a confused lot. Since a plastic ban was imposed 10 days ago, it has changed rules at least twice.

NGT stays felling of 16,000 trees in Delhi till July-19

02 Jul 2018

NGT stays felling of 16,000 trees in Delhi till July-19

A week after the Delhi HC stayed the felling of 16,000 trees, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has extended the stay further, till its next hearing on July 19.

Here's how you can reduce your electricity bill by 20%

30 Jun 2018

Here's how you can reduce your electricity bill by 20%

The Power Ministry had recently held a meeting with major air-conditioner manufacturers and recommended them to maintain the default temperature setting in the appliance at 24°C.

Next on Maharashtra government's radar: Tetra packs and multi-layered packaging

29 Jun 2018

Next on Maharashtra government's radar: Tetra packs and multi-layered packaging

The Maharashtra government, which last week enforced a statewide plastic ban, is now mulling bringing tetra packaging and multi-layered packaging under its ambit.

Delhi's 'Chipko movement': Thousands hug trees, say 'won't leave them'

25 Jun 2018

Delhi's 'Chipko movement': Thousands hug trees, say 'won't leave them'

Sarojini Nagar saw a lot of activity yesterday afternoon, as more than 1,500 people came out in unison to protest the cutting of a whopping 16,500 trees to make way for seven central government colonies.

Delhi HC stays felling of 16,000 trees till July 2

25 Jun 2018

Delhi HC stays felling of 16,000 trees till July 2

The Delhi HC has stayed till July 2 the planned felling of more than 16,000 trees for redevelopment of residential facilities for central government employees.

Maharashtra plastic ban Day-1: Rs. 7L collected as fine

24 Jun 2018

Maharashtra plastic ban Day-1: Rs. 7L collected as fine

Maharashtra entered a new era yesterday, figuratively, as a ban on several plastic and thermocol items went into force.

Govt recommends 24°C as default settings for Air Conditioners

23 Jun 2018

Govt recommends 24°C as default settings for Air Conditioners

Union Power Minister of State RK Singh on Friday held a meeting with major air-conditioner manufacturers in New Delhi, and recommended them to maintain the default temperature setting in the appliance at 24° Celsius to promote energy efficiency.

#MeToo campaign futile in Bollywood if seniors don't speak-up: Huma

18 Jun 2018

#MeToo campaign futile in Bollywood if seniors don't speak-up: Huma

Actor Huma Qureshi believes the #MeToo campaign worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior female actors came forward with their stories of sexual harassment, something which has not happened in the Hindi film industry.

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

17 Jun 2018

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.

Delhi chokes as air-quality cross 'emergency'-levels, no respite till weekend

14 Jun 2018

Delhi chokes as air-quality cross 'emergency'-levels, no respite till weekend

Delhi is once again covered by a thick haze, a grim reminder of the recurrent crisis the capital generally sees during winters.