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India’s nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus crisis has proved to be a silver lining with air pollution levels plummeting significantly in many Indian cities, especially in the capital city of Delhi. It should be noted that 21 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities are in India. While the complete shutdown of India’s […]

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WHO director Maria Neira has urged the Indian government to take “urgent” action to curb air pollution levels in the country as the number of cities in India with pollution levels much higher than the recommended guidelines continues to grow. According to the WHO, there is a link between high pollution levels and premature deaths […]

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Ambikapur, a city in the Indian state of Chattisgarh, has come up with a novel way to tackle the problem of plastic trash and hunger. The city’s municipal council recently opened ‘The Garbage Cafe’ that offers a hot, hearty meal in exchange for a kilogram of plastic waste. Operating under the tagline, “more the waste, […]

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Climate change is messing with the monsoon in India, making seasonal rains more intense and less predictable. Worse, decades of short-sighted government policies are leaving millions of Indians defenseless in the age of climate disruptions – especially the poor. In some parts of the country like Mumbai, monsoon brings heavy rainfall leading to flooded streets, […]

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As the winter season approaches every year, so does the time of stubble burning by farmers in the north Indian states of Haryana and Punjab. Due to north-westerly flow of winds, the pollution out of stubble burning from the two states reaches the capital city Delhi and its adjoining areas. Coupled with the pollution caused by […]

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India is currently facing sweltering conditions as deadly heatwaves hit various parts of the country. With delayed monsoon, there seems to be no respite in sight in near future. As a result, the country is facing the worst water crisis in its history. Chennai, India’s sixth largest city, is almost on the verge of running […]

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At least 36 people have been reported dead as India grapples with one of the most intense and longest-lasting heat waves in decades. Sadly, there seems to be no respite in sight anytime soon as the arrival of monsoon rains has been delayed according to government sources. India’s heat waves have grown particularly intense in the past […]

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Around 50% of India is facing drought-like conditions, with the Central government issuing ‘drought advisory’ to six states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu –  urging them to use water judiciously. With 80% of districts in Karnataka and 72% in Maharashtra hit by drought and crop failure, the 8 million farmers in […]

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