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  • Air pollution

    Air pollution may cause DNA damage in children

    Children and teenagers exposed to high levels of traffic-related air pollution may be at an increased risk of a specific DNA damage called telomere shortening, a new study warns. Young people with asthma also have evidence of telomere shortening, a type of DNA damage typically associated with ageing, researchers said. “Our results suggest that telomere length may have potential for use as a biomarker of DNA damage due to environmental exposures and/or chronic inflammation,” said John R Balmes of University of California,

    Science and Tech | May 23, 2017
  • Pollution

    Researchers design nanomaterial that could reduce car exhaust pollution

    In a development especially relevant to India and Bangladesh, an international team of researchers has designed a nanomaterial that can be used to make "markedly more effective" catalytic converters for vehicles that could reduce car exhaust pollution. Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW), in Australia, working with colleagues in Japan, Turkey, Bangladesh and at the Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) have created a material that improves catalytic converter efficiency by "three to four times". Catalytic converters

    Science and Tech | May 19, 2017
  • Air pollution

    Delhi HC moots setting up task force to handle air pollution problem

    The Delhi High Court on Thursday proposed setting up of a standing task force to handle the issue of air pollution in the national capital. A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Pratibha M Singh said that instead of the court giving directions from time to time to curb air pollution, the task force can perform the function and also monitor the progress. "We should only be doing the job of nudging the executive to take the steps," the

    Cities | May 18, 2017
  • Shutdown

    Bosch shuts Bengaluru plant as pollution board serves notice

    Auto component major Bosch has temporarily ceased operations at its plant at Adugodi, Bengaluru after getting notice from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB). The company has taken the decision to close the plant after the KSPCB directed closure of all industrial units within the catchment area of Bellandur lake in Bengaluru. "Pursuant to the above notice, the company hereby informs the temporary closure of its facilities at Adugodi, Bengaluru with effect from today," Bosch Ltd said

    Business | May 6, 2017
  • Manale, Leh, Highway, trucks, diesel

    Diesel trucks to blame for pollution along Manali-Leh highway

    Most of the buses and heavy trucks that traverse the Manali-Leh Highway burn diesel fuel, contributing to pollution on one of the most remote mountain roads in the world, say researchers from the University of Cincinnati. The researchers examined soil pollution along the highway, a tortuous 300-mile route - much of it gravel or dirt -- that winds its way over one of the highest navigable mountain passes in the world at 17,480 feet.  "We measured incredibly high amounts of sulfur close

    Cities | May 3, 2017
  • Anil Baijal, Delhi pollution, Delhi Lt Governor

    LG Baijal approves action plan to curb pollution in Delhi

    Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Monday approved an action plan to convert entire municipal solid waste generated in Delhi to energy or recycled products, a move aimed at curbing pollution in the city. The L-G held a review meet on the levels of pollution in the national capital, which was attended by Delhi Environment Minister Miran Hussain, Chief Secretary M M Kutty, principal commissioner of the DDA, and commissioners of the three municipal corporations. During the meeting Baijal

    Cities | May 1, 2017
  • NGT, Yamuna pollution, PIL on Yamuna pollution

    NGT surprised over transfer of plea on Yamuna pollution

    The National Green Tribunal on Friday expressed surprise after being informed that a 23-year-old PIL on pollution in river Yamuna has been transferred to it and on which it had passed an order two years ago. "Has the Supreme Court transferred the Yamuna matter to us? But, we have already passed a detailed judgement on the river way back in 2015. This is the problem with you (lawyers) people. "Why didn't you inform the Lordships about this? You people also like to

    India | April 28, 2017
  • Air Pollution

    Air pollution can up heart attack, stroke risk

    Tiny particles in polluted air can travel from the lungs into our bloodstream and increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new study warns. Nanoparticles in air pollution have been associated with cardiovascular disease, which can lead to premature death. However, how particles inhaled into the lungs can affect blood vessels and the heart has remained a mystery. Scientists, including those from University of Edinburgh in the UK and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in

    Science and Tech | April 28, 2017
  • Plastic

    Polythene-eating caterpillars may help fight plastic pollution

    A commercially bred caterpillar can quickly break down polythene bags and may help get rid of the plastic waste accumulating in landfill sites and oceans, scientists say. Researchers, including those from University of Cambridge in the UK, exposed around a hundred wax worms - the larvae of the common insect called greater wax moth - to a plastic bag. Holes started to appear after just 40 minutes and after 12 hours there was a reduction in plastic mass

    Science and Tech | April 25, 2017
  • pollution

    NGT seals 15 metal melting units sealed in Ghaziabad to curb pollution

    In compliance of a National Green Tribunal (NGT) directive, the authorities here have ordered sealing of 15 factories in Rampark colony area of Loni for polluting environment. The sub divisional magistrate (SDM) has issued the orders to the pollution control board, the electricity department and the municipality in this regard, officials said. SDM Prem Singh Ranjan said around 15 metal glass melting units have been sealed as they were polluting the environment and public was facing health problems. So far more than hundred

    Business | April 25, 2017


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