A 2013 survey showed about 3.33 million hectares (8 million acres) of China’s farmland – an area the size of Belgium – was deemed too polluted to grow crops, with estimated clean-up costs amounting to 1 trillion yuan ($159 billion).
Failure to check air pollution, India ranked 177 out of 180 countries in the Environmental Performance Index’s latest rankings released on Tuesday in Davos.
It is estimated that more than 80 per cent of the pollution in the ocean is from lands with marine debris, especially plastics, killing thousands of seabirds, mammals and sea turtles every year.
Researchers have found a method to remove nitrates from water, by using a catalysts that can convert them to air and water.
Experts in Beijing say these measures are now being supplemented with strict action against all polluters — big and small, foreign and domestic.
“It was found that the sanitation workers were not using masks even though the EDMC had provided them. We informed them that wearing masks is very important,” top EDMC official said.
The government has moved to wind down production at some steel factories and smelters in a drive to clean up the country’s smog-ridden cities
According to the travel waiver, the change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before November 18, 2017, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.
Delhi air pollution Live Updates: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said the government is planning to re-launch its odd-even transport scheme.
Delhi pollution: The pollution control body instructed the Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches.
Environmentalists from Navi Mumbai pointed to the presence of increased truck traffic in the area apart from construction activity for the increased pollution.
At 12 pm on Saturday, the 24-hour rolling average of PM 2.5 and PM10 ultra-fine particulates were 206 and 357 microgram per cubic metre (µg/m3) respectively, as against Friday’s 407 and 595.
While pollution levels recorded this Diwali are on the lower side compared to last year, the AIIMS official said it will still “make a dramatic difference in the overall health of the individual”.
On October 9, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of fireworks in Delhi-NCR to help regulate air pollution levels and assess the impact on air quality.
The volume of pollutants were almost identical, at places even higher, when placed against the figures of 2014 or 2015, making it difficult to attribute the marginal dip to any particular factor