Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023

water pollution


Our choking cities: How we can improve air and water quality in urban spaces

November 10, 2022 9:04 am

Urban pollution is rampant in India. But from Chennai to Chandigarh and Mangaluru to Ahmedabad, there are several examples to improve air and water quality. A mindset shift, in citizenry and policymakers, is urgently needed.

Rainwater globally is too contaminated for human consumption: Study

August 19, 2022 8:34 pm

New research suggests that rainwater around the world is contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs) much higher than safe levels, leaving it unfit for human consumption.

Research finds bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes

July 27, 2022 3:30 pm

Some naturally-occurring freshwater bacteria grow faster and more efficiently on the remains of plastic bags than they do on plant matter like leaves and twigs.

Bengaluru: NGT-appointed joint committee on Ulsoor lake pollution directs BBMP to modernise slaughterhouse

May 30, 2022 5:38 pm

The committee had earlier stated that untreated discharge from the slaughterhouse directly enters the lake through the drains.

In the ocean, it’s snowing microplastics

April 05, 2022 10:36 am

Every year, tens of millions of tons of plastic enter Earth’s oceans. Scientists initially assumed that the material was destined to float in garbage patches and gyres, but surface surveys have accounted for only about 1% of the ocean’s estimated plastic.

Lakes of Bengaluru: Kannalli lake turns into toxic waterbody, ‘no funds to develop’, says BBMP

February 13, 2022 11:03 am

Kannalli is one of six lakes located in the Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Layout which is expected to house around 32,000 residents in the next few years.

Pesticide vs bacterioplankton: Who will win the battle?

September 24, 2021 4:30 pm

The introduction of human-made chemicals in water bodies can have adverse effects not only on the bacterioplankton community but on water ecology as a whole.

The Sea of Marmara, a ‘sapphire’ of Turkey, is choking from pollution

July 10, 2021 9:48 pm

Turkey has been plagued before by mucilage, which bears some similarities to the tides of algae that spread in the Adriatic Sea in 1989 — also caused by overproduction of microorganisms that scientists have linked to warming and pollution

Meet Jellyfishbot, the robot that likes to eat sea trash

July 08, 2021 3:34 pm

The remote-controlled electric powered boat weaves around the harbour sucking the trash into a net that it trails behind its twin hulls.

Pollution in trans-boundary rivers features in India-Bangladesh talks on water-sharing

March 16, 2021 10:06 pm

The meeting took place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh later this month.


Nepal's holiest river Bagmati tainted by garbage and black sewage

August 17, 2022 10:00 pm

As the Bagmati reaches the valley of Kathmandu, the capital, its colour changes from clear to brown and then to black, choked with debris, its contents undrinkable and unsuitable even for cleaning.


Fishermen in Rameswaram wary of venturing into polluted sea waters

February 28, 2016 2:15 pm

Rameswaram, Feb 28 (ANI): Untreated sewage, factory waste and other pollutants have turned the waters of Agni Tirtham beach in Rameswaram into black sludge. The fishermen community in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram complained that their repeated pleas to clean the beach and its surroundings have fallen on deaf ears. With garbage floating on the water, it has become difficult for fishermen to go fishing. The farmers also fear that the chemicals from factory waste could prove hazardous. Water pollution not only affects fishermen directly but the untreated sewage and chemicals endanger marine life. The fishing community in turn incurs huge loss as more and more fish die due to polluted water.