In the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, PM2.5 levels decreased by 27% between 2013 and 2016.
Gas shortages have sent prices soaring nationwide, undermining a sweeping campaign to switch millions of households and thousands of businesses from coal to natural gas in north China this winter.
In River of Life, River of Death, Victor Mallet largely interrogates the core question as to why devout Indians, who revere the Ganga, are so comfortable with the river’s terrible pollution.
While 80,000 people stopped using the transit system following the May hike, that figure has jumped to 3.2 lakh after the October fare increase.
Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it.
As North India gasps for fresh air and stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is being blamed for the deadly smog, The Wire travels to Punjab to know why farmers are doing it despite the hazardous consequences.
Meteorologists say the pollution surge was triggered by vehicle exhaust fumes, dust and illegal burning of crops.
Nine people have died in Latiaboni in the past three months due to cancer, tuberculosis and breathlessness and villagers blame pollution from the plant.
By raising funds from the Green Climate Fund board, the government can help farmers meet partially or fully the cost of clearing their farms of crop residue by means other than burning it.
From environmentalists to politicians to indigenous groups, there is strong local opposition to the Adani project in Queensland. The Wire examines the factors at play and how the Adani Group is responding.
Pollution is the largest cause of premature deaths worldwide, and India is topping that list, according to a new report by Lancet.
A massive $16.4 billion proposed coal mine has sparked protests and a heated debate. As the Adani project becomes a symbol of Australia’s future, The Wire examines the issues at stake.
All six Indian cities where matches are being held exceeded international safe levels for air quality in October 2016.
This is the first and only evidence of a snake changing its colour in response to industrial contamination.
Activists and Delhi’s courts criticise the lack of replantation in the city’s Forest Department and allege that its implementing agencies are incentivised to fell trees because they profit from the auctioned sale of timber.
While reforms have been enacted, the regulations are unclear and full of loopholes that allows operators to lawfully engage in unsustainable, polluting mining.
Climate change is forcing many of Mongolia’s nomadic herders to abandon their traditional lifestyle and move to Ulaanbaatar, exacerbating its smog problem.
The company is challenging a high court judge’s ruling last year that the claim could proceed in the English courts on behalf of 1,826 Zambian villagers.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will determine the shape of global sustainable development, particularly among emerging economies.
Local authorities turn a blind eye to factories that pollute air, water and land; these plants do their dirtiest work at night when inspectors are rare.
Fluoride concentration in groundwater is going up as wells are getting deeper; experts say using surface water after treatment is the only way out.
In his new book ‘Global Green Shift: When Ceres Meets Gaia’, John A. Mathews argues that India and China are destroying the fossil fuel status quo.
It’s a decade since US beekeepers first noticed that their bees were mysteriously dying. Now we know much more about Colony Collapse Disorder, raising hopes that we can turn bees’ fortunes around.
The pledges are part of Beijing’s years-long push to reduce the share of coal in its energy mix to cut pollution that has choked northern cities and to meet climate-change goals while streamlining unwieldy and over-supplied smoke-stack industries such as steel.
By putting the NGT in charge of monitoring the Ganga, the Supreme Court has highlighted the ineptitude of the central government, which has failed to take major action for more than 30 years, despite the constant reproach of the judiciary.
The massive amount of air pollution created by stone crushing machines is a major health hazard for mountain communities from where the stone is mined.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
Will the evidence finally convince polluted cities to clean up their act?
According to the WHO’s list of 20 worst polluted cities, ten are in India. Of these, six are in North India and four in UP: Allahabad, Kanpur, Firozabad and Lucknow.
At an event organised by an environmental NGO, representatives from various parties pledged to include environmental goals in their assembly election manifestos.
Paris is restricting emissions to tackle the worst spike in its pollution levels in at least ten years, brought on by pollution and weather conditions.
As a society we have become conditioned to moving from one burning issue to another without adequately resolving the first, thus making challenges like pollution, joblessness and economic inequality our new normal.
Despite a renewed conversation on air pollution, there was no impact this Diwali on the use of firecrackers, which create the most dangerous pollutants
As per WHO, 98% of cities in low- and middle-income countries fail to meet the agency’s guidelines for air quality, compared to 56% in high-income countries.
The river is toxic in West Bengal, where it collects almost half its total waste from towns and factories along its banks.
While such initiatives are likely to work for shorter periods when pollution levels are too high, for people to change their travel habits and leave their cars for public transport, walking and cycling, there needs to be considerable public investment in these areas — and a change of mindset.
The Supreme Court’s specific directions not only violate the delicate balance of power enshrined in the Constitution but are also problematic because the judiciary has neither the expertise nor the resources to perform these functions.
Corruption at the implementation level will ensure that well meaning schemes will never work in India
The massively expensive Coastal Road will harm the environment, privilege a rich minority and break off Mumbai’s centuries old connection with the sea