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Tag: Pollution

Big Threat! Pollution Level Spikes In Jajpur Kalinganagar

Jajpur: The deterioration of air quality in Kalinganagar area has taken a serious toll on the health of local residents who have now demanded to declare the industrial region as a critical pollution zone. According to a survey report of Greenpeace India, Kalinganagar is in the top-100 polluted cities of the country. There are a […]

Odisha Student Develops Electric Bicycle With 20 Km Range

Berhampur: Amid rising fuel prices and hue and cry over global warming, a student of Berhampur government ITI, Aditya Behera has developed a battery-operated bicycle which can run for 20 kilometres after just 3 hours of charging. Aditya, who pursues fitter course at the ITI, got inspiration for developing the bicycle by watching YouTube videos. […]

Bhubaneswar among most polluted cities in Odisha!

Bhubaneswar: At a time when rising pollution level has become a matter of concern in several Indian cities, Smart City of Bhubaneswar is too listed among the most polluted cities of Odisha. Along with the capital city, Angul, Talcher, Balasore, Rourkela and Kalinganagar in Jajpur district are the other places where pollution level is high. […]

Column: Even Parks Are Not Immune To Pollution

By Ashutosh Mishra London: For such a modern city London is remarkably green with lots of open spaces and parks. But this verdure can be deceptive with even parks facing the threat of pollution. A respected newspaper has run a report based on a study that says that more than air quality in a quarter […]

Durga Puja Idol Immersion In Odisha: Concerns Raised Over Pollution in Water Bodies

Bhubaneswar: The idol immersion ceremony of Goddess Durga was conducted with much fanfare in different parts of Odisha on Wednesday. Although temporary ponds were set up in Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and other major cities; in many areas, where such provisions were not made, idols were immersed in rivers, canals and other water bodies leading to pollution. […]

air pollution sourced from cargo transportation in Paradip
‘Pollution Level Critical In Six Cities Of Odisha’

Bhubaneswar: The increase in pollution levels across Odisha was one of the key concerns raised during the 36th Foundation Day celebration of the Odisha Pollution Control Board today. During the event, it was learned that in cities like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Balasore, Angul and Talcher there has been a significant rise in pollution levels. As […]

NGT Orders Stringent Action Against Visa Steel’s Plant In Odisha

Jajpur: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today ordered stringent action against Visa Steel’s plant at Kalinganagar in Jajpur over company’s failure to stop environment pollution and continuous release of polluted water into Ganda canal. The NGT has directed State Pollution Board to take action against Visa Steel within two months and register a criminal case […]

After President’s mention, focus back on Mahanadi pollution

Sambalpur: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind stressed on Centre’s plans to extend the ‘Namami Gange’ scheme up to Odisha, the focus has again shifted on the rampant pollution in Mahanadi, the life line of the State. At present, polluted water from several industries is being directly discharged into Mahanadi river. Similarly, untreated waste […]

Trump cancels Obama plan to reduce carbon emissions

Washington: The Donald Trump administration has rolled back former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan to limit carbon emissions and force the transition toward less polluting forms of energy. The new directive, dubbed “Accessible Clean Energy” and announced by Environment Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday, instructs the individual states to develop their own […]

Vehicle pollution caused asthma in 350,000 Indian kids

New York: Traffic pollution caused asthma among 350,000 children in India, the second largest after China, in 2015, finds a Lancet study that analysed 194 countries. The study, published in the Lancet Planetary Health, found that the largest number of cases (760,000) of traffic pollution-related asthma were in China. It could be because China has […]

London becomes first city to use pollution charge zone

London: London is the first city in the world to implement a 24-hour, seven day a week Ultra Low Emission Zone, inside which vehicles will have to meet tough emissions standards or face a charge, media reported. Monday’s introduction of the zone, known as the ULEZ, aims to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public […]

Bad air killed over 1.2 mn in India in 2017: Study

New Delhi: Exposure to outdoor and indoor air pollution contributed to over 1.2 million deaths in India in 2017, a new global study said on Wednesday. The study titled “State of Global Air 2019” reported that the life on average of a South Asian child growing up in current high levels of air pollution will be […]

Rourkela chokes on pollution, struggles with traffic woes amid tardy PWD projects

Rourkela: Residents of the steel city are having a harrowing time dealing with severe air pollution and traffic congestion due to tardy progress of some major road infrastructure development works. Due to slow pace of two major over-bridge projects, one near Raghunathpalli STI chhak and another near ITI chhak on the main road, connecting the […]

Light pollution at night may up insomnia risk in elderly

Seoul: Increased exposure to artificial or outdoor light, referred to as light pollution, at night can significantly raise the risk of developing insomnia in older adults, say researchers. The study, led by researchers from the Seoul National University in South Korea, showed a strong correlation between increased levels of night-time lighting and the number of […]

Cuttack administration rolls up sleeves for 'dust free' Bali Yatra

Cuttack: The Cuttack district administration is not leaving any stone unturned to make the historic Bali Yatra entertaining as well as memorable for visitors coming to the annual fair starting on the occasion of Kartika Purnima tomorrow. This time, the fair which is organised in memory of the rich maritime trade history of Odisha, will […]

Kaniha residents of Angul choking on pollution

Angul: Residents of several villages under Kaniha police limits of the district continue to bear the brunt of high pollution levels in the area due to the incessant dust, fly ash and spillage of effluents from nearby NTPC and Jindal India Thermal Power Limited plants. Hundreds of locals took to streets and staged a dharna […]

Delhi chokes, records most toxic air-quality

New Delhi: The air quality of the national capital and regions around it dropped severely, with Friday recording worse pollution than what it was a day after Dussehera. The Air Qaulity Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded was 361, against 331 on Thursday and 326 a day after Dussehera, all recorded “very-poor”, according to the […]

Plastic ban in 6 cities of Odisha from tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The much-hyped plastic ban will be enforced in six cities- Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Puri- from Gandhi Jayanti tomorrow. However, resentment is brewing among traders who alleged that as such ban is being implemented by the Odisha government without much preparedness. Traders in Cuttack alleged that no alternative measures have been taken […]

Delhiites get respite from dust pollution and heat

New Delhi: New Delhi and surrounding areas on Sunday saw a respite from both dust pollution and heat, with air quality improving from severe due to changing wind directions, and maximum temperature falling to 36.8 degrees, three notches below average. Monday will also see similar weather. Maximum temperature on Monday is likely to hover around […]

Odisha youth designs solar-powered bicycle

Boudh: In what could possible address several issues including pollution by cutting down fossil fuel usage, a youth of Boudh district has come up with an innovative ‘solar-powered’ bicycle with auto gear. Meet Akash Meher of Gohipita village who has designed the solar powered bicycle which is no less than any other motorised two wheeler […]

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Apex court asks Centre to publicise information on pollution

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday told the Centre that efforts to prevent air pollution, including from stubble-burning, cannot be limited to National Capital Region (NCR) and asked it to publicise information on the issue. A Division Bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta asked the Centre to disseminate information on […]

OSPCB to seal hotels in Puri for defaulting on penalty

Puri: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has now geared up to crack whip on defaulting hoteliers who are yet to deposit penalty for flouting pollution norms in the pilgrim  city of Puri. Official sources said, a list of defaulters is now being prepared and the process to seal the hotels is likely to […]

Garbage, sewage killing Brahmani at Talcher as admin remains aloof

Talcher: It has been eight years since the State government promised a waste water treatment plant in the industrial city of Talcher to treat the discharge which is being dumped into Brahmani River, the second longest river in the State. The project is yet to see the light of the day as lakhs of city […]

Kohli bats for use of public transport to fight Delhi smog

New Delhi: With Delhi reeling under a blanket of smog and toxic smoke over the last couple of weeks, Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday urged Delhites to use public transport for atleast once a week to help bring down the pollution levels in the national capital. “We all know what the situation […]

Blood type may indicate heart attack risk from pollution: Study

New York: A, B, or AB blood type, might be more at risk of suffering a heart attack during periods of significant air pollution, than those with the O blood type, says new study. The findings showed that when pollution hits the mark of 25 micrograms per cubic metre, it increases the risk for people […]