New pollution-monitoring norms to be finalized in 2-3 months

The Union environment ministry has proposed new pollution monitoring standards for industries in at least 22 sectors over the past few months in an attempt to regulate these sectors better.

Some of these standards have been put online for suggestions and comments from various stakeholders.

“These would be finalized and notified within the next two to three months. These proposed standards will immensely strengthen the ministry’s overall regulation of the polluting industries,” said a senior environment ministry official, who did not want to be identified.

Dong Nai slow to move polluters from suburbs

DONG NAI (VNS) — A plan to move nearly 480 production and husbandry units causing pollution out of urban and residential areas in the southern province of Dong Nai has been sluggish, failing to meet its deadline this year.

The provincial People's Committee issued the decision to remove the units in August 2012, setting a date for completion in 2014. But the province had to extend the deadline to the end of this year.

Govt has identified over 3,200 polluting industries: Javadekar

The government on Wednesday informed Parliament that it had identified 3,266 highly polluting industries and 150 polluted stretches along various rivers across the country in the past couple of years and had taken measures to deal with it.

"The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified 3,266 highly polluting industries including power plants, of which 2,328 industries are complying with prescribed standards, 571 are non-complying and 367 have been closed," environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in response to a Parliament question in Lok Sabha.

Phuket pollution raises tourism stink

On April 25, the sea off Ban Bang Thao in Phuket’s Thalang district turned from emerald green to black, causing tourists to flee the beach.

Needless to say, this has the potential to spell doom for the resort province that depends so heavily on tourism.

It’s the second time in a month that the Bang Thao waters have become heavily polluted.

The first was reported during the Songkran period, when blackened water was seen from the shoreline stretching many metres out to sea.

That’s more than enough to ruin the reputation of the primary industry of this Andaman Sea tourism mecca.

Higher anti-pollution fees result in win-win situation in Beijing

The higher fees and penalties now being collected from Beijing companies not complying with the city's anti-pollution regulations have raised an additional 88 million yuan US$14 million for the city, according to its environmental monitoring bureau.

The amount so far collected is many times more than the bureau's collection of merely 8.34 million yuan for the same period last year.

Incineration is not sustainable and poses threat to environment

Waste sent to incinerators, landfills and waste-to-energy plants is a major source of global warming gases and chemical air, water and earth pollutants. Organic food and green waste converted to biogas and fuels exacerbate this harmful pollution while incurring energy losses of up to 80 per cent.

These short-sighted solutions convert our so-called waste problem into the extremely dangerous global warming climate change problem, which a recent UN report has said will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts.

India admits ‘New Delhi as polluted as Beijing’

India’s state air monitoring centre made a rare admission Thursday that pollution in New Delhi was comparable with Beijing, but disputed a WHO finding that the Indian capital had the dirtiest atmosphere in the world.

A study of 1,600 cities across 91 countries released on Wednesday by the WHO showed Delhi had the world’s highest annual average concentration of small airborne particles known as PM2.5 of 153.

In Nagpur, pollution too joins the agenda in polls

Ever heard of pollution being the main election issue in a constituency? It is, if you are a resident of Chandrapur in Nagpur which happens to be the most polluted cities in the country. It's so bad that in many areas of Chandrapur people don't wear white clothes.

"The pollution that is spewed from the coal based power plants and the coal mines is so severe that your white shirt becomes black within half an hour of you stepping out of your house." said Vikas Raipure a resident of Urjanagar in Chandrapur.