Tag Archives: India

Do New Stronger EPA Soot Regulations Really Spell Progress?

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On Friday June 15th, the Obama Administration announced the much awaited new EPA standards on soot and fine particulate matter. After being strong-armed by an 11 state lawsuit and a court deadline, the EPA reduced the amount of pollution that is considered ‘safe’ from industrial and power plant soot emissions from 15, to the lower maximum of 12 to 13 micrograms per cubic foot. Black soot causes health and environmental problems, as well as asthma, strokes, high blood pressure, acute bronchitis, heart disease, lung cancer and premature death.

Chandigarh Wards Off Water Woes

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96.7% of households in India have access to tap water, and recent census data places Chandigarh at the top spot. The city is also ranked second in India in terms of per capita water supply of 330 liters per person per day, although Chandigarh is no exception to the ongoing global threat of water scarcity. While the municipality needs 116 Million Gallons daily (MGd), it only has access to 87 MGd. Chandigarh takes this issue quite seriously, and is being proactive in addressing the water shortfall.

Child Labor Nightmare in India’s Coal Mines

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This wrenching image is of a young boy who works in one of India’s many coal mines near Ladrymbai, in the Jaintia Hills district in northeast India. In the Los Angeles Times Mark Magnier reported grim and disturbing details about the horrific child labor situation in the country’s coal mines:

“The young miners descend on rickety ladders made of branches into the makeshift coal mines dotting the Jaintia Hills in northeast India, scrambling sideways into ‘rat hole’ shafts so small that even kneeling becomes impossible. Lying horizontally, they hack away with picks and their bare hands: Human labor here is far cheaper than machines.”

24 Green Cities for India

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Japan is looking to help India get 24 green cities off the ground with a combination of loans and technological help, Mridul Chadha of our sister site Cleantechnica recently reported. This is all part of a proposed $90 billion Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor mega-infrastructure project aimed at boosting green economic growth in relatively undeveloped towns along a […]

North Should Help South More

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A recent study has concluded what many have been saying for years: countries in the “North” (i.e. the U.S., European countries, Canada, etc.) have had a much stronger effect on global climate change than countries in the “South” (i.e. South American countries, Asian countries, and African countries). “We found that the industrialised ‘North’ of the […]

Saving Tigers from Extinction – A 6% Solution

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It is the Chinese Year of the Tiger and also the International Year of Biodiversity.  So it seems more than fitting that this year will also see the first Tiger Summit, scheduled for this coming November, to be hosted by Russia’s Vladimir Putin, prime minister of the summit’s host nation. The summit marks the culmination […]

Where’s the World’s Most Painful Commute?

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I was just writing earlier on the power of cities and the progressive transportation choices cities can take to turn the world around (environmentally, economically, and otherwise). Looking at this from a different (and perhaps more negative) angle, IBM recently released a global “Commuter Pain Study.”

Post COP, India Gears Up for a Low Carbon Economy

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Average surface temperature predictions for the Indian sub-continent In keeping with the recently announced voluntary and unilateral targets to reduce the emissions intensity of its increasing GDP, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) of the Government of India has just put together an Expert Group with an objective of making India a Low Carbon […]