frican and Asian countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, China, Pakistan, India, and Vietnam are turning into illegal e-waste hubs, bypassing the legitimate global waste and recycling market that is thought to be worth $410bn a year. Unep warns the growing volumes of e-waste, municipal waste, food waste, discarded chemicals and counterfeit pesticides are all having significant environment and economic impacts.

Flash flooding triggered by torrential rains has killed 71 people in Gujarat, as annual monsoon season hits the country. Track the latest updates as floods threaten and disrupt normal life in - Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Mumbai in Maharashtra, Assam, Meghalaya and even as Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are on high alert.

Nearly 2,000 people in the country have lost their lives to heat wave this summer. As these numbers continue to soar and experts debate on what lies ahead, a look at possible answers to questions that might be troubling most of us.

The weekly digest of important reports, research, policy documents, regulations, studies, court cases, protests, conflicts, initiatives, photos, data, statistics, infographics, presentations on the India Environment Portal, 01 - 08 May 2015.

India scored poorly in the Mother's Index Rank standing at 140 out of 179 countries in the charity organization Save the Children's 2015 report titled "State of the World's Mothers" putting it behind Zimbabwe, Iraq and Bangladesh. The Index scores countries on five criteria: maternal health, children's well being, educational status, economic status and political status.

Around 3,617 people have died and over 6,500 people have been injured in Nepal, according to BBC, with rescue and relief operations going on in full swing. The toll may further rise as bodies are still feared trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Tibet and India are also trying to assess the damage even though the intensity of the quake was much less in these two countries. Here is a list of the worst earthquakes in the world occurs since 1900, both in the number of deaths and magnitude,
to give you an idea of the amount of havoc they have caused.

More than 3 million people were physically or economically displaced by nearly 1,000 World Bank-financed projects between 2004 and 2013.

A staggering US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600,000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010, according to the first-ever study of these costs conducted for the region. The amount is nearly equivalent to one-tenth of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the entire European Union in 2013.

India gets 70% of its annual rainfall in the monsoon, which irrigates half the country