DIRECTORS of mining companies that pollute and degrade the environment face up to 20 years imprisonment if proposals by Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa are passed into law.

In Flint; MI; USA; a public health crisis resulted from the switching of the water supply from Lake Huron to a more corrosive source from the Flint River in April 2014; which caused lead to leach from water lines. Between 2010 and 2015; Flint area children’s average blood lead patterns display consistent peaks in the third quarter of the year.

One in four deaths worldwide are due to environmental factors like air, water and soil pollution, as well as unsafe roads and workplace stress, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The relationship between microbial biodiversity and soil function is an important issue in ecology, yet most studies have been performed in pristine ecosystems. Here, we assess the role of microbial diversity in ecological function and remediation strategies in diesel-contaminated soils. Soil microbial diversity was manipulated using a removal by dilution approach and microbial functions were determined using both metagenomic analyses and enzymatic assays. A shift from Proteobacteria- to Actinobacteriadominant communities was observed when species diversity was reduced.

Nagpur: The Ultratech Sangharsh Action Committee has urged the state government not to grant 'consent to operate' to the cement major Ultratech, which is setting up a cement plant in Ashti-Navegaon

The rise of plastics since the mid-20th century, both as a material element of modern life and as a growing environmental pollutant, has been widely described. Their distribution in both the terrestrial and marine realms suggests that they are a key geological indicator of the Anthropocene, as a distinctive stratal component. Most immediately evident in terrestrial deposits, they are clearly becoming widespread in marine sedimentary deposits in both shallow- and deep-water settings.

Dumpsites exist throughout the developing countries present a threat to human health for the next several years; this is because most of these countries follow the practice of open dumping of solid wastes. Most of these dumping sites are uncontrolled and years old, having grown over time from small dumps to large, unmanaged waste sites. Municipal waste, which is the most common source of the waste which ends up at the dumpsites, has been shown to contain heavy metals which are leached out from the sites into the soil and water.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kalyan Bansingh & Ors. Vs. HIL Ltd. & Ors dated 09/02/2016 regarding asbestos mines in the State of Jharkhand and the resulting pollution.

It was submitted before the Tribunal that though the joint inspection report was filed, report is not complete as the report of analysis of water and soil is yet to be filed.

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Varanasi: Perturbed by the increasing levels of hazardous pollutants including heavy metals in water, air and soil, the natives of different villages in the Singrauli area of Sonbhadra district for

From 2010-2013, integrated health and environmental responses addressed an unprecedented epidemic lead poisoning in Zamfara State, northern Nigeria. Artisanal gold mining caused widespread contamination resulting in the deaths of more than 400 children. Socio-economic, logistic, and security challenges required remediation and medical protocols within the context of local resources, labor practices, and cultural traditions.

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