In the course of a visit to about 25 villages located in four districts of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, the author came across several examples of village communities coming together to fight pollution and displacement. In some cases a leading role has been played by elected village pradhans.

Silver papier-mache decorations, bamboo frames and plastic bags rippling on frothing waters. Despite calls from green activists, the scene at the river Yamuna here was that of a toxic harvest after hundreds of idols of goddess Durga were immersed in it at the end of the Durga Puja festival.

The already highly polluted Yamuna faces a fresh threat of toxic elements during Navaratra festival when religious articles are immersed in the river.

The polluted waters of River YamunaThe government has not so far earmarked separate enclosures for dumping the materials as directed by the Delhi High Court.

We are losing 30,000 children to poor environmental conditions at our houses and 25,000 adults to overall air pollution in the country every year.

This was observed by Minister for Environment Askari Taqvi while speaking at an Earth Day event held at the Wetland Centre of the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) at Sandspit, Karachi.

Acute environment pollution is prevailing at Rupganj because the industrial units at the upazila have no treatment plant of management of industrial waste. The industrial units at Rupshi, Kahina, gandarbapur Kazi para, Moikoli, Barpa Ariabo, Mashaboo and Khadon area of Rupganj upazila are dumping untreated industrial waste through canals, which is polluting the environment of the area.

Despite good laws and even better intentions, India causes as much pollution as any rapidly industrialising poor country

A HEREDITARY Hindu priest, Veer Bhadra Mishra is wont, shortly after sunrise, to totter down the stone steps of his temple to the Ganges river, and there perform a three-part ritual. He touches the sacred water. He dips himself in it. He cups it in his hands and drinks it.

Norilsk Set To Avoid $178 Million Pollution Suit RUSSIA: April 10, 2008 MOSCOW/ST PETERSBURG - Norilsk Nickel appears likely to avoid a $178 million pollution suit after the head of Russia's environment agency on Wednesday disowned a claim filed by his outspoken deputy. Rosprirodnadzor head Vladimir Kirillov told reporters his agency had not brought any suit against Norilsk, the world's largest nickel and palladium miner and the subject of rival merger proposals by Kremlin-linked billionaires.

Despite the recommendations of the planning commission, the Yamuna was somewhat sidelined in this year's budget.

World Conservation Union (IUCA) has praised the crisis management efforts undertaken in Madhya Pradesh to check deaths of alligators.