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Protected areas are a cornerstone strategy for terrestrial and increasingly marine biodiversity conservation, but their use for conserving inland waters has received comparatively scant attention. In 2010, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) included a target of 17% protection for inland waters, yet there has been no meaningful way of measuring progress toward that target. Defining and evaluating “protection” is especially complicated for rivers because their integrity is intimately linked to impacts in their upstream catchments.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Discharge of Untreated Sewage into Rivers, 01/08/2017 As per a report published by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in March, 2015, the sewage generation from urban areas in the country is estimated at 61,948 million litres per day (mld), against which a sewage treatment capacity of 23,277 mld is available. The State-wise details are given at Annexure-I. The remaining untreated sewage either

Darlaghat units exempted from being included in eco-sensitive zone of Majathal sanctuary

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last year given a call to save cows from plastic, his message brought into focus the hazards of this non-biodegradable product not only for animals but also fo

An intensive research on ways to counter the health effects of flouride on human health is underway here.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Shyamal Kumar Mondal Vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board & Others dated 21/07/2017 regarding industrial units manufacturing galvanised materials and chemicals on the Diamond Harbour Road near villages Ganesh Khariberia (Bagirhat) and Purba Khariberia. It is alleged that the industrial units discharge untreated water into the canals and emit smoke causing air and water pollution in the area.

They said that the two units, located in the vicinity of the lake, are releasing oil extracted from pig fat into the water body.

Sea water tested at Juhu beach, Charni Road were found consistently polluted

Pollution load in the river Ganga has increased by nearly four times from 2009 to 2016 in the stretch between Haridwar to Kanpur

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Fluoride in Drinking Water, 20/07/2017. State-wise number of habitations affected by fluoride, arsenic and other heavy metals as reported by the States into integrated management information system (IMIS) of the Ministry as on 14th July, 2017 is at Annexure-I. Under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Up to 67% fund allocated to the states can be utilized for coverage & tackling water quality problems.

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