Chemical Pollution

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February 24, 2022 Contamination of Indian rivers with pharmaceutical residues is not only posing a grave threat to human health, but also to river ecosystems and the survival of aquatic organisms that reside in the waters.
The serene and drugged river Ganga (Image Source: IWP Flickr album)
December 3, 2021 Study suggests a comprehensive clean-up process to deal with pollution from Nagpur’s thermal power plants
Fly ash discharges into local rivers and streams, says study (Image: R Mohankar, Wikimedia Commons)
November 5, 2021 Chilly winters due to La Nina may lead to more air pollution
A farmer burning crop residue in his farm to prepare the farm for monsoon crop (Image: Abhiriksh, Wikimedia Commons)
October 10, 2021 India needs an official national emissions inventory for pollutants, as existing ones show 37% variation
Database needed to assess emissions from industries, power plants, road transport, domestic sources, and agricultural waste burning (Image: Pxfuel)
September 10, 2021 With each new report, the number of polluted cities in India is increasing
According to a Greenpeace India report released on January 21, 2020, 80 per cent of the country's cities are polluted by national standards (Image: Max Pixel, License CC0)
August 4, 2021 Detritivores, scavenger organisms inhabiting freshwater bodies such as streams are crucial for the survival of water bodies. However, anthropogenic changes are killing them!
View of a s stream in Kerala (Image Source: Firos AK via Wikimedia Commons)
Pharma antibiotics polluting Indian rivers, says Toxics Link study
The locations where antibiotic residues are detected are not necessarily in close proximity to major pharmaceutical industrial hubs Posted on 17 Mar, 2022 06:52 PM

A new study by Toxics Link, 'Menace of Antibiotic Pollution in Indian Rivers' has found that rivers are now prone to pollution from antibiotic residues.

Antibiotic residues in rivers can worsen the problem of antimicrobial resistance (Image: PxHere; CC-0)
Drugged and poisoned, how do rivers in India fare?
Contamination of Indian rivers with pharmaceutical residues is not only posing a grave threat to human health, but also to river ecosystems and the survival of aquatic organisms that reside in the waters.
Posted on 24 Feb, 2022 06:49 PM

Pharmaceuticals, an increasing threat to aquatic ecosystems

The use of pharmaceuticals world wide is increasing and so is the pollution of river waters with pharmaceuticals! A pharmaceutical is any kind of drug used for medicinal purposes.

The serene and drugged river Ganga (Image Source: IWP Flickr album)
A ready reckoner on emissions
TERI and EDF develop a detailed air emission inventory Posted on 25 Jan, 2022 10:18 PM

A detailed air emission inventory with a comprehensive list of pollutants within a pre-defined geographical area is beneficial for developing clean air action plans. It can also be used to test the effectiveness of pilot interventions towards air quality abatement.

Smokestacks at a power plant (Image: Flickr/ Nick Humphries)
Delhi’s air pollution: TERI study looks at cost effective interventions
More stringent regional and local control strategies need to be implemented at the airshed level. Posted on 14 Dec, 2021 10:55 AM

Being the capital city, Delhi’s worsening air quality has not only concerned the residents but also attracted significant regional and global attention. Over the last several years, PM10 and PM2.5 concentrations in Delhi have remained well above the prescribed national standards.

Regional level air quality planning and implementation is recommended for effective control of pollution in the whole region (Image: Let Delhi Breathe)
Nagpur’s fly ash problem
Study suggests a comprehensive clean-up process to deal with pollution from Nagpur’s thermal power plants Posted on 03 Dec, 2021 07:48 PM

The 2400 MW Koradi and 1340 MW Khaparkheda thermal power plants, both just outside Nagpur city, in Maharashtra have been important for the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (MAHAGENCO) in meeting its goal of providing adequate power to the state.

Fly ash discharges into local rivers and streams, says study (Image: R Mohankar, Wikimedia Commons)
Peak stubble burning to worsen air quality in North India
Chilly winters due to La Nina may lead to more air pollution Posted on 05 Nov, 2021 09:21 PM

As La Nina makes an appearance for the second time in a row and meteorologists expect an intense winter, North India can expect to see prolonged spells of pollution over the coming months.

A farmer burning crop residue in his farm to prepare the farm for monsoon crop (Image: Abhiriksh, Wikimedia Commons)
Water contamination and pollution - A growing challenge for health and biodiversity
Contamination and pollution of water is on rise in India. Here is all the information you need to know on the causes and effects of water contamination and pollution. Posted on 17 Oct, 2021 02:03 AM

Where is water on earth located?

Water on earth exists in two forms, freshwater and salt water. Less than 3 percent of the water found on earth is freshwater, and the remaining 97 percent is salt water found in the oceans.

Poisoned waters of the Yamuna (Image Source: India Water Portal)
India needs a comprehensive emissions database
India needs an official national emissions inventory for pollutants, as existing ones show 37% variation Posted on 10 Oct, 2021 01:35 PM

India needs to develop and maintain a comprehensive inventory of baseline emissions to ascertain whether its policy and technological interventions are able to reduce air pollution, according to an independent 

Database needed to assess emissions from industries, power plants, road transport, domestic sources, and agricultural waste burning (Image: Pxfuel)
India needs to wake up to severe air pollution
With each new report, the number of polluted cities in India is increasing Posted on 10 Sep, 2021 10:32 AM

Two studies released on September 1, 2021, on the damage to human health due to increasing air pollution in India have revealed very worrying facts.

According to a Greenpeace India report released on January 21, 2020, 80 per cent of the country's cities are polluted by national standards (Image: Max Pixel, License CC0)
Study indicates no uranium in Kerala’s drinking water
MG University conducted the analyses of water sources across the state Posted on 21 Aug, 2021 11:42 AM

The serious health effects connected with the presence of uranium, a naturally occurring radioactive element in drinking water sources from different parts of the world and more recently in some parts of India (

Drinking water sources can be contaminated with uranium to an extent by certain anthropogenic activities (Image: Pxfuel)
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