"39 tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a lot of it turns into fish food," Environment Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said at a press conference. "The fight against plastic pollution is a government priority."
On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Dairy undertook an awareness drive urging its consumers to reduce use of plastic. "And, to drive home the point, the company commissioned a 25-feet effigy of Ravana using waste plastic collected from households in Delhi-NCR," the company said in a statement.
Odisha Forest and Environment Department in a notification issued on September 30 said the state government has prohibited manufacture, sell, trade, import, storage, transportation and distribution of the single-use plastics, the official said.
At a review meeting on Friday, the 10-member CPCB task force on the GRAP, which lists measures to be followed according to air pollution levels in the Delhi-NCR region, asked the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure immediate action for paving of roads and controlling dust emission in industrial areas.
Crumbling ice sheets, rising seas, melting glaciers, ocean dead zones, toxic algae blooms -- a raft of impacts on sea and ice are decimating fish stocks, destroying renewable sources of fresh water, and incubating superstorms that will ravage some megacities every year, according to a landmark assessment approved by the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
It was about a month ago that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his monthly radio address 'Mann Ki Baat', stressed on the idea of bidding adieu to single-use plastic with an aim to make India plastic-free from October 2.
In an effort to make the state litter-free, the Himachal cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft policy to buyback non-recyclable plastic waste, an official spokesperson said. Plastic would be purchased at a minimum support price of Rs 75 kg by urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state, an official said. Purchasing centres in all 54 urban local bodies of the state would soon be opened, he added.
New satellite images published Monday by the European Space Agency show an increase in air pollution in the Brazilian Amazon while fires burned in the region last month. Several maps showed more carbon monoxide and other pollutants in August than in the previous month, when there were fewer fires.
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