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Pollution levels rise as outages up genset use (May Week #5 (2017))
Pollution levels rise as outages up genset use [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91158]GURUGRAM: Pollution levels have again shot up in Gurugram in the last four days. While PM2.5 was six times more than the safe level, the level of nitrogen dioxide surged on May 22 before settling down again on Wednesday.The highest level of PM2.5 was above 350 micrograms per cubic metre on both Wednesday and Tuesday, the highest level was 287.90 micrograms per cubic metre and 234.86 micrograms per cubic metre on Monday and Sunday, respectively.

Anti noise pollution activist writes to Maha CM with action plan (May Week #5 (2017))
Anti noise pollution activist writes to Maha CM with action plan to reduce Mumbai’s [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91139]Anti noise pollution activist SumairaAbdulali on Tuesday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister DevendraFadnavis seeking stricter enforcement of laws and the need for a detailed plan to control noise pollution in the city from traffic and construction.Adulali’s letter shares information comparing the noise pollution levels of London and Mumbai. The convenor of Awaaz Foundation highlighted that the noise pollution levels in London were controlled by regulating timings of noisy work, and by ensuring that essential services do not add to the decibel levels.

Safe passage for Odisha wildlife put on track (May Week #5 (2017))
Safe passage for Odisha wildlife put on track [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91179]BHUBANESWAR: With growing expansion of railway networks cutting through critical wildlife habitats, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has lent a hand to Odisha for creation of passages for wild animals, elephants to be particular, as part of mitigation measures that can prevent casualties on the tracks.

HC seeks reply from HP govt on medical waste burning (May Week #5 (2017))
HC seeks reply from HP govt on medical waste burning [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91195]SHIMLA: Taking cognizance of the burning of medical waste generated by medical colleges- Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, and Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital, Tanda, in Kangra, the Himachal Pradesh high court has sought reply from the state government through an affidavit on the issue within two weeks

GST: Finance ministry clarifies after fears of lifting curbs on banned animal products (May Week #5 (2017))
GST: Finance ministry clarifies after fears of lifting curbs on banned animal products [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91173]NEW DELHI: Will ivory, banned decades ago by India and many major countries, be legally traded under GST, ask the environment ministry and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. No, says the finance ministry, there will be a 5% tax on “unusual restricted trade”. And there by hangs a slightly wild tale of GST confusion. ET spoke to senior officials across departments who spoke off the record on the issue. There is a ban on trading in ivory, as well as coral, musk, and other so¬called products from protected or endangered species, as declared in the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Hazardous wastes increasing at 2-5% per year: Assocham-PwC study (May Week #5 (2017))
Hazardous wastes increasing at 2-5% per year: Assocham-PwC study [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=91188]In India, about 10 to 15 percent of wastes produced by industries are hazardous and the generation of hazardous wastes is increasing at the rate of 2-5 percent per year, according to the joint study brought out by Assocham and PwC.As per the estimates, annually around 7.46 million metric tonnes (MMT) of hazardous waste is generated from 43,936 industries in the country, of which land fillable waste is 3.41 MMT (46 percent), incinerable 0.69 MMT (9 percent) and recyclable hazardous waste is 3.35 MMT (45 percent), according to Assocham-PwC study, titled ‘Waste management in India: Shifting gears’.

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