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95 Seriously Polluting Industries shut (March Week #1(2017))
95 Seriously Polluting Industries shut [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89399]The state Environment department has closed 95 Seriously Polluting Industries (SPI) following the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Moreover, 43 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPI) were kept under strict monitoring to curb water pollution. Sovan Chatterjee, the state environment department, said West Bengal Pollution Control Board is working relentlessly to check pollution caused by factories and take necessary steps as and when required. The factories situated in the vicinity of Ganga River Basin have been identified as SPI and steps have been taken for proper monitoring whether pollution is being created by the factories.

E-waste burning: NGT orders inspection of Ganga floodplains (Issue of the week, February Week #4 (2017))
E-waste burning: NGT orders inspection of Ganga floodplains [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89145]The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of Ganga flood plains to probe dumping and burning of waste after a plea alleged illegal processing of electronic waste on the banks of Ramganga in western UP.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed officials from the Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control board to jointly inspect the area and submit a report before March 24.

Gangotri glacier’s rate of receding slows, but base thinning: Experts (February Week #4 (2017))
Gangotri glacier’s rate of receding slows, but base thinning: Experts [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89144]DEHRADUN: The rate of retreat of Gangotri glacier has slowed down to 11 metres since 2008 from the maximum of 35 metres recorded in 1974, according to experts at the Almora-based GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development (GBPNIHESD) who conducted a study of the glacier located in Uttarkashi from 2008 till 2016. While the slowing down of the rate of recession is good news, since it means that the glacier is not melting at a rate fast enough, scientists said that the worrying part

China to speed up steel output cuts to curb winter pollution (February Week #4 (2017))
China to speed up steel output cuts to curb winter pollution [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89133]China will ratchet up planned steel production cuts and target illegal factories in an effort to reduce pollution during the winter, an official said on Wednesday.Beijing launched a campaign to cut steel overcapacity early last year in an attempt to stem a supply glut and crack down on pollutants from non-compliant producers.

Plastic from tyres, clothes major source of ocean pollution (February Week #4 (2017))
Plastic from tyres, clothes major source of ocean pollution [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89142]Geneva, Feb 22 (PTI) Tiny plastic particles washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres contribute up to 30 per cent of the plastic soup polluting the worlds oceans, with potentially disastrous effects on marine life and human health, a new report warned today.

China names and shames cities for not controlling pollution, smog (February Week #4 (2017))
China names and shames cities for not controlling pollution, smog [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89063]China’s environment ministry has named and shamed several cities in the north of the country for not doing enough to cope with smog, state news agency Xinhua reported.Large parts of northern China have been blanketed in choking smog this winter, defying repeated government efforts to tackle the problem.

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