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Pollution to be blamed for cold wave in North India (Issue of the week, January Week #2 (2015))
NEW DELHI: One big reason for the long spell of extreme cold weather in Delhi and many parts of North India this winter season is rising air pollution, say scientists. Delhi's air quality, which was adjudged to be the worst among world cities by the WHO
in May, worsened as winter approached because of smog and fog, caused by vehicular and factory emissions staying close to the ground in heavy cold air. And fog impacts day temperature by blocking sunshine.

"The fog keeps the day-time temperatures low, making it colder," said climate scientist Ajit Tyagi, who holds the Koteswaram chair in the ministry of earth sciences. Since mid-December, Delhi and north India have been experiencing
unusually cold weather even though there has been no appreciable dip in the minimum temperature.

Houses, vehicles pollute as much as factories: Scientists (January Week #2 (2015))
An IIT-Bombay professor has debunked the myth that industrial effluents are the chief cause of air pollution.

Environment science professor Virendra Sethi, in his paper 'Air Quality: Status and Management' cites pollution generated from homes and vehicles as an equally worrisome factor.

This Pongal, beach to be ‘no plastic’ zone (January Week #2 (2015))
Civic body to resume enforcement against shopkeepers on Marina from January 10. The Chennai Corporation has planned to resume enforcement action against shopkeepers using plastic on Marina beach this Pongal.

Following a drive to classify outlets into those selling ‘safe’ and ‘unsafe’ food on the beach, initiated a few weeks ago, the civic body has decided to conduct the drive to enforce the plastic ban from January 10.

Gujarat forest dept ropes in BSF, FSL experts to curb poaching (January Week #2 (2015))
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government has reconstituted its Wildlife Crime Cell by roping in experts from BSF and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for effective implementation of anti-poaching operations in the state.

The cell was constituted in 2007 in the wake of lion poaching in Junagadh area. Later, its jurisdiction was extended to the entire state to control crimes related to forests and wildlife.

Black eagle spotted in ‘Bird Race’ (January Week #2 (2015))
NAGPUR: On Sunday, the ninth 'Bird Race', a dawn to dusk event where birdwatchers spent the entire day birding in and around the city, turned out to be low key affair with only 120 participants.

In the past there used to over 250 participants. The annual event by the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) and Yuhina Eco-Media was coordinated by city-based conservation organization Society for Wildlife
Conservation, Education and Research (Wild-CER).

Mysuru hospital goes organic (January Week #2 (2015))
In a bid to safeguard patients from consuming carcinogenic elements in chemical-laden foods, a city-based private hospital has opted to cultivate its own organic foods.

Bharath Hospital and Institute of Oncology will cater to its inpatients’ nutritional requirements out of an organic farm set up on its Hebbal campus premises.

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