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ENVIRONMENT - April 2019

Apr 2019

Apr 27, 2019

Factories Sealed for Violating Pollution-control Norms

  • Seven factories were sealed in Haridwar district for not complying with pollution-control norms. The factories included Sharda Motors Industries, Star Industries, Shree Metal Finisher, Micro Turner, Avina Mill and PS Motor.

Apr 23, 2019

Coal-free Power Record

  •  Britain has broken its record for the longest continuous period without generating electricity from coal.
  • National Grid said that the coal-free period lasted more than 90 hours before coming to an end.
  • It is the longest period since the industrial revolution and breaks the previous record set in April 2018 of 76 hours and 10 minutes.
  • The government plans to phase out Britain's last coal power plants by 2025 to cut greenhouse gases.

Apr 20, 2019

NYC Climate Bill

  •  New York City has passed sweeping legislation to curb energy demand from some of its most iconic skyscrapers, including Trump Tower.
  • The legislation, approved 45 to 2 in the city council, is backed by mayor Bill de Blasio and will push owners of residential and commercial buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to install new boilers, air conditioning systems, windows and insulation.
  • The goal is to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2030, moving the city towards a goal of 80% by 2050.
  • The council also voted to require 5-cent fees on all paper bags distributed by stores, starting in March 2020, and to study the feasibility of replacing gas-fired power plants with battery storage systems powered by renewable energy.

Apr 19, 2019

Scientists Unearth Dinosaur Fossils

  •  A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina.
  • There are almost ten different individuals, it's a mass of bones, there's practically no sediment.
  • Argentina has been a rich source of fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras over the years. 

Apr 12, 2019

Shut Industrial Units Polluting Yamuna

  •  The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to shut down hundreds of industries factories located in Yamunanagar, Panipat and Sonepat districts that are polluting the Yamuna.
  • As per the orders issued on April 5, on the directions of NGT-appointed Yamuna Pollution Monitoring Committee, a joint team of CPCB and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute in December 2018 had conducted an inspection to monitor the quality of water in the Yamuna.
  • During the inspection, the monitoring team observed that three different drains were dumping untreated waste into the river at various locations.
  • The CPCB has also ordered the Haryana pollution watchdog to submit a compliance report within two months.
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