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forest fireExperts have said that black carbon from the smoke and ash is covering the glaciers and may cause them to melt faster.

The glaciers are the lifeline of major rivers flowing through northern India. The water in the rivers could also be polluted by harmful chemicals, experts fear.

While larger animals such as tigers, elephants, deer and wild boars have for ages managed to steer clear of fires and make their way to safer grounds, the real loss to our biodiversity is to birds which lay eggs on shrubs and their young ones who cannot escape the inferno,

water crisisWith each passing day exacerbating Maharashtra’s already fraught water situation, the Ahmednagar district administration has decided to clamp the prohibitory Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) around the Kukadi canal project.

With this, the district becomes the third in the State after Latur and Parbhani districts (in parched Marathwada) to impose the punitive section to preclude a possible law and order situation. The section prohibits an assembly of more than five persons around a water body.

air-pollutionAccording to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data from September 2015 to January 2016, Varanasi has air quality indices (AQI) value of 409, making it one of the most polluted cities in the country.
Changes in lifestyle, junk food and increase in pollution are responsible for asthma. Air pollution has emerged as one of the triggering factors and principal pollutants, including oxides of nitrogen, ozone and particulates are posing detrimental effects on human lungs which are constantly being exposed to chemicals released from vehicle exhausts.

creating forestThe Narendra Modi government plans to spend a staggering $6.2 billion (Rs41,000 crore) to increase India’s green cover.

Our forest cover will dramatically increase and it will result in achieving our target 33% of tree cover and most importantly 2.5 billion tonne of carbon sink .

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