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September 2019 - Environment News

  • The Western Railway has installed a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle crushing machine in Mumbai Rajdhani Express for the first time ever. The PET bottle crusher machine was installed in the train under the Indian Railways' Swachh Bharat and Go Green missions. The move also ties in with an impending ban of single-use plastic by the Centre.

    The installation of the PET bottle crusher is expected to reduce carbon footprints by 100% recycling. This will also avoid littering in landfill from bottle waste. To create awareness to the people about the ban on single-use plastic, the Western Railways has put up selfie points at Churchgate and Andheri stations.

  • Kerala Tourism won three prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold awards, including one for an ethnic food restaurant run by women at Kumarakom under its Responsible Tourism Mission. The awards, presented at a glittering function at Nur-Sultan (Astana) in Kazakhstan received by state Tourism Minister Kadakampally Surendran and Tourism Director P Bala Kiran from Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director, Macau Government Tourism office and Dr Mario Hardy, CEO, PATA, during the PATA Travel Mart 2019.

    The two other gold awards were for an advertisement campaign of Kerala Tourism Come Out and Play and for its website ( respectively. The ad campaign was run by Stark Communication, the Kerala Tourism website has been designed and maintained by Invis Multimedia.

  • National Water Mission Awards 2019 presented. NWM, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti has initiated the ‘National Water Mission Awards’ to recognize excellence in water conservation, and efficient water use. NWM has 5 goals and 39 strategies prescribed in the Mission Document. The awards are given in 10 categories defined under 5 goals of NWM.

  • India to generate 175 GW of clean energy by 2022. The energy 175 GW of clean energy production in the country, out of which 100 GW would be through solar and rest through other sources. The country has set a target of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases between 33 percent and 35 percent to combat climate change and global warming.

    The Ayushman Bharat holds the Health portfolio around 50 lakh people have availed themselves of benefits under it over the past year, and the government has spent Rs 7,500 crore. This synergy would help achieve the Prime Minister's vision of making the country among top scientific nations by 2030.

  • Researchers identifies the world’s biggest amphibian. The researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and London's Natural History Museum has identified a new species of giant salamander using DNA from museum specimens. The 74-year-old museum specimen can possibly be the world's biggest amphibian. The specimens were collected in the 1920s. The researchers found three distinct genetic lineages in salamanders from China. The species are Andrias davidianus, Andrias sligoi, and a third species which has yet to be named. 

  • NTPC to build India’s biggest solar park in Gujarat. India's largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. has unveiled its plans to set up a 5 gigawatt (GW) solar park in Gujarat. This solar park is expected to be the biggest in the country. The move of the company is toward cleaner energy.

    NTPC has located a spot in Gujarat for the project. The estimated cost for the project is Rs.250 billion. The project will begin in the year 2024. It is also expected that the company might invite bids from developers to set up projects in the park.

  • Amazon announced the Climate Pledge. Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos have announced The Climate Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to meet Paris Agreement's goal 10 years early by achieving net-zero carbon across businesses by 2040. As a part of its pledge, the company has partnered with American startup Rivian and ordered 1 lakh electric vans (EVs) for deliveries starting 2021.
    • Amazon will have 10,000 new EVs on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030.
    • The company expects that this induction of EVs will help in saving 4 Mn metric tons of carbon per year by 2030.

  • Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry has decided to ban single-use plastic in its various departments as well as the public sector units under its administration from September 15. The decision was taken at a meeting held by Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. Cloth or jute bags, locally tailored and produced, can be a viable alternative.



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