Plenty of fish in the sea, but polluted

Heavy metal bioaccumulation has been found in marine fish samples from the Visakhapatnam fishing harbour and the Bheemili area. If you are an avid fish eater from Visakhapatnam, you need to be more cautious about your health. Experts have said that consumption of marine fish from Visakhapatnam is hazardous to one’s health, as heavy metal […]

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Cascade of waterfalls overflowing with garbage

Growing pollution around Thottikallu waterfall has deteriorated the water quality. In this scorching heat, waterfalls have become a popular relaxing spot because of the sensation of cooling and rejuvenation that they offer to visitors. However, the physical pollution that visitors leave behind causes concern, said environmentalists. Despite the damage caused by visitors to waterfalls and […]

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Solid Waste Management: Not so managed

Three out of seven waste processing plants of BBMP already been shut. The closure of wet waste processing plants has forced Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) to shift the waste to other plants and landfills. These plants in the city have been creating problems for hundreds of residents. There has been a constant opposition from […]

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Use and throw contact lenses add to pollution

Contact lenses users are unconsciously contributing to microplastic pollution. Contact lenses are either flushed down the drains or dumped in regular bins, leading to an escalating amount of unaccounted-for microplastic pollution. “I was explained the whole procedure of how to wear and remove the contact lenses, but I was never informed where to throw the […]

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Pollution from construction sites still a cause for worry

Construction activities fell by over 50 percent in the last few years, but health-related risks continue. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has sanctioned fewer construction activities in the city but construction continues to contribute to increasing pollution and respiratory diseases, say medical experts. –Senior citizens, construction workers, and other vulnerable sections of the population face […]

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Low key Diwali for traditional fireworks sellers

The government’s ban has brought a loss for traditional fireworks sellers. Bengaluru: Traditional fire-works sellers faced losses as the government banned their crackers and promoted -green crackers this Diwali. The Karnataka government issued an order stating that only green crackers are allowed and traditional crackers would be banned. This impacted the sale of traditional fireworks […]

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Green crackers fail to light up the fireworks industry

The Supreme Court of India has only allowed the sales of less-polluting “green crackers” in the country. Bengaluru: Despite shifting to green crackers, the fireworks industry is still suffering significant losses due to pandemic-induced restrictions and the economic slowdown. B. Guruswamy has been running his firecracker shop in Sulthanpet, Bengaluru for 45 years. He said […]

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City water fountains get STP water

The recycled water ensures less wastage while providing better aesthetics say experts. The fountain at K R Circle uses recycled water from the Cubbon Park Sewage Treatment Plant (STP). Ashwak Bagi, assistant executive engineer at BBMP said that they were still calculating the amount of water used. He said, “it uses water from the Cubbon […]

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Crores of cigarette butts litter the city

The NGT had issued directives for cigarette butt disposal a year ago, but nothing has been done. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) still does not have a separate disposal system for cigarette butts, a year after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to lay down guidelines to do […]

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