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Land use change major cause behind biodiversity loss, finds WWF report

India, Sept. 10 -- Asia Pacific region lost 45% of its vertebrate population in four-and-half decades, while the global average was 68% The world is steadily losing its vertebrate population due to e... Read More


NHRC raps Mamata govt on silicosis rehabilitation

India, Sept. 7 -- At least 250 people from Minakhan block in Sunderbans contracted the disease when they lefthome to work as labourers in stone and mineral grinding factories after cyclone Aila The N... Read More


Bengal govt cites COVID-19 excuse for not phasing out old commercial vehicles

India, Aug. 31 -- Large commercial vehicles, including goods carriers and buses, account for 74-80% of PM 2.5 and PM 10 in Howrah and Kolkata The West Bengal government has been dillydallying about p... Read More


Disaster strikes Bengal's Mousuni island third time in 10 months

India, Aug. 22 -- Recent breachin embankments follow the devastatations caused by cuclones Amphan, Bulbul Mousuni Island in West Bengal's Sundarbans region was severely impacted August 20-21, 2020 by... Read More


East Kolkata Wetlands: NGT warns officials for violating waste dumping norms

India, Aug. 17 -- TheNational Green Tribunal directed scientific shifting of legacy waste accumulated in the wetlands for decades Urban local bodies (ULB) were warned of punishment by the National Gr... Read More


Little chance of Kolkata getting CNG soon; land acquisition hiccups halt supply

India, Aug. 3 -- The land acquisition process for the pipeline in West Bengal is slow, says GAIL, the Union government's nodal agency for supplying CNG The chances of compressed natural gas ( CNG ) -... Read More


COVID-19: Fewer tests a bane for Bengal, warn health experts

India, July 23 -- Only 7,261 tests per million were conducted in West Bengal; only Bihar, Jharkhand, UP and Telangana lag behind Testing for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a high... Read More


COVID-19 lockdown in Bengal: Experts claim containment strategy failed

India, July 9 -- Health experts claimed that the state's failure to impose containment norms is why COVID-19 cases continue to be on the rise The implementation of containment norms in West Bengal to... Read More


Bengal most vulnerable to climate risk, flags India's first assessment report

India, July 3 -- The Bay of Bengal region was struck by 41 severe cyclonic storms and 21 cyclonic storms in May between 1891 and 2018 West Bengal is one of the most climatically vulnerable states of ... Read More


Plant 50 million mangroves in the Sundarbans? Improbable, say experts

India, June 26 -- Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had decided on the plantation to compensate for plants lost during Cyclone Amphan The Sundarbans would need an area nearly half the size of Kolkata to... Read More