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Meet the ‘Plastic man of India’

This 72-year-old professor from Madurai’s Thiagarajar College of Engineering has discovered an ingenious way to build durable roads using plastic waste.



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Local innovation to ease indoor pollution

Engineer Rohit Tiwari and his teammate Shashank Neupane have put together a basic air filter that works on the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) concept. It can filter not just ordinary dust but also particulate matter (PM) between 2.5 and 10 microns, which is roughly 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair.



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Investing in soot

This Dutch designer fights smog with a metal tower and carbon jewellery, and he might bring them down to India soon.



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Hyundai to launch hybrid models in India by 2018

With pollution becoming a major issue in India, Hyundai plans to explore alternative fuel technologies and avail benefit from government incentives for such vehicles



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Shell Unveils Shortlisted Start-ups of makethefuture Accelerator India

Launched in India for the first time, the #makethefuture Accelerator aims to encourage and accelerate the development of bright ideas that can help provide more and cleaner energy solutions.



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Beijing To Replace Its Entire Taxi Fleet With Electric Cars

The new program that will begin implementation this year will affect nearly 70,000 taxis in Beijing and is expected to cost around Rs. 130 crore (9 billion yuan).



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Clean air solution to cut pollution

An innovative material is now available that could help absorb harmful airborne molecules and disperse cleaner air. The material has been developed by a team of leading Italian researchers and is being rolled-out across several European cities, including Rome and Milan. The material will be used on outdoor advertising sites in London and Italy.



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Omega-3 oils could tackle damage caused by air pollution

The new research on mice showed that omega-3 fatty acids (OFAs), found in flax, hemp and fish oils, can both prevent and treat the inflammation and oxidative stress caused by air pollution, with the OFAs delivering a 30-50% reduction in harm.



Government Actions this week


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Govt bids innovative proposal to utilize fly ash

In order to ensure complete utilization of fly ash from thermal power plants, an expert panel of the Union environment ministry has decided to form a multi-disciplinary committee to examine the possibility of setting up cement plants along with such plants.



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CPCB proposes buffer zones around landfill sites

CPCB draft guidelines noted that most of the existing landfill sites have no adequate buffer zone and the available areas are also under illegal encroachment.


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