• Environment,  Opinion

    Plastic in the ocean is now a big threat to the health of marine and terrestrial life

    Facts Plastics comprise 50–80% of the litter in the oceans An estimate from United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that fishing gear makes up 10% of all marine litter which is around 640,000 tonnes. Global production of plastics is above 300 million tonnes per year. A large part of it ultimately ends up in the ocean. The nets used for fishing and dumped in the ocean after they are no longer fit to be used, tyres, buoys, buckets, bottles and bags are major source of plastic found in the oceans worldwide. Fishing net traps and kills many animal species ranging from turtles to seals to birds. It is observed that approcimately 90% of the…

  • Swachh paryatan app
    Opinion

    Swachh Paryatan App cannot be effective unless we have sensibility and stringent norms to keep our tourist destinations clean

    Tourism in India is now a booming industry. It contributes around 7% of India’s GDP. However despite being a prolific 200 billion dollar industry its impact on environment is scarcely studied. Till now there is no study to quantify the impact of tourism on environment. Recently people started voicing their concern for Leh Ladakh, which is unable to cope up with the increasing number of tourists. There is 100% increase in footfall since the year 1974 when the place was first opened for tourism, putting severe pressure on already fragile ecosystem. In recent years Ladakhi people have dealt with water shortage, which was once a rare phenomenon. Environment crisis of Ladakh…