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5 Biggest environmental issues in India in 2024

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🗞️ Driving the news: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns it's "now or never" to limit global warming to 1.5C, highlighting accelerating climate crisis factors such as deforestation, droughts, air pollution, and plastic waste
• India faces 5 main environmental challenges: air and water pollution, food and water shortages, waste management issues, and biodiversity loss, with measures being taken to address these issues showing mixed results

🔭 The context: India, despite contributing significantly to global pollution, struggles with environmental challenges exacerbated by its rapid urbanization and economic growth
• The country's efforts to combat these issues include policies like the Odd-Even Regulation and the ban on coal usage in certain sectors, yet major cities continue to suffer from poor air quality, and waterways remain heavily polluted

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: India's environmental challenges have global implications, from contributing to climate change to affecting global biodiversity
• The country's struggle to manage its environmental issues underscores the need for international cooperation and innovation in sustainable development practices

⏭️ What's next: Efforts to tackle environmental issues in India include improving water source quality, promoting water conservation, and enhancing waste management
• However, the effectiveness of these measures and their ability to address the root causes of environmental degradation remain to be seen

💬 One quote: "India is the country expected to pay the highest price for the impacts of the climate crisis," - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

📈 One stat: India is home to 63 of the 100 most polluted cities according to the 2021 World Air Quality Report.

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