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A recently published report shows that the extinction rate of animal species is a lot higher than previously anticipated, with scientists saying animals are being wiped out nearly 100 times faster than they should be and that the rate is similar to when
the dinosaurs disappeared 65 million years ago.

According to Dr. Gerardo Ceballos, "We were very surprised to see how bad it is. This is very depressing because we used the most conservative rates, and even then they are much higher than the normal extinction rate, really
indicating we are having a massive loss of the species."

Vehicular emission spikes by 35% (August Week #4 (2015)) According to an analysis by the city-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), the city of two-wheelers is coughing bad and choking hard. The study has found that since 2010, there has been a 35 per cent rise in vehicular emission. This can
be directly blamed on Punekars' fascination for private vehicles. According to the Regional Transport Office (RTO), while six in 1,000 people own vehicles in the country, in Pune, it's a whopping 333.
DPR for waste treatment not feasible in Kanpur (August Week #4 (2015))
KANPUR: Central Leather Research Institute's (CLRI) detailed project report (DPR) about zero liquid discharge technique for tannery waste treatment plant came in for critical scrutiny at a meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday at which secretary, urban development,
was also present.

CLRI had prepared this project for Jajmau tanneries and its cost was around Rs 1,800 crore, said environment engineer of Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC) Pankaj Bhushan, who had attended the meeting held in Lucknow.

BMC to crack down on Igatpuri contamination of water supply (August Week #4 (2015)) The state government and civic body swung into action on Thursday following the Hindustan Times report about 17 lakh homes in Mumbai possibly receiving water with chemical residue.
Environmentalists praise Pakistan ban on hunting of rare bird (August Week #4 (2015))
Wildlife campaigners today welcomed a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court to ban the hunting of a rare desert bird whose meat is prized among Arab sheikhs for being an aphrodisiac.

Wealthy hunting parties from the Gulf travel to Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province every winter to kill the houbara bustard using hunting falcons, a practise that has sparked controversy in recent years because of the bird's dwindling numbers.

Ban on Vehicles in Rohtang: NGT Extends Stay Till November 30 (August Week #4 (2015))
NEW DELHI: Heeding to Himachal Pradesh government's submission that it would curb vehicular pollution in the eco-sensitive area of Rohtang Pass, the National Green tribunal today extended its stay on banning the entry of all diesel and petrol tourist vehicles
till November 30.

The Tribunal had restricted the number of vehicles to 1000 vehicles (600 petrol and 400 diesel) per day on first come, first serve basis.

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