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Madras HC sanctions stay on govt appeal against Greenpeace

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New Delhi: Madras High Court put a stay on a government order revoking Greenpeace India’s registration, remarking that the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies (RoS) had not followed the doctrines of natural environmental justice.

It is the sixth time in the past one year and a half that Greenpeace and its campaigners have prospered against numerous efforts to limit its tasks and finances. The government has also tried to shut it down.

The High Court has constantly been in the favour of the Indian Non-Profit Organisation (NGO). The organisation has also been expecting the court to be in favour as it claims the government’s argument to baseless and biased.

“We were confident the court would agree that Greenpeace is on sound legal footing and has done nothing wrong, notwithstanding the government’s ridiculous allegations of fraud in this instance. Our accounts are an open book and our website is there for all to inspect”, said Priya Pillai a Greenpeace volunteer in an interview with a news agency.

Notwithstanding the trials encountered by the organisation, it continues to work towards their agenda of recycling to achieve clean air, eco-friendly energy and clean water. The NGO also initiated a free application on android systems that warns people to take safeguard from hazardous levels of air pollution across the country. This is a mobile application very useful for Indian citizens with the growing rate of pollution, especially after the recent Diwali celebrations.

With triumphs like these, the organisation is gathering additional support among citizens affected or concerned about environmental distress.

The rising level of pollution from traffic emission, industrial wastes has made India the highest affected country by air pollution. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 13 of the top 20 worldwide cities with the poorest fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in air pollution are in India, and Delhi tops the list.

With India becoming more prone to environmental hazards, an organisation of this sort is of prime importance, and with the recent judgement Greenpeace can work towards achieving its aim.

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Youth in polluted cities at increased risk of Alzheimer’s

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Pollution can lead to Alzheimer's in youth. Wikimedia Commons

Children and young adults living in polluted megacities are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, a debilitating brain disease characterised by memory loss, a new study has warned.

“Alzheimer’s disease hallmarks start in childhood in polluted environments, and we must implement effective preventative measures early,” said one of the researchers Lilian Calderon-Garciduenas from University of Montana in the US.

Air pollution can trigger Alzheimer’s. Flickr

“It is useless to take reactive actions decades later,” Calderon-Garciduenas said. The findings, published in the Journal of Environmental Research, indicate that Alzheimer’s starts in early childhood, and the disease progression relates to age, pollution exposure and status of Apolipoprotein E (APOE 4), a well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. The researchers studied 203 autopsies of Mexico City residents in the US ranging in age from 11 months to 40 years.

Metropolitan Mexico City is home to 24 million people exposed daily to concentrations of fine particulate matter and ozone above US Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tracked two abnormal proteins that indicate development of Alzheimer’s, and they detected the early stages of the disease in babies less than a year old.

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The scientists found heightened levels of the two abnormal proteins — hyperphosphorylated tau and beta amyloid — in the brains of young urbanites with lifetime exposures to fine-particulate-matter pollution (PM2.5).

They also tracked APOE 4 as well as lifetime cumulative exposure to unhealthy levels of PM2.5 — particles which are at least 30 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and frequently cause the haze over urban areas. The researchers found hallmarks of the disease among 99.5 percent of the autopsies they examined in Mexico City. In addition, the findings showed that APOE 4 carriers had a higher risk of rapid progression of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s can cause depression too. Pixabay

The researchers believe the detrimental effects are caused by tiny pollution particles that enter the brain through the nose, lungs and gastrointestinal tract, and these particles damage all barriers and travel everywhere in the body through the circulatory system.

The authors noted that ambient air pollution is a key modifiable risk for millions of people across the globe. “Neuroprotection measures ought to start very early, including the prenatal period and childhood,” Calderon-Garciduenas said. “Defining pediatric environmental, nutritional, metabolic and genetic risk-factor interactions are key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease,” she added. IANS

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