CSE’s State of Environment Report- Highlights

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released its State of Environment Report, 2021 on February 25, 2021. The report highlighted how the Covid-19 pandemic will impact the children across world.

Key Findings

  • The report highlighted that the pandemic will impact the 375 million children across the world.
  • Children including from newborns to 14-year-olds will suffer long-lasting impacts.
  • These children will be vulnerable to being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality.
  • Their education and work productivity will also be impacted.
  • As per the report, pandemic has forced over 500 million children out of school globally. Out of the total children, India accounted for more than half.
  • The report further highlighted that; 115 million additional people might get pushed into extreme poverty due to pandemic. Most of the poorer people live in South Asia.

Where does India stand?

  • As far as sustainable development is concerned, India ranked 117 among 192 nations.
  • Further, India’s air, water and land have become more polluted in between the year 2009 and 2018.
  • The Central Pollution Control Board highlighted that, out of 88 major industrial clusters in the country, 35 went through environmental degradation, 33 went through worsening air quality, 45 clusters comprised of polluted water and while 17 clusters had land pollution
  • Tarapur in Maharashtra was the most polluted cluster.

What does data show?

The experts from the Centre for Science and Environment highlighted that the data shows that action has not been taken in the past three years control and reduce the pollution even in those areas that were already polluted.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

CSE is a not-for-profit public interest research and advocacy organisation. It is based in New Delhi. The organisation was established in the year 1980. The organisation works on the poor planning, environment-development issues, climate shifts in India and advocate for policy changes & better implementation of existing policies.

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