Institute judicial inquiry to investigate Vadodara riverfront project’s environment clearance

Vadodara’s 40 concerned citizens* write to Gujarat chief secretary; principal Secretary, Urban Development and Urban Housing Department; Member Secretary, State Environment Impact Assessment Authority; and Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation, seeking independent judicial inquiry headed by a retired High Court Judge to investigate the Vishwamitri Riverfront Development Project Environment Clearance Application and its withdrawal, ultimately leading … More Institute judicial inquiry to investigate Vadodara riverfront project’s environment clearance

Socially responsible mining should take into account health and human rights of the affected people

Representation to Veena Kumari Dermal, director, Ministry of Mines, Government of India, by Rebbapragada Ravi, chairperson, and Ashok Shrimali, secretary general, mines, minerals & People (mm&P), on the draft National Mineral Policy: The draft National Mineral Policy is a step towards greater clarity in public policy regarding rights of the communities affected by mining. It … More Socially responsible mining should take into account health and human rights of the affected people

Cyclone Ockhi: Why was Coast Guards’ search and rescue operation limited to 60 Nautical Miles?

Cyclone Ockhi, which struck the coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep on November 30, 2017, especially adversely affected Kanyakumari district. Excerpts from a people’s inquest* on Ockhi and its impact in the district on December 28- 29, 2017: The fisher folk from the coastal villages of Kanyakumari district are … More Cyclone Ockhi: Why was Coast Guards’ search and rescue operation limited to 60 Nautical Miles?

Authorities keeping mum after failing to ensure that Gujarat units observe effluent treatment norms

Rohit Prahapati and Krishanakant of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS), in a letter to the Union environment and forests minister seek cancellation of the ‘Consolidated Consent and Authorization’ (CC&A) and issue closure notice to Narmada Clean Tech (NCT), Ankleshwar, as the Final Effluent Treatment Plant (FETP) for failing to meet the prescribed Gujarat Pollution Control … More Authorities keeping mum after failing to ensure that Gujarat units observe effluent treatment norms

Closest-ever to midnight: Rising nuclear tensions in South Asia figure in Doomsday Clock statement

By Kumar Sundaram* Besides the irresponsible and belligerent nuclear weapons posture of the Trump administration, especially the “hyperbolic rhetoric and provocative actions” of the US and North Korea, the famed Doomsday Clock statement this year also mentions nuclear escalation in South Asia as a reason behind shifting the clock closest-ever to the midnight. The official statement by … More Closest-ever to midnight: Rising nuclear tensions in South Asia figure in Doomsday Clock statement

Environmental index: India falls to the bottom tier, illustrating challenge of sustainable development

Overview of the tenth Environmental Performance Index (EPI) report, prepared by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum: The tenth EPI report ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality. Switzerland leads the world in sustainability, followed by France, Denmark, … More Environmental index: India falls to the bottom tier, illustrating challenge of sustainable development

Premature mortality due to air pollution contributed to over 29 million healthy years of life lost

By Dan Greenbaum and Bob O’Keefe* A comprehensive study led by IIT Bombay, the Health Effects Institute (HEI), and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has found that household burning and coal combustion were the single largest sources of air pollution-related health impact in India in 2015, with emissions from agricultural burning, anthropogenic … More Premature mortality due to air pollution contributed to over 29 million healthy years of life lost