Trade-off for growth?: 16,000 centrally-approved projects to severely impact environment

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* In India, industrial, energy and infrastructural projects are legally mandated to seek environmental approvals under a range of central and state level laws such as the Environment Protection Act, 1986, Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, Water Prevention and Control of Pollution Act, 1981, and the Forest Conservation … More Trade-off for growth?: 16,000 centrally-approved projects to severely impact environment

Ravines, wetlands of Vishwamitri continue to be systematically destroyed, filled with debris

In a fresh letter, concerned citizens of Vadodara* have protested against what they have called “casual, trivial, and flippant response of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation” (VMC), saying,  the VMC’s response dated June 11, 2019 to their complaint made on May 22, 2019 on the need for action to “prevent anticipated disasters, flooding and water logging” … More Ravines, wetlands of Vishwamitri continue to be systematically destroyed, filled with debris

Benefit programmes should be formulated to tackle impact of intense heat on marginalised sections

By Sheshu Babu* While summer is uncomfortable to most of middle class people, it takes heavy toll of the daily laborers, marginalised casual workers and industrial manual employees. The rich and most government employees take some shelter under air conditioners or coolers but large number of ‘fourth -class’ employees, the street hawkers, peddlers, beggars and … More Benefit programmes should be formulated to tackle impact of intense heat on marginalised sections

Vadodara waterlogging due to dumped debris, discharge of untreated sewage along Vishwamitri

Several concerned citizens of Vadodara, led by Rohit Prajapati, environment activist, researcher, and writer, in an open letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation; secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Union of India; Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat; and several senior environment and forest department officials of India and Gujarat have sought “immediate” … More Vadodara waterlogging due to dumped debris, discharge of untreated sewage along Vishwamitri

Historical injustice and “bogus” claims: Forest rights, conservation and large infrastructure in India

By Kanchi Kohli* As the country geared up for the 17th Lok Sabha elections, the first quarter of 2019 saw two decisions that signify the deeply fraught forest governance in India. The first was the Supreme Court’s direction to state governments on evicting families whose legal rights to occupy forest land were “rejected”. The apex … More Historical injustice and “bogus” claims: Forest rights, conservation and large infrastructure in India

Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

In India, air pollution is the leading cause of death and is responsible for 1.2 million premature deaths every year—more than the number of people killed by road accidents, smoking or malaria. Long-term exposure to polluted air is known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Breathing problems like asthma have surged in recent years, and about 350,000 new … More Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change

What are the major policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change India would face even as the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes over? Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director, The Third Pole, a project initiated by China Dialogue and Earth Journalism Network, takes a look: Energy Clean energy and clean mobility … More New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change