Char Dham Road Project kills eight labourers: Will State and Central governments wake up now?

A South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) note* following the incident: The landslide incident on under construction Char Dham All Weather Road Project in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand has killed 8 labours on 21 December 2018 around 12.30 pm near Banswada in Ukhimath Bhiri area on the Rudraprayag-Gaurikund national highway (NH 107). On 22 … More Char Dham Road Project kills eight labourers: Will State and Central governments wake up now?

Awareness of climate change from childhood helps prepare a safer pollution free world

By Sheshu Babu* “We are causing the problem, but our children and grandchildren are going to suffer the consequences” — James Hansen on climate change  Voicing concerns on deteriorating climate and rising pollution levels, children have started to register their protests. Tens of thousands of school children skipped school to march on streets demanding more action … More Awareness of climate change from childhood helps prepare a safer pollution free world

Health and environmental benefits of implementing the emission standards for coal-based TPP

By Lauri Myllyvirta, Sunil Dahiya* Based on calculations done using emission data obtained by Greenpeace India from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Right to Information (RTI), more than 76,000 people died due to non-implementation of emission standard notification within stipulated time frame (before December 7, 2017) till now during last 1 year. … More Health and environmental benefits of implementing the emission standards for coal-based TPP

An overview of nuclear power policy for India in the context of additional capacity to Kaiga NPP

By Shankar Sharma* The decision by the government of India in May 2017 to commission ten nuclear power reactors of the type PHWR of 700 MW capacity each in different parts of the country, and the proposal to add four more reactors of the type VVER of 1,000 MW capacity each at Kudankulam Nuclear Power … More An overview of nuclear power policy for India in the context of additional capacity to Kaiga NPP

Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

A blog by researchers of the the Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environmental Justice Programme: In June 2014, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) constituted the Shailesh Nayak (SN) Committee to review the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2011. While it was reportedly done in response to state governments’ concerns regarding coastal … More Four years of contentious coastal regulation ‘reform’ in India: What is the debate?

Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Speaking at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Ethological Society of India (ESI), held at the University of Calicut, ESI president Dr S Faizi said, “We need to think beyond the human barriers, reform our assumptions, methodologies and protocols so that we make new strides in understanding the complex world of animal behaviour, and communicate our … More Industrial revolution caused biodiversity crisis due to irreversible loss of large number of species

Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency

It was on the night of December 2, 1984, when Bhopal died a million deaths. The chemical, methyl isocyanate (MIC), that spilled out from Union Carbide India Ltd’s (UCIL’s) pesticide factory turned the city into a vast gas chamber. People ran on the streets, vomiting and dying. The city ran out of cremation grounds. It … More Bhopal tragedy: Futile to expect govts can deal with such emergencies with any measure of efficiency