Extreme rainfall events, glacier retreat, permafrost melting risk natural disasters in Hindukush

A recent report by Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) of the high-profile International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu, Nepal, “The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People”, edited by Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji and Arun Bhakta Shreshtha, has created a flutter by stating that nearly 240 … More Extreme rainfall events, glacier retreat, permafrost melting risk natural disasters in Hindukush

Dangerously very high COD observed, documented in groundwater in Padra taluka, Vadodara district

In a letter to the Prime Minister of India; Gujarat  chief minister; secretary, Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; chairman, Central Pollution Control Board; Gujarat chief secretary; additional chief secretary, Gujarat Forest and Environment Department; senior officials of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board; and Vadodara district collector, the Vadodara-based environmental body, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti … More Dangerously very high COD observed, documented in groundwater in Padra taluka, Vadodara district

World Development Report fails to suggest need for social protection from private sector

By Tani Alex* The World Development Report (WDR) is the World Bank’s development research and policy review report published annually. Started by IBRD since 1978, this report is intended to provide deep and extensive analysis on one particular aspect of economic development, every year. The solutions and policy messages brought out in this report is … More World Development Report fails to suggest need for social protection from private sector

Judgment on biodiversity regime: Issues of design and implementation remain unclear

By Shalini Bhutani and Kanchi Kohli* The issue of regulating access to genetic resources and biological materials (GBMR) and associated people’s knowledge by user/accessor companies from the de facto biodiversity keepers on the ground continues to challenge administrators in India. Under the Biological Diversity (BD) Act, 2002, the government agencies tasked to do so are … More Judgment on biodiversity regime: Issues of design and implementation remain unclear

National Waterways is unfeasible, will not benefit economy, will lead to environmental damage

By Debadityo Sinha* The Government of India has undertaken the ambitious project of plying cargo ships from Haldia to Prayagraj on the river Ganga, also known as National Waterways-1 (NW-1). The justification for promoting waterways on such a massive scale as stated in National Waterways Bill, 2015 when introduced is as follows: “…inland water transport is recognised as … More National Waterways is unfeasible, will not benefit economy, will lead to environmental damage

Deforestation, hydropower dams, ill-planned roads, housing, threaten Himalaya’s spring-fed rivers

  By Hridayesh Joshi Mustard, wheat, vegetables, millets – one of the most fertile valleys in the Himalayas is able to show a bumper harvest, thanks to the traditional irrigation channels that bring the water of the Gagas river to the farms in this part of Kumaon in the state of Uttarakhand. “River Gagas is our … More Deforestation, hydropower dams, ill-planned roads, housing, threaten Himalaya’s spring-fed rivers

CRZ notification of 2018 increases vulnerability of coastal people to climate disasters

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The National Democratic Alliance government has unleashed several extremely unimaginative developmental policies that target areas that have retained some degree of ecological value to turn them into sites for industrial production. This is despite evidence of the damaging effects of such policies. The latest instance of this is the Coastal … More CRZ notification of 2018 increases vulnerability of coastal people to climate disasters