India largest emitter of SO2, contributing more than 15% of global anthropogenic SO2 emissions

Excerpts from the report “Global SO2 emission hotspot database: Ranking the world’s worst sources of SO2 pollution” written by Sunil Dahiya and Lauri Myllyvirta, and published by Greenpeace Environment Trust: Annually, 4.2 million people die prematurely from ambient, outdoor air pollution alongside another 3.2 million due to indoor and household air pollution (2016) according to … More India largest emitter of SO2, contributing more than 15% of global anthropogenic SO2 emissions

Let the world’s future not turn into ashes! Unite for justice and stand to protect the Amazon!

The International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) statement on the fire which has struck Amazon rainforest, the vessel holding a massive amount of the world’s oxygen: With the record rate blaze in the Amazon that struck Indigenous communities, the world is confronted by a humanitarian crisis in the midst of an ever-worsening political-economic … More Let the world’s future not turn into ashes! Unite for justice and stand to protect the Amazon!

Requirement for local consultations remains a highly neglected subject in the mining industry

By Debayan Gupta*, Kanchi Kohli** If one goes by government records of coal extraction in India, a slowdown appears to be a far stretch with coal Coal India Limited (CIL) recording an all-time highest production of coal in 2018-19. The  606.89 million tonnes (MT) of coal extraction is for three of its subsidiaries: Northern Coalfields Limited … More Requirement for local consultations remains a highly neglected subject in the mining industry

Floods displacing millions partly due to reckless development, inefficient water management

By Soumya Sarkar It now seems difficult to imagine that many places in India were facing drought in late July 2019. In August, a few bouts of heavy rain changed that to devastating floods, killing over 1,500 people and displacing millions in much of northern, western and southern India. In mid-August, floods hit the southern … More Floods displacing millions partly due to reckless development, inefficient water management

Hydropower projects ruining lives in the Himalayas: Run–the-river projects no better than reservoirs

By Manshi Asher* The floods in Assam and Bihar and the cloudburst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand have all once again underlined the risk of developing hydropower in the Himalayas. On top of that, over the last few years increasing evidence has emerged that hydropower production may not be as clean and green as claimed. … More Hydropower projects ruining lives in the Himalayas: Run–the-river projects no better than reservoirs

Secure community land, resource rights essential for effective management, conservation of forests

Statement on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land from Indigenous Peoples and local communities* from 42 countries spanning 76% of the world’s tropical forests: Finally, the world’s top scientists recognize what we have always known. We—Indigenous Peoples and local communities—play a critical role in stewarding and safeguarding … More Secure community land, resource rights essential for effective management, conservation of forests

28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?

By Abhishek Mundhra* The afternoon of the 31st of July, 2019, the news flashed of a 28-year old woman being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The headline did not baffle me, the alleged cause did. The said woman belongs to a non-smoking family residing in Ghazipur. Chest surgeon Dr. Arvind Kumar at the Ganga … More 28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?