By Utkarsh Jain* In the recent past, the Supreme Court has lent color of greater depth than perhaps ever before, to the jurisprudence surrounding the National Green Tribunal. It is a serious concern that across the spectrum of strict interpretation of environmental laws on the one hand and liberal on the other, the Supreme Court, … More The top court of India has been sending warnings to National Green Tribunal. Will it listen?
By Sharat Karekaat* All the great civilisations in the history of humankind have flourished alongside riverbanks. However, in recent years, India’s booming economy, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation have disturbed the ecology of our rivers. Divvying up the river water by building dams, diverting the flow of rivers for irrigation, deforestation, and exploitation of groundwater sources, has … More India’s river catchments are drying up, too many too soon: Only 60% are climatic change resilient
By Jennifer Fitchett* The Indian Ocean has made its mark on the global news cycle this year. In March, tropical cyclone Idai made headlines as one of the most severe storms to have made landfall in Mozambique. Current estimates indicate that more than 1,000 people died. This makes it the most deadly tropical cyclone ever to have made … More Warmer sea temperatures, other global, local factors forcing Indian Ocean’s deadly tropical cyclones
By Manju Menon* In the last months of 2018, the Dibang Multipurpose project received a go-ahead from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) after long legal battles. This project is among the 165 dam projects that were proposed for Northeast India in 2000. Hailed as “clean and cheap”, these dam projects, mainly situated in the state of … More Little developmental justification to push unpopular, outdated hydropower projects in North-East
The Vadodara-based environmental body, Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti (PSS), has written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with copies to the Gujarat chief minister, senior officials Government of India and Gujarat government officials*, especially those looking after environmental issues, taking strong exception to what they it called “perfunctory, non-serious, and casual reply” of DP … More GPCB’s casual reply to action sought in view of dangerously very high COD level in groundwater
By Bhim Singh Rawat* Fisher-folks know a river better than most others. Fish diversity is unfailing indicator determining river health. Unfortunately given the pollution load and lack of fresh flowing water, the Delhi stretch of Yamuna river is biologically dead. Hence fishing activities are rare and not much is known about the current fishermen community. … More Interrelationship between fish, fisher-folk and the river at Palla, where Yamuna enters Delhi
By Kanchi Kohli* “The role of judicial review is to ensure that the rule of law is observed,” stated the Supreme Court in a landmark judgment, which makes path-breaking observations that uphold both the rule of the law and the importance of environment impact assessments (EIA). Justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud’s judgment dated March 29, 2019, … More Wider implications of Supreme Court judgment on environmental clearance to Mopa Airport in Goa