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Centre's nod for mining in 170,000 hectares of forest in Chhattisgarh -Jayashree Nandi

-Hindustan Times Hasdeo Arand is one of the largest contiguous stretches of very dense forest in central India, spanning about 170,000 hectares. The Union Environment ministry has given Environmental clearance for open cast coal mining in Parsa in Chhattisgarh’s dense Hasdeo Arand forests, in a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for forest cover conservation in India. Hasdeo

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Indian Forest Act amendment: Govt ready with first draft -Ishan Kukreti

-Down to Earth The draft, which has been prepared with focus on conservation and climate change, has been sent to states seeking comments The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has finalised the first draft of the comprehensive amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (IFA). The 123-page draft provides definitions to important terms that were missing from the law. The draft has been prepared based on the input

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Lead in PVC pipes is poisoning India's drinking water, but govt's done nothing in 2 years -Malavika Vyawahare

but efforts to regulate its use have yet to bear fruit, partly due to government lethargy and partly due to resistance from industry. NGT demanded action in 2017 In May 2017, India’s apex Environment court, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), said in its judgment that in view of “the potential adverse health effects due to presence of lead in water flowing through PVC pipes”, action be taken “expeditiously”. It di

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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

-The Hindu Sabotaging the Forest Rights Act damages democracy Since 1980, through the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) has “diverted for non-forest use” (bureaucratese for destroyed) over 1.5 million hectares of forest. How many Adivasis and forest-dwellers have been evicted by this ‘lawful’ forest destruction? Stripping these forests has yielded thousands of c

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Migration in Bengal delta driven by livelihood issues, gender disparity -Shiv Sahay Singh

s that 64% people migrate because of economic reasons, unsustainable agriculture, lack of economic opportunities and debt; 28 % of the migration from the region is for social reasons and about 7% for Environmental reasons like cyclones and flooding. The study, held between 2014 and 2018 focusing on three deltas Ganga Brahmaputra Meghna Delta (India and Bangladesh) Volta (Ghana) and Mahanadi (India) looks into the aspect of climate change, adaptatio

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Think tank punches holes in Swachh survey -Jayanta Basu

report on the Swachh Bharat mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, paints an “over-exaggerated” picture of its success and is riddled with “anomalies”, an Environment think tank has claimed. The Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment has said the Swachh Survekshan 2019 was a rushed job, sped up to allow the results to be announced before the model code

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Waste disposal from other toilets could turn into health and Environmental nightmare New Delhi: Over the last year, a government advertisement featuring film actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has been preaching the benefits of the “do gadde” or twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

and ban bad food in schools. Robust regulatory framework for advertisement of bad foods essential New Delhi: At a day-long National Conclave on Foodorganized here today by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the New Delhi-based research and advocacy think tank, about 50 experts from across the country deliberated upon pressing issues related to the way food is produced and promoted in the country and its linkages with the growing burden of

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UN meet dilutes Indian plan to phase out single-use plastic -Jacob Koshy

he Hindu Final document at Nairobi tones down language, lacks timeline. An ambitious resolution piloted by India to phase out single-use plastics by 2025, was watered down at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that concluded on Friday in Nairobi. At the World Environment Day summit on June 5, 2018 here, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardha

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Millions to die prematurely by '50 due to pollution: UN -Vishwa Mohan

impact of air and water pollution that annually claims at least nine million lives globally, a new UN report on Wednesday called for urgent action to save humanity from the disastrous consequences of Environmental degradation. It warned that cities and regions in Asia, middle-east and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century if the nations fail to drastically scale up Environmental pr

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