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Not smart cities, India needs climate-smart cities to protect its urban poor from heat waves -Sahana Ghosh & Mayank Aggarwal

ver 200 lives – experts warn that the scorcher will impact people in poor urban neighbourhoods for weeks after even after it is over. In a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment in April, researchers mapped and compared exposure to heat between low-income and other neighbourhoods in Delhi, Dhaka and Faisalabad. While high and low-income neighbourhoods both have heat going up during the day, one’s ability to a

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Bihar bans tree-felling -Mohd Imran Khan

Earth (DTE). "All permissions granted to cut trees for development works, have become null and void,” he said. The order, put forward by Deepak Kumar (principal secretary, department of Environment, forest and climate change) in May, cited increasing pollution in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and other cities in the state. “Another reason was the severe heatwave, which killed 90 people in Gaya, Aurangabad and Nawada distri

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Making dam water reach the Farmer -Mihir Shah

h massive delays in completion and an unbelievable cost overrun of 1,382 per cent in major projects and 325 per cent in medium dams, on an average! Which is quite apart from their humongous human and Environmental costs. Major river basins like Kaveri, Krishna, Godavari, Narmada and Tapti have reached full or partial basin closure, with few possibilities of any further dam construction. In the Ganga plains, the topography is completely flat and sto

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CPCB asks NHAI why it shouldn't be fined Rs 1 crore -Ritam Halder

I has been asked to explain “why the project activities, including all civil works and construction and demolition activities, should not be stopped at (the) above site” and why “an Environmental compensation of Rs 1 crore should not be levied on the account of causing damage to the Environment”. The notice, issued by CPCB chairman SPS Parihar, points out that while passing throug

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The ugly face of Okhla gets a green lift, landfill to be eco park -Paras Singh

or the long term, a pipeline is being laid from the Okhla waste water treatment plant, and treated effluent water will be used to maintain the greenery.” The civic body’s department of Environment management services estimates the green capping to be over soon. “The slope stabilisation work will be finished before the monsoons, while the greening will take 3-4 months from now,” an official said, happy that the landfill hasn&

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Bullet train impact on Gujarat farmers: Japanese funders asked to provide report In a letter, Gujarat's Environmental group Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti's (PSS) Rohit Prajapati, Krishnakant and Swati Desai have asked Katsuo Matsumoto, chief representative, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to share the copy of the report it has prepared on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, submitted to the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL), Government of India, after a JICA team's vis

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Medical services hit as doctors' agitation spreads -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

the national capital, Kerala, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and even Jammu and Kashmir. While 300 doctors in West Bengal quit on Friday evening, demanding additional security and assurance of a safe work Environment, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sought to intensify a nationwide protest over the next two days and called for the withdrawal of all non-essential health services on June 17. “The gruesome incident in NRS Medical College, Kolkat

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Why govt's GM policy defers logic, hurts farmers

-The Financial Express When several NGOs and others protested against the GEAC report, the UPA's Environment minister, Jairam Ramesh decided not to give the final go-ahead. As farmers under the umbrella of the Shetkari Sangathana start their civil disobedience movement and plant the banned Herbicide Tolerant (HT) GM seeds as well as Bt brinjal, chances are the authorities will treat this as yet another law and order issue and will arrest them;

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Small Farmers' Suicide in Odisha -BB Mohanty & Papesh K Lenka

ease arrangements, denial of access to a regulated market, crop failures, increased cost of cultivation, and indebtedness pushed these farmers into severe economic hardship and an inhospitable social Environment, which ultimately led to their suicides. Please click here to read more.

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'Non-ODF areas 13 times more prone to ground water pollution' -Dipak K Dash

The assessment has also found that risk of ground water contamination in Bihar, one of the states which is yet to be declared ODF, is maximum at nearly 36%. The study, which was released on World Environment Day, is based on an assessment of 725 samples collected from 12 ODF and another 12 non-ODF villages across West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha during December-January. “The study was done in states where some villages have still not become ODF

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