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India must detoxify its poisoned farmlands

-Hindustan Times Many of these chemicals have become extremely pervasive in our Environment as a result of their widespread repeated use and, in some cases, their Environmental persistence Last week, the Maharashtra government registered a police complaint against three pesticide companies and Krishi Seva Kendras (agro-input centres) for selling pesticides not recommended for the region after 32 far

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Food for reform -Ramesh Chand & Jaspal Singh

g to a price-production spiral. In this context, it is important to look at the price stabilisation policy and measures adopted by India from time to time, and draw lessons to maintain a stable price Environment that benefits both producers as well as consumers. Price instability at the macro-level is caused by supply shocks. Trading and stocking up are the two options to stabilise supply and by extension, prices. India has historically relied heav

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Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 — about 9 million — could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major s

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How will India address illegal sand mining without any data? -Ishan Kukreti

d the dangers of small-scale sand mining (spread over less than 5 hectares), which leads to extensive and unsustainable removal of sand from river banks. Drawing from the order, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), issued Sustainable Sand Mining Management Guidelines in March 2016. Same year, in May, it amended the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2006 to ma

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Methane good news -GS Mudur

nal research consortium called the Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research. "Our approach should help bolster confidence in India's official estimates," said Anita Ganesan, an Environmental chemist at the University of Bristol in the UK who led the study published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. "Estimating the methane emissions is particularly challenging, and this work demonstrates a new way to do that.&

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No fireworks, Delhi breathless -Sapna Singh

(SAFAR) marks pollutants values “dark red” only when the concentrations are above the moderate level which is 85 for PM 2.5 and 150 for PM10 in Micro Cubic Per Gram (µgm-3), said an Environmentalist. A unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), SAFAR, noted the average value of primary pollutant was found to be 123µgm-3, while the prescribed upper limit is 60 µgm-3. According to some More »

India's criminal wastage: over 10 million works under MGNREGA incomplete or abandoned -Richard Mahapatra

ituation due to rain deficit in the range of 20-60 per cent. They account for more than 90 per cent of the works not completed in the last three and half years. In 2007, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was the first to point out this trend of starting more and more works but not completing them. A nationwide survey conducted by CSE pointed out that due to lack of completion of works, people didn’t find the programme beneficial be

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India's hunger ranking affected by wasting among children, depicts new report

r age, reflecting chronic undernutrition); and * Child Mortality: the mortality rate of children under the age of five (in part, a reflection of the fatal mix of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy Environments).   References: 2017 Global Hunger Index: The Inequalities of Hunger, published by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide & Welthungerhilfe, released in October 2017, please click here to access

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India's new wetland rules threaten to destroy 65% of its water bodies rather than protect them -Nityanand Jayaraman

tlands as real estate, industrial sites and garbage dump After ignoring repeated directions from the Supreme Court to notify stricter rules to protect the country’s wetlands, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has gone and done just the opposite. On September 26, it published the Wetlands (Conservation & Management) Rules, 2017 – replacing the older rules dating back to 2010. The new rules quite simply provide a

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