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Post-COVID there is a case for a greener GNP -Ganesan Balachander

-Mongabay.com * The COVID-19 pandemic has shown up major fault lines in our development trajectory and one of the issues is how we account for growth and progress with the gross national product (GNP) calculated as a single bottom line, without paying heed to the ecological, environmental and social costs. * Air and water pollution have been shown to add a significant cost to India’s GNP. A greener GNP will take these...

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Rural India in US top court

-The Telegraph Washington: The Supreme Court of America on Monday agreed to consider reviving a lawsuit by Indian villagers seeking to hold a Washington-based international financial institution responsible for widespread Environmental Damage they blame on a power plant it financed. The justices will hear an appeal by the villagers of a lower court ruling that the International Finance Corp (IFC) was immune from such lawsuits under federal law. IFC, part of the World...

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A law for the farmer -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express Pesticide Management Bill should address the anomalies that prevent state governments from booking large pesticide companies. “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter,” goes an old African proverb, which is also apt to describe the state of the world’s farmers. Farmers are like the hunted lions who need their side of the story told and their sacrifices, agony, courage and fears...

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Stubble burning and pollution: It is a deeper question of the dignity and identity of farmers - Poonam Pandey, Govert Valkenburg, Annapurna Mamidipudi and Wiebe Bijker

-Hindustan Times How is it that farmers, who were celebrated as national heroes and saviors of the country after the Green Revolution, are now criminalised and called irresponsible? If they are feeding the nation, isn’t the problem of stubble burning a collective responsibility? Attempts by a range of agencies to address the issue of stubble burning in Punjab have repeatedly failed. We suggest that this is not only because we’ve missed...

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Coal on move, 25 tonnes a minute, is choking Goa, more is on the way -Smita Nair

-The Indian Express Jindal, Adani, Vedanta are Big Three who transport coal from Mormugao Port. Over four months, Indian Express tracks three key routes to find a trail of health hazards, Environmental Damage. Panjim: Nearly 25 million tonnes of coal — evenly spread across a standard football field, this toxic black mountain will rise almost 3 km into the sky. That is the amount that will be unloaded each year at the...

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