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02 September 2014
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EYE ON PARIS 2015
Should India tone down its moralistic stance in Paris climate talks?

Could India’s inflexible and rather aggressive attitude in global climate negotiations jeopardise its domestic mitigation of the real threats from climate change? Darryl D’Monte summarises the key take-aways from a TISS conference that dwelled upon this and related issues.

Climate Environmental Hazards

GANGA WATERWAY
Reviving the Ganga, at the cost of its ecology!
The Rs 6300-crore plans for development of the Ganga waterway from Allahabad to Haldia should be undertaken only after meticulous examination of its impact on various elements of river ecology. Debadityo Sinha explains why.
Bio Diversity Environmental Hazards Water

CAG AUDIT IN WEST BENGAL
Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!
A CAG audit report finds that despite the revocation of clearance for forest land diverted to a public sector power company, the land continues to be used by them. Himanshu Upadhyaya details this and other findings, which show the gloomy picture of forest governance in West Bengal.
Forests Wild Life Government

WATER CONCERNS
Breaking the myth behind Coastal Thermal Power Plants
It is often believed that coal-based power plants near the coast, by virtue of their proximity to the sea, do not create any pressure on water resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary’s visit to Krishnapattanam in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu exposes the fallacy in that.
Energy Water ANDHRA

E-WASTE MANAGEMENT
When companies flout norms and regulators look away
A recent report from environmental research group Toxics Link exposes how multinationals are flagrantly violating the MoEF-notified rules on e-waste, even as the authorities empowered to enforce implementation remain passive. Richa Malhotra details the key findings.
Consumers Waste Environmental Law and Regulation

FOREST DIVERSION CLEARANCE
'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?
The MoEF’s recent move introducing e-filing of applications for approval of forest land diversion may facilitate procedural agility and efficiency, but precludes the interpretation of environmental and human complexities critical to a fair process. Kanchi Kohli elaborates.
Livelihood Forests Government Environmental Law and Regulation

IB REPORT
Decoding the red alert on green NGOs
The accusations of the Intelligence Bureau against foreign environmental NGOs appear hollow and misguided when one looks at the direction and substance of their work in India so far. Darryl D’Monte urges the government to restrict itself to scrutiny of forex norms followed, without stifling the expression of dissent by these NGOs.
Energy Opinions Displacement

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT
Why large dams aren't a water solution for the future
The uncertainty of the nature and extent of climate change impact on the water sector calls for adaptive and flexible measures to effectively combat and address the issues likely to arise in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary quotes from a recent report of an IPCC Working Group to establish the fact.
Climate Water

PARSA COAL BLOCK
Ignoring the ‘public’ at a public hearing
At a recent public hearing for the Parsa Coal Block in Chhattisgarh, citizens likely to be affected by mining there raised several concerns. However, much of it has been completely ignored in the official record of minutes, reports Kanchi Kohli.
Environmental Law and Regulation CHHATISGARH

OP-ED
What the Modi juggernaut entails
The sweeping mandate in favour of the BJP under Narendra Modi was largely an outcome of the articulation of his idea of development, popularised as the “Gujarat Model.” But what could the defining features of such a model be? Leo F Saldanha elaborates.
Government opinions OP-ED

MINING IN ODISHA
A battle that hasn’t been won in nine years
With numerous court cases, regulatory rulings and pending environmental clearances behind it, the South Korean steel major POSCO still persists with its plans in India. Kanchi Kohli looks at the latest in the case and wonders why.
Mining Environmental Law and Regulation ORISSA

DECODING MANIFESTOS
What they say about the things that really matter
Responsible governance, economic security for the maximum numbers and ecological sustainability are the three key challenges facing the country today. Ashish Kothari deconstructs the Congress, BJP and AAP manifestos to see what these parties promise on these fronts.
Elections Government opinions Economy Government

COAL ASH MENACE
Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?
Fly ash, the residue from coal used in thermal power plants, is not only a headache for plant operators; its use in agriculture and other sectors violates environmental sanctity and poses a serious risk to human health. Shripad Dharmadhikary studies a new CEA report to bring us more.
Agriculture Energy
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Mundra SEZ: Deemed, but not approved
Moulding the young as change agents
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Old approvals from a new regulator?
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
At Kandla, no room for marine ecosystem
Ministries turn a blind eye to impact of small hydel projects
Powerful forces get water for power
Can new technologies tackle urban waste?
Can illegal mining be stopped?
Women lead the way in eco-conservation
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Biosafety: Who is liable for damages?
Policy indifference threatens to make the Great Indian Bustard extinct
Greening the finance sector
Why poaching still thrives in India
Can accreditation ensure accountability?
Can rural India get the 'power' to choose?
Alang shipyard: Pushing more than ships to their graves
A committee to exonerate industry?
Villages devoured by rising waters
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water
Mumbai fights the towers that trouble
Life in uneasy forest terrain
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
River basin management: Missing the boat
When growth is another word for violence
Pune civic ward sets an example
In Uttarakhand, yet another chance to learn
All those kinds of gaze
Seaplane grounded!
New report on POSCO - who's listening?
Is conservation possible without protection of animal rights?
Why women in this village can't cook dal
The weapons of destruction we ignore
Old trick, new attack
Kerala loses its precious Kenis
Niyamgiri gets some time to breathe
Bhama Askhed Dam: Just another pawn
Diversion of forest land denounced
The Sparrow: Concerns and conservation
Kudamkulam: Ready to produce power?
In support of a paradigm shift in water
The strange case of India's missing dams
A lost emperor's cry for sovereignty
White Paper, or whitewash?
One state, but divergent demands
Shallow understanding of deep risks
Different reef, same barrier
The saffronisation of green
Better, but needs more work
Going awry with the flow
Partly our responsibility too
POSCO ruling sets new terms
Re-imagining public spaces
Nothing secret about Panel reports
Mera Bharat aur Mahan
Are Himalayan glaciers not melting?
Do verdicts matter?
Tunnels in the hills
Pushing to privatise
Rights Act, not working right
NGT: The first seven months
The people's energy
Third time around the law
Radiation looms over power plans
My fossil fuels, your land
The cost of the coast
Back-pedaling the market mantra
Niyamgiri again
Singrauli singed by coal and power
Montreal Protocol: The unfinished agenda
Here a plant, there a plant
Lessons from Chile's Water Code
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
A burning issue at Okhla
Areca leaf chappals seek market lift
Anguish in Angul
Lights, camera, destruction!
Bullet holes in the regulations
At Bhadreshwar, the clock is ticking
Keeping the roots in place
Grand plans for the Ganga
Inviolate space for conservation is not negotiable
Exigent, not principled
Nuking dissent over Jaitapur
Setting the clock back on clearances
Mine-ing the Brahmaputra waters
Warding off the water woes
'We don't sell our mother'
Already destroyed? Ok, then.
Capitulation at Cancun
Greening the smaller towns
A crevasse in the regulatory environment
Grappling with change
How culture counts
Where does the Yamuna flow?
The vilification of Pachauri
Electricity for All
RTI and EIA collide at NIO
Sickness at altitude
Blue river blues
How Dilawar's box is bringing sparrows back
Energy efficiency is inevitable
Grid-free, on the horizon
Appointment without perspective
Round and round the sacred hills
The bills we pay, and the ones we don't
Holding their ground against POSCO
Green talk alone doesn’t suffice
Going upstream on the Energy Road
Damming and damning the Teesta
Was this tigress a man-eater or threatened?
Blinding lure, dirty lucre
Gold mining: The way forward
Linking conservation to livelihoods
Cost-effective technology stalled by Pune government
Expand the moral commons
Cleared, denied, cleared, ...
Building green and thinking green
Adding the fourth R
End of Plachimada battle. Or is it?
Construction, at any cost
Embankments that doom the people
Swamping environmental regulations
UN e-waste report spotlights India
Environment clearance: A sham again
Kerala going greener
Narmada dams continue to roll over the rules
Reasons for the Bt Brinjal moratorium
Climate sceptics get it wrong
How they pulled their farm back from the brink
First in RWH, but not self-reliant yet
Lokayukta slams mining in Karnataka's forests
India's missteps at Copenhagen
Coal waste darkens the Kelo
Criticism rising on Karnataka's Gundia project
Delhi HC overturns environmental mockery
India's tiger reserves are maternity wards
Blundering into a Himalayan mistake
Kerala mangrove island under threat, cabinet divided
Running wild with the BD Act
Where Suvarna Jala fails, schools leap ahead
In Palakkad, ‘rain pond’ to the rescue
Need to strengthen climate diplomacy
A miner's shortcut to green clearance goes awry
The 'power' to protect rivers
Study the impacts first!
Emissions of the rich and famous
Indian forests can support 20,000 tigers: experts
Exempt, but not exempt
The wrecking sand dunes of upper Assam
Red flags over green tribunal
Environment Report, 2009
AP coastal crisis leaves fishermen marooned
The right to water: long road ahead
Drowning Himachalis, pampering Delhi
Expert panel giving conflicted IPR approvals
Awarded in haste, withheld
River basin studies: A half-hearted attempt
By the skin of their teeth
Lion poacher nabbed, awaits trial
The empire flows again
Hot ash burns child to death
Stagnant waters: Party manifestos offer little
Panipat power plant pollutes with impunity
Know-how at whose cost?
Kokkarni, saviour of paddy
Tiger census: four healthy landscapes possible
World Water Forums: Time to end them
NBSAP to NBAP: The downward spiral
No to noise
Coal mining threatens tigers in Maharashtra reserve
Public risk, private profit
Lakshadweep's Muslim women conquer the Earth
River dolphin numbers rise
Revisiting the arrest of Sansar Chand
High Court pulls up the NEAA
The unique water tunnel of Sheni
Leopards face sustained threat
A boost to transparency in environment regulation
Water privatisation: Start again
A notorious coexistence gone wrong
Put in the water, take out the guarantee
Legalising coastal destruction
Water sector reforms: Time for a new model
Winning the battle against poaching
Lessons up the hill
Softening hard water with rain
Consent under duress
Tribals, forest interdependence, and integration
 

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