environment
1491 ARTICLES
CONSERVATION
Beyond wildlife-ism and ecosystem services-ism

Faced with a multiplicity of values, mainstream conservation has tended to retreat to biocentrism, pragmatism or scientism. A broad-based, democratic environmentalism would be more tenable.

#Wildlife #Biodiversity
URBAN RESILIENCE
Cities must look to nature for heat relief

Heat waves have not received as much attention as other climate risks, but more cities now confront their toll. New mechanisms for governance and financing will also be needed.

#Cities #Urban Environment
FOREST PROTECTION
Razing houses to stop razing the hills

The Aravali hills were used to nature's erosion, but the assault on them by those eyeing its rich resources was something else. Will the Supreme Court's recent intervention halt this?

#Forests #Mining #HARYANA
WILDLIFE
A confluence of cats

The future survival of wild tigers depends not only on increasing their population size, but also on ensuring that fragmented populations are genetically 'connected' with each other, writes Abheeshta Rao.

#Wildlife
IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
A new draft of old failures
IMPACT ASSESSMENTS : A new draft of old failures

In the past, the framework for assessing the environmental impact of projects merely facilitated them getting started. Revisions proposed recently don't contain any evidence of a new course either.

#Forests #Mining #Environmental Regulation
ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
DISCOMs face a stark future
ENERGY DISTRIBUTION : DISCOMs face a stark future

Large customers are opting for direct access from producers, and those in the middle are looking for decentralised storage and consumption. Between these forces, the old distribution business faces serious risk.

#Energy
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
Regulations delayed are regulations denied

Efforts to rein in emissions of pollutants, and reduce water consumed by coal-based power plants have been thwarted by endless delays in implementing regulations.

#Government #Environmental Regulation
INLAND WATERWAYS
National waterways in need of a new course

The Centre gears up to turn the Kosi and Gandak rivers into commercial waterways. Shripad Dharmadhikary and the Manthan team report on findings from a recent visit to the region.

#Economy #BIHAR
RURAL WOMEN
Unheard and unknown they lead

Issues that affect underprivileged women have not got enough attention in mainstream feminist movements in India. Yet women from rural areas and from lower classes and castes have been leading struggles for their rights.

#Women's Representation #Women
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker

Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

#Energy #Economy
URBAN RIVERS
Concrete riverfronts or ecological rejuvenation?

A two-day dialogue on urban rivers held in Pune focused on the plight of urban rivers. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports and presents his views.

#Water #Urban Environment
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA
Waiting for compliance patiently
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA : Waiting for compliance patiently

Himanshu Upadhyaya examines a CAG audit report to point out the blatant non-compliance of environmental laws largely by the Forest officials.

#ODISHA
TEESTA STAGE III HEP
Violating laws, making losses, damaging environment

Teesta Urja’s penchant for getting into trouble and illegalities continues unabated. Soumik Dutta reports.

#Economy #SIKKIM
MAHANADI WATER DISPUTE
Setback for optimal river basin planning
MAHANADI WATER DISPUTE : Setback for optimal river basin planning

Shripad Dharmadhikary explains why setting up a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi Water Dispute will not help the people or the river.

#ODISHA #CHHATISGARH
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

#Economy #Society
DELHI POLLUTION
Forget politics, focus on smog science

It’s not the crop burning, stupid. It’s vehicles that create smog and the media should educate the public. Anup Kumar explains.

#Urban Environment #Media #Science and Technology
MINING IN ODISHA
More money for more dust
MINING IN ODISHA : More money for more dust

Harapriya Nayak and Santosh Dora share their experience of working with the tribals of a small village in Odisha, who were suffering because of heavy mining happening in their area and how they brought about a change.

#Mining #GUJARAT
HIGH SPEED TRAIN
Will biting the Bullet Train leave us with no teeth?

Darryl D'Monte analyses why the proposed Bullet Train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is not the need of the hour, nor worth the cost.

#Transport #OP-ED
BOOK REVIEW
Indira Gandhi’s elite environmentalism : a paler shade of green

Darryl D’Monte reviews Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature , a new book focussing on Indira Gandhi as a naturalist.

#Reviews
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS
Throwing good money after bad
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS : Throwing good money after bad

Shripad Dharmadhikary critically examines the proposed push for hydro power projects in the recently released Draft National Energy Policy for public comments by NITI Aayog.

#Government
MUMBAI FLOODS
Mumbai after the 2005 deluge

July 26, 2017 marked the 12th anniversary of Mumbai’s mega flood in 2005. Darryl D’Monte looks into the causes and effects of the deluge.

#Cities #OP-ED
MUNICIPAL WASTE
Holding a municipality accountable

Hasmukh Dhumadiya describes the ordeal of residents of Bakshipunch Housing Society in Dwarka, Gujarat, and their efforts in overcoming it.

#Human Rights #Right To Info
COAL HANDLING
Residents using rule of law to secure justice

Hasmukh Dhumadia narrates his experience of helping the local residents of a village in Gujarat in their fight for environmental justice.

#GUJARAT

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