NATURAL RESOURCES
A landscape of degradation
NATURAL RESOURCES : A landscape of degradation

Poor governance of natural resources is undermining progress in curbing emissions. It is also weakening the resilience of vulnerable people who are affected by climate change.

#Environment #Land #Adivasis #RAJASTHAN
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 #Environment
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.

#Environment #Government
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT
The need to reform environment clearance process

Debadityo Sinha discusses how a coal power plant managed to receive environmental clearance by giving false information, which the National Green Tribunal finally overturned.

#Environment
CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS
Crying out for strong environmental regulator
CRITICALLY POLLUTED AREAS : Crying out for strong environmental regulator

Himanshu Upadhyaya takes a close look at the Critically Polluted Areas mentioned in a recent CAG audit report on the environmental clearances and post clearance monitoring process of Ministry of Environment.

#Environment
THERMAL POWER PLANTS
New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eating

New regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. Shripad Dharmadhikary examines the implications of these rules.

#Water #Environment
RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS
The poisons we play with everyday
RISK FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS : The poisons we play with everyday

From the paints in our homes to the discarded CFL tubes, the sources of toxic chemicals that pose a serious threat to our health and safety are omnipresent. Darryl D’Monte highlights why it is imperative for India to move faster and more determinedly in tackling this problem.

#Environmental Hazards #Environment
MUNDRA STORY
How non-compliance is condoned: A short story

Evidence of violation of environment regulation by the Adani group in their Mundra Port and SEZ Ltd and the Waterfront Development Project have been found. Kanchi Kohli reports on why both the projects are still moving ahead.

#Environment #GUJARAT
MINING IN HASDEO ARAND
Too many questions? Take away the right to ask!

The Chhattisgarh government has nullified the community rights of a section of villagers under the Forest Rights Act, as it was being used by them to oppose mining in the region. But why are the local people up against mining? Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

#Mining #Environment
COASTAL REGULATION ZONES
Easing building regulations: Where’s the groundwork?

The recent amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification relaxes building norms for CRZ areas. There are certain necessary measures that should have preceded it, says Meenakshi Kapoor as she brings out the implications of the amendment.

#Environment #Government
ANALYSIS
Coal-based power plants: What is the government missing?

The draft notification specifying emission standards for coal-based thermal power plants is a welcome first step towards regulation, but needs much greater attention to detail and further calibration, writes Debadityo Sinha.

#Environment #Government
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
The holes that make our coasts vulnerable
COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT : The holes that make our coasts vulnerable

From delayed reconstitutions of critical state and national level institutions to glaring loopholes in procedures, Meenakshi Kapoor identifies all that stands in the way of effective plans to manage conservation and sustainable coastal development.

#Environment #Government #Laws
DECENTRALISED COASTAL GOVERNANCE
Ignoring the institutions that can save our coastal regions

Effective district-level bodies could have played a critical role in ensuring legal environmental protection for coastal zones and communities. Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor discuss how these have been continuously disregarded. 

#Environment #Government #Laws
WHITHER ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE?
How Karnataka's mega port project is bending the rules

Legal and procedural lapses as well as disregard of critical public submissions are tarnishing the EIA of the proposed Tadadi Port in Karnataka. Kanchi Kohli reports.

#Environment #KARNATAKA
WHITHER DEMOCRACY
When people are merely roadblocks
WHITHER DEMOCRACY : When people are merely roadblocks

A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend.

#Government #Laws

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