CARBON EMISSIONS
Net zero: Pledges are not enough

The so-called 'carbon neutrality' pledges many countries are making should include details and be given tight accounting norms. Additionally, high emitters should face stricter norms and earlier timelines.

#Climate #Energy #Economy
COASTAL ECONOMY
Seaweed farms promise livelihoods, biodiversity

With its potential to supplement incomes of fishermen and other communities along the nation's long coastline, seaweed cultivation is gaining momentum. Goa's first pilot farm is about to be launched.

#Biodiversity #Livelihoods #Economy #GOA
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY
Green finance still in the slow lane
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY : Green finance still in the slow lane

We need to unclog the channels for big- and small-sized finance to reach sustainable destinations. Neha Kumar points to the challenges, and the opportunities India must capitalise on.

#Climate #Interviews #Economy
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Odisha sees surge in elephant electrocutions

Habitats and corridors for wild elephants are shrinking due to other development priorities, and local communities are unwilling to tolerate the growing number of human-animal conflicts.

#Wildlife #ODISHA
POWER LINES
Already in decline, GIBs face a new threat

Apart from the loss of their habitat, migratory birds face a new threat from the growing number of renewable energy projects. The Great Indian Bustard has seen its numbers drop precipitously. 

#Biodiversity #Energy #Wildlife #GUJARAT #RAJASTHAN
HUMANS AND ANIMALS
Incentives for wildlife-friendly land use?

Many landowners around forests would set aside some lands in exchange for payments. Some see this as a promising conservation strategy, but others believe more nuance is needed.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife #KARNATAKA
TRAFFICKING ANIMALS
Pangolin poaching rises amidst pandemic

Repeated lockdowns and curfews have been a golden opportunity for wildlife traffickers targeting termite-eating pangolins in Simlipal National Park and adjacent districts.

#Wildlife #ODISHA
SMALL-SCALE FISHING
For Kerala's small-scale fishers, a stark choice

Erratic monsoon patterns and other disruptions by climate change are reducing the number of fishing days in coastal Kerala. Small-scale fishers are looking for other livelihood options instead.

#Climate #Fisheries #KERALA
ACCESS TO ENERGY
Rural electrification: An unfinished task

Power connections are now available across rural India. However, there is still a lot to be done before villagers reliably get uninterrupted electricity that can help them live and work better.

#Energy #Interviews #Panchayats
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.

#Adivasis #Environmental Regulation #Land #RAJASTHAN
RECYCLING
Multi-layer packaging, multiple hurdles

Waste collection and recycling management of flexible and multilayer packaging are particularly challenging. At different stages of the recycling chain, solutions must be found.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Waste
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Decentralisation is better for developing economies

Urban waste continues to grow, and governments at different levels are responding with a range of approaches. There are several reasons to choose decentralisation.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Urban Poor #Waste
MULTI-LAYERED PLASTICS
An inclusive EPR regime is possible
MULTI-LAYERED PLASTICS : An inclusive EPR regime is possible

Extended Producer Responsibility-based interventions can be designed to ensure that wastepickers and informal workers remain an integral part of the new regime too.

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Waste #MAHARASHTRA
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.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife
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 #Climate #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
GENETICS
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.

#Environmental Regulation #Forests #Mining
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.

#Environmental Regulation #Government
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

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