Post Tagged with: "Environment"

Need to update EIA norms for preserving biodiversity

Need to update EIA norms for preserving biodiversity

 To   Shri R P Gupta Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MEFCC) Government of India   Dear Shri Gupta, The National Environment Policy, 2006 (NEP) emphasises the need to conserve the rich biodiversity heritage of the country in the following statements. “Pay explicit attention to the potential impacts of development projects on biodiversity resources and natural heritage.[Read More…]

by October 26, 2020 Environmental Protection
Zoo in Corbett

Zoo in Corbett

Yeah! You!! What are you doing in my home? Let me introduce you to the tiger. He is not an object. He is not a spectacle. He does not exist for your pleasure or like all politicians, for photo ops. He is not living in your land; you are encroaching on his. The tiger (gender neutral term as it refers[Read More…]

by October 9, 2020 Environmental Protection
Where have all the bluebirds gone?

Where have all the bluebirds gone?

An eastern bluebird perches on a branch, watching the ground As the bleary summer days are coming to an end, lately I have been thinking a lot about birds and nature in general. Because of the ongoing pandemic due to the coronavirus when all normal activities have been rerouted, we are finding alternatives to live our day, and such thoughts[Read More…]

by September 3, 2020 Environmental Protection
 The Great Coastal Nightmare

 The Great Coastal Nightmare

How Mumbai’s new coastal road poses a threat not only to the environment and fishing communities but also to sites of historical, religious and cultural importance.  The Haji Ali dargah as work proceeds on the Coastal Road project. | Photo credit: Aaran Patel. Every city, every place on earth is defined by characteristics, landmarks, or certain quirks of nature which[Read More…]

Diluted Indian Environmental  laws on platter  for Corporates

Diluted Indian Environmental  laws on platter  for Corporates

The draft environmental impact assessment (EIA) notification 2020 proposed by the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change dilutes further the current EIA Notification 2006. Proposed changes in the name of “ Ease of doing business”  relax further and totally overhaul the environmental clearance system to benefit  large corporations and  mining MNCs. Many of the proposed  clauses in the[Read More…]

by August 30, 2020 Environmental Protection
A report on India’s state of environment

A report on India’s state of environment

A report said: “Siberia, the proverbial coldest place, […] is experiencing record warm temperatures, melting sea ice, and massive wildfires — changes to the environment that even the scientists most urgently tracking the climate crisis didn’t expect to see for another several decades.” (Bridget Read, “The Arctic is on fire, and we should all be terrified”, The Cut, July 6,[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 Environmental Protection
Janta Parliament calls on urgent action for ecological security

Janta Parliament calls on urgent action for ecological security

Given the inability or unwillingness of the government to convene a monsoon session of parliament in time, people’s movements and groups are organizing an online Janta Parliament with 11 thematic sessions various public interest issues from 16-21st August. Today, in the Environment session of the Janta Parliament, about 30 speakers from various parts of India presented their views on the[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 Environmental Protection
EIA: Environment Impact Assessment

EIA: Environment Impact Assessment

E Urbanization and industrialization has taken over the world in the name of development , which lead to a rapid decline in our environmental treasure. In order to curtail this environmental depletion, the Government has introduced an assessment that controls the utilization, acquisition, and usage of natural resources by employing the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). This assessment is mandatory for[Read More…]

by August 6, 2020 Environmental Protection
The Problematic Story of Draft EIA Notification 2020

The Problematic Story of Draft EIA Notification 2020

Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is a regulatory process that aims to strike a balance between economic development and the environment. However, with the recent publication of Draft EIA Notification in March 2020, this balance has been disrupted. It allegedly strikes upon the foundations of the EIA process and emphasizes more on facilitating ease of doing business than the conservation of[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 Environmental Protection
EIA 2020: Why is it so perilous?

EIA 2020: Why is it so perilous?

Amidst the corona virus pandemic, the government of India (The Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change) unveiled the Environment Impact Assessment 2020 draft to the public in March 2020 seeking to replace the 2006 version of the law. The latest draft has already created a lot of hype amongst the concerned citizens, with many environmental activists and climate[Read More…]

Chardham Highway project and the environmental destruction of the Himalayas

Chardham Highway project and the environmental destruction of the Himalayas

Co-Written by Surabhi Agarwal, Lubna Sarwath and Sandeep Pandey Disregarding Ravi Chopra’s Recommendations on the Chardham Project Will Destroy the Already Fragile and Threatened Ecology of the Himalayan Region The ecologically sensitive citizens had barely recovered from the excruciating death of Professor G.D. Agrawal aka Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, who gave up his life after a 112 days of fasting[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 Environmental Protection
Tiger by the tail

Tiger by the tail

There is a welcome awareness about the need to protect tigers in the wild and the wild places they live. Welcome even more because it comes now at a time when the tiger population in India (numbers are even more elusive and ephemeral than the tiger) has fallen from 100,000 in 1900’s to less than 3000 today. Frankly, one needs[Read More…]

by July 30, 2020 Environmental Protection
Raika pastoralists graze inside Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sactuary_@Meenal Tatpati

Protected Areas, Covid 19 and people’s rights

As India went into a lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid 19, we witnessed a different kind of opening-up of our Protected Areas. As we worked from home, we were greeted with reports of several controversial projects being given a go-ahead in and around some of the most biodiverse regions, ironically by the Standing Committee of the very[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 Environmental Protection
A Plan for Social and Ecological Justice

A Plan for Social and Ecological Justice

The death of John Lewis is a reminder that power concedes nothing without a struggle and that social and ecological justice is a consequence of generational efforts. Building a fair, just, and prosperous ecological future, rooted in social and ecological justice means fundamental change of how we treat one another, how we govern, how we work, how we protect and[Read More…]

by July 20, 2020 Environmental Protection
The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile

The Ravages of Lithium Extraction in Chile

In Chile, the Covid-19 pandemic is raging with an unprecedented speed. There are more than 300,000 confirmed cases with one of the highest per capita infection rates of 13,000 cases for every 1 million people. The economy is severely experiencing the repercussions of Coronavirus-caused restrictions and the historically high national unemployment rate of 11.2% is an indicator of such damage. Chileans have took to the[Read More…]

by July 14, 2020 Environmental Protection
Introducing The African Cheetah In India: A Risk Worth Taking?

Introducing The African Cheetah In India: A Risk Worth Taking?

Background The conservation of endangered carnivores is critical to maintaining the structure and balance of diverse ecosystems. Today, drivers of ecosystem change such as climate change, overexploitation of habitats, and land-use change are pushing many vulnerable species towards extinction at alarming rates. The Asiatic cheetah is one such species that roamed the grasslands of India before it was declared extinct[Read More…]

by July 9, 2020 Environmental Protection
Industrial Peril- An ongoing phenomenon in India amidst COVID 19 pandemic

Industrial Peril- An ongoing phenomenon in India amidst COVID 19 pandemic

A long series of never-ending dystopias have generated during the COVID 19 pandemic.  The mega corporates from time immoral have quenched their thirst by exploiting and extracting resources from the earth without anticipating risks and harm. The dystopias of mishaps in various industrial units have led to corporate wrongdoing in our country. The saga of catastrophes from Chhattisgarh gas leak[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Lal koul : The lost treasure

Lal koul : The lost treasure

Co-Written by Aamir Altaf  &   Nisar Wani The earth , the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children . so we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.                                                                                                 (M.K. Gandhi) Lal Koul a canal flow from Bumhama through Drugmulla, shalpora,[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Wistful Memories: The dying Shitalakhya River

Wistful Memories: The dying Shitalakhya River

I’ve known rivers: I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers – Langston Hughes A bridge is always beautiful. This bridge is located in Ghorashal, Narshingdi, Bangladesh on Shitalakhya River Until the Harvard College admission acceptance letter came I did not see[Read More…]

by July 8, 2020 Environmental Protection
Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

Reading Gandhi on the occasion of the World Environment Day 

The World Environment Day (henceforth WED) was initially started by the UN General Assembly in 1972, on the first day of the Stockholm Conference. The objective of this conference was primarily based on, to connect the human with nature and promote the interactions, so that harmony between environment and human could be realized. The WED is being celebrated on 5th[Read More…]

by June 6, 2020 Environmental Protection
World Environment Day – A Message

World Environment Day – A Message

              Every year, 5 June is celebrated as World Environment Day globally. Also called People’s day, this day is meant to encourage people to save and protect the environment. World Environment Day 2020 is spotlighting the importance of Biodiversity. According to the United Nations, the theme for this year is ‘Biodiversity’ with the slogan[Read More…]

A Pygmy Hog in its natural habitat released by members of Pygmy Hog Conservation Programme and Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust at Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary.

Grassland Shrinkage Posing Threat To Endangered Pygmy Hog In Barnadi Wildlife Sanctuary Of Assam

TANGLA ,ASSAM December 7 – Rapid shrinkage and degradation of the grasslands of the Barnadi Widlife Sanctuary of Udalguri of Assam pose a serious threat to the long-term survival of the critically-endangered pygmy hog that was reintroduced to the sanctuary six months back that were captive breeded in state capital Guwahati. It is to be mentioned that the Durrell Wildlife[Read More…]

by December 8, 2016 Environmental Protection
Iran Inflicts  Environmental Catastrophe In Ahwaz Region

Iran Inflicts  Environmental Catastrophe In Ahwaz Region

  Ahwazi   environmental activists are reporting an acceleratingenvironmental catastrophe in the once verdant Hor al Azim marshlands in Ahwaz near the Iraqi border with Iran.  Thelatest reports reveal that Iranian authorities recently excavated large areas of land in the marshlands, covering these in thick plastic sheeting to use as open pits for the storage of millions of barrels of oil.[Read More…]

by November 3, 2016 Environmental Protection
Southern Birdwing female/ ​Photo credit ---​ Haneesh KM

Southern Birdwing Will Flutter For Karnataka

The Southern Birdwing has a magnificent wing span. I have seen them in Goa and often wondered if it was a butterfly or a small bird! Karnataka plans to  announce the Southern Birdwing (Troides minos) as its state butterfly. It’s stunning beauty will leave one in no doubt as to why. Butterfly lover Haneesh KM says, ” Butterflies  symbolise freedom,[Read More…]

Photo by Public Domain Photos

Water As A Commons: Only Fundamental Change Can Save Us

Half the tropical forests in the world – the lungs of our ecosystems – are gone; by 2030, at the current rate of harvest, only 10 percent will be left standing. Ninety percent of the big fish in the sea are gone, victim to wanton predatory fishing practices. Says a prominent scientist studying their demise, “There is no blue frontier[Read More…]

by August 24, 2016 Environmental Protection
Photo by Phillie Casablanca

Mining As A Threat To The Commons: The Case Of South America

The latest cycle of mining expansion in South America dates from the mid-1990s. Since then, levels of investment in exploration and exploitation have generally held steady. Such investment has benefited from reforms in the laws governing mining in almost all countries, and the high demand for basic minerals for industrial use, especially in China and India, which have translated into high prices.[Read More…]

by August 23, 2016 Environmental Protection
Vast swathes of forest in Arariboia have been destroyed by illegal loggers and by fires which the authorities have failed to contain.© INPE

Amazon Fires Threaten To Wipe Out Uncontacted Indigenous People

Forest fires are raging in an indigenous territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe. Small groups of neighboring Guajajara Indians were forced to spend days attempting to contain the blaze in the absence of government agents, until an Environment Ministry-led fire-fighting operation began last week. Forest fires started by[Read More…]

Mumbai Development Plan2034 On Whose Cost?

Mumbai Development Plan2034 On Whose Cost?

Like the Dharavi Belt protest the East Indians (natives of Mumbai) also protested at Azad Maidan on 18 July 2016. The East Indians of Mumbai are an ethnic group who fear the development plan will take away their ethnicity and cultural roots . In order to over come this fear they have submitted a signature campaign to the Chief minister[Read More…]

by July 29, 2016 Environmental Protection
Residents of Dharavi Beth Island Resist Corporate Sponsored Development Plan

Residents of Dharavi Beth Island Resist Corporate Sponsored Development Plan

On 24th July 2016, the Dharavi Beth (island) comprising villages of Gorai, Manori, Uttan, Pali, Chowk, Dongri, and Tarodi on the outskirts of Mumbai came to a halt. Over ten thousand fisherfolk, farmers, the Catholic clergy i.e. priests and nuns, hotel owners, ferry and rickshaw drivers, shopkeepers just about everyone had gathered at a public meeting and rasta roko to[Read More…]

Release Piyush Sethia

Release Piyush Sethia

New Delhi, July 16 : National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) condemns this complete arbitrary arrest of environmental activist Piyush Sethia, who has been a crusader for several national level issues including Bhopal Gas Survivors, rights of adivasis and founder of Salem Citizen Forum. He has worked hard to change the face of the city Salem by organising citizens led[Read More…]

Vehicle Exhaust Emissions: Specious Arguments To Confuse And Mislead The Public

Vehicle Exhaust Emissions: Specious Arguments To Confuse And Mislead The Public

  Common experience Anybody going out in any city or metro, is assaulted by smoke and exhaust fumes of every sort of motor vehicle. In reducing size, we notice buses and trucks, SUVs, plush sedans, and “commoners’ small cars”, to use the elitist turn of phrase of Mr.Mukul Rohatgi representing government, when arguing against Supreme Court’s ban on large diesel[Read More…]

by July 10, 2016 Environmental Protection
Red Alert: Bengaluru, India’s Technology Capital Headed For System Failure

Red Alert: Bengaluru, India’s Technology Capital Headed For System Failure

Recent research by IISc reveals startling numbers on Bangalore’s reckless urbanization and its consequences: during 1973–2016 (1005% concretization or increase of paved surface) has had a telling influence on the natural resources, such as decline in green spaces (88% decline in vegetation), wetlands (79% decline), higher air pollutants and a sharp decline in groundwater table.

Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River With Utter Ruin

Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River With Utter Ruin

Chinese government’s massive open-pit mine in the rainy Papua New Guinea highlands, with its tons of toxic tailings full of sulphides and heavy metals, is to be poised above the Sepik River and its primary rainforests, intact local cultures, and the South Pacific Ocean. Apparently Papua New Guinea’s urban elites have learned little from decades of foreign industrial mining (and logging) causing conflict and despair, environmental damage, and social and economic decline.

by July 5, 2016 Environmental Protection
Twenty Four Groups Write To The World Bank: No More Destructive Development!

Twenty Four Groups Write To The World Bank: No More Destructive Development!

Twenty four groups working on environmental, labor and human rights wrote to the Executive Directors of World Bank not to dilute the environmental and social safeguards as the President of the World Bank visits India to explore new financing opportunities. India has been the largest recipient of World Bank loans in the history of World Bank. This also meant that[Read More…]

Athirappalli Project: Development For Whom And At What Cost?

Athirappalli Project: Development For Whom And At What Cost?

For one and a half decades, the environmental activists in Kerala have been fighting fighting against the destruction of rain forests, displacement of Kadar Adivasis, damage on the elephant route, destruction of Vazhachal, climate change and many other threats from the proposed Athirappalli project. The lone battle gathered support of many groups during this historic process. Later, KSSP sided with[Read More…]

by June 29, 2016 Environmental Protection
Norway And The US Sign An Agreement In Violation Of The Rio Declaration

Norway And The US Sign An Agreement In Violation Of The Rio Declaration

  The United States and Norway this week announced (1) they would offset the greenhouse gas emissions from their aviation industry by buying voluntary emission reduction credits from reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in tropical forests. The plan would violate the Rio Declaration in two ways. The Declaration says that States have, in accordance with the Charter of[Read More…]

by June 21, 2016 Environmental Protection
Letter To Justin Trudeau On Canada Re-joining UNCCD

Letter To Justin Trudeau On Canada Re-joining UNCCD

We, the CBD Alliance, the global platform of civil society and academic organisations working on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), congratulate your government for the decision to re-join the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The three Rio conventions including the UNCCD are of great importance to developing countries and Indigenous Peoples. The Rio Declaration that is incorporated in the UNCCD gives States the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. The same responsibility is contained in Article 3 and Article 14 (d) of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

by June 19, 2016 Environmental Protection
Financing For Indigenous People, Land Reforms And Protection Of Forests And Other Natural Ecosystems

Financing For Indigenous People, Land Reforms And Protection Of Forests And Other Natural Ecosystems

One does not have to read Marx to understand how debt-based money in the form of credit to corporations, – chosen by banks on the basis of their ability to make profit, – leads to an accumulation of money in the hands of those few who create the money and are given the credit. Profiteering, in short, capitalism, is incompatible[Read More…]

by June 18, 2016 Environmental Protection
Nainital Lake Faces An Evironmental Calamity

Nainital Lake Faces An Evironmental Calamity

“I’ll walk in the rain by your side; I’ll cling to the warmth of your hand. I’ll do anything to keep you satisfied, I’ll love you more than anybody can.” John Denver may have written this song for his baby, but for me my first love is my hometown, Nainital. I have grown up with the smell of the lake[Read More…]

by June 17, 2016 Environmental Protection, India
Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

  Rational risk management is crucial for societal safety and  successively  involves  (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis,  and (c) informed  systemic change to minimize risk. However the anti-science, anti-environment,  pro-fossil fuels  Australian Coalition Government has utterly perverted this process in relation to the worsening climate emergency through  spin, lying by commission,  lying by omission and censorship. Critically, Coalition Government[Read More…]