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With CRZ nod pending, Shipping Min flags award of work for Haldia terminal by IWAI 16.10.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
The Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has flagged concerns regarding the award for work for Haldia multi-modal terminal even as a final order on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance is pending. In an advisory sent in August, the MoS told the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), that it should have waited for a formal orders on CRZ clearance from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) before it awarded work for the Rs.516 crore Haldia multi-modal terminal. MoEF&CC's expert panel on infrastructure and CRZ recommended for the project clearance on May 11. As per procedure, the recommendations of the expert panel are processed by the minister for approval or rejection. The IWAI had to seek CRZ clearance as the Haldia terminal site falls within the CRZ area. The West Bengal State Coastal Management Authority appraised the project on January 10 and recommended it to Centre for clearance on January 24. According to the MoS, in December 2016, Mumbai-based ITD Cementation India Limited won ...
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NGT paves way for Chardham highway project 20.9.2017 DNA: Urban Tales
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has paved the way for the NH-34 stretch of the PMO's ambitious Chardham highway widening project, that will connect Uttarakhand's holy sites, as it disposed of a plea that alleged that the project was violating provisions of Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone. In an undertaking, the Uttarakhand state government and the Border Roads Organisation assured the green court in an undertaking that the project would be carried out with due compliance of laws in force, especially the Bhagirathi notification of December 2012. They further stated that during the project implementation, they would ensure that no muck is thrown either into the river, water bodies or in the forest or green area down the hill. The NGT bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, said that in view of the statements made, the application is disposed of. The bench added, "We make it clear that in the event, there is violation of any law or breach of the statement as made before the Tribunal, the applicant would ...
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Turn off your faucet to fight climate change, rock icon Patti Smith says 16.9.2017 TOI: Intl Business
GLOBAL-CLIMATECHANGE/CONCERT:Turn off your faucet to fight climate change, rock icon Patti Smith says
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Incredible progress has been made to alleviate poverty, but a lot to be done: Bill Gates 13.9.2017 DNA: Top News
Great progress has been made since 1990 in alleviating global poverty, but much remains to be done, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said in a report out today. The foundation set up by the billionaire Microsoft co- founder plans to issue annual reports monitoring progress toward reaching a series of global sustainable development goals established by the United Nations in 2015. These goals, to be reached by 2030, include eliminating poverty and hunger, providing clean water and affordable energy, and fighting gender inequalities and climate change. The first Gates Foundation "Goalkeepers" report appears as the UN General Assembly prepares to meet in New York this month. The Gates report focused on 18 of the development indicators set by the United Nations. "We're trying to document the incredible progress" made around the world "including on key things like poverty and different disease areas," Bill Gates said in a statement. Childhood mortality under the age of five has dropped considerably, from ...
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Those who are climate change deniers are stupid: Pope Francis 11.9.2017 DNA: Top News
Pope Francis today slammed climate change doubters as "stupid" in the wake of a spate of hurricanes that have thrashed the US, Mexico and the Caribbean. "Those who deny it (climate change) should go to the scientists and ask them. They are very clear, very precise," the pontiff said today during a press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip. "A phrase from the Old Testament comes to mind: 'man is stupid, a stubborn, blind man'," he added. Francis said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of global warming. "These aren't opinions pulled out of thin air. They are very clear," he said. "They (world leaders) decide and history will judge those decisions," he added. The pope has been an ardent supporter of efforts to combat climate change and its consequences to the world's most vulnerable populations, in terms of pollution, disease, wars and migration. He has regularly ...
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Environment Minister inaugurates training workshop on capacity building of Indian Zoo Veterinarians on Animal Health Management in Captivity 11.9.2017 Govt of india: PIB
Appreciating the difficulties faced by the Zoo Veterinarians in the diagnosis of diseases and treatment of the wild animals kept in captivity, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that advancements such as C.A.T scan and M.R.I must be used for the benefit of animals.
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Creating the right environment 11.9.2017 DNA: Wide Angle
After terming it a 'roadblock ministry' under the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance government has set about changing the face of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to one that enables 'ease of business' while attempting to maintain sustainable development. While the jury is out on the 'sustainable development' aspect, over the last three years, the ministry has certainly gone about revising and overhauling the regulatory regime of environmental governance. This trend has continued as the ministry is in the process of ushering in more crucial changes to central environmental legislations such as Environment Protection Act, Coastal Regulation Zone notification, 2011, and is also on the cusp of approving commercial cultivation of a genetically modified crop for the first time. Ease of business At the heart of wholesale changes made in environmental regulations during the last three years has been the ...
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Defying Trump, U.S. Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body 8.9.2017 TOI: Intl Business
USA-CONGRESS/CLIMATECHANGE:Defying Trump, U.S. Senate panel approves funding for U.N. climate body
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Agriculture must attract youth, loan waivers no remedy: MS Swaminathan 5.9.2017 ET: Agriculture
Swaminathan also pitched for including pulses under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) to deal with the issue of deficiency of protein and micro-nutrients.
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BRICS Leaders Xiamen Declaration: Full text 4.9.2017 TOI: India
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The disrobing of Mumbai, layer by layer, plot by plot 31.8.2017 TOI: Cities
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Environment Ministry asks CPCB to issue Directions to Rajasthan SPCB to ensure proper Segregation and Collection of Industrial Effluent and Sewage in Bhiwadi 29.8.2017 Govt of india: PIB
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to issue directions under Section 18 (1)
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Goa government forms committee to monitor ESZs 27.8.2017 TOI: Goa
The Goa government has nominated Sandeep Azrenkar, Milind Gadgil and MK Janardhan as members of the state level eco-sensitive zone monitoring committee for a period of one year.
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HC unplugs silence zones in Mumbai till Monday 25.8.2017 DNA: Popular News
With Ganesh Chaturthi beginning today, organisers will be able to play music in silence zones that spread in a 100-metre radius around hospitals, educational institutes and courts. On Thursday, Justice Abhay Oka of the Bombay High Court, who was hearing a bunch of petitions highlighting the problem of noise pollution in the state, refused to recuse himself from the matter after the state government accused him of bias against it. The matter has been transferred to another Bench, and the next hearing has been posted for Monday. Meanwhile, there will be no silence zones in the state, as the state government is yet to re-notify silence zones following an amendment to the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Amendment rules, 2017 by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The state has already informed the Bombay High Court that the earlier silence zones would only be considered as a guiding factor in the re-notification. State government had earlier told Bombay High Court that it ...
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State's sea levels may rise by 0.38 metre by 2050 21.8.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Few decades on, structures near Mumbai's seashores may be inundated by rising sea levels. In what may drastically alter perceptions about climate change and its impact on coastal cities like Mumbai, a state government study has predicted a 0.38 metre rise in sea levels across Maharashtra by 2050. The Maharashtra Maritime Board's (MMB) shoreline management plan (SMP) has suggested that construction near the coast in Mumbai must rise to a minimum 7.59 metres above mean sea levels by 2050 to withstand storm surges and floods. While Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notifications regulate a 500 metre horizontal region from the high-tide line, the SMP lays down a vertical impact of the sea-level rise. This can be incorporated into urban and land use planning, serving as baseline data for planners executing shoreline infrastructure projects like Mumbai's coastal road. "This is Maharashtra's first SMP. Developed countries like Singapore and Australia have SMPs and consider them as reference points in coastal ...
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How to make the eople use toilets 18.8.2017 Rediff: Top Stories (India)
Lack of sanitation is leading to avoidable deaths of infants, and underweight and stunted children.
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US budget cuts will reduce aid to developing countries by up to 70%; disaster for world's poor: Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah 17.8.2017 DNA: Mumbai
Aid to help developing countries fight poverty, hunger, disease and climate change is likely to fall 50 to 70 percent under proposed U.S. budget cuts, a "disaster" for the world's poor, the president of The Rockefeller Foundation has warned. Closing the expected gap through private or charitable spending looks unlikely, added Rajiv Shah, who ran the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2009 to 2015. If the 15 largest U.S. foundations, including giants such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, combined their donations, the total would not match the cuts proposed just to USAID funding by President Donald Trump's administration, Shah said. "This is not the kind of problem philanthropy can step in and solve - or should," he said. "These are public-sector responsibilities." But philanthropists can play a key role in restoring badly eroded public faith in aid spending, by tracking results and proving investments work, he said. They can also push money into ventures - such as off-grid solar ...
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British government launches review to cut long-term energy costs 6.8.2017 TOI: Intl Business
BRITAIN-ENERGY/:British government launches review to cut long-term energy costs
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UN asks US to re-engage in 2015 Paris climate agreement 5.8.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The UN chief on Saturday urged the US to re-engage with the 2015 Paris climate agreement even after America submitted its formal communication indicating its intention to withdraw from the historic pact as soon as possible. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has received a notification from the US expressing the country's intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, his spokesman said. The notification received on Friday was communicated by US Permanent Representative to the UN Nikki Haley. "The Secretary-General received, in his capacity as Depositary of the Paris Agreement, a communication from the Permanent Representative of the US expressing the intention of the US to exercise its right to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, as soon as it is eligible to do so under the Agreement, unless it identifies suitable terms for reengagement," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. The Paris climate deal aims to prevent the Earth from heating up by 2C since the start of the industrial ...
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MoEF recommends dropping 7 hydel projects from Kameng River Basin 3.8.2017 DNA: Recent Columns
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEF & CC) has recommended dropping seven hydroelectric projects (HEPs) that have a total capacity of 2,337 Megawatts (MW), from the Kameng River Basin in Arunachal Pradesh due to their proximity to the Pakke Tiger Reserve, and unviable project locations. The MoEF has conveyed this to the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Water Resources, and the State government of Arunachal Pradesh, in a letter dated July 28. "Kameng-I, Kameng-II, Pakke, Seba, Pasar, Bichom stage-I, and Bichom-II have been recommended to be dropped from the basin. On other free stretches of the river, no further HEPs should be planned/allotted in the entire Kameng basin even if they are smaller than 25MW and do not fall under the purview of EIA notification, 2006," the letter states. A total of 44 HEPs, with cumulative installed capacity of 4,898.9 MW, were considered in the river basin study. Of the 44, 37 HEPs, with a total capacity of 2,561.9 MW, have been recommended and seven ...
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