Keyword : Environment

Change lifestyle, otherwise eco fight will be a waste: Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the National Air Quality Index, to monitor pollution levels in 10 major cities and inaugurated the two-day conference of state environment ministers

Navalawala to head task force on interlinking of rivers

The government has constituted a ‘task force’ to frame road map for massive national river linking project. The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga

On earth day, see how UNDP is saving energy with a cup of tea

With over 1000 tea factories, we are the second largest producer and exporter of tea after China. However, the tea processing is highly expensive and energy consuming business. Energ

Environment comes alive at Varanasi’s garbage dump

Nature and its elements have taken the place where there was once filth and heaps of garbage. Initiating the concept of public art  in the holy town of Varanasi, visual arts stu

Tough norms on emission and water consumption for thermal power plants likely

As India takes lead in world climate change policies, the ministry of environment, forests and climate change has drafted new emission and water consumption standards for thermal power plants.

Plastic bag impedes human evolution

A plastic bag is impeding human evolution or say, making us irresponsible. How can a filthy but convenient product like a plastic bag affect human intelligence? Every city in India i

Oil India gets consent to produce 1 mmscmd gas in Jaisalmer

State-run Oil India Ltd has got environment clearance for drilling 20 wells in three blocks in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan for production of 1 mmscmd gas at an estimated cost of Rs 96 crore.

This is how Puducherry treats wastewater

Puducherry has come up with an eco-friendly way of treating water in a fishing hamlet Chinna Kalapet. Based on a technology called SHEFROL (sheet flow root level) bioreactor, the wastewater treatme

“#OccupyYamuna”? Before Sri Sri’s extravaganza, it was Akshardham

Going by the activities over the years in the riverbed and floodplains in Delhi, there seems to be a veritable #OccupyYamuna campaign going on. Sri Sri Ravishankar’s

Sri Sri Uvach: don’t politicize destruction of Yamuna

Facing a barrage of allegations and a case in National Green Tribunal (NGT), Art of Living Foundation head and noted spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has appealed to all “to not politici

Art of Living event is violence on environment: Bharati Chaturvedi

Noted environmental activist Bharati Chaturvedi has said that she considers the construction activities in preparation for the world culture festival in the Yamuna river plains, an act of violence

NGT allows Sri Sri to hold event, fines AoL Rs 5 crore

Giving a go ahead to the Art of Living (AoL) foundation to hold the

Won’t pay fine: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

A defiant Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, in an interview to

NGT threatens to withdraw permission if AoL doesn`t pay fine

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has threatened to revoke permission for the

Yamuna is dirty because Modi hates Kejriwal!

It may sound odd but the Yamuna, the venue of the three-day long World Cultural Festival being organised by Art of Living Foundation of Sri Sri Ravishankar, is flowing dirty because prime minister

I didn’t call the army: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said his government was not responsible for calling the army for making pontoon bridges over the Yamuna river for the World Culture Festival of

And the show goes on – with Modi on WCF dais

Activists, courts, and finally even the rain could not stop Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s World Culture Festival. Prime minister Narendra Modi too ignored alerts about its rickety dais and attended

Twitter weighs in on AoL controversy

The three-day World Culture Festival has begun on the flood plains of the Yamuna. The controversies surrounding the event failed to upset the participants and spectators who have gathered at the ve

Protestors at World Culture Festival venue allegedly heckled by cops

Around 4.30 on Friday evening a band of 20 protestors led by voluntary organisation Sweccha gathered opposite gate number one of the World Culture Festival (WCF). They were protesting with black ba

Online protest will not help Yamuna: Kapil Mishra

Lashing out at some of the detractors of the World Culture festival, organised by the Art of Living (AoL) foundation, Delhi water resources and tourism minister Kapil Mishra has said that nowaday

After Kakrapar, probe all similar reactors, demands Greenpeace

After a serious leakage accident at the Kakrapar atomic power station in Gujarat on March 11, environmental activist group Greenpeace India has called for an immediate independent investigation of

A cultural extravaganza or a damp squib?

Unpredictable rains, “unsafe stage”, and environment activists could not dampen the spirits of Sri Sri Ravishankar’s three-day mega event, World Culture Festival. Dubbed as a &ldq

Obama sees climate change, especially in Indian subcontinent, as threat No 1

Late in his presidency, Barack Obama looks at the future and finds climate change as the most worrisome factor – and he is also worried about drought, famine and “displacement from the

Increasing penalty for eco-vandalism will help: Expert

Close to the World Cultural Festival organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living (AoL), purportedly, causing damage to the flood plain of river Yamuna in Delhi, the centre is mullin

Here`s how Earth day is being observed across the globe

World is observing the 46th Earth day on Friday. Leaders from 160 countries will sign the Paris Climate Agreement on the occasion to stem global warming. According to reports, one b

What makes a city smart?

The debate on what indeed is a ‘smart city’ continues to reverberate even almost a year after the mission on smart cities was launched in June 2015. Environmentalists keep insisting on

Death of a river

On a dry winter morning in December 2012, while crossing the bridge over what seemed like narrow waterway in an eastern UP town, I noticed a mountain of garbage in the stream. This shrunken, pollut

This is how automobiles have affected India’s environment

In 15-years, automobile production in India increased by 339.5 %. The total production in 2001-02 was 53,16,302, this increased to 2,33,66,246 in 2014-15, recording an absolute growth of 1,80,49,94

A bill that may help Uttarakhand restore its forest

The forest fire which has been raging in Uttarakhand for the past few days has caused widespread destruction and has left environmentalists worried. The fire has undoubtedly caused extensive damage

Hunger for coal before thirst for water

 Even as the country reels under severe drought, information secured by Greenpeace through RTI suggests that the government is willing to overlook the policy meant to protect pristine forests,

A web portal to enhance transparency in environmental regulation

 The government has launched a web-based application on integrated waste management system (IWMS), ‘iwms.nic.in’, for better management of waste. All the industries dealing in haza

The forest hymn

Loknath Nauri comes home with a large herd of cattle. He had taken them out for grazing in the forest. But surprisingly they are not milch cows. “Only one of these gives milk and that too is

Arunachal Pradesh tops in preservation and conservation of environment, Uttarakhand at the bottom

The Public Affairs Centre, a not for profit organisation, assessed states and union territories using data available in the public domain in key areas of governance and came out with ‘Public

Stories you must read over the weekend

At Kondhavguda village, most people are out in the forest to pick wild food or firewood, tending to farms, washing at streams or carving out bricks from a muddy ditch. Aadi Kumbruka looks much youn

Mumbai: Citizens join hands to oppose Coast Road project

Some 15 citizen organisations and resident associations have come together on a common platform called Apna Mumbai Abhiyan to protest against big infrastructure projects in the city approved withou

PM suggests involving business groups for tiger conservation

Calling conservation a means to achieve development, prime minister Narendra Modi said that various business groups can be involved in tiger protection programme through corporate social responsibi

Thailand to host 10th Eco-products International Fair 2016

To create awareness and address the challenges of achieving sustainable growth in its member countries across the Asia-Pacific region, the Asian Productivity Organization (APO) in collaboration wit

Combating mercury poisoning

Many of us have fond childhood memories of playing with droplets of mercury spilled out of a broken thermometer. A dark silver-coloured shiny liquid was a plaything for kids and perhaps still is, b

Must read stories on world environment day

June 05 is observed as world environment day across the globe. According to United Nations Environment Programme, this year’s theme is on the illegal trade in wildlife. Read de

302 polluted stretches along 275 rivers across India

There are 302 polluted river stretches along 275 rivers in the country. The pollution assessment is based on the bio-chemical oxygen demand (BOD) levels which are the key indicators of pollution, M

Why pump life into Saraswati when other rivers are on deathbed?

The river Saraswati flowed steadily for over 2,000 years, before dying over 4,000 years back. The Haryana government is now intent on bringing it back to life, even as many other rivers across the

A sinking feeling about carbon sink

After cruising on the Yamuna Expressway for over an hour, I reach Runakta, a small village on the outskirts of Agra city. Here, I was told, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has creat

And dirty flows the Ganga

“The river [Ganga] is no ordinary image in which the divine has come to dwell. She is celestial-unmediated and immediate. Whatever is holy, whatever is merciful, whatever is utterly auspiciou

From saving Narmada to critiquing development, NBA has come a long way

Medha Patkar and the movement led by her, the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), evoke sharp responses. Many label them anti-development, anti-technology and in cahoots with those who do not wan

Experts stress on the need to scale up village water safety and security process

Scaling up village water safety and security (VWSS) can help improve access to quality drinking water and condition of household toilets. It can also help face floods and drought situations, NGO sa

Ganga dam(ned)

The government aims to profit from the longest river of the country by using it as a water highway. It has expressed interest in dredging lengthy stretches of the Ganga, building barrages and thus

Sanitation with livelihood can improve Ganga’s water quality: Jaco Cilliers, UNDP

The union government in May partnered with UNDP India and launched Namami Gan

Understanding Cauvery water dispute

Life in Bengaluru came to a halt this week following the Cauvery water protest that led to the worst violence in ten years.  States of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have always been in conflict ove

All you need to know about Paris Agreement

At COP 21 in Paris, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions a

BRICS by people’s BRICS: A message for Modi et al

Ahead of the BRICS Summit, underway in Goa from Saturday, a clutch of civil society movements f

Cauvery water dispute “because of greed”

India’s leading water expert and president of the South Asia Consortium for Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, S Janakarajan, wonders why Chennai, a city that receives 1,250 mm ra

Farmers in Cauvery delta region fear crop failure

The supreme court has asked Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu every day till further orders. However, farmers living near Cauvery delta region are worried as their li

Delhi govt’s measures to tackle pollution are too little too late: Greenpeace

As the Delhi government announced emergency measures to help citizens cope with the public health crisis of hazardous air pollution levels, Greenpeace India has reiterated the central demands of it

India now needs a new national capital

Delhi is sick. It is wheezing and coughing. Its roads are packed with vehicles

Gandhian, environmentalist Anupam Mishra is no more

 Anupam Mishra, an activist-scholar who redefined cross-connections between Gandhian thought and environmentalism, died Monday morning after a protracted battle with prostate cancer. He was 68

In Ballia, how poisonous arsenic has ravaged the rivers

Arsenic took my brother’s life. He had developed a wound on his foot from where blood and pus used to ooze out all the time. Despite that, he fought for all of us and tried his best to bring

Join the club, let’s discuss biodiversity!

At a time when the biggest seller of weapons is bestowed

Water may be put in the concurrent list

Union minister Uma Bharti on Friday said that the centre is discussing the issue of bringing water into concurrent list with states. To place water in the concurrent list is a propos

A green train of thought

The growing consumption of diesel has been a matter of concern for the Indian Railways. Not only does its emission cause environmental damage, buying diesel involves huge  foreign exchange out

Delhi in your lungs

Sohan Lal, a traffic constable with Delhi police, is often short of breath, suffers bouts of wheezing and coughing, and sometimes complains of chest pain. He’s only 33 and was recruited after

Vietnam to host Eco-products International Fair

The Asian Productivity Organization (APO) and Vietnam National Productivity Institute (VNPI) announced that the 11th Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) will be hosted in Ho Chi Minh City, Vie

SC orders compensation to Sardar Sarovar dam oustees

The supreme court has ordered the distribution of compensation to families affected by the Sardar Sarovar dam project. Each family will receive Rs 60 lakh per for two hectares of land. Moreover, ab

Ganga is now comparatively clean – in some stretches

The 2,500 km long river Ganga is relatively clean in some parts. Union minister Vijay Goel informed the Lok Sabha that water quality monitoring of river Ganga is being carried out by

The unbearable weight of scorched earth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in independent analyses, have declared 2016 the hottest year since 1880. Sci

Ganga, Modi and people’s unwavering faith

When the truth was a few steps away from Modi’s gaze In November 2014, prime minister Narendra Modi made his first visit to his constituency Varanasi and laun

DJB unveils Yamuna river project

Delhi Jal Board, in collaboration with University of Virginia on Thursday unveiled the Yamuna River Project with a symposium cum exhibition as a part of the overall effort to map out an expansive,

A happy, gurgling Ganga and that sinking feeling

The river Ganga that the people in the plains know is very ill. It is odious. Well, what they perhaps don’t realise is that the river is not like that when she begins her journey from the Gan

ADB’s 50th anniversary, civil society’s 100 protests

A section of people’s movements and other civil society organisations across India are holding more than 100 protest actions between May 1 and May 7 to mark the 50th anniversary of the establ

The carbon debate, with shades of grey

Is the world getting greener? That would be a paradox when nations are putting their heads together to find ways to fight global warming. While the world is condemning carbon dioxide (CO2) a

Anil Madhav Dave did Narmada parikrama with Cessna

Anil Madhav Dave, the environment minister who passed away on Thursday, was a maverick in politics: he was an amateur pilot and once he did the parikrama, or circumambulation, of the Narmada river

Stripped of sand

Sand mining was once an activity that provided an alternative source of livelihood to the fisherfolk living on the outskirts of Mumbai. Today, relentless, mechanical sand mining has not only snatch



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