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Rising pressure on land as India launches urban forest plan

By : Sustainability ..., Jun 9, 2020

A plan to create urban forests in India would help mitigate the effects of climate change in the country’s polluted cities, but could lead to evictions and result in plantations that harm the environment, planning experts said on Monday. The 200 urban forests will be...

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‘Badly-timed, serious infestation’: Official on locust attack

By : Sustainability ..., May 27, 2020

With a locust outbreak ravaging parts of western India, a Union Environment Ministry official said on Tuesday that it was a very badly-timed “serious infestation” that has occurred when the country is already in the middle of a pandemic. “Locusts are a regular feature in the...

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Activists want no extension of clearance to Himachal hydro project

By : Sustainability ..., May 18, 2020

Close to 1,000 representatives of environmental action groups, locals and academics have asked the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change not to grant extension of clearance to the state-run Kashang hydropower project in geologically fragile Kinnaur in Himachal...

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Around 4K objections against draft EIA rules filed from Maharashtra

By : Sustainability ..., May 8, 2020

Alleging that the Centre was diluting environment protection laws to allow construction in ecologically important areas, citizens and environment groups have filed 3,971 objections against the draft environment impact assessment (EIA) notification, 2020 proposed by the Union...

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Govt to do away with mandatory washing of coal for thermal power units

By : Sustainability ..., May 6, 2020

The Centre is planning to do away with the mandatory requirement of washing of coal before it is transported to thermal power stations. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), in a discussion note, suggested that coal washing should be done away with...

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Environment ministry releases draft version of battery waste management rules

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 28, 2020

India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has made available the draft version of Battery Waste Management Rules, 2020 for comment. The new rules, when enforced, will replace the earlier Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001, with amendments made to...

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Forest cover increasing but still lower than 33 per cent target: Official

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 21, 2020

The forest cover in India is increasing but is still lower than the targeted 33 per cent of the total geographical area under the country''s forest policy, an official said here on Thursday. Talking to PTI on the sidelines of a regional training programme for...

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Coal India adheres to environmental, sustainable standards: CMD

By : Sustainability ..., Jan 27, 2020

Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Saturday said its coal producing subsidiaries follow environmental and sustainable standards but there could be "some stray cases" of lapses. The miner's comment came after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in a report, said that six...

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India completes phase-out of ozone depleting chemical HCFC-141b: Environment Ministry

By : Sustainability ..., Jan 23, 2020

India has successfully completed the phasing out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b, used by foam manufacturing companies and one of the most potent ozone-depleting chemicals, the Union Environment Ministry said on Wednesday. Ozone occurs naturally in small amounts in the...

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India's forest and tree cover rises to 24.56%: IFSR

By : Sustainability ..., Dec 31, 2019

Forest and tree cover rises more than 130 million hectares in the last four years The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar released the biennial, India State of Forest Report (ISFR). The report is published by the Forest Survey of India...

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