Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
TopicEnvironment Ministry

Topic: Environment Ministry

NGT decisions causing losses to industry, need to look at its mandate — ministerial panel

The group of ministers looking into making India a manufacturing hub has flagged how NGT's decisions could be pushing industry into litigation.

Hurdle to investment or disaster in the making? Environmental rules change sparks debate

Modi govt argues environmental impact assessment rules are too onerous & deter investment in an economy that shrank almost 24% in Q1.

Finish installing smog towers in Delhi in 10 months or face contempt, SC tells Centre

Tata Consultancy will be responsible for installing smog towers, which are air purifiers, while National Buildings Construction Corporation will construct them.

500 scientists, academics tell ministry how draft EIA ‘threatens environmental security’

In open letter to environment ministry, researchers say draft EIA notification should be withdrawn, call for an improved and more inclusive environmental decision making process.

Modi govt gets over 17 lakh responses to draft EIA, will vet them to prepare final version

Draft EIA was published by environment ministry in March. It has, however, invited flak from activists & opposition who say the new rules will harm environment.

Pregnant elephant may have accidentally eaten cracker-filled fruit: Environment Ministry

The Environment Ministry also noted that locals often resort to an illegal act of planting explosive-filled fruits to repel wild boars from entering plantation farms.

Locust attack badly-timed serious infestation, says environment ministry official

Soumitra Dasgupta, IG Wildlife at Ministry of Environment, said that it happens on a small scale but the current attack is a once-in-a-three decade situation.

How Farakka barrage & govt’s river linking project can sink Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta

Ganga–Brahmaputra–Meghna delta also faces threat from sea-level rise around it as recent study says sea level could reach 85-140 cm by end of this century.

India wants more Blue Flag beaches, set to identify 20 sites for the voluntary eco-label

Modi govt identified 13 pilot beaches in July 2019 for voluntary eco-label Blue Flag. Ten of these sites are likely to be sent for certification soon.

India’s green cover up by over 5,000 sq km but existing forests lost trees: 2018 survey

India State of Forest Report shows maximum increase in tree and forest cover in Karnataka, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

On Camera

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Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

Defence

By special arrangement

Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2020.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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