Tuesday, 5 July, 2022
TopicMinistry of Environment

Topic: Ministry of Environment

Why Parliamentary panel for environment wants a new mechanism to manage human-animal conflict

A committee led by Jairam Ramesh wants changes in the Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill, 2021. It also wants a clause that allows the transport of live elephants scrapped.  

With top advisory panel’s cautious nod, govt closer to approving oil drilling in forest areas

Forest Advisory Committee gives 'in principle' approval for drilling based on Directorate General of Hydrocarbons report, but says it’s contingent on Wildlife Institute’s sanction.

Lutyens’ Delhi a jungle? Experts refuse to buy govt claim that forest cover grew by 2,261 sq km

According to experts, the Ministry’s claims of increased forest cover should not be taken at face value because of flaws in methodology in measuring forest cover & calculating increase.

These are the 7 criteria Modi govt will use for ranking states on environment clearance

Office memo issued 17 January says the system has been put in place to 'incentivise states through a star-rating system', based on efficiency & timeliness in granting clearances.

Why haven’t vacancies in states been filled? Parliament panel pulls up govt on forest fires

The panel says environment ministry hasn't responded to committee's observation on lack of human resources in forest departments, wants it to submit action taken report.

SubscriberWrites: Time to see climate change in terms of national, personal security and cause of economic crash

Currently, public awareness around climate change is quite narrow, as the reportage of natural disasters usually cover it as a matter-of-fact one-off occurrence, writes Ameya Karnad.

Ministerial panel questioning NGT mandate, but forgets the body is always on Centre’s side

The National Green Tribunal decided on 34 appeals against the Centre’s decision to grant environmental clearances in 2020 — it dismissed all except three.

Elephant death ‘inhumane’, Modi govt asks Kerala to identify officers who acted irresponsibly

Calling it a case of negligence, the environment ministry asked the Kerala govt to look into the matter on priority & nab the culprits immediately.

Modi govt amends mining law, community work will not require green clearance

Environment ministry has exempted several activities, including mining by potters and construction work under MNREGA, from needing green clearance.

Modi govt drafts new rules on battery waste management, wants people to give suggestions

The rules will make it mandatory for manufacturers and dealers to collect used batteries against the new ones they sell.

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India has interests on both sides of US-China divide. Cold War holds clues for path ahead

India’s strategic balance is weighted towards the West and its economic balance is towards China. But it needs more to build a multipolar world order.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.

Defence

ThePrint team | Rafale M jet (left) and Boeing's F/A-18 Super Hornet (right)

Indian Navy to go for govt-to-govt deal with US or France for fighter planes

Navy is in the process of expediting a trial report into operational demonstration by Rafale M of French firm Dassault Aviation and F/A 18 Super Hornet of American company Boeing.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.
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