Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers.He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by Kumar Sambhav Shrivastava

India, others get UN rules on tribal rights diluted

India has opposed international guidelines that require free or uninfluenced consent of tribal communities for commercially using their traditional knowledge at the global biodiversity negotiations in Cancun, Mexico.
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Updated on Dec 24, 2016 01:12 PM IST
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Cancun (Mexico) | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava

India third-largest importer of illegally logged wood: Study

India is the third largest importer of the illegally logged timber in the world, shows a study by the International Union of Forest Research Organisations, a world-wide collaboration of scientists and research institutions working on forestry sciences.
According to the report, 42% of the total roundwood and sawnwood traded globally, with an annual value of Rs 427 billion, is harvested illegally.(Shutterstock/representative image)
According to the report, 42% of the total roundwood and sawnwood traded globally, with an annual value of Rs 427 billion, is harvested illegally.(Shutterstock/representative image)
Updated on Dec 20, 2016 05:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Cancun (Mexico) | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava

Rich nations block biodiversity negotiations in Cancun

The 17 major biodiversity-rich countries of the world, including India, have blocked the move of developed countries to continue the commercial use of digitally available genetic sequence data of plants and animals from developing nations without sharing the benefits with the source countries.
Several gene sequencing projects are coming up across the world that are storing commercially valuable gene sequence information in online databases.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Several gene sequencing projects are coming up across the world that are storing commercially valuable gene sequence information in online databases.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Dec 20, 2016 02:26 PM IST
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City lacks plan to check industrial pollution

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Published on Oct 19, 2016 07:40 AM IST
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India gets more time than China to phase out HFCs

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Published on Oct 16, 2016 07:18 AM IST
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India wrests longer time frame than China for phasing out HFC in climate deal

India has succeeded in extracting a longer time frame for phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) gases to allow the transition of its refrigeration industry to cleaner options than the timelines agreed by developed countries and China.
In this file photo, a boy sleeps near an air conditioner shop at a marketplace in New Delhi. Nations reached a deal Saturday to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs - greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide that are used in air conditioners and refrigerators, in a major effort to fight climate change.(AP File Photo)
In this file photo, a boy sleeps near an air conditioner shop at a marketplace in New Delhi. Nations reached a deal Saturday to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs - greenhouse gases far more powerful than carbon dioxide that are used in air conditioners and refrigerators, in a major effort to fight climate change.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2016 06:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

India turns the heat on China over emissions

Distancing itself from China for the first time in climate talks, India has decided to put pressure on Beijing to take the lead in phasing down use of Hydrofluorocarbons
Tourists exit the Forbidden City on a day with high levels of air pollution in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.(AP Photo)
Tourists exit the Forbidden City on a day with high levels of air pollution in Beijing, Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 10, 2016 02:08 PM IST
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Bureau of Indian Standards raises the bar for cities to get ‘smart’ tag

Some of the indicators that the draft standards, released by BIS on September 30, seek to incorporate to assess services and quality of life are air pollution, carbon emission, renewable energy consumption, per capita GDP, unemployment rate and girl child enrolment in schools.
Smart cities look to deliver the best means of mobility, healthy environment, a better quality of life, and efficient governance to its citizens.(Representational Image: Shutterstock)
Smart cities look to deliver the best means of mobility, healthy environment, a better quality of life, and efficient governance to its citizens.(Representational Image: Shutterstock)
Updated on Oct 06, 2016 09:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Delhi haze: When farm fires poison the capital’s air

Whether Delhi breaths less toxic air this winter will depend on how effectively policies put in place over the past one year are implemented
Despite a ban, a farmer burns paddy straw in a field in Patiala. The Delhi government has written to Punjab and Rajasthan to not allow the practice of burning crops this year and look for other alternatives.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
Despite a ban, a farmer burns paddy straw in a field in Patiala. The Delhi government has written to Punjab and Rajasthan to not allow the practice of burning crops this year and look for other alternatives.(Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2016 02:04 PM IST
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India ratifies Paris climate treaty: Here’s all you need to know

India, the world’s fourth-largest carbon emitter with its population of 1.3 billion people, ratified the Paris agreement on climate change on Sunday to become the 62nd nation to join the deal.
India ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with the UN on Oct. 2, 2016.(Dijeshwar Sngh / HT Photot)
India ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change with the UN on Oct. 2, 2016.(Dijeshwar Sngh / HT Photot)
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 03:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Tigers vulnerable to poaching: 30% of illegal trade export from India

India seized the highest numbers of tigers and tiger products between 2000 and 2015, indicating that the country’s national animal is the most vulnerable to poaching for international trade.
India has the highest population of tigers in the wild, accounting for 2,226 of the estimated 3,890 tigers worldwide.(AFP File Photo)
India has the highest population of tigers in the wild, accounting for 2,226 of the estimated 3,890 tigers worldwide.(AFP File Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 09:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Paris deal ratification not linked with NSG membership: Environment minister

India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is not linked to ratifying Paris climate agreement, said environment, forest and climate change minister Anil Madhav Dave, a day before India ratifies the pact.
India’s membership to the NSG is not linked to ratifying Paris climate agreement, said environment, forest and climate change minister Anil Madhav Dave.(HT File Photo)
India’s membership to the NSG is not linked to ratifying Paris climate agreement, said environment, forest and climate change minister Anil Madhav Dave.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 02, 2016 01:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Govt will need 32 years to build 2.3 lakh toilets in Varanasi: Study

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi will need 32 more years to build the 2.3 lakh toilets planned by the Centre for October 2019, a study on the rate of building toilets, by Delhi-based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), has shown.
Access to washrooms is one of the development targets endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Shutterstock/Representative image)
Access to washrooms is one of the development targets endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Shutterstock/Representative image)
Updated on Oct 01, 2016 12:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Himachal govt withdraws SC petition against NGT order on Kashang hydro project

The Congress government in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday withdrew its petition challenging a recent National Green Tribunal order that stopped a hydropower project in the state until affected gram sabhas cleared it, within a week of filing it in the Supreme Court.
The move came after the Congress leadership at the Centre took a stand against the position of the state government which party leaders say was seen against the spirit of the forest rights act (FRA).(HT Photo/Representative Image)
The move came after the Congress leadership at the Centre took a stand against the position of the state government which party leaders say was seen against the spirit of the forest rights act (FRA).(HT Photo/Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 08, 2016 05:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

HP slams order to get gram sabha nod for hydro project

In what could come as an embarrassment to the Congress that has been accusing the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of “diluting” the Forest Rights Act (FRA), the Himachal Pradesh government has opposed an order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which asked it to place a hydroelectric project proposal before the affected gram sabhas for approval under the tribal rights law. The Himachal government said the NGT order cannot be followed as the gram sabhas members are unskilled.
Published on Sep 05, 2016 09:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Javadekar withdrew 2% cess on industrial projects near sanctuaries, national parks

Environment ministry issued an advisory to states last October charging 2% cess on projects coming up near wildlife areas for implementing the ‘Impact Mitigation Plan’, but withdrew it within a month.
Prakash Javadekar’s record as environment minister scrutinised.(PTI file photo)
Prakash Javadekar’s record as environment minister scrutinised.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2016 12:07 PM IST
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Biodiversity law crippled at the grassroots

Less than 3% of local bodies spread in 15 states have prepared the people’s biodiversity registers (PBRs) — a mandatory requirement under the Biological Diversity Act. The PB Rs are record sofa region’ s biological resources—plants, animals and the traditional knowledge of the locals.
Found only in India, China and Bhutan, black-necked cranes are a vulnerable species. The Environment Impact Assessment report of a proposed hydroelectric project in the Zemithang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh did not mention that the valley is one of the few wintering sites of the birds globally. After the fact was brought out by locals, the NGT suspended the project’s environment clearance.(Lham Tsering)
Found only in India, China and Bhutan, black-necked cranes are a vulnerable species. The Environment Impact Assessment report of a proposed hydroelectric project in the Zemithang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh did not mention that the valley is one of the few wintering sites of the birds globally. After the fact was brought out by locals, the NGT suspended the project’s environment clearance.(Lham Tsering)
Updated on Aug 12, 2016 10:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Forests valued at Rs 115 trillion but settlers left in the lurch

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Published on Aug 10, 2016 11:58 AM IST
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India’s forests valued at Rs 115 trillion, but tribals unlikely to get a share

India’s forests are worth as much as the Bombay Stock Exchange with a notional value of Rs 115 trillion but the money collected from diverting parts of this land for industries won’t go to communities that live in and are dependent on the jungles.
A panel in 2013 suggested the NPV money be distributed between local communities, state governments and the Centre.(Hindustan Times file)
A panel in 2013 suggested the NPV money be distributed between local communities, state governments and the Centre.(Hindustan Times file)
Updated on Aug 10, 2016 03:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

State governments slam door on forest rights claimants

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Published on Jul 28, 2016 10:34 AM IST
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States rejected 8 out of every 10 claims for land by tribals last year

Eight out of 10 claims for land title by forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act were rejected last year, tribal affairs ministry data shows.
Eight out of 10 claims for land title by forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act were rejected last year.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
Eight out of 10 claims for land title by forest dwellers under the Forest Rights Act were rejected last year.(HT File Photo/Representative image)
Updated on Jul 28, 2016 12:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Govt exempts big realty from green assessment

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Published on Jul 13, 2016 09:30 AM IST
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Govt exempts big realty from obtaining environmental clearance

Going against its own orders, issued six months ago, the environment ministry has decided to exempt big buildings and real estate projects from taking environment clearance, a mandatory requirement under the law for the past more than a decade.
The environment ministry has decided to exempt big buildings and real estate projects from taking environment clearance.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
The environment ministry has decided to exempt big buildings and real estate projects from taking environment clearance.(Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2016 01:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Plantation projects on an overdrive but green cover shows little increase

Massive plantation drives by states over the past decade have not translated into any significant increase in India’s green cover, an analysis of government data shows, raising concerns over the efficacy of money-guzzling schemes.
The environment ministry claims to have carried out plantation on 19.64 million hectare (ha) under various government schemes between 2003 and 2014. But the corresponding increase in forest cover was only 2.4 million ha.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)
The environment ministry claims to have carried out plantation on 19.64 million hectare (ha) under various government schemes between 2003 and 2014. But the corresponding increase in forest cover was only 2.4 million ha.(Sakib Ali/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 03, 2016 10:24 AM IST
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Govt makes a U-turn on move to amend forest policy

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Published on Jun 26, 2016 09:21 AM IST
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Govt makes a U-turn on move to amend national forest policy

Ten days after issuing an office memorandum (OM) inviting comments on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2016, the Union environment ministry has backtracked on its decision, saying what it had “inadvertently” uploaded on its website as the draft policy was just a “study”.
Ten days after issuing an office memorandum (OM) inviting comments on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2016, the Union environment ministry has backtracked on its decision.(HT File Photo)
Ten days after issuing an office memorandum (OM) inviting comments on the Draft National Forest Policy, 2016, the Union environment ministry has backtracked on its decision.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2016 12:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

NDA cleared more projects in wildlife habitats in 2 yrs than UPA did in 5 yrs

The National Board of Wildlife has cleared more industrial projects in and around wildlife habitats in past two years of NDA rule than what its predecessor UPA-II did in its tenure of five years, accordint to data compiled by the Centre for Science and Environment.
Representative picture. The NDA government has cleared more industrial projects in forestlands in two years than the UPA-II did in five years.(Manoj Kumar / HT Photo)
Representative picture. The NDA government has cleared more industrial projects in forestlands in two years than the UPA-II did in five years.(Manoj Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2016 11:31 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Regulator sat on decision to ban cancer-causing ingredient in bread for 4 years

A recent study found 85% of bread and bakery samples tested in Delhi contained potassium bromate, a known carcinogen. An HT investigation has now revealed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had made up its mind to ban the chemical’s use as a food additive four years ago but never implemented its decision.
Potassium Bromate — used to make bread rise — is known to cause cancer of the thyroid, kidney and abdominal lining, and is banned in several countries including the European Union, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.(HT File Photo)
Potassium Bromate — used to make bread rise — is known to cause cancer of the thyroid, kidney and abdominal lining, and is banned in several countries including the European Union, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2016 12:04 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

‘SC hiked relief in 6 out of 10 cases of land acquisition’

The Supreme Court (SC) has increased the compensation amount in every six out of 10 cases of land acquisition where the compensation awarded for land by the government was challenged by the landowners.
The Supreme Court (SC) has increased the compensation amount in every six out of 10 cases of land acquisition.
The Supreme Court (SC) has increased the compensation amount in every six out of 10 cases of land acquisition.
Updated on Jun 03, 2016 10:47 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, New Delhi

Have made Rs 10L crore investment by clearing projects: Javadekar

In the two years of NDA government, the Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change has been constantly in news for bringing policy changes that affect business and environment.
Minister of Environment, Prakash Javadekar, at his residence in Kushak Road, New Delhi on Tuesday.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Minister of Environment, Prakash Javadekar, at his residence in Kushak Road, New Delhi on Tuesday.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2016 04:57 PM IST
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