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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated on Oct 15, 2016 06:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByKumar Sambhav Shrivastava, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.