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Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar.(File photo)

India forms high-level committee to implement Paris Agreement targets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:20 PM IST
The high-level inter-ministerial Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement will be chaired by enviroment ministry secretary and its purpose would be to generate a coordinated response on climate change matters
National Green Tribunal (HT Photo)
National Green Tribunal (HT Photo)

Rs 800 crore Environment Relief Fund lying unused, NGT slams Environment ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Karan Manral
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 04:03 PM IST
The funds are meant for victims of accidents in the process of handling hazardous substances. “Travesty of justice,” the NGT said, on the non-utilisation of funds.
When FGD is fitted to coal fired power plants, the flue gas temperature in the chimney is low.
When FGD is fitted to coal fired power plants, the flue gas temperature in the chimney is low.

Power plant contractor saves cost while exposing UPRVUNL to increased risk

UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 07:04 PM IST
The Jawaharpur project is owned by Jawaharpur Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (JVUNL) which is a 100% subsidiary company of UPRVUNL. Both projects are designed and constructed by Korean company Doosan and both will use efficient “Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) Plants” as mandated by Ministry of Environment, Forest, And Climate Change (MoEFCC).
An environment ministry panel led by ecologist Madhav Gadgil in 2011 recommended that 129,037 sq km in the Western Ghats be notified as eco-sensitive and protected. But another panel reduced the proposed area further.(HT file)
An environment ministry panel led by ecologist Madhav Gadgil in 2011 recommended that 129,037 sq km in the Western Ghats be notified as eco-sensitive and protected. But another panel reduced the proposed area further.(HT file)

NGT sets fresh deadline to complete Western Ghats ESA notification

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2020 11:42 AM IST
The panel said there is no justification for continued delay merely because the states have sought exclusion of areas from eco-sensitive zones
Protesters said they were adhering to social distancing norms and reducing the risk of spread of infection by carrying their own sanitisers, consumables and posters.(HT photo)
Protesters said they were adhering to social distancing norms and reducing the risk of spread of infection by carrying their own sanitisers, consumables and posters.(HT photo)

‘Global climate strike’: Youngsters, activists take to streets in Delhi, demand action

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 07:55 PM IST
A group of protesters had gathered at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Friday afternoon demanding inclusive, attainable environmental plans, among other things.
Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)
Parliamentarians in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)

Parliament monsoon session: Char Dham road project not referred for appraisal, says ministry in Rajya Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2020 05:38 PM IST
The ministry was responding to a question on whether mandatory Environment Impact Assessment was avoided to fast-track the project and the reason for fast-tracking it in hilly and mountainous terrain
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)
Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using plastic pens(Twitter/pinklizardpromo)

Environment Ministry suggests ‘buy back’ and other models for re-using plastic pens

New Delhi [India] | By Asian News International | Posted by Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 02:30 PM IST
Instead of disposing plastic pens when they are no longer useful for consumers, Environment Ministry suggests different models for re-using them
Burnt and unburnt butts of 10 cigarette brands and beedi brands were used in the study, according to CSIR-IITR. ( Representative Photo: Reuters)
Burnt and unburnt butts of 10 cigarette brands and beedi brands were used in the study, according to CSIR-IITR. ( Representative Photo: Reuters)

Cigarette, beedi butts are not toxic, claims study

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 06:48 PM IST
Some studies suggest cigarette butts are toxic to microbes, insects, and fish etc. But the recent CSIR-IITR study claims that arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium, and cobalt were either below the level of detection or many fold lower than the threshold value in the brands they tested.
Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants, trees, shrubs or ground fern of tropical and subtropical intertidal regions of the world. (HT photo)
Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants, trees, shrubs or ground fern of tropical and subtropical intertidal regions of the world. (HT photo)

Build mangrove cells across all coastal states: Environment ministry panel

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2020 09:06 AM IST
Mangroves act as a natural buffer against storm surges, cyclones and sea level rise.
Last month Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar had said that India has achieved reduction of 21 per cent in emission intensity of its GDP between 2005 and 2014, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)
Last month Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar had said that India has achieved reduction of 21 per cent in emission intensity of its GDP between 2005 and 2014, thereby achieving its pre-2020 voluntary target.(BLOOMBERG NEWS)

Carbon emissions for 2020 to come down by 8% due to lockdown: Environment ministry

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 27, 2020 03:00 PM IST
J P Gupta, Chairman, Environment Committee, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry said environment is a key driving factor for running industries and there is a need to be considerate towards the environment for sustainability and growth.
The proposed all-weather road will connect the four shrines of Uttarakhand -- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. (Santosh Bhatt/HT Photo)
The proposed all-weather road will connect the four shrines of Uttarakhand -- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. (Santosh Bhatt/HT Photo)

Committee on Char Dham project divided over green impact

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Suparna Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 05:50 PM IST
The report points out that the occurrence of landslides has been enhanced by vertical or near-vertical cuts without sufficient slope vulnerability analysis in the fragile Himalayas.
Circus Artists performing with birds during the special show of Asiad Circus at Shastri Park in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Circus Artists performing with birds during the special show of Asiad Circus at Shastri Park in New Delhi.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

See if animals stuck in circuses need rehab, court tells authorities

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2020 12:55 AM IST
Acting on a plea that said animals were starving due to the bankruptcy of circuses amid Covid-19, a bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rajnish Bhatnagar asked the board to file a status report with regard to the survey.
While undertaking the reform process, however, India’s fragile environment must not become a casualty(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
While undertaking the reform process, however, India’s fragile environment must not become a casualty(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Reform, but with a green focus

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2020 08:59 PM IST
In the quest for growth, don’t undermine the environment
Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from Covid-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Medics in PPE kits during a demonstration on taking samples from Covid-19 suspected patients at a drive-through test facility.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Covid-19: Slow testing pipeline as big a worry as kit delay

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sanchita Sharma
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2020 10:01 AM IST
The 26,351 samples processed on Wednesday, according to data released by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), represents a fivefold increase over the roughly 5,000 a day number at the beginning of the month.
All planned launches by Niine Sanitary Napkins are with biodegradable disposal bags, which have been included in the packs without charging incremental price to the consumer.
All planned launches by Niine Sanitary Napkins are with biodegradable disposal bags, which have been included in the packs without charging incremental price to the consumer.

Niine applauds MoEFCC and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar for enforcing safe disposal of sanitary napkins

UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Niine Sanitary Napkins has also been partnering with institutions to install incinerators, to ensure minimal menstrual waste and an extremely hygienic disposal mechanism, which can be made more affordable and scalable by help from the government.
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)
Aarey Milk Colony is spread over 3,160 acres (1,281 ha) which is owned by various government departments(HT Photo)

A disappointing week for those who want to save Aarey

Hindustan Times | By Manoj R Nair
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 11:52 PM IST
There is very little hope of Aarey being preserved for posterity unless the area gets statutory protection

Chandigarh shows highest increase in forest cover among UTs in 2 yrs

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rachna Verma, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2019 12:47 AM IST
It has gone up by 2% from 21.56 to 22.03 sq km
Dimbeswar Das is a forest officer at the Kaziranga National Park, Assam. The 53-year-old is the 2019 Earth Hero Award from the Royal Bank of Scotland.(RBS)
Dimbeswar Das is a forest officer at the Kaziranga National Park, Assam. The 53-year-old is the 2019 Earth Hero Award from the Royal Bank of Scotland.(RBS)

India’s forest guards, the unsung climate warriors | Analysis

UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 08:13 PM IST
To appreciate the work of the guards, one needs to understand the why forests are important. A report by the ministry of environment says India’s forests absorb 11.25% of greenhouse gases, which are responsible for the climate crisis.
School student receiving the award for his film at Centre for Media Studies VATAVARAN 2019.(ANI)
School student receiving the award for his film at Centre for Media Studies VATAVARAN 2019.(ANI)

Mumbai students’ film ‘Clean and Green’ bags top prize at Centre for Media Studies VATAVARAN 2019

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 10:11 AM IST
The award ceremony marked the culmination of the four-day festival where all the shortlisted films were showcased.
Over 2,000 tress were cut at Mumbai’s Aarey Colony.(HT File image)
Over 2,000 tress were cut at Mumbai’s Aarey Colony.(HT File image)

Centre directs Maharashtra forest department to safeguard Aarey leopard habitat

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Badri Chatterjee
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 01:39 AM IST
The official who sent the note to the forest department and other officials of the environment ministry were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, a national holiday.
The environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead(Hindustan Times)
The environment ministry is considering a number of relaxations in the environment impact assessment (EIA) process that is carried out for development projects, including mining, before they are given the go-ahead(Hindustan Times)

Green norms for project expansion could be relaxed

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 07:09 AM IST
It has also exempted projects with a proposed capacity expansion up to 40% from the requirement of public consultations, with certain riders.
Beach shacks are a big attraction for tourists heading to Goa beaches.(HT Photo/File)
Beach shacks are a big attraction for tourists heading to Goa beaches.(HT Photo/File)

Goa’s popular beach shacks hit by environmental body’s order

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 08:25 PM IST
Goa, the only state which is yet to submit the coastal environment management plan, has been given time till November 15 to do so. The state had sought a six-month extension to the August 31 deadline. The first deadline for submission of CZMP passed in May 2018.
The Bombay high court (HC) on Monday said a petition challenging the felling of 2,646 trees, to make way for a Metro car shed at Aarey Colony, Goregaon, will be heard on a daily basis from September 17.(HT photo)
The Bombay high court (HC) on Monday said a petition challenging the felling of 2,646 trees, to make way for a Metro car shed at Aarey Colony, Goregaon, will be heard on a daily basis from September 17.(HT photo)

Bombay HC to hear case on aarey metro shed everyday from September 17

Mumbai | By Kanchan Chaudhari, Mumbai
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 12:17 AM IST
Bhathena has challenged the Brihamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) tree authority’s decision to fell 2,646 trees on August 29 – to cut 2,185 and to transplant 461 trees —to make way for the Metro car shed.
A report by the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has observed that the first phase of the Ken Betwa River linking project could threaten Panna Tiger Reserve’s status as a source area for tigers, or an area with high density of the big cats.(HT file photo)
A report by the Supreme Court-appointed Central Empowered Committee (CEC) has observed that the first phase of the Ken Betwa River linking project could threaten Panna Tiger Reserve’s status as a source area for tigers, or an area with high density of the big cats.(HT file photo)

Ken Betwa project could hit wildlife: Report

New Delhi | By Jayashree Nandi
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2019 10:51 AM IST
On last count, there were 526 tigers in Madhya Pradesh, highest in the country, and Panna Tiger Reserve in the state has around 30 tigers.
Another point discussed to be included in the plan was the construction of commercial entities in the zone.(HT image)
Another point discussed to be included in the plan was the construction of commercial entities in the zone.(HT image)

Zonal plan to regulate activities at Sultanpur Park soon

Gurugram | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 08:35 PM IST
According to the statement, a proposal to ban groundwater extraction in the zone was discussed in the meeting.
The industries are mainly engaged in electroplating.(HT file photo)
The industries are mainly engaged in electroplating.(HT file photo)

11 polluting factories in Chandigarh lose power, water supply

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Rachna Verma
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2019 06:10 AM IST
The guidelines of the Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti and SC directions dictate that no industry is permitted to operate unless it has a functional effluent treatment plant capable of meeting the prescribed norms for removing pollutants from the effluent before discharging.
Dalbergia sissoo - Trees for Life and livelihood.(Photo : @KPSinghtweets/ Twitter)
Dalbergia sissoo - Trees for Life and livelihood.(Photo : @KPSinghtweets/ Twitter)

India presses for removal of restrictions on trade of sheesham wood products

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 20, 2019 07:32 PM IST
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has submitted a proposal to CITES for delisting of Dalbergia sissoo from Appendix-II of CITES, which restricts trade of items made of sheesham wood.
The Noida International Airport Limited on Tuesday said the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will form a committee of scientists to prepare a conservation plan for the site at Jewar along the 165km Yamuna Expressway where the Noida International Greenfield airport is proposed to be built.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
The Noida International Airport Limited on Tuesday said the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will form a committee of scientists to prepare a conservation plan for the site at Jewar along the 165km Yamuna Expressway where the Noida International Greenfield airport is proposed to be built.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Jewar airport: Wildlife institute to prepare conservation plan for seeking environmental clearances

Noida | By Vinod Rajput
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 01:10 AM IST
The Wildlife Institute of India agreed to prepare the conservation plan after a detailed discussion took place at Dehradun with officials from airport consultant, PwC, Noida International Airport Limited and others.
The Delhi government informed the Delhi High Court on Thursday that the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) had constituted a wetlands authority to look after conservation and management of wetlands in the national capital.
The Delhi government informed the Delhi High Court on Thursday that the Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) had constituted a wetlands authority to look after conservation and management of wetlands in the national capital.

Wetlands authority to preserve water bodies, Delhi government tells High Court

New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 04:53 AM IST
The information was given in the form of an affidavit before a bench of chief justice D N Patel and justice C Hari Shankar while hearing a plea seeking immediate steps to restore the Old Fort Lake to its original state.
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