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Fire engulfs Dubai hotel near world’s tallest building | Reuters

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India asks authorities to take action to save choking capital | Reuters

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Convince your parents to follow odd-even scheme: Kejriwal tells school children in Delhi

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Delhi govt’s odd-even formula to be a failure: Sheila Dikshit

Dikshit who saw a crushing defeat to Kejriwal in 2013 Assembly elections said, “Congress is the one that takes along ‘aam’ (commoners) and ‘khas’ (elite). The party also believes in the power of women. We believe that given the right and equal opportunities, women can build a better world.” Also present on the occasion, Shivraj Patil, former Punjab Governor said, “Our efforts to build a better society should go beyond our homes, country. Environment protection is not an individual pursuit, it should be a united effort.”

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Nitish Kumar to do a Kejriwal? Bihar CM seeks ban on 15 year-old diesel vehicles in state

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Among the other measures, the Chief Minister said a ban should be imposed on burning plastic and other solid waste materials within the confines of Patna Municipal Corporation.

Expressing concern over the alarming level of air pollution in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed concerned officials for banning 15-year-old diesel vehicles in the state capital among other measures to improve the situation. Presiding over a review meeting of the Environment and Forest Department last evening, he also directed officials to launch an awareness campaign among vehicle owners and drivers about the growing air pollution in order to elicit their cooperation against unnecessary blaring of hooters, sirens and horns.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the other measures, the Chief Minister said a ban should be imposed on burning plastic and other solid waste materials within the confines of Patna Municipal Corporation. With building materials being the prime cause of air pollution, he said that construction works must be carried out by covering the structure. Trucks and tractors supplying building materials, sand in particular, must have the same covered during transportation so that its particles do not pollute the air. Identifying brick kiln units located around embankment of the river Ganga in the state capital as another source of air pollution, the Chief Minister said that the Bihar Pollution Control Board (BPCB) should be delegated with powers to initiate against the brick kiln units that violate environment laws. The Chief Minister stressed on plantation of trees, poplar in particular, to check the rising air pollution and directed the Environment and Forest department officials to set up a market at Hajipur Bazar Samiti for marketing poplar plants. To encourage farmers to be a partner in tree plantation drive to improve forest coverage in Bihar, he issued directions to give them an incentive of Rs 10 each for first two years and Rs 15 in the third year for protection and care of saplings being planted on largescale in Bihar.

Kejriwal unveils details of Delhi odd-even formula, promises 4,000-plus buses

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Kejriwal clarifies details of ‘Odd-Even fix’, promises 4,000-plus buses for public convenience

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Air quality in Delhi plunges to ‘very poor’ level, breaches ‘severe’ category in some areas

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Waste spill buries buildings in southern China, 85 missing | Reuters

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Climate change in our backyard: warming of Indian Ocean threatens fish catch

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Delhi schools to remain shut for 15 days during odd-even scheme trial period

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To clear air, Supreme Court bans sales of big diesel cars in Delhi | Reuters

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Shiv Sena sends detailed report to PM Modi against Jaitapur nuclear project

Questioning the use of nuclear power at a time when the “world is re-thinking on using nuclear power”, Kadam said India should instead focus on green and solar-powered energy.

Sena leader and Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam

Voicing its staunch opposition to the Jaitapur nuclear power plant, the Shiv Sena has sent a detailed report on the project to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting the “adverse impact” it would have on the green belt in Maharashtra’s Konkan region.The MPs of Sena, which is strongly against the 10,000 MW nuclear power project, had met Modi a few months back and conveyed to him their apprehensions over the plant.Sena leader and Environment Minister in the BJP-led state government, Ramdas Kadam said he has sent a detailed report to Modi on how the project will affect the green cover in Konkan and the impact it will have on marine life in the nearby region.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I have prepared a detailed report running into 418 pages that includes objections of the Konkan Bachao Samiti, report of Madhavrao Gadgil committee, report of public hearing by Dr BJ Waghmare Janhit Samiti and also report of public hearing of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to the Jaitapur project,” Kadam said.Related Read: Shiv Sena will change its stand on Jaitapur soon, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal”After the disaster in Japan’s nuclear power plant (a few years back), the European Union ordered ‘stress test’ on all of its 143 reactors, whereas Germany too had announced ending the use of nuclear energy and promotion of renewable energy,” he pointed out.Questioning the use of nuclear power at a time when the “world is re-thinking on using nuclear power”, Kadam said India should instead focus on green and solar-powered energy.According to a report submitted by the Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography, 24 species of marine seaweeds and 6 species of mangroves would be destroyed by the effluents discharged in the Arabian Sea from the nuclear plant, as per the minister. Kadam asserted that the ruling ally will not allow the Centre and the state government to pursue the project.”We have a bonding with the people of Konkan region and with the environment of the place. We are not against development, but it should not happen at the cost of an adverse impact on environment,” Kadam said.The Jaitapur project is to come up in the state’s Ratnagiri district, where French company Areva will set up six nuclear reactors with a total power generation capacity of about 10,000 MW. The project, that was among the 17 pacts signed between the two countries during Modi’s visit to France, has been stuck for long following protests and differences over the cost of electricity to be generated.

World sets new target to save planet, adopts climate accord

The agreement will be formally ratified at a high-level signature ceremony of the United Nations on April 22, 2016 and at least 55 countries will have to accept for it to come into effect.

China and India representatives at the Paris climate talk

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History was made on Saturday night in Paris. As many as 196 countries adopted a new climate accord – to be known as the Paris agreement – that commits to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, while pursuing efforts for an even ambitious 1.5 degrees Celsius pre-industrial levels. More importantly, by adopting the agreement, countries across the globe have committed to end fossil-fuel domination and they have to ensure that net greenhouse gas emissions are zero in the second half of the century. The agreement will be formally ratified at a high-level signature ceremony of the United Nations on April 22, 2016 and at least 55 countries will have to accept for it to come into effect.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> For India, who was seen by the US and European Union as a potential deal-breaker, the agreement protected its interests in the near future. Union minister for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar said, “We are happy to note that all concerns of India have been taken on board.” The final text of the agreement makes several mentions of the principle of common but differentiated responsibility that was a crucial demand made by India throughout the negotiations. This ensures that India does not have the burden of scaling up their emission cuts or providing climate finance to other nations. But, the United States and other industrialised countries have offset its ‘historical responsibility’ by ensuring that the final text does not include this term. Speaking after the deal’s adoption, Javadekar said, “This (deal) recognizes development imperatives of India and is happy that it acknowledges climate justice, CBDR and equity. We are happy that agreement differentiates between developed and developed nations. We are of the opinion that the agreement could have been more ambitious and actions are far below historic responsibilities and limiting temperature below 2 degrees will be difficult.” The deal also allowed industrialised nations another relief as the issue climate finance – funds provide by richer countries to fight against climate change – was not included in the legally binding section of the agreement. Developed nations will have to provide $100 billion by 2020 and are to scale it up. The Paris agreement will replace the Kyoto Protocol of 1997. Under the 1997 agreement, developed nations were asked to cut down their emissions. But the Paris agreement is more holistic as each of the participating country has submitted their action plan to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. French President Francois Hollande told the assembled delegates: “You’ve done it, reached an ambitious agreement, a binding agreement, a universal agreement. Never will I be able to express more gratitude to a conference. You can be proud to stand before your children and grandchildren.”
Accord weak, unambitious: Think-tankEnvironmental think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) called the Paris deal unambitious. “On the whole, it continues to be weak and unambitious, as it does not include any meaningful targets for developed countries to reduce their emissions,” said CSE director Sunita Narain. Outcome has no winners or losers: ModiPrime Minister Narendra Modi said the outcome of Paris agreement had no winners or losers and climate justice was the lone winner. “Climate change remains a challenge but agreement demonstrates how every nation rose to challenge,” Modi tweeted. ‘Best chance’ to save planet: ObamaUS President Barack Obama said the landmark deal is a “turning point” for the world and represents the “best chance” for mankind to save the planet. “I believe this moment can be a turning point for the world,” Obama said in an address to the nation.

For U.N.’s Ban, climate deal is personal victory after setbacks | Reuters

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Did the judiciary help avoid another AAP-Delhi police confrontation over Odd-Even formula?

Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

As the Delhi government announced its decision to allow even and odd number cars to ply in Delhi on alternate days, senior police officers, in meetings held soon after, had voiced their concerns about viability of the plan introduced to counter air-pollution. Some quarters of the Delhi police had begun to anticipate yet another confrontation between the Aam Aadmi Party government and the Centre. However by December 7, three days after the AAP government’s decision, the mood within the Capital’s police had changed. A senior police official, who witnessed the growing opposition within police ranks to the odd-even formula, said, that had it not been the ‘supporting statements’ made by judiciary, especially, Tirath Singh Thakur, the Chief Justice of India, the already rocky relationship between Delhi police and AAP would have suffered another blow.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “Initially there wasn’t any communication between the state government and police about the latest steps taken to reduce air pollution. Naturally a lot of pessimism about the odd-even formula existed, especially among the senior police officials. The concerns were raised in a series of inter-department meetings on Friday last week. But statements in support of the formula made the police re-think its approach,” said the senior police official requesting not to be named. The official added that statements made by CJI Thakur had especially helped to ‘reduce doubts’ among senior police officials. “The top rung of Delhi police now believes that the judiciary, like many other people of the city, wants to at least try the formula. We are now working out a plan to enforce the plan effectively,” the official added. “If a judge of the Supreme Court can pool cars, it sends a message to the people that we have no problem. We can walk down or even take a bus,” Mr Thakur had said. In response Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had tweeted, “His (CJI Thakur’s) support to odd-even formula is welcome and a huge encouragement”. “Supreme Court judges pooling cars would inspire millions to follow. Thank you My Lords.” Another senior police official told dna that not only the statements in support of the odd-even formula had helped to cool down possible confrontation between the Centre and AAP, the rejection of a petition to block Delhi government’s proposal had ‘more or less sealed the deal’. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday had refused to block the Delhi government’s proposal to allow vehicles with odd and even registration numbers on alternate days from Jan 1 stating the petition filed against the plan was “premature”. dna contacted Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, the officer at the helm of the affairs in the national capital. When asked to confirm if the Delhi police in its entirety supported the formula, the official said, “I cannot speak on behalf of other senior officials. The officials at their personal levels might have varying opinions but the department follows orders and that is what we will do,”. He added that the police department has held multiple meetings with representatives of the Delhi government to work out the details of the formula. “We are also researching on cities that have enforced such a formula and taking notes. Besides this there are discussions to be held on decisions as under which law is the traffic police to fine persons not following the odd-even formula. If it is under the Motor Vehicle Act, then it is under our domain, but if the Environment Protection Act is to be evoked than the Environment Ministry has to be taken on board,” said the senior police officer.

World seals landmark climate accord, marking turn from fossil fuels | Reuters

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Naysayers in Delhi should take a cue from China, smog measures reduce pollution by 30 percent

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Naysayers in Delhi should take a cue from China, smog measures cut pollution by 30 percent

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Climate talks: Developed countries not fulfilling their obligations, says India

“On finance, it is deeply disappointing that on the one hand developed countries are not fulfilling their obligations and on the other hand, they are trying to shift their responsibilities to developing countries themselves. There is no indication of scaling up of finance nor a clear roadmap,” he said during a negotiating session.

Terming as “game changer” the national climate action plans of every country, India strongly voiced its concern over exclusion of these plans in the new draft negotiating text unveiled by climate change negotiators and said developed countries did not fulfil their obligations.India also termed as “disappointing” the issue of finance, saying while developed countries failed to fulfil their obligations, they are also trying to “shift” their responsibility to developing nations.India said that there was no indication of scaling of finance by the developed nations nor was there any roadmap.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I must stress that the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) is a great innovation and has proved a game-changer. It has enabled the participation of over 186 countries. Yet, INDCs are not even mentioned in the draft, said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.”On finance, it is deeply disappointing that on the one hand developed countries are not fulfilling their obligations and on the other hand, they are trying to shift their responsibilities to developing countries themselves. There is no indication of scaling up of finance nor a clear roadmap,” he said during a negotiating session.The first draft of the Paris Outcome, prepared after two days of high-level ministerial deliberations, was released by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius yesterday at a crucial climate change conference.The draft negotiating text is now of 29 pages down from a 43-page version and was circulated to all the negotiating countries.India strongly put across its point that durable agreement at Paris “cannot” be crafted by “diluting” historical responsibilities or by putting the polluters and the victims at the same level.India also appreciated leadership and efforts of the Presidency while asserting that it associates itself with the statements made on behalf of G-77.”I must stress that the concept of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) is a great innovation and has proved a game-changer. It has enabled the participation of over 186 countries. Yet, INDCs are not even mentioned in the draft, said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar during a negotiating session.”On finance, it is deeply disappointing that on the one hand developed countries are not fulfilling their obligations and on the other hand, they are trying to shift their responsibilities to developing countries themselves. There is no indication of scaling up of finance nor a clear roadmap,” he said.Describing the latest draft as the “starting point for the final push”, Javadekar said there were many “points of departure” at this stage of negotiations and much work is need to reach a point of convergence.India also made it clear that the agreement which is being crafted “must carefully” balance climate ambition and the principle of differentiation as both are equally important and one cannot have one without the other.”It needs to be reaffirmed upfront in the agreement that it is under the Convention (UNFCCC) and in accordance with its principles. Its objective is to enhance the implementation of the Convention across all its pillars,” Javadekar said.”This is crucial. The principles of the Convention must be stated correctly without any unnecessary additions,” he added.India also stressed that the agreement must also “meaningfully” operationalise differentiation across all its elements which is “not clear” in the current draft.India also said that it was in favour of a robust transparency mechanism but it should apply not just to mitigation but all other elements, particularly finance.”The transparency mechanism should cover all countries, in a differentiated manner. Implementing the current system which has not yet been made operational is an essential component to build capacity and experience in developing countries. A transition period is therefore needed before changes could be made,” Javadekar said.India also strongly said that several of its concerns including unilateral measures, sustainable lifestyles and climate justice did not find a mention in the draft.”We will examine the draft carefully and engage with all our partners to reach an agreement,” Javadekar said.Elaborating on the draft text, Fabius, who is the chair of the current round of climate negotiations, had earlier said the aim of the text was to enable nations to have an overall view of the progress that has been made so far.”It (draft text) is shorter than the previous version of 48 pages. It is 29 pages long now. There has been three quarter reduction in points that were there in the bracket.The aim of the text is to enable us (nations) to have an overall view of the progress made,” he said.

Climate funding piles up, but nations argue over how quickly | Reuters

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Modi mocked and Jayalalithaa heckled after floods | Reuters

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Climate talks enter next phase, toughest decisions ahead | Reuters

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Why only you deserve to be caught in the Delhi government’s odds-and-evens trap

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Odd-even number plates: The Kejriwal govt in Delhi deserves cheers, not jeers

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India stretch lead to 264 after Morkel’s double strike | Reuters

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Arvind Kejriwal behaving like the tyrant Muhammad bin Tughluq, says Congress

The Delhi government on Friday announced a slew of measures starting January 1 to bring down pollution levels in the national capital.

Arvind Kejriwal

Criticising the solution advised by Delhi Government for tackling the menace of ever rising pollution in the national capital, the Congress Party on Saturday said that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ruined the Delhi Transport system and was behaving like the Turkic conquerer Muhammad bin Tughluq, who looted and plundered many Indian kingdoms.”Kejriwal is a very immature chief minister who doesn?t know the capacity of his public transport system. Without knowing that he is issuing a ‘Tughluq’ order which is not possible. He should see whether we have enough public transport to carry people” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This could be possible only in countries which have a strong public transport system. I think Kejriwal is very much frustrated and he is doing the same thing which emperor (Tughluq) did to Delhi. He (Kejriwal) has ruined the system after Sheila Dikshit and is just doing cheap publicity stunt,” he added.Related Read: After criticism, AAP puts car control norm in Delhi on 15-day trialThe Congress leader asserted that he would certainly raise this issue in the Parliament and would ask not to get it implemented till Kejriwal gives alternative of a viable public transport.The Delhi government on Friday announced a slew of measures starting January 1 to bring down pollution levels in the national capital. According to the announcement, vehicles with odd and even number plates will be driven on alternate days.Delhi Chief Secretary KK Sharma said that extra DTC buses will be started and collaboration would be sought with the Delhi Metro to run more number of trains to manage the commuters who will not be able to drive down to their destinations.The announcement was made after an emergency meeting called by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a day after the Delhi High Court said living in Delhi was like ‘living in a gas chamber’. Plans submitted by the Environment Ministry and the Delhi Government were ‘not comprehensive’, the judges said, because they did not specify responsibilities and a timeline.The National Green Tribunal had earlier ripped into the Delhi Government for not acting ‘seriously’ on the menace.

New Delhi to ration road use by registration number to cut pollution | Reuters

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Delhi government’s anti-pollution norms act of one-upmanship: Prakash Javadekar

Taking a swipe at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said such a measure can only be implemented if it does some ‘jaadu’ (magic) to launch Euro VI compliant vehicles by the stated date.

Prakash Javadekar

Centre on Friday accused the Delhi government of doing an act of “one-upmanship” by declaring that vehicles should have Euro VI emission standards from 2017 as part of its radical steps to curb pollution levels in the national capital.Taking a swipe at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said such a measure can only be implemented if it does some ‘jaadu’ (magic) to launch Euro VI compliant vehicles by the stated date. “I think this is one-upmanship. The central government has already notified to postpone to Euro VI migration by 2021 because ultimately it is the car manufacturers who also need to be ready with the cars compliant to this norm. “…today we have vehicles complying to Euro IV or III.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You can’t have it (Euro VI)…it is the national government’s fuel and therefore, Delhi government does not have it’s own fuel. If they have some factory and good idea to convert by some ‘jaadu’ to Euro VI–all the best,” he told NDTV when asked if such a declaration by the state government amounted to an act of political one-upmanship.He, however, refrained from commenting on the larger decision of the state government that private vehicles bearing odd and even registration numbers will be allowed to ply only on alternate days starting January 1. “I have not got all details of the announcement exactly…but if it is scientific we have to see. This (critical pollution levels in Delhi) is an extraordinary situation and we must respond with extraordinary solutions. “Therefore, central government has taken ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas,” he said.

India should focus more on renewable energy: Expert

According to media reports, US and its allies in the global North, as pushing for equal financial contributions from the developing countries, going against the principle of common but differentiated responsibility.

India needs to establish itself as a natural leader in solar energy

Negotiating its way through the climate talks in Paris, India needs to be careful of not being reactionary, yet be able to give it back in kind and focus on its ambitious renewable energy targets, to counter the spoiler tag coming its way, say experts observing the talks. US Secretary of State, John Kerry’s statement prior to Paris, calling negotiating with India a challenge, set the ball rolling on “political posturing on whom to blame”, as Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of Council for Energy, Environment and Water told dna, India needed to stay it’s course and not rise to the bait.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to media reports, US and its allies in the global North, as pushing for equal financial contributions from the developing countries, going against the principle of common but differentiated responsibility. This has also thrown a spanner in the making that the developed world meet its pledge of $100 billion to help the developing world by 2020, and could sour this crucial stage in the climate negotiations.Srinivas Krishnaswamy, founder of Vasudha Foundation, New Delhi, told dna that “industrialised countries, particularly EU and US are pushing for language on decarbonisation goal as part of the long term goal.” India, he added, was “resisting that language” as “its stance primarily is that it is in a stage of development, where it requires all sources of energy to secure its energy future.”According to him, and Ghosh, India’s trump could be its focus on renewable energy, its ambitious plans to set it up, and establishing itself a natural leader in solar energy with the International Solar Alliance.”The Prime Minister’s speech was a one-two punch,” said Ghosh. It put on the table India’s large plans for renewables and also joined hands with other countries. Thus it maintained a positive position and couldn’t just be seen as a country that wanted to hold on to differentiation.”If countries want to talk coal, then India should talk coal,” Ghosh explained further, as the US consumed more coal today than India will in 2030. The EU used coal in the form of lignite, which was one of the dirtier kinds of coal. India’s lignite usage, said Ghosh, was 1/10th that of the EU’s.Ghosh also said that India’s renewables target had set it on the correct trajectory. It may not achieve 175GW of renewable energy by 2022, but it would get there in time. Krishnaswamy too, comparing India and China, said that “India has already an ambitious RE target until 2022 and if this is realised, could potentially ramp up its RE targets even further until 2030 and despite the head start that China has had on RE, India could very surpass China in the percentage share of RE in its mix.”

Forget ‘smart’ new cities; India needs old ones to be less dumb | Reuters

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India to ban old vehicles to curb fumes

The Indian government says trucks and buses more than 15 years old will be banned in order to try to reduce soaring pollution levels.

France expresses solidarity with flood-hit Chennai

“Flooding in India’s Chennai region has taken a tragic toll. I want to express France’s solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy,” French FM said.

France on Wednesday expressed solidarity with people affected by the worst ever floods in Chennai and its suburbs and said the “unprecedented” magnitude of the flooding confirms that time is running out and “concrete and urgent” action needs to be taken against climate disruption. “Flooding in India’s Chennai region has taken a tragic toll. I want to express France’s solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy. The unprecedented magnitude of the flooding confirms yet again that we no longer have time. We must take concrete and urgent action against climate disruption,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius. Rescue and relief operations were in full swing today in the worst flood-affected areas of Chennai and suburbs and neighbouring districts which enjoyed a welcome respite from torrential rains as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an additional Rs 1,000 crore in aid to Tamil Nadu.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Heavy rains continued to lash coastal Cuddalore district, one of the worst affected areas ever since North-East monsoon fury started early last month, and Villupuram and Kanyakumari districts and Puducherry as the death toll in the state mounted to 269. Modi visited Chennai today to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods and also took an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts in Tamil Nadu.Indian environment experts attending the Paris climate change summit have already said that the rains in the city were an outcome of the ever warming planet. “We are now experiencing the full blown impacts of climate change. The extreme rainfalls that Chennai is experiencing is a direct outcome of our ever warming planet. The global average temperature has increased by less than 1 degree. Think what will happen at 2 degree temperature increase,” Chandra Bhushan Deputy director General of Delhi Based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) yesterday said.

Record rains flood Tamil Nadu; more to come | Reuters

CHENNAI, India The heaviest rainfall in over a century caused massive flooding across Tamil Nadu, driving thousands from their homes, shutting auto factories and paralysing the airport in capital Chennai.

The national weather office predicted three more days of torrential downpours in the southern state of nearly 70 million people.

“There will be no respite,” Laxman Singh Rathore of the India Meteorological Department told reporters on Wednesday.

No deaths were reported in the latest floods, but since heavy rain set in on Nov. 12 there have been 150 deaths in Tamil Nadu. More than 200 people were critically injured over the past 24 hours in Chennai, a senior home ministry official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has blamed climate change for the deluge, injecting urgency into the debate at global climate talks in Paris and highlighting the vulnerability of tropical nations like India to extreme weather.

Physician Rupam Choudhury said he and a friend had to wade through neck-deep water to reach high ground from where an army truck brought him to his hospital in the heart of Chennai.

Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospital was running out of oxygen for patients and diesel for power generators, he said by telephone. Most mobile networks were down in the city and food supplies running low.

Chennai, India’s fourth most populous city, is a major auto manufacturing and IT outsourcing hub. Ford Motor, Daimler, Hyundai and Nissan told workers to stay at home, while U.S. listed outsourcing firm Cognizant shut its 11 local offices.

FLIGHTS STOPPED

Airlines suspended flights into Chennai’s flooded international airport, causing wider disruption to air travel. Authorities later decided to close the airport until Dec. 6.

“The biggest challenge is to find a way to clear the inundated airport and main roads,” said Anurag Gupta at the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in New Delhi.

Passengers stranded at the airport said they did not know when they would be able to fly, or where to stay if they could not. “All of us here are getting agitated because none of the hotels nearby are vacant. Where do we go?” traveller Vinit Jain told Reuters Television.

In a limited initial relief effort, four helicopters dropped food, water and medicines, while fishing boats commandeered by the military were collecting stranded residents. A major relief effort by 5,000 soldiers was promised within 24 hours.

“The entire state machinery has collapsed. Most officials are forced to sit at home. It’s a very frustrating situation,” said a home ministry official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the record.

Weather experts say the seasonal northeast monsoon was responsible for the flooding in the city of six million, but was amplified this year by El Nino, a warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean that can have far-reaching climate effects.

Tamil Nadu is a major rice and sugar cane producing region, and a senior member of a local farmers’ association said floods had washed out up to four agricultural districts.

RELIEF EFFORT

Modi has ordered rescue teams and paramilitary forces to launch an extensive relief and rescue operation in Chennai.

He had blamed climate change for the heavy rains that hit the southern state last month, tweeting before attending the U.N. climate summit in Paris this week: “We are feeling the impact of fast-paced climate change.”

Hundreds of divers and army rescue teams entered inundated homes, taking the injured to hospital. Authorities said more than a million people were affected by the flooding, with some residents bemoaning the slow response of the relief teams.

Social media networks carried many appeals for help, while others offered assistance. Siddarth, a popular Tamil film actor who goes by one name, was coordinating a relief effort on Twitter.

“The police want to help but there are no boats. We are trying not to panic,” said Ramana Goda, who took refuge at a police station after fleeing his home with his family overnight.

(Additional reporting by Rupam Jain Nair, Krishna N. Das, Frank Jack Daniel, Nidhi Verma,Manoj Kumar and Mayank Bhardwaj in New Delhi; Sumeet Chatterjee and Clara Ferreira Marques in Mumbai; Writing by Krista Mahr and Douglas Busvine; Editing by Miral Fahmy, Nick Macfie and Mike Collett-White)

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No exact co-relation between mobile tower radiation and wildlife health: Prakash Javadekar

Environment Ministry had constituted an expert committee to study the possible impacts of communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees, in 2010.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

There is no exact co-relation between mobile tower radiations and health of wildlife even as there are indications that Electromagnetic Radiations (EMR) affect their biological system, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Wednesday.Environment Ministry had constituted an expert committee to study the possible impacts of communication towers on wildlife, including birds and bees, in 2010.”As per the report of the committee, while there are indications that Electromagnetic Radiations (EMR) affect biological systems of animals, birds and insects, it also points out that exact coorelation between radiation of communication towers and health of wildlife is so far not established,” Javadekar said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The reports also states that although existing literature depicts adverse effects of EMR on the biological systems of living beings, more research is required to assess the true impact of EMR on free-living floral and faunal species, including birds and bees in the country,” he said.

India’s Modi says developing nations need space to grow | Reuters

PARIS Developing countries need room to develop while fighting climate change, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi told delegates at the start of two weeks of U.N. talks in Paris on Monday.

“The prosperous still have a strong carbon footprint and the world’s billions at the bottom of the development ladder are seeking space to grow. So the choices are not easy,” Modi said.

Earlier, he held talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during which Modi pledged to ensure India’s development would go “hand in hand” with environmental protection, while Obama acknowledged India’s right to grow and fight poverty.

(Reporting by Barbara Lewis, editing by Alister Doyle)

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Tree-felling near Taj Mahal under the scanner: NGT seeks final report by 16 December

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has directed the local commissioner, probing illegal felling of 4,000 trees in the Eco-Sensitive Zone near the Taj Mahal, to submit the final inspection report by 16 December.

Taj Mahal. AFP.Taj Mahal. AFP.

Taj Mahal. AFP.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar gave this direction to advocate M C Mehta, who was appointed as local commissioner to enquire into the tree felling incident.

“What is this going on? We had given blanket orders to assist the local commissioner. Give us a final report or close down the matter.

“List this matter on December 16, 2015 and by that the report must come on record. On that date the final report should be positively filed by advocate M C Mehta. He is at liberty to take assistance from any institution he wants,” the bench said.

Advocate General Vijay Bahadur Singh, appearing for Uttar Pradesh government, said that the matter has been pending since long and the local commissioner appointed by the tribunal was delaying the proceedings in the case.

“Nothing adverse has come in the interim report as there is no mention of cutting of trees by the local commissioner. This matter should come to an end now,” he said. The tribunal had earlier directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide assistance to the inquiry into the alleged illegal felling and sale of 4,000 trees.

Mehta had stated that further study would be required with the aid of the specialised agency to submit a final report in the case. The tribunal had directed an inquiry into the issue after taking note of a media report and issued notice to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and Uttar Pradesh government.

According to the report, a former Agra DFO had allegedly cut trees in 500-m-radius of the Taj Mahal, which is an eco-sensitive zone.

PTI

Aamir Khan has insulted India with intolerance statement, says Ramdas Athawale

Nashik: Republican Party of India (RPI) president and Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athawale on Tuesday said the statement of actor Aamir Khan was “unwarranted” and that it was “an insult to the country”.

He was responding to a statement Khan made on Monday when he said his wife Kiran Rao was afraid to live in India due to the rising intolerance.

Ramdas Athawale.Ramdas Athawale.

Ramdas Athawale.

The situation in the country wasn’t bad, and “expressing the view in this manner was an insult to the country”, Athawale said.

The RPI faction led by him is part of the Sena-BJP alliance in Maharashtra.

Athawale was not the only leader from the alliance to speak out against Khan.

Senior Shiv Sena leader and the state Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam on Tuesday said Khan “can go to Pakistan” if he didn’t love India. “The police should also conduct an inquiry whether Aamir’s statement is anti-national,” he said.

PTI

MoEF pauses wildlife clearances due to absence of ESZ

The environment ministry has been pushing states to demarcate ESZ’s around 624 protected areas to enforce the apex court’s 2006 ruling that said that until Centre notified ESZ’s, an area of 10kms from the PA’s would be considered as the ESZ.

The sluggish pace of eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) demarcation by several state governments has prompted the environment ministry to put on hold consideration of projects, situated around protected areas, for wildlife clearance. The standing committee of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has decided that they will not consider projects for wildlife clearance until ESZ’s are fully notified. The NBWL standing committee is in-charge of appraising infrastructure, real estate and industrial projects that fall within protected areas (PA) such as national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves or within 10kms from them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The environment ministry has been pushing states to demarcate ESZ’s around 624 protected areas to enforce the apex court’s 2006 ruling that said that until Centre notified ESZ’s, an area of 10kms from the PA’s would be considered as the ESZ. The ministry plans to notify all ESZ’s by March next year. In the NBWL’s last meeting earlier this month, 53 proposals were on the agenda and the board did deferred deciding the fate of almost 15 of them because ESZ’s were not complete. Nine projects from Uttarakhand including Sand Bajri mining, Boulder mining and three power projects that were located close to PA’s were not considered for appraisal as their respective ESZ’s have not been notified.Usually, when an ESZ is demarcated for protected areas, the notification finalising its boundaries specifies all the activities carried out inside or outside the PA and the ministry regulates the activities on the basis of the impact they have on the local flora and fauna. ESZ’s share more or less a similar habitat to the core protected areas and are a crucial link for migration of wild animals, often termed as wildlife corridors.According to the ministry, till August, 176 proposals were in the process of being finalised while nearly 32 ESZ’s were already notified. Ministry data also showed that a total of 445 proposals of ESZ’s were submitted. Even as the ministry paused appraisal of projects for lack of ESZ’s, environmentalists have said the ministry has been in a hurry to demarcate them, without specifying scientific basis of deciding ESZ boundaries.

India launches ‘climate action’ website ahead of Paris meet

The website has most of its content in the form of videos that can be shared on personal social media channels.

It includes over 40 clippings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches outlining various initiatives to curb climate change.

India on Thursday launched a comprehensive website detailing its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in a transparent manner ahead of the global climate change summit scheduled to begin in Paris on November 30. Announcing this here, Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said the website offers a ‘preview” of the country’s climate action plan that aims to reduce carbon emission intensity by 35 per cent by 2030. “For the first time in the world, a developing country has put together a comprehensive action plan to realise our vision. We have brought together a platform where all our partner agencies can showcase their work,” he told reporters. The website has most of its content in the form of videos that can be shared on personal social media channels. It includes over 40 clippings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches outlining various initiatives to curb climate change.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last month, India submitted to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), targeting tangible gains in low carbon growth while simultaneously endeavouring to meet developmental challenges that it faces. IND includes reduction in the emissions intensity of India’s GDP by 33-35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level and to create an additional carbon sink of 2.5-3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through extra forest and tree cover by 2030. Asked if New Delhi’s commitment on reduction of carbon emission by 35 per cent was a realistic one, the Minister maintained that it was an “achievable” goal with a properly laid-out plan. Javadekar will be accompanying Prime Minister for the Paris conference.

Five reasons why green tax collection might create hassles in Delhi

Here are five main reasons why the implementation of green tax collection will increase hassles for toll-collectors and Delhiites.

Sunday onwards, an extra Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) is to be levied on commercial vehicles entering national capital under an order put in force by Supreme Court. Toll collectors, however, are not demonstrating keenness as far as tax collection in concerned. As iamin talked to several toll collectors, they confided several apprehensions that they are holding regarding green tax.Here are five main reasons why the implementation of green tax collection will increase hassles for toll-collectors and Delhiites.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No mechanism to check trucks carrying essential commodities: As per the apex court order, vehicles carrying essential commodities- food grains, fruits, milk, vegetables, all kinds of food stuff and oil tankers will be exempted from the pollution levy. But no mechanism has been put in place to check which vehicle is carrying essential commodities as most big trucks are covered and cannot be checked easily.
Checking will cause traffic jam: If every single truck entering Delhi is checked, traffic snarls will ensue near toll booths. As per toll collectors, manual checking is the only way-out which will certainly take at least five minutes per truck.
No police protection at booths: Currently none of the booths have police protection to deal with the wrath of ‘drunk’ truck drivers, especially in the night who may create a ruckus.
City roads might get choc-o-bloc with traffic too: While entering Delhi from neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, there are some local roads which can be used to avoid tolls. For instance, while entering Delhi from Singhu Border, one can enter Narela (Delhi) without using toll road which can increase traffic on city roads. It will ultimately cause jams on roads.
No scrutiny of agencies manning booths: All toll booth in Delhi are being handled by private agencies who are under a contract with MCD. They have temporary staff who collect toll from all commercial vehicles. These agencies, therefore, are not accountable to any government body for tax collection.
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Toll collectors struggle to implement SC order as no green tax paid in last 2 days in Delhi

The apex court order on commercial vehicles to pay ‘Environment Compensation Charge’ (ECC) for entering Delhi that came into force from Sunday onwards would be difficult to implement, if toll collectors manning the booths are to be believed.

The apex court order on commercial vehicles to pay ‘Environment Compensation Charge’ (ECC) for entering Delhi that came into force from Sunday onwards would be difficult to implement, if toll collectors manning the booths are to be believed.John D’souza, incharge of toll at Singhu Border, says that it is not possible to check every vehicle entering the national capital.“It has been observed at Singhu Border that number of vehicles have reduced since order has come into force. Besides, we have not received any intimation from Delhi government on how to implement the tax,” he adds.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per official sources, no green tax has been collected in last two days because there has been no official communication from Delhi government. Cops could also not be seen manning the booths for implementation of the order.As per the Supreme Court order, a green tax of Rs 700 and Rs 1,300 has to be levied on commercial vehicles entering Delhi to ensure that national capital, which has been counted amongst one of the most polluted cities in the world, can have a cleaner air.This report was first published on iamin.in. For more hyper-local stories visit their website.

Delhi officials defy Supreme Court, refuse to collect ‘green tax’

New Delhi: New Delhi has failed to collect a new “pollution toll” from trucks entering the city, officials said Monday, just one day after the levy was introduced to improve air quality in the choked city.

India’s top court last month approved a four-month trial plan to charge light commercial vehicles an extra Rs 700 and Rs 1,300 for large trucks entering Delhi, blamed for much of the filthy air in the world’s most polluted city.

But private contractors collecting existing tolls for the city refused to enforce the Supreme Court’s directive from 1 November, citing a lack of clear instructions from Delhi authorities.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“We didn’t collect any extra ‘green tax’ last night. There is still so much confusion — no proper communication, no trained staff, no instructions about monthly passes,” a toll official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Trucks have long been banned from entering the city during the day, but every night after 8 pm about 52,000 pour in, according to the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).

The independent centre says lorries account for nearly a third of the pollution in Delhi, adding to a toxic mix of industrial fumes and dust from construction sites to produce hazardous levels of smog.

Many of the trucks drive through the capital at night to avoid paying tolls outside the city, which is ranked as having the world’s worst air quality by the World Health Organization.

“This is contempt of court,” Sunita Narain, head of CSE, told the NDTV news network.

“The cess is being imposed only because of the pollution in Delhi.”

Delhi was covered in smog on Monday, blamed on farmers in neighbouring states burning stubble in their fields after the harvest.

The Delhi government-appointed contractor SMYR Consortium LLP said it wouldn’t collect the toll because it lacked manpower and software.

“We couldn’t initiate the collection process and it might not be possible in future either,” Kishore Agrawal, a partner of SMYR, told the Hindustan Times newspaper.

Among the issues, officials worried over security — a common concern for collectors in India where they are often roughed up by angry motorists who refuse to pay.

SMYR went to court last month complaining that the new toll will lead to traffic snarls and losses since it may encourage drivers to use alternative routes.

Stakeholders are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to work out a solution, before a Supreme Court hearing on 16 November.

AFP

Overlooking wildlife corridor and rich water source, MoEF clears Mopa airport in Goa

The project’s clearance, though, does not make any mention of an active wildlife corridor close to the airport site. The airport site falls in the same region which is a continuation of the Sawantwadi-Dodamarg wildlife corridor of Maharashtra, that is used by tigers and migrating elephant herd.

Overlooking major environmental concerns of locals and green groups, the ministry of environment and forests has granted a green clearance for Goa’s second airport to be built in Mopa village at a cost of Rs3000 crore. The ministry’s expert appraisal committee had recommended the project for clearance in its last meeting on October 20, and even before making its minutes public, the ministry granted it a final environmental clearance. The airport project requires a total of 2,271 acres and it will be built in four phases.The ministry’s green clearance has come with certain caveats. The proposed airport has to obtain a ‘consent to establish’ permission from the State Pollution Control Board and also has to ensure availability of land near the proposed airport for managing traffic near the NH17 junction. Besides, for water conservation, the project proponent has to provide fixtures and rain water harvesting too has to be adopted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The project’s clearance, though, does not make any mention of an active wildlife corridor close to the airport site. The airport site falls in the same region which is a continuation of the Sawantwadi-Dodamarg wildlife corridor of Maharashtra, that is used by tigers and migrating elephant herd.The proposed greenfield airport has Goans divided on several issues ranging from environment, tourism and land. While the current airport is located at Dabolim in Goa’s centre, the new proposed airport in Mopa is located in the northern most region, close to Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district.While laying down general and specific conditions for the airport, locals said that the ministry has overlooked the fact that the plateau where the project will be built is a rich source of water for local farmers. Further, the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report of the airport was heavily criticised during the project’s public hearing, where locals said that the report did not take into account the flora and fauna found near the project site.”The Mopa plateau is rich in biodiversity where Bisons and Leopards have been sighted. The flora and fauna of the site is similar to that of the Western Ghats, but this did not even figure in EIA report. At the public hearing, tribals from Dhangar community too had protested against the project but the clearance does not make any mention of these protests,” said Ramesh Gawas, an activist from Bicholim.

Centre against total ban on firecrackers in Delhi

It also said that the rules permit different noise levels during day and night time in different zones.

The Central government is not in favour of complete ban on the use of firecrackers in Delhi during festival season saying there are several other factors responsible for pollution in the national capital.Filing an affidavit before the Supreme Court in response to a joint plea filed by three city-based infants for ban on the use of crackers during this Dussehra and Diwali, the ministry of environment and forest said the Central government has issued the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000 which regulate noise levels in different zones.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It also said that the rules permit different noise levels during day and night time in different zones.The air pollution is dependent on several factors such as industries, aviation, railways, shipping, construction activities, geo-climatic conditions, emission from vehicles and other factors.”The causes and mitigation of air pollution is multi-sectoral in nature and air pollution may be prevented , abated and controlled by a multi-disciplinary approach through various ministries and municipal authorities…,” the ministry said.As per the affidavit, the noise rules regulate noise levels during the day time in industrial (75 decibels), commercial (65 decibels) and residential zones (55 decibels) and also establish zones of silence (100 metres near schools, courts, hospitals etc).”The prescribed day time levels are typically ten decibels higher than the corresponding levels for night time except in industrial areas, where the difference is five decibels. The 24 hours in a day have been divided into two components i.e during 6am-10pm day time and 10pm to 6am in night time.” It cited that the noise standards for fire crackers have been notified in Schedule I under the Environment Protection Rules so as to prohibit manufacture, sale or use of fire crackers generating noise level exceeding 125 Db (AI) or 145 Db (C) pk at 4 meters distance from the point of bursting. The state government should appoint the authority or officer (either a Magistrate of Police Commissioner or any other officer) for maintaining the ambient and air quality standards. The culprit will be prosecuted for violation of any rule, the Centre said shifting the responsibility on state government. The Apex Court is to hear on Wednesday the petition, filed by Arjun Goyal, Aarav Bhandari and Zoya Rao Bhasin (six-14 months), which seeks the government agencies be restrained from issuing license for sale of crackers in the national capital.

CPCB warns municipalities across the country to clean up their act

Worried by a recent inspection of waste management of towns situated along River Ganga and other major cities, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued a diktat to 118 local bodies situated along the Ganga, 20 state capitals and 46 major cities with a million plus population to pull up their act. CPCB, which functions as the environment ministry’s pollution monitoring body, found out from state boards that 1.44 lakh metric tonnes municipal solid waste (MSW) was generated every day and shockingly, only 28% of it is disposed or processed scientifically. This has led to leaching of toxins in groundwater across urban and peri-urban areas accelerating environmental degradation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The CPCB, in its notice to all urban local bodies, has thus asked them to prepare a time-bound action plan that has to be submitted to the environment ministry by year-end. “We are also finalising Waste Management Rules and will be publishing these Rules by the year-end. Our inspection has brought to the fore a dismal picture of negligence by some municipalities towards municipal Solid Waste Management”, said Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. In the comprehensive directions issued by CPCB, municipalities have been asked to seek authorizations from state boards and initiate plans for segregation of solid waste, proper collection, storage, transportation and ultimately reduce the burden of landfills to zero or a minimum level by processing MSW scientifically.Across the country, even mega cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru are heavily burdened under its burgeoning waste problem and none of them have landfills where scientific processes are used to process and minimize waste. Meanwhile, in urban agglomerations and peri-urban areas, even landfills do not exist in most instances. The environment ministry is now in the last stages of finalizing the new Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2015, that were prepared after the Karnataka High Court stayed the 2013 draft calling it ‘regressive’. The 2015 draft rules have stressed the need to deal with existing dumpsites or landfills that are overflowing.The rules ask urban local bodies to “close down, remediate wherever feasible and cap the existing dumpsites, which are not engineered landfill sites. In fact, for twin cities or group of cities, the rules have asked for establishment of common landfills falling within 50kms (or more) radius on a cost sharing basis. This may usher in creation of common waste handling facilities for several metros and neighbouring cities such as Mumbai – Navi Mumbai and National Capital Region.

MoEF issues stricter norms for controlling pollution from slaughterhouses

Slaughterhouses fall in the ‘B’ category of projects as per the environment impact assessment notification and thus only require state clearances. But according to some ministry officials, they may soon require a clearance from Centre too.

At a time when conflicts over beef, cow slaughter and meat exports are on the rise, the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEF&CC) has brought out fresh norms to tighten pollution generated in slaughterhouses across the country. There are around 4,000 authorised abattoirs in the country but it is the unorganised sector that generates the maximum pollution, said officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).Although, there is no official count of the unauthorised abattoirs, ministry officials said that they may number more than 30,000. CPCB officials also said that it is the responsibility of civic bodies to manage solid waste and liquid waste scientifically who more often than not dump the organic solid waste from slaughterhouses into landfills. “The large professional slaughter houses are not a problem. The medium and small enterprises are the ones not adhering to norms. Also, each major city has slaughterhouses that have now aged and the waste disposal is outdated,” said a senior CPCB official requesting anonymity.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slaughterhouses fall in the ‘B’ category of projects as per the environment impact assessment notification and thus only require state clearances. But according to some ministry officials, they may soon require a clearance from Centre too.Though the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) already has norms in place to regulate this industry, its officials said that stricter norms and adoption of new technology is the need of the day. The new norms have laid down effluent parameters and standards dividing them into two categories based on the size of the slaughter house. Large slaughterhouses and meat processing units slaughtering more than 200 large animals or more than 1,000 small animals have to meet stricter norms compared to the medium and small slaughterhouses. The slaughter houses also have to ensure scientific disposal of organic waste matter using approved technology.Organic matter such as rumen, intestinal contents, meat trimming and inedible meat is largely left to rot and also causes diseases around landfills and near water bodies.”The issue of pollution from slaughterhouses needs to attended to urgently as enforcement of norms has been poor. The effluents from this industry are either entering the groundwater or directly draining into water bodies,” the CPCB official added.

Asim Ahmed Khan sacked: NDMC orders probe

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday sacked Khan from the post of Minister for Food and Environment for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder, and recommended a CBI probe into the case.

After sacking Asim Ahmed Khan over graft charges, the Delhi government has now removed A Nedunchezhiyan from the post of Deputy Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) under whose jurisdiction Khan’s constituency falls.”The competent authority is pleased to repatriate A Nedunchezhiyan from the post of Deputy Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation with the direction to report to Services department, Government of NCT of Delhi, immediately,” Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar said in his order. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on Friday sacked Khan from the post of Minister for Food and Environment for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh from a builder, and recommended a CBI probe into the case.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Ravinder Gupta has also ordered a probe into the allegations of graft against the civic body’s officials. “An enquiry by the Vigilance department has been ordered to find out whether any official of NDMC asked a bribe from any builder in the case,” Gupta said, adding that strict action will be taken against guilty officers and staff members.Confirming that Deputy Commissioner of NDMC (City zone) Nedunchezhiyan has been “repatriated”, Gupta claimed that most of the Delhi Government ministers were involved in graft cases and “Asim Khan’s graft case is just the tip of the iceberg.”

How many trees have you felled, NGT asks major refinery in encroachment case

The principal bench headed by chief justice Swatanter Kumar was hearing an on-going petition that has highlighted the environmental violations of the Numaligarh refinery, a joint venture between Assam government, Oil India and Bharat Petroleum.

In yet another rebuke against the Numaligarh refinery in Assam for violating forest laws and blocking encroaching on wildlife corridors in Kaziranga’s no-development zone, the principal bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the refinery to submit the number of trees they felled, how many trees they planted and the mortality rate of these trees. Kaziranga national park is home to one of the largest population of the endangered one-horned rhino in the world and their habitat has been under regular threats due to encroachments.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The principal bench headed by chief justice Swatanter Kumar was hearing an on-going petition that has highlighted the environmental violations of the Numaligarh refinery, a joint venture between Assam government, Oil India and Bharat Petroleum.With the help of photographs, petitioner Rohit Choudhary, a resident of Assam, highlighted that an extension of the refinery’s township and construction of a boundary wall for a golf course had obstructed movement of elephants. In fact, local forest officers have recorded how an elephant calf died as it hit against the illegal wall.During a hearing of the petition last week, the bench expressed its anger about the violations. “There is no concern for the environment and it is an abuse of law.” Apart from seeking details of tree felling, the bench asked the state government of Assam to inspect the site where violations have been reported.During the hearing, the petitioner also produced letters of the Golaghat forest division and the divisional forest officer (DFO) who has time and again detailed the adverse impacts of the environmental violations in Kaziranga national park’s no-development zone. The DFO’s site inspection report of the golf course said that there was a “sharp contrast between the neighboring forest areas of having high canopy density and golf course with no trees at all. Further, during the visit elephant tracks were found all around the golf course site suggesting that the area is regularly used by the elephants.In August, the DFO had noted that “the Numaligarh Refinery Township and areas immediately adjacent to that are of late becoming a graveyard for the animals due spur in illegal activities by NRL management.The bench thus has asked the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority to now take a final view on the violations of the refinery based on the reports of the DFO. The matter will now be heard next week.?

Delhi minister sacking: Why such promptness not shown to remove Jitendra Singh Tomar? asks Yogendra Yadav

Yadav also hinted that this audio was doing rounds for over 10-15 days.

Why was Tomar made minister after HC issued notice on his fake degrees, Yadav asked.

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Friday claimed that “someone” had told him about an audio which involved sacked Delhi Minister Asim Ahmed Khan allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs 6 lakh. “Two weeks ago someone told me about some audio involving Asim in 6 lakh bribe. I asked for recording and verification before acting on the information,” Yadav, who formed Swaraj Abhiyan along with activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, tweeted.Yadav tweeted hours after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that his Environment and Food and Supplies Minister has been sacked over graft charges. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav also hinted that this audio was doing rounds for over 10-15 days. Meanwhile, Bhushan said why did Kejriwal not show same “promptness” in sacking former Law Minister Jitendra Singh Tomar, who was arrested in the fake degree case. He said that instead of taking “credit” for sacking ministers, the Delhi Chief Minister should not have given tickets to such elements. “Why was such alacrity not shown to remove Tomar? He was made minister after HC issued notice on his fake degrees.Instead of claiming credit for removing his corrupt minister, AK (Arvind Kejriwal) should say why such defectors were given tickets and promptly made ministers,” Bhushan tweeted. Bhushan and Yadav were opposed to giving tickets to certain candidates during Delhi Assembly polls, which were held in February this year.

Tell us one place where Ganga is clean: National Green Tribunal tells Centre

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Friday asked the government to “tell us one place” where the Ganga is clean and said that despite spending huge sums, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

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Expressing open displeasure over the government’s lackadaisical approach towards ensuring cleanliness and uninterrupted flow of the Ganga, it said “we take it that almost nothing has happened in reality.”

The green panel, which was asked to act against industrial units polluting Ganga by the Supreme Court, said the Centre and the states over the years have only been shifting responsibility and nothing concrete was visible on the ground.

“Would you please tell us that is it correct that more than Rs 5,000 crore has been spent on Ganga in making it worse from bad. We don’t want to know whether you have allotted this quantum of money to the states or have spent it yourself.

“Out of the 2,500 km stretch of the river Ganga, tell us one place, where the condition of the river has improved,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked.

The counsel appearing for Ministry of Water Resources told the bench that almost Rs 4,000 crore has been spent on the rejuvenation of the river since 1985 till last year.

He said that Ganga Action Plan (GAP) Phase-I was launched as a centrally-funded scheme in 1985 and later GAP Phase-II was initiated in 1993 to improve the river’s water quality. In 2009, ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) was setup for pollution control in the Ganga.

NGRBA, a World Bank-funded scheme, was aimed at effective abatement of pollution and conservation of Ganga and 70 percent of the total project cost was contributed by the Centre and the remaining expenses were borne by the states, he said.

To this, the bench said, “better be careful of what you say. We take it as almost nothing has happened in reality. It is not suddenly that we are asking for all the information from you.

“We have been waiting for the last one year. But for one reason or the other, you have been delaying the issue. We don’t want to comment on that. But this time we are not leaving it to your discretion, be rest assured. To clean Ganga is your prime responsibility. Days are very short for you,” the bench said.

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Despite ban on dangerous kite thread, sale continues in Chennai

The sale and use of ‘manja’ kite thread (thread laced with glass) is banned under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

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The sale and use of ‘manja’ kite thread (thread laced with glass) is banned under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, but some people still continue to use it. The kite thread has killed many people and caused accidents in the past. This is one of the major reasons it has been banned.A five-year-old, Ajay, was killed last week when his throat was slit by a ‘manja’ when he was going with his father on his bike. Devastated by the loss of son , his mother attempted to take her life. Nirosha, 25, and her husband M Appu were traumatised by their son’s death. A report in The New Indian Express states that last Friday morning, she asked for some pills as she had a terrible headache. She reportedly swallowed 20 pills and was rushed to the Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital, where she is now recovering.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Ajay’s death, there was a major crackdown by police across many shops last week in the city. Some shops were found to be selling the thread in the Washermanpet area. City Police Commissioner S George has stated that stringent action will be taken against those who sell the thread as well as those who are supplying the material to make the thread.Though the manja kite thread is banned, there are many websites that teach people how to make this thread – including WikiHow.

India unveils ambitious climate action plan

Invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts on environment sustainability, the Union government on Friday unveiled its climate action plan for 2021-2030 setting new targets to reduce green house gas emissions and laying out a roadmap to tackle climate change.The climate action plan – called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDC) in climate change parlance – revolves around three focal points of increasing share of renewable energy, increasing green cover to absorb carbon emissions and reducing emissions intensity of gross domestic product.Without stating targets for absolute emission cuts like Brazil, India said it aims to reduce emissions intensity or emissions per unit of gross domestic product by 33-35% by 2030, from 2005 levels. Ahead of the 2009 Copenhagen climate summit, India had committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 20-25%, and the environment ministry said it has already achieved a 12% reduction. This essentially means the new target to reduce emissions intensity by 35% is doable.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Announcing the broad goals, Union minister for environment, forests and climate change Prakash Javadekar said the targets were set keeping in mind the responsibility of achieving climate justice for the poor. “India’s contributions represent utmost ambitious action in the current state of development. Though India is not part of the problem, it wants to be part of the solution.” He added that India’s per capita emission is 1.6 tonnes/person against the world average of 5 tonnes/person.Key to the reduction in emissions is going to be the ambitious plan to scale up share of non-fossil fuel in energy production to 40%. For this, the government has planned to ramp up production of solar energy, wind energy, hydro-electric power and nuclear energy. In its official document though, the government has not specified a break-up of how much each renewable sector will contribute to achieve the target of 40%.India’s dependency on coal, however, will continue. A foreseeable scaling up in the manufacturing sector under the Make in India programme may hamper reduction in emissions. In addition, the climate action plan stresses that afforestation by 2030 will help absorb carbon emissions of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes, something experts are sceptic about.”Notwithstanding the claims, forests are under threat and the forest rights Act is getting diluted. At a time when the government is trying to open up degraded forests for private enterprises, how can you create carbon sinks. So there is a gap in claims and actions,” said Devinder Sharma, an agrarian expert.The government has estimated that at least $2.5 trillion would be required between now and 2030 to fulfill the climate action targets. Javadekar said the responsibility of funding climate action plans of developing nations lies with the developed nations. “We can achieve these with the help of transfer of technology and low-cost international financing, including from Green Climate Fund,” he said.The country’s climate action plan was well received by environmental campaigners, academicians and think-tanks. “India’s INDC is fair and is quite ambitious, specifically on renewable energy and forestry,” said Sunita Narain, director general, Centre for Science and Environment. Analysing the action plan, a CSE note said India’s emission targets are similar to that of China’s and called the renewable energy targets more ambitious than that of US.The Third World Network (TWN), a non-profit working on issues related to climate change and sustainable development said the climate action plan needs to be applauded. “Even though dependency on coal is going to remain, the government is working on clean coal policies and better emissions standards. The action plan is exemplary in some senses and even the US has not set such targets,” said Indrajit Bose, senior research officer, TWN.

Climate change shouldn’t be used as a commercial opportunity: India

Washington: Warning that the “calamity” of climate change should not be used as a commercial opportunity, India on Friday asked the developed nations to set up a mechanism that will turn technology and innovation into an effective instrument for “public good and not just private returns”.

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Representational image. Reuters

“There is a need to evolve a set of precepts, a kind of commandments, especially for the youth of the world, that help in developing a unified global perspective to economic growth so that the disparity in the thinking of the ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries could be bridged,” India said in its submission before the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

“The removal of such barriers of thought and the creation of a regime where facilitative technology transfer replaces an exploitative market driven mechanism could pave the way for a common understanding of universal progress,” it said citing verses from Veda and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi.

“If climate change is a calamity that mankind must adapt to while taking mitigation action withal, it should not be used as a commercial opportunity. It is time that a mechanism is set up which will turn technology and innovation into an effective instrument for global public good, not just private returns,” India said.

Stating that the cumulative accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) historically since industrial revolution has resulted in the current problem of global warming, India said this is further compounded by the tepid and inadequate response of the developed countries even after the adoption of the UNFCCC.

As a result, an ’emission’ ambition gap has been created calling for enhanced global actions to address it.

India, even though not a part of the problem, has been an active and constructive participant in the search for solutions, it said.

Even now, when the per capita emissions of many developed countries vary between 7 to 15 metric tonnes, the per capita emissions in India were only about 1.56 metric tonnes in 2010.

Developed countries can certainly bring down their emission intensity by moderating their consumption and substantially utilise their investments by employing them for development activities in countries housing a vast majority of people barely living at subsistence level, the report said.

The ratio of emission avoided per dollar invested and economic growth attained would be relatively more favourable in case of investments made in India, it said.

“With a HDI of 0.586 and global rank of 135, India has a lot to do to provide a dignified life to its population and meet their rightful aspirations,” it said.

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India PM Modi talks climate with Obama

Climate change dominates talks between India PM Modi and US President Obama on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York.

‘Indian lifestyle’ a remedy for climate change, says Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

Prakash Javadekar said his country would emit more greenhouse gases as it grows to beat poverty but that India would keep its peak per capita emissions below that of the US and China thanks to a more sustainable way of life.

Only an “Indian lifestyle” free of the extravagant habits of the West can save the world from the worst of climate change, Environment minister said on Monday, as the world’s third largest emitter prepared for UN talks on global warming.Prakash Javadekar said his country would emit more greenhouse gases as it grows to beat poverty but that India would keep its peak per capita emissions below that of the US and China thanks to a more sustainable way of life.”The world ultimately should debate about lifestyle issues, because this planet will not be sufficient for sustaining the extravagant lifestyle. Indian lifestyle is a sustainable way of life. It’s not born out of poverty, it’s out of values we cherish,” he told Reuters in an interview.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He did not elaborate on what an Indian lifestyle constituted but Javadekar has previously talked about Indians’ abhorrence of wasteful consumption and said even those who have disposable incomes tend to live simpler lives than those in the developed world.Close to 200 countries will meet in Paris in December and try to hammer out a deal to slow man-made climate change by agreeing to keep temperatures below a ceiling of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.India, which is expected to release its pledges for Paris later this month, is one of the few large economies not to commit to a “peak year” for its carbon emissions.DISTANT PEAKJavadekar said India’s peak would be a “distant” one because the country needed to fight poverty and give the more than 300 million Indians still living without power access to energy.Instead, at Paris, India will commit to reducing emissions produced per unit of economic growth if the developed world can provide more technology and finance to combat global warming, Javadekar said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has previously said the world should look to traditional methods, like switching off street lights on full-moon nights.Last year he told the United Nations India’s Hindu and ascetic traditions might provide the answers to climate change.Modi’s government has made much of its push into renewable energy but India is also increasing coal production. The use of cars, air conditioning and air travel is expanding rapidly.Environmentalists fear India will follow the same path in emissions growth as other countries when they industrialised quickly.India, an influential voice in climate talks that often speaks on behalf of the developing world, is sticking to its long-held position that developed countries must do the most to tackle man-made climate change because they caused it.India currently emits two tonnes of carbon dioxide per capita, less than the world average of five. China, committed to cut its emissions before 2030, will be producing 14 tonnes per capita within 20 years, Javadekar said.The French envoy for the Paris summit warned earlier this month that the meeting could end in failure if those countries most at risk were not reassured by the promises of developed countries.

Central Information Commission raps Environment Ministry for saying crucial files are ‘not traceable’

“Losing them and not expediting the process of tracing and providing that information is not proper on the part of public authority. It has infringed the right to information of the community and the planned legal action for preservation of wildlife and tribal rights kept pending with endless wait,” the Commissioner said.

The Central Information Commission has chided the Environment Ministry for its repeated response of “files not traceable” on key projects as it ordered disclosure of complete records related to wildlife clearance granted to Indira Sagar Polavaram Project in Andhra Pradesh.The Commission also awarded a compensation of Rs 15,000 for the RTI applicant who was not given information about the crucial project in a timely manner on the excuse of “files not being traceable” in the ministry.”The repeated answer of ‘files not traceable’ is reflecting disorganisation, and it is not acceptable in an RTI regime. There is no point in reiterating the same without implementing the direction of the First Appellate Authority,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said if the office of public authority has shifted to a comfortable premises, that should have provided enough scope and reason for organising files but not to lose the files.”The public authority has to own the responsibility for this kind of disorganisation of files. The complainant was kept waiting in bewildered belief that wildlife files would be traced as promised. But it was an endless wait for him even after he approached the CIC in second appeal,” he said.Acharyulu said the core function of the department is to conserve forest, secure wildlife and also preserve the files regarding those functions.”Losing them and not expediting the process of tracing and providing that information is not proper on the part of public authority. It has infringed the right to information of the community and the planned legal action for preservation of wildlife and tribal rights kept pending with endless wait,” the Commissioner said.Terming it is a “peculiar situation” when department had ordered disclosure of information which was still not provided to applicant D Suresh Kumar, the Commissioner said the appellant is compelled to come in second appeal because of its non-implementation besides not informing about the possibility of its implementation.”The Commission finds it a deserving situation to compensate the appellant who is filing RTI application in public interest, and award compensation of Rs 15,000 for causing loss and harassment by unreasonable and illegal claim of non-traceability of records, which is being used as shield to stall Right to Information of the appellants,” he said.

PM Modi to visit Bodh Gaya today

Bodh Gaya is one of the most holy places for followers of Buddhism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Bodh Gaya in Bihar on Saturday, visiting one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Buddhists and the place where Lord Buddha obtained enlightenment.During the day-long trip, he will visit the Mahabodhi Temple and the Holy Bo Tree, the PMO said. He will also inaugurate the Exhibition “Chetiya Carika: The Pilgrimage and Quest for Truth.”Bodh Gaya is one of the most holy places for followers of Buddhism. This is the place where Lord Buddha, who was born in 563 BC as Siddhartha in a place now in Nepal, attained enlightenment after meditating for six years.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister’s visit to Bodh Gaya coincides with the international conclave SAMVAD the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness — being held here. Delegates for this event will be present at Bodh Gaya.

Forget goals, get back to nature to save planet, says Indian conservationist | Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The way to achieve sustainable development is to reconnect with nature, not by setting international targets that are difficult to understand, according to a renowned Indian conservationist.

A new set of development objectives – known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – is due to be adopted at a U.N. summit in September.

The 17 goals that include eradicating poverty and providing universal access to clean water by 2030 will use numerical indicators to measure progress on achieving its 169 targets.

“The SDGs are not the real way you can reach anything,” Rajendra Singh told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of a global water conference in the Swedish capital.

“Creating indicators and setting targets that people can’t understand and therefore won’t follow only complicates things,” the 56-year-old winner of this year’s Stockholm Water Prize said.

Working with local residents, Singh has restored water supplies to 1,000 villages in India’s Rajasthan state over the past three decades, reviving the flow of five rivers by integrating modern technology with traditional methods that fell out of use during British colonial rule.

“When our lives are connected with nature we draw from indigenous knowledge, which is also science, but with common sense,” said Singh, often referred to as the “waterman of India”.

“If we make water and rivers available for everyone, we can move forward through the 21st century peacefully and with happiness.”

Singh said that consumer lifestyles that focus on comfort and luxury by exploiting natural resources and polluting the atmosphere “fulfill our greed, not our needs”.

“It’s not just in India or Asia, but the whole planet has changed its lifestyle and lost affection with nature,” he said.

However, all is not lost, said Singh, and people can find happiness by reconnecting with five key elements: soil, earth, water, sun and air.

“We’re doing nothing for nature and our lives are not sustainable,” said Singh, named by the Guardian newspaper in 2008 as one of “50 people who can save the planet”.

“We have to change the way we think and look at things in a different way,” said Singh. “It’s difficult, but it’s not impossible.”

(Reporting by Magdalena Mis, editing by Ros Russell; Please credit Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)

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