Forest officials translocating a tranquilized leopard

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NCF Reports Over 85% Leopards Captured In Karnataka Were Translocated

Nature Conservation Foundation's report revealed 268 of 357 leopards captured by Karnataka forest officials were translocated during 2009-2016. Reportedly, of all the leopards captured, atleast 29 got killed in man-animal conflicts. Experts opined livestock killing, traps, and big-cat sightings in human dwellings were major issues. However, it was reported that despite Environment Ministry's 2011 guidelines to discourage leopard's capturing… read-more

Sat, 10 Oct 2020 - 03:42 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: Man Animal conflict, Leopards, environment, MoEF&CC, Wildlife , Karnataka (243, IUCN

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Air pollution in Delhi rises amid stubble burning

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Delhi: Air Quality Index Falls Back To 'Poor' After Three Months

Delhi's Air Quality Index (AQI) fell back to 'Poor Category' on October 7 after three months break from June, according to data by the Central Pollution Control Board. Experts stated that the changing weather and farm-fires in border states could have caused the dip. Reportedly, the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research stated PM 2.5 as major pollutant during winters and opined that the AQI could further worsen. 

Wed, 07 Oct 2020 - 01:09 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: environment, Air Pollution, Delhi, Stubble Burning, SAFAR, MoEF&CC

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Natioanl Green Tribunal

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NGT Questions Environment Ministry for Not Replying on Pollution Related Plea

NGT questioned Environment Ministry for failing to reply on plea that mentioned burning of imported cheap waste paper and road sweep waste at brick kilns. The plea alleged that the issues mentioned were causing air pollution. NGT also noted the absence of proper mechanism in this regard. It has directed the ministry to file its response before October 14. It also asked CPCB to ensure no unregistered plastic firm operates.


Mon, 14 Sep 2020 - 03:59 AM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: environment, NGT, CPCB, Air Pollution, MoEF&CC

Courtesy: Financial Express

Emissions at a Thermal Power Plant

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CERC Allows Power Plants to Recover FGD Cost Over Plants' Life

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) allowed power producers to recover additional cost of Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) device from consumers for 25 years. Reportedly, power plants will be allowed to recover their costs during the tenure of power purchase agreements. Earlier, Environment ministry notified thermal power plants to retrofit their units with FGD, to cut SO2 and NO2 emissions, by December 2022. 

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 - 09:32 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: Thermal power plants, MoEF&CC, CERC, FGD, environment

Courtesy: The Economic Times

Mining activity done between forest stretches

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Mines Ministry's Plea Seeking "Inappropriate" Exemption from NPV Rejected

Ministry of Environment refused Mines Ministry’s plea seeking exemption from 'forest penalty'. It called any exemption 'inappropriate' as per the SC mandate in this regard. Currently, Environment Ministry charges Net Project Value (NPV)- monetary estimate of the value of forest cover lost in mining or excavation projects- on flat basis. However, the Forest Advisory Committee said instead of charging 2 or 5% NPV, it may consider charging on… read-more

Sat, 12 Sep 2020 - 11:07 AM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: environment, Forest Department, mine, MoEF&CC, deforestation

Courtesy: The Hindu

Narional Green Tribunal

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MP: NGT Seeks Response from State Authorities Over 18-yr-old's Petition

National Green Tribunal (NGT) send out notices and sought response from the Environment ministry and Madhya Pradesh state authorities, over a petition seeking protection of Upper Lake in Bhopal. Petitioner, 18-year-old Aarya Shrivastava, approached Tribunal over the urban constructions along the banks of Upper lake, beyond Bhadbhada bridge. Green bench asked the authorities to reply within four weeks time.

Thu, 10 Sep 2020 - 05:06 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: environment, MoEF&CC, NGT, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal

Courtesy: The Times of India

Representational image of Oil refinery

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Environment Ministry Approves Rs 33,000 Cr Refinery in Tamil Nadu

The Environment Ministry has given its approval to Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd to build a 9 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) refinery in Tamil Nadu. The Rs 33,000-crore refinery will be built at the Cauvery basin. It will be able to produce 1.6 MMTPA of BS-VI grade gasoline, 0.6 MMTPA of LPG and 0.3 MMTPA of Aviation Turbine Fuel. Reportedly, it would provide employment to about 1,600 people.

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 - 09:11 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: MoEF&CC, Tamil Nadu, Petrol, Cauvery Basin, Chennai

Courtesy: The Economic Times



MoEF Panel Recommends Formation of Mangrove Cells Across All Coastal States

Furthering mangrove conservation efforts, Committee on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances has suggested formation of mangrove cells across all coastal states. The cell will be dedicated to the planning of mangrove development. Reportedly, the model would be same as of Maharashtra. Since its cell formation, Maharashtra has recorded over 37% increase in its mangrove cover. It is also set to become first state to declare its own mangrove… read-more

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 - 05:27 PM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: MoEF&CC, Mangrove, Maharashtra , environment

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change

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Over 500 Experts Urge Environment Ministry to Withdraw EIA 2020 Draft

More than 500 academics, scientists and researchers have written to Union Environment Minister on September 2 to revoke EIA 2020 Draft Notification. Citing Vizag and Baghjan incidents, they noted the ineffectiveness of the EIA 2006 notification. They opined the Draft Notification will "promote industrialisation at the cost of the environment". The letter also stated that "limited-circulation and publicity" failed to invite "inclusive public… read-more

Thu, 03 Sep 2020 - 09:07 AM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: environment, MoEF&CC, EIA Draft, Prakash Javadekar

Courtesy: The Wire

Goa Government seeks virtual hearing on CZMP

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Goa Government Seeks Virtual hearing on Coastal Zone Management Plans

Goa government has asked the Union Environment Ministry for its consent on virtual public hearing on Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP). This is Goa's second such appeal to the ministry as it has already missed the May 31 deadline of NGT. The move followed NGT's nod to Maharashtra… read-more

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 - 09:54 AM / by Nitesh Kumar Singh

Tags: Goa, MoEF&CC, NGT, CRZ

Courtesy: HeraldGoa