Govt recommends country's zonation for green projects

Govt suggests steps for sustainable development of green projects

To minimise the environmental impacts of renewable energy projects, Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recommends dividing the country into three zones of go-green, go slow and no-go regions for wind and solar projects.

Karnataka HC questions proposed amendment to MSW Rules, 2000

Ordering a status quo on the proposed amendment to Municipal Solid Waste Rules 2000, Karnataka High Court asks environment ministry to explain the reasons for proposing modification which are regressive and promote unjust, unscientific and unnecessary techniques to waste management.

Climate change turns east Himalayan trees brown

Due to climate change trees in eastern Himalayan forests are gradually withering and foliage is declining even during productive seasons, finds recent study.

India demands deletion of HFCs discussion 

On the opening day of Montreal Protocol, India opposes the agenda item for discussing hydrofluorocarbons. 

Activists oppose covering of Delhi's drain

Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan, an NGO, files petition with National Green Tribunal against authorities concerned for covering the open drains across Delhi. Suggests uncovering of drains and treating waste water prior to entry into the drains as a viable solution. 

Madras HC gets tough against illegal sand mining

Orders no transportation of sand from Tamil Nadu to other states unless the competent authority grants persmission. 

Foundation laid for the revolutionary solar project in Bihar village

With an aim to showcase decentralised renewable energy as a real solution to rural electrification, Greenpeace India lays the foundation of micro-grid project at Dharnai village in Jahanabad district, Bihar.

Andhra's approval to water project raises many concerns

The state government nod to Rs. 7,390 crore Chittoor Drinking Water Supply Project, envisaging diversion of Kandaleru water, is considered to be violating the rules governing inter-state projects like Telugu Ganga.

Substitute livelihood emerges for cyclone-hit farmers

Phailin and the subsequent floods turn farmers in Odisha into fishermen as large number of fishes have entered into their fields with the floodwaters.

Hindalco plant responsible for crop damage

Flouride emission from the Hindalco plant at Hirakud are damaging the standing crops in the peripheral villages, confirms Odisha State Pollution Control Board. 

TN govt sanctions Rs. 287 crore for water projects

With an aim to improve irrigation facilities in Cauvery Delta Region, Tamil Nadu CM announces number of projects to construct base walls and check dams in Thanjavur district.

NGT permits Essar steel to lay its pipeline

Allowing to use only 0.723 hectares of forest land in Odisha for which Essar steel has received clearance, National Green Tribunal permits the company to lay the portion of slurry pipeline for its steel beneficiation plant in Keonjhar district.

Money shortfall hinders progress of Thumbe dam II

Mangalore City Corporation lacks Rs. 32 crore, the revised cost, for completion of second vented dam at Thumbe.

This is the roundup of important news for October 21 & 22, 2013.



Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The New Indian Express, The Times of india, Down to Earth, The Economic Times
News today - Govt suggests steps for sustainable development of renewable energy projects, Karnataka HC orders stay on the proposed amendment to MSW Rules, 2000, study reveals that climate change is turning east HImalayan forests brown.