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  • MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western GhatsWithdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEFPresiden...
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  • River activist sits on indefinite fast in BiharShashi Shekhar has been started his indefinite hunger strike on December 10 in Sitarmarhi district of Bihar protesting against construction of embankments along Adhwara group of rivers. His demands include revival of Lakhandei river.Govt ...
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  • 150 river stretches in India cannot support aquatic lifeCPCB findings show 150 river stretches across the country highly polluted with discharge of untreated water.Bangladesh against Meghalaya's hydel projectsRaises concern over construction of 85 MW Mawphu and 84 MW Myntdu dams in Me...
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  • NGT stops construction of Mapithel damNational Green Tribunal halts Manipur's Mapithel Dam as it violates the Forest Rights Act. To go ahead with the project, state government may now need people's approval.India grants Rs 374 million to Nepal for flood mitigationGrant given to build embankments on ...
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  • Pakistan asks India to withdraw its troop from the virgin snowAsserts that the presence of Indian troops in Siachen is leading to environmental degradation and pollution in one of the main sources of water in Pakistan.Water sharing issues of new states to be dealt by Central govtCentral governm...
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  • Inadequate sanitation costs India 53.8 billion USD in 2006Lack of toilets in India have an economic impact equivalent to about 6.4% of the country's GDP in 2006, reports the Water and Sanitation Programme.Govt goes all out to end manual scavengingIn a bid to bring an end to the inhuman pra...
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  • UNICEF's digital media campaign against open defecationUNICEF launches a three-month long campaign 'Take Poo to the Loo' to raise awareness against defecation in open among the youth.Govt addresses Andhra's river water sharing issuesTo avoid conflicts between the two states, government&nbs...
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  • MoEF finally notifies 37% of Western Ghats as no-go zoneAround 60,000 sq km of Western Ghats across Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu notified as Ecologically Sensitive Area. Protests break out in Kerala against implementation of Kasturirangan report on Weste...
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  • Mandate green clearance for small hydel projects, demand expertsOwing to the severe impacts the small hydel projects have on communities and ecosystems, 47 experts and organisations across the country write to MoEF for including these projects under the purview of EIA Notification 2006.UP ...
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  • Gujarat government culls protest against weir on the Narmada riverTribal groups and environment activists planning a hunger strike against the proposed Garudeshwar weir on the Narmada river were put under house arrest on October 31, the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel....
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  • An add-on to the harms of arsenic contaminated water Arsenic contamination of water has led to development of widespread resistance in the country to antimonial drug used to treat leishmaniasis, finds study.HC allows construction of Bihar's Utkal asbestos plantPatna High Court renews ...
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  • India strengthens its ties with ChinaThe two countries sign a new agreement strengthening their relationship on trans-border rivers. China assures facilitating exchange of flood data and eases India's concern over new dams on Brahmaputra.Creating national regulator for green nod not possible, tells ...
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  • India moves up two notches on the Global Hunger IndexWith its rank at 63 this year, India has moved up two spots on the Global Hunger Index brought out by the International Food Policy Research Institute every year. However, at more than 40%, India still has the highest number of malnourished childr...
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  • After mercury, lead comes into the limelight WHO warns the world against the threat of lead poisoning on children globally. Calls upon all the countries to take stong actions for elimination of lead poisoning.Govt makes study of river basin carrying capacity mandatoryIn a bid to plan optimal nu...
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  • India to map aquifers using choppersMinistry of Water Resources starts Rs. 41 crore pilot project that is going to utilise the aerial geophysical techniques to find clean and safe drinking water. UN tags Odisha's disaster management as a landmark success storyPlans to use the prepared...
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  • Criminal proceedings against Mahyco and others to continueKarnataka High Court permits biodiversity boards to go forward with the biopiracy case against Mahyco and others, charged for using traditional varieties to develop Bt brinjal without taking sanctions from concerned authorities.Super cyclone ...
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  • https://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/confusion-prevails-who-can-ban-pop-idolshttps://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/can-clay-idols-replace-all-pop-idolshttps://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/how-harmful-pop-environmenthttps://www.downtoearth.org.in/content/how-goa-managed-ban-pop-idols
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  • Mining of earth banned in IndiaNational Green Tribunal bans digging of earth throughout India for making bricks and roads without obtaining environmental clearance.Ahmedabad and Chennai to host India Water ExpoAiming to bridge the knowledge gaps on water and wastewater management for user ...
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  • AGRICULTURE is a full time, serious activity. Agriculture does not mean just paddy cultivation. More than 300 crops have been historically cultivated in Goa, 70 crops are popular and yields of paddy are comfortable where farmers still take serious interest.There are closely guarded secrets behind te...
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  • MoEF gets in trouble for allowing mining in GoaSC questions the ministry for granting  environment clearance to 162 iron ore mines near national parks and sanctuaries in Goa, despite the court's stay order on mining activities in the state. PIL filed against Kalpakkam nuclear power pl...
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Petition filed against green nod granted to Dibang hydel project

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Goa rivers water unfit for human consumption: GSPCB

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Rajya Sabha passes the Mining Bill

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Goa relieved, as tribunal restrains work on Maharashtra's Virdi dam

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Rainwater harvesting is a cost effective solution to bridge the gap between water availability and demand. Jodhpur and Goa, areas with low and high rainfall, have shown how.

As the race to bridge the gap between limited water availability and increasing demand for water narrows in India, rain water harvesting has been increasingly recommended in urban areas to harness the available water, rather than relying on expensive and unsustainable means of procuring water.  

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ICIMOD wins accolade for its flood warning system

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has won UNFCCC's 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award for its work on community-based flood early warning system in the eastern Brahmaputra river basin in India. The project is being implemented in Assam's Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts and exemplifies the innovative use of information and communication technology in capacity building of communities to cope with the effects of flash floods.

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Cyclone Nilofar makes its way towards Gujarat

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Government identifies 11 states along Ganga for sewer link

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Centre allocates 50% MGNREGA funds to sanitation and green cover

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Dip in enrollment of female students due to poor sanitation in schools

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