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  • Environment Ministry delinks clearance of power plants from captive minesThe new Environment Minister Veerappa Moily has delinked the green clearance process for a thermal power plant and its source of fuel, a captive coal mine. This will make it easier for the project proponents to get clearance an...
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  • Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in OdishaIron ore worth more than Rs. 45,000 crore has been extracted ilegally by top steel makers and miners in Odisha, a report of the Commission appointed to investigate illegal mining in the State has found. The Justice MB Shah Commissi...
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  • HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HPVacates stay on Himachal Pradesh government's order banning plastic packaging for 25 junk food items. Directs enforcement of the ban from January 26, 2014.MoEF gives conditional nod to Haryana's nuclear power projectGrants green clearance&n...
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  • Received over email Hello, I have a problem with my borewell water. It smells foul and turns yellow on keeping the water stagnant over 12 hours and on further storing yellow brown sediments are found at the bottom of the container and on top of the clear water surface. Sometimes an oily layer is...
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  • Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSOAccording to a report by the National Sample Survey Organisation, only 29.5% rural households in Kerala have access to safe drinking water as compared to the national average of 88.5%. The survey counts bottled water, piped water into dwellings, pi...
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  • Centre issues guidelines to simplify green clearance processMoEF comes out with new guidelines on environmental clearance that will give more powers to states and help them quicken the decision making process.SC issues notice to MoEF and states for worsening critically polluted clustersPul...
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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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  • 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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  • Climate change affects bamboo production in the NortheastChanging rainfall pattern, a sign of climate change, has affected life and livelihoods in the seven states of Northeast India. Bamboo, the backbone of the Northeast's agrarian economy, has started flowering early and wilting soon after, t...
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  • Indian oceans nations under severe threat of marine pollutionSpread of algal blooms and marine pollution costs $100 million a year to Indian Ocean countries, says study.MoEF to amend the Forest Conservation ActTo legally bind the states for settling tribal rights over forestland ...
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  • At Sultanpur, migratory birds visit an artificial lakeBirds are back at the Sultanpur bird sanctuary near the capital, thanks to an artificial lake created by the Forest Department. A popular wintering site for migratory birds in Haryana's Gurgaon district, Sultanpur lake had dried up due ...
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  • Tribunal favours Karnataka on Almatti dam's heightWinning the legal battle against Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka allowed to raise the height of Almatti reservoir across Krishna river to 524 metres.Master Blaster to bat for sanitationSachin Tendulkar is all set to support UNICEF in pr...
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  • Money deals mar climate talks in WarsawThe two week annual conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poland's capital Warsaw ended on a note of dispute between the developed and the developing countries. An agreement on 'loss and damage' to compensate and insure deve...
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  • 15 Indian bird species listed as critically endangered by IUCNBird species, River Lapwing and River Tern, added to the list of near threatened species in the latest list of IUCN. The population of the two birds is expected to decline further owing to the human pressure on riverine ecosyste...
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  • New division dedicated to only Himalayas createdMoEF has formed a separate unit to deal with policy matters related to conservation and development in the Himalayan region. The new division was formally announced in 2011 but became active following the Uttarakhand flash floods.Authorities plan to re...
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  • First Phailin, then Helen and now Lehar moves towards AndhraAnother severe cyclone, third in the past two months, is expected to hit Andhra Pradesh on November 28 noon.Attappadi hills cut down to build resortsOver 200 plots created along the banks of river Bhavani in Narassimukku and Attapadi, Keral...
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  • Andhra coast reels under cyclone HelenFollowing Phailin, cyclone Helen creates a havoc in Krishna and Godavari delta areas of Andhra Pradesh. The cyclone killed seven people and destroyed paddy crops worth Rs. 5000 crore.Rajasthan mute as MP proceeds with dam project in inter-state Ch...
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  • Locals oppose power projects on Siang riverExpecting a large-scale submergence of their cultivable land, indigenous people demand immediate cancellation of the three mega power projects proposed on Siang river in Arunachal Pradesh.Install toilets at home to contest local body elections, announces Bi...
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  • Athirappilly falls is situated 70 km from Kochi city in Kerala's Thrissur district. The 80 ft high falls is a part of the Chalakudy River and originates in the upper reaches of the Sholayar ranges in the Western Ghats. Lush greenery and little streams that cover the winding route up and down to the ...
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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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This I-Day new name given to the Agriculture Ministry and the Swachh Vidyalaya mission accomplished 

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In the last 26 years, polluted river stretches rise from 22 to over 300

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The recent earthquake in Nepal has pointed fingers yet again at the much neglected area of dam safety. Will that push India to put in place a comprehensive law that addresses this?

One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one. Over forty dam bursts have taken place in India, and there have been other events that have shown that earthquake hazard continues to be a serious threat to dams.

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Endosulfan, a harmful pesticide, is banned in Kerala but other such chemicals continue to be used. Groundwater contamination leading to unsafe water supply is but one of its consequences.

Endosulfan, a pesticide, has been banned in Kerala after its adverse effects were first realised in 1981. Shree Padre, a freelance environmental journalist, first brought out the consequences of using the pesticide by reporting on the various disabilities it caused among domestic animals and on the people of his village in Enmakaje panchayat of Kasaragod District. A study done by CSE on poisoning due to endosulfan confirmed the same [1].

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New criteria for villages and Gram Panchayats to be termed Open Defacation Free

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Latha Anantha of River Research Centre, Thrissur speaks to India Water Portal on the latest developments on the Mullaperiyar dam controversy.

While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.

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An analysis of Census 2011 data confirms many known facts--the urban beats the rural when it comes to treated tap water supply, access to water testing labs and much more.

Sixty eight percent of India's population lives in rural areas but when it comes to facilities -- including the availability of safe drinking water -- cities and towns corner most of them. Investments to rural India increased from Rs 31,356 crore (2002-07) to Rs 89,150 crore (2007-12) but this hasn't helped bridge the gap.

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Toxic foam observed in Bengaluru lakes

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The science behind Mazhapolima is perhaps best suited for Kerala’s context but it has truly created opportunities for people to participate in a movement. Here's a look at how it has worked there.

Mazhapolima is an open well recharge programme based on rainwater harvesting in Kerala. Facts and figures indicate that Mazhapolima was initiated in 2009 by the Thrissur district administration in collaboration with Panchayati Raj institutions to ensure water security to households.

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A study conducted in a village in Kozhikode district of Kerala highlights the need for standards while locating wells to prevent groundwater contamination.

Open wells are one of the most important sources of drinking water, especially in Kerala’s coastal belt. Sadly, recent studies show that as much as 70% of these have been declared unfit due to faecal contamination.

Groundwater quality in Kodiyathur village, Kerala

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