Process of obtaining green nod simplified to allow ease of doing business: Govt
Policy matters this fortnight Swati Bansal posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Environment Ministry reports reduction in environmental clearance time from 150 to 90 days

Ease of doing business at the cost of environment (Source: IWP Flickr Photos) Photo for representation only.
Urban green finance: Case of Hyderabad and Kolkata
Urban green finance flows require the integration of both vertical and horizontal levels of governance Amita Bhaduri posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Around 40% of India’s population will live in cities by 2036, according to government projections, but climate change is already exposing these urban areas to extreme water and heat stress.

The pandemic has amplified the need to undertake sustainable activities at the city level (Image: CCFLA)
Rural realities amid second COVID surge in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Rural areas emerge as sites of mass COVID outbreaks Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

COVID-19 has been spreading fast in rural areas while issues related to its management and the government’s response to the pandemic remain.

COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on the livelihood of people doing small jobs due to lockdown. (Image: Gospel for Asia; Wikimedia Commons)
From water carriers to water entrepreneurs
Women become active leaders in the iJal value chain Amita Bhaduri posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Imagine having to travel 7 to 8 kilometers every day to fetch water from a village because t

iJal bridged the gender gap through economic empowerment and reduced the water collection drudgery for women (Image: Safe Water Network)
Green panel clears Central Vista project
Policy matters this fortnight Amita Bhaduri posted 8 months 1 week ago

Green panel clears Central Vista projects

Rajpath's Central Vista Avenue project (Image: Students of Master in Sustainable Architecture at Central University of Rajasthan, Counterview)
Pollution levels rising post-lockdown in cities in south India
How clean air gains of the lockdown and monsoon periods have been now lost with the reopening of the economy and with the onset of the winter. Amita Bhaduri posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

An analysis was done by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) of winter pollution (until January 26, 2021) in India’s five southern states - a vulnerable but poorly monitored region from the air quality perspective.

Air quality management requires regional approach to implement clean air action plans, says CSE (Image: Pixy)
A rainbow recovery post-COVID
The movement towards radical ecological democracy needs to combine the practical and policy-level grassroots work with broader mobilization. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 3 months ago

There is a disquieting hush across the world as the linkage between the planet’s health and human well-being became pronounced during the times of the pandemic. The deepening socio-economic and ecological crises caused by patterns of production and consumption are being increasingly recognised.

The women of Deccan Development Society sanghams move towards more localized natural resource management (Image: Deccan Development Society, Facebook Page)
Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab: Government
News this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 4 months ago

Punjab no.1 in overexploitation of groundwater 

Overexploitation of groundwater highest in Punjab (Source: IWP Flickr Photos)
Groundwater extraction: NGT gets strict with commercial entities
Policy matters this week Swati Bansal posted 1 year 5 months ago

NGT bans granting general permissions for groundwater extraction to commercial entities

NGT gets strict with commercial entities (Source: IWP Flickr album)
India-UK team tackles antimicrobial resistance spread in waterways
Experts are joining forces to investigate the impact that releasing antibiotics from antibiotic manufacturing into India’s waterways has on the spread of potentially fatal drug-resistant infections. Amita Bhaduri posted 1 year 5 months ago

An estimated 58,000 babies die in India every year from superbug infections passed on from their mothers, whilst drug-resistant pathogens cause between 28,000 to 38,000 extra deaths in the European Union every year.

The Musi river in Hyderabad, which has high concentrations of antibiotics released from production facilities (Image: Newcastle University)
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