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Kerala demands review of the Western Ghats order

The State Government has asked the Centre to review its order on eco-sensitive zone in the Western Ghats. The Order was based on the Kasturirangan report that recommended one-third of the Ghats be declared eco-sensitive.

Big mining companies violate environment laws in Odisha

News this week: Commission finds that big corporates mined Rs. 45000 Cr worth iron ore, Delhi residents protest waste incinerator and POSCO's clearance to be revalidated.

Corporates like Tata Steel, Essel Mining violate green laws in Odisha

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News this week: Toilets in only 30% urban slums, pipeline being laid close to Golconda fort and 99 illegal dyeing units unearthed in Tirupur

Welfare schemes not of much use to urban slums

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Beginning with the Kumbh Mela and moving on to natural disasters like the floods in Uttarakhand and the cyclone in eastern India, water made big news throughout 2013.

Kumbh Mela left its trash behind

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HC upholds ban on plastic packaging for junk food in HP

Vacates 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 project

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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 also found on top.

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News this week: NSSO says drinking water quality worst in Kerala, migratory birds desert flooded wetland and villagers protest against hydel project in Uttarakhand.

Kerala scores worst in access to potable water: NSSO

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Using computer simulation, Keystone Foundation demonstrates the impact of domestic use, tourism, plantation and farming on the water situation in Coonoor in the Nilgiris.

The Nilgiris have undergone an incredible amount of change in the last 10 years. Coonoor, an area well endowed with natural resources, is the second largest tourist destination here. However, over the last year (2012-13), the town has been reeling under a water crisis [1]. The drying up of local water sources has meant that water supply has been erratic [3] and people have had to depend on purchasing water through tankers and tapping springs and open wells.

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Policy matters this week: Coca Cola plant in Mehdiganj lowers groundwater level, Haryana plans water misuse bill and Punjab makes water recycling compulsory for water consuming industries.

Coca Cola plant in Mehdiganj lowers groundwater level

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