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  • Ministries reach no consensus over Uttarakhand hydel project  The water and environment ministries continue to differ over the hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand. While the water ministry is against the projects as they can affect the uninterrupted flow of the Ganga river, the environment m...
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  • Environment ministry releases the draft of India’s new National Forest Policy The draft of the new National Forest Policy (NFP) has been released by the environment ministry. The new draft proposes to levy green tax that will allow for an ecologically responsible behavior and will also supplement...
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  • Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit to be probed in water tanker scam Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has approved to take up the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) probe against the former chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit for her alleged role in Rs 400 crore water tanker scam. The decision has been tak...
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  • A number of Asian countries are going through environmental crisis. Nowhere is the impact felt so seriously than in India, where the crisis threatens to affect survival. It is also impacting biodiversity, ecology and livelihoods. In this context, it becomes important to understand how nature and the...
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  • The farmers of Jharkhand have long been depending on lac farming for their livelihood. Lac, a resin extensively used in preparation of a range of products - from cosmetics to ammunition - is cultivated on a variety of trees, mostly fruit-bearing and shady trees like Ber, Kusum, Palash and Sal. Jhark...
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  • No construction around Bellandur-Agara lakes: NGT The National Green Tribunal has ordered the Bengaluru Civic Authorities to stop any further construction within 50 to 75 metres around any primary storm water drain in the city. Following the orders, environment nod to Mantri Techzone and Coremind, ...
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  • Shift IPL matches out of Maharashtra: SC Dismissing the plea by the Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations, the Supreme Court has directed to shift the Indian Premier League cricket matches outside of Maharashtra. However, the State Bodies were wanting a stay on the order by vowing not to use ...
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  • Heat wave claims 300 lives across the country With soaring temperatures, the country has faced more than 300 deaths in this month alone, which has led to officials ordering a ban to daytime cooking in some parts of India. Telangana has been worst hit with the heat wave that has claimed 137 lives, f...
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  • Submit complete list of wetlands: NGT to States The National Green Tribunal has ordered all the State Governments to submit a complete list of wetlands under their jurisdiction. The order has come following a petition that has been filed which claimed that large areas which are ecologically importa...
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  • Since India became independent in 1947, the central and state governments have introduced various rural development schemes, and have been trying to get them to converge. While this effort hasn't been as impactful on a large scale, there are some success stories. Sarda Panchayat in Sambalpur, Odisha...
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  • Chirimiri Coalfield is a part of Central India Coalfields, located in Koriya district, Chhattisgarh. It is spread over 125 square kilometres with estimated total reserves of around 312.11 million tonnes. In the last 70 years, more than 250 springs that used to be the primary sources of dri...
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  • Centre releases DPR on forestry intervention for Ganga river The Water Resource Ministry has unveiled the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Forestry Intervention for the Ganga which has been prepared by the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The project envisages the plantation of 4 crore native t...
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  • It was 1961. Simon Oraon, a Class IV school drop-out began his journey against drought in Bedo, a tribal block of Ranchi, Jharkhand. An idealistic young man, he along with his fellow villagers began constructing earthen dams to capture rainwater for recharging groundwater. This along with his broade...
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  • No clearance to Ken-Betwa river link project till wildlife issues are addressed The Expert Panel of the Environment Ministry has decided not to take any call on the ambitious Ken-Betwa river link project until the crucial wildlife issues pertaining to the Panna Tiger Reserve are addressed. The...
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  • Forest guards in India have fought many things over time in the course of their daily work--poachers, irate citizens, even animals at times! But they are now facing a threat that may well be beyond their capacity to overcome. A threat that is not just responsible for the death of individual ani...
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  • Today's rural poor operate in highly risky and uncertain environments. Grappling with multiple stresses like eroding natural resources, poor assets and increasing climate variability, they are constantly adjusting their lives and livelihoods--changing a crop grown, digging another well, or migrating...
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  • Government to install community water purification plants in water toxic zones The Government has allotted a sum of Rs 1000 crore to install community water purification plants (CWPPs) in various states where groundwater is contaminated with fluoride and arsenic and people in the region are forced ...
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  • In December 2015, more than forty years after it was conceived, the Government was set to launch India’s ambitious 30-link river interlinking project linking 37 rivers. The linking of the ‘surplus’ river Ken through a 231.45-km canal with the ‘deficient’ river Betwa flowing through the sta...
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  • Relief assistance to drought-hit Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh and flood-hit West Bengal Centre has allocated Rs 3050 crore to drought-hit Maharashtra and Rs 2033 crore to Madhya Pradesh under the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). Overall, 18 out of the 29 states have been affected by the defi...
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  • Although the state of Uttarakhand is rich in water and forest resources, its watersheds are under threat of wasting and erosion due to decreased forest cover, faulty agricultural practices, hydrologic imbalances and natural calamities. The growing population is further increasing the pressure on nat...
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The polluted Erai river needs to be restored before it completely dies and leaves the people dependent on it searching for drinking water.

The Erai river, the main tributary of the Wardha river, is the lifeline for the people of Chandrapur in Maharashtra. It primarily supplies water to the Chandrapur city and Chandrapur super thermal power station (CSTPS). Since 1984, after the initiation of operations of M/s CSTPS and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), the river has begun to get polluted and is now gasping for breath.

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Cyclone Gaja creates havoc in Tamil Nadu

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Mazhapolima wins accolades for offering sustainable solution to overcome water scarcity

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Centre mandates NOC for using groundwater for infra projects

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Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 percent in the past four decades: WWF

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The Himalayan wetlands are under threat due to unregulated urbanisation and unsustainable tourism. Urgent attention at the policy level is the need of the hour.

Wetlands are very important and productive ecosystems that support a wide range of plants and animals and provide livelihood opportunities to local communities in India. However, they are increasingly being threatened by rapid urbanisation, pollution, developmental interventions, unsustainable management practices and encroachment.

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What are mangroves and why are they important? Here is a simple Q&A to understand the mangrove ecosystems in India better.

This is a simple guide that lists out the most popular questions related to mangroves, to understand what they are and their ecological significance. Please click on a topic for detailed information.

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New coastal projects to ignore Olive Ridley turtles

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Wildlife Board clears Lower Demwe hydel project despite flaws in report

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World is losing the wetlands at a rate of 0.78 percent a year: Ramsar Convention

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