Sitarama irrigation project awaits wildlife board nod

Khammam: Getting permission from the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) for acquiring forest land for Sitarama Lift Irrigation Project (SRLIP) is not an easy task and the officials of the Irrigation Department are equipping themselves with answers to all the queries that may be posed by members of the Board. After getting permission from the Telangana Board for Wildlife to acquire 442 hectares in the eco core zone of Kinnersani Wildlife Sanctuary, the state government is speeding up the process of getting permission from NBWL. The Board permission is mandatory for the 442 hectare land acquisition to irrigate 6.75 lakh acre through SRLIP. The Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary, which spread across 62,500 hectare once, has been reduced to 40,000 hectare due to the encroachments. The sanctuary spreads in four assembly segments of Kothagudem, Yellandu, Pinapaka and Wyra.

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Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

Bio–mining to remediate hazardous waste in Pammal

The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal has directed the Commissioner of Pammal municipality to start bio-mining of hazardous waste dumped in private land in four survey numbers in Pammal Village by January 2018.

In bio-mining, micro-organisms are used to leach and remove metals from their growth medium.

Judicial member Justice M.S. Nambiar also directed that the process of installation of the machinery should be completed within 90 days, before March 31, 2018, and the entire bio-mining process should be finished by December 31, 2018.

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Courtesy: The Hindu

Why energy transitions are the key to environmental progress

At the United Nations’ climate talks in Paris in 2015, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both emphasised the need to find climate solutions that advance, rather than undermine, India’s development prospects.

This article originally appeared in Issue 5 2016 of our print magazine. The digital version of the full magazine can be read online or downloaded free of charge.

But, the reality of what both nations are doing on climate change does not live up to the rhetoric. The overwhelming focus of US-Indian government climate efforts is on expanding renewables and increasing energy efficiency. Both have merit, but should be third in the list of priorities and not topmost.

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Courtesy: ESI Africa

National Green Tribunal Issues Arrest Warrants Against 12 District Collectors Of Maharashtra

The National Green Tribunal (hereinafter referred to as “NGT”) recently issued bailable arrest warrants against twelve (12) District Collectors of Maharashtra for non-compliance of the directives issued by the NGT last year related to bore wells.

Such directives were issued by the NGT while disposing off an Environment Interest Litigation (hereinafter referred to as “EIL”) related to high impact of fluorosis in different districts. NGT had issued seven-point directives to the district collectors of Bandara, Nanded, Latur, Beed, Washim, Parbhani, Hingoli, Jalna, Chandrapur, Jalgaon & Yavatmal Nagpur where the dependence on bore wells as a water source is very high & the fluoride levels in groundwater is high too.

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Courtesy: mondaq

Adivasi rights groups petition Parliament against Compensatory Afforestation Fund law

Adivasi rights groups from across the country have petitioned Parliament demanding that the government should either repeal the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016, or amend it to ensure that Adivasi rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2009, are not violated by the compensatory plantations that the law facilitates.

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is in the process of finalising the rules to implement this law, which seeks to manage the distribution of funds – now amounting to more than Rs 50,000 crore – collected as a levy from industries, miners and others who need to fell forests for their projects. The Act allocates this fund to the forest departments of states to set up plantations to replace the lost forests.

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