SC directs Meghalaya govt to deposit Rs 100 cr with CPCB for causing environmental degradation by 'illegal, unregulated' coal mining
Environmental degradation by illegal and unregulated coal mining has taken place in Meghalaya, the Supreme Court held Wednesday and directed the state to deposit Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board for restoration work. It said however that Meghalaya has very limited sources of revenue and allowed it to transfer Rs 100 crore from the Environment Protection and Restoration Fund. A total of 15 miners were trapped on 13 December last year in an illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya, about 3.7 kilometres deep inside a forest, when water from the nearby Lytein river gushed into it.
Farmers plant unapproved GM cotton seeds against govt apathy over technology approval; what is the way out?
The protesting farmers are demanding access to technology that will save them the cost of manual weeding and achieve control over bollworms which have developed resistance to pesticides
As illegal seeds continue to enter India, cultivation of genetically engineered crops like brinjal have been discovered in Haryana. It threatens irreversible contamination of India’s brinjal.
Haryana’s Bt brinjal row: Govt must allow farmers to have access to technologies in agriculture to dissuade illegal use of seeds
Believing that with a change of government and of environment minister Bt brinjal could be approved, the activists who are vehemently opposed to GM crops for ideological reasons, have stirred into action.
Currently, 96 percent of India’s cotton area is under Bt cotton.
Bombay HC says safeguards against noise pollution during construction of metro line 3 necessary; asks MMRC for plan
The Bombay HC sought to know from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRC) what safeguards it has to ensure that the citizens' constitutional right to a pollution-free environment is protected. This included noise pollution.
Fireworks manufacturers across the country have decided to request the Tamil Nadu government to implead itself in a plea filed in the Supreme Court
Over 860 fireworks factories in Sivakasi go on indefinite strike demanding amendments to environment law
More than 860 fireworks factories in and around Sivakasi, the national hub of the industry, have launched an indefinite closure demanding an amendment to the Environment Protection Act exempting their produce from its purview
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought responses of all states and union territories on a plea against the unregulated use and lack of disposal mechanism for plastic across the country.
Communal issues cannot be raised in the garb of environmental concerns, the National Green Tribunal has said while junking a plea for banning the use of Christmas trees and prohibiting the making of Santa Claus costumes.
The recent fire at the Deonar dumping ground sent the air quality in Mumbai plummeting down to ‘poor’. A Times of India report on Monday said that pollution in the city went from ‘moderate’ to ‘poor’ within a span of a few days
The government has promised to bring the Yamuna river under the the Environment Protection Act within two months to ensure "free flow of the river".