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  • Indo-EU Talks Focus on Labor, Ecology (February 27, 2007)
    Reports indicate that the European Union is keen to introduce "sustainable development" in its investment agreement with India and would like to introduce labor and environment targets despite the fact that both sides had agreed to exclude these topics.<More>

  • New Environmental Body (February 06, 2007)
    France has proposed a new environmental body that could police, monitor, and hold responsible nations that over-use resources in the name of development and received support of several nations but not the US, China, India, and Russia.<More>

  • New Initiatives for Tigers at Sariska (January 22, 2007)
    After being severely criticized for the disappearances of tigers from the Sariska Reserve, the Rajasthan government has started relocating villages that fall inside the Sariska reserve to pave way for the re-entry of the big cats.<More>

  • Biogas Innovations Promising (January 09, 2007)
    Ashden Awards extended to “organizations which have carried out truly excellent, practical, yet innovative schemes demonstrating sustainable energy…at a local level” has come to many Indian organizations.<More>

  • Tiger Conservation Gaps (January 03, 2007)
    An international panel said that lack of proper amenities, delays in payment of compensation for human and cattle losses, illegal fishing, and illegal minor forest activity are seriously affecting tiger conservation efforts.<More>

  • Retrograde Forest Bill Passed (December 21, 2006)
    Dismissing concerns by environmentalists and conservation experts, the government passed the politically convenient Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2006 that essentially hands over forests to forest dwellers.<More>

  • Sethusamudram Destruction Begins (December 19, 2006)
    Dismissing environmental concerns and acting under secrecy, India started the destruction of an ancient crossway between India and Sri Lanka called the Adam’s Bridge but believed to have been constructed by God-King Rama to facilitate the Sethusamudram Project.<More>

  • Forest Guard Recruitment Accelerated (December 06, 2006)
    The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked all states to urgently fill existing vacancies of forest guard position especially in Tiger Sanctuaries even if they have to relax recruitment norms.<More>

  • Tax Breaks for Bio-Diesel (November 24, 2006)
    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has floated a draft National Policy on Biofuels suggesting that India offer several fiscal incentives and a National Biofuel Development Board to promote adoption of blended petrol and diesel. <More>

  • Fund to Acquire Clean Tech (November 24, 2006)
    An Indian MP proposed that the United Nations create a “Clean Technology Acquisition Fund” so poorer countries will be able to access crucial technologies that will be clean and “significantly impact the realization of sustainable development goals.” <More>

  • Ground Water Management (November 22, 2006)
    The 12th National Symposium on Hydrology focusing on “Groundwater Governance: Ownership of Groundwater and its Pricing” organized by the Central Ground Water Board and National Institute of Hydrology at Roorkee presented many recommendations.<More>

  • GHG Consequences Dangerous (November 16, 2006)
    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan told a conference on climate control in Nairobi that it is far less expensive to cut greenhouse gasses (GHG) than “deal with the consequences later” and implored nations “Let no one say we cannot afford to act.”<More>

  • Clean Projects Disagreement (November 14, 2006)
    Nations attending the 12th Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP12) seemed to be angry at the lop-sided award of Clean Development Projects (CDP) part of the Kyoto Protocol to India, China, and Brazil.<More>

  • Solar Vaccine Cooler (November 07, 2006)
    An Indian scientist under a grant from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has developed a solar-powered vaccine cooler which replaces traditional lead batteries and ozone depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) thus making it practical and eco-friendly.<More>

  • MCS Tracks Turtle Migration to TN (October 27, 2006)
    The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has successfully tracked tagged endangered green turtles (Chelonian mydas) through satellites from Southern Sri Lanka to the Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve, a protected area off  Tamil Nadu (TN).<More>

  • China Rejects Media Reports on Brahmaputra Dam (October 27, 2006)
    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao refuted media reports saying that China has “no plans” to divert billions of cubic feet of water from the Brahmaputra (Yalung Zangbo) to the Yellow River to feed rain-starved areas of the North.<More>

  • Pollution, Poaching Affecting Conservation (October 12, 2006)
    Two different and unrelated reports show that there increasing pollution and poaching are affecting quality of rivers and wildlife depending on these rivers despite large spends to clean rivers.<More>

  • New Environmental Guidelines (October 05, 2006)
    In a bid to decentralize environmental impact assessment, the Federal Government announced new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) guidelines that grant concessions for builders, automobile, and biomedical sectors.<More>

  • Tiger Skin Trade Flourishing in China (September 29, 2006)
    Two non-Governmental organizations asserted that despite international condemnation and demands, trade in tiger and derivative products continue unabated and overtly in China for costumes and medicines and suppliers are mostly Indian poachers.<More>

  • SC Halts Genetic Foods (September 27, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) asked the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to halt approvals to genetically modified products till it can determine that these foods have been sufficiently tested and safe for human consumption. <More>

  • Forests Threatened by Elephant Training Camps (September 15, 2006)
    Environmentalists say that while elephant training camps brings eco-tourism, they also increase population around these camps, create a shortage of fodder, and compromised the well being of elephants who are now unemployed because of mechanization.<More>

  • SC Fines Coal Unit for Environment Damage (September 12, 2006)
    The Supreme Court fined India’s largest coal producing company for using forest land in and ruled that all companies using forest land are required to pay a Penal Compensatory Afforestation cost and amount of Net Present Value to continue operations.<More>

  • Integrated Forest Management Planned (September 12, 2006)
    In the next 5 year plan, India plans an Integrated Protection Scheme to increase interfaces with communities, communication, and surveillance of forests and wildlife to facilitate their conservation and protection.<More>

  • Is Project Tiger a Failure? (August 29, 2006)
    An investigation into the effectiveness of the federally funded Project Tiger, launched in 1973 to protect tigers in the 15 Tiger sanctuaries to ensure a viable population, concluded that the program is a failure because of insufficient training and inadequate methods.<More>

  • US Seeks Tariff cut on Environment Products (August 29, 2006)
    As a co-member of the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP), the US wants India to reduce its tariffs on imported environmental goods and services from the current 15% to allow free flow of technology to reduce green house gases (GHG) emission.<More>

  • Diluted Wildlife Bill Passed (August 23, 2006)
    After promising major reforms, the Federal Government greatly diluted the Wildlife Bill in a bid to appease the tribal lobby and passed the Wildlife Bill in great hurry that could greatly affect conservation efforts and endangered species.<More>

  • Activists Trying to Coerce a Tribal Bill (August 22, 2006)
    Tasting success with stopping the Government’s plan to rightfully amend the Right to Information Act, activists are now targeting the Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill 2005, also known as the Tribal Bill (TB), to bulldoze through Parliament.<More>

  • Whale Deaths in Ramanathapuram (August 14, 2006)
    The Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park (GMMNP) has reported 10 whales washed ashore in the last 7 ½ months between Mandapam and Pamban compared to 95 whales washed ashore from 1841 to 1995 and wants an expert panel to study this phenomenon.<More>

  • Unusual Clouds over Antarctica (August 03, 2006)
    Australian scientists say that extreme weather conditions are producing unusual cloud formation, called stratospheric clouds, over Antarctica that could lead to “chemical changes” capable of destroying “vital stratospheric ozone.”<More>

  • Meghalaya Coal Mining Excesses (August 02, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) accepted a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) requesting intervention to stop rampant coal mining and limestone quarrying off natural caves in Meghalaya claiming that the Federal Government has not responded to their pleas.<More>

  • Digital Record of Bio-Resources (July 28, 2006)
    Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology has produced a set of CD based information called “Jeeva Sampada” which is the first digital documentation of India's vast bio-resources covering over 39,000 species.<More>

  • Oil Slick Threatens Goa (June 07, 2006)
    As oil patches from the Panama-registered MV Ocean Seraya which broke into two after hitting a rock during a recent storm system began washing up on the popular tourist beaches in Goa, environmentalists warned of larger dangers of an oil slick.<More>

  • YSR Cries after Spilling Milk (June 06, 2006)
    After giving free electricity and causing near total depletion of ground water resources in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhkara Reddy said he was concerned that several districts in the state are facing the grim reality of turning into a desert.<More>

  • SC Orders Dismantling Fish Tanks in AP (April 27, 2006)
    The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Andhra Pradesh (AP) to destroy fish tanks created in the Kolleru Lake by politically connected individuals that threaten the ecosystem of the large wet lands and the livelihood of those who live around it.<More>

  • Sea Level to Rise (April 11, 2006)
    Increased use of fossil fuels leading to more greenhouse gases, reduction in forest cover, high development activity will eventually cause intense rain in the North East, drought and desertification in the North West, and inundation of coastal areas.<More>

  • Stricter Pesticide Regulation (March 27, 2006)
    In an encouraging move, the Central Insecticide Board (CIB) will, through the Ministry of Environment, soon ban 7 pesticides and also fix the maximum residue limit (MRL) for 23 more.<More>

  • IPCC Warns Global Warming (March 09, 2006)
    Chairman of United Nation’s (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra Pachauri said that there is mounting evidence that humans are causing global warming but Governments are doing too little to counter the threat.<More>

  • Antarctic Shrunk Says NASA (March 04, 2006)
    NASA has said that the Antarctic has shrunk by about 152 cubic kilometers annually from April 2002 to August 2005 raising the sea water level by 1.2 millimeters. <More>

  • 33 Vulture, 10 Kites Dead in Sikkim (February 27, 2006)
    In a first ever incident, Sikkim reported the mysterious death of 33 vultures and 10 kites at heights of 10-20,000 feet.<More>

  • SC Regrets AP's Environmental Damage (February 24, 2006)
    Addressing public interest litigation by Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Intellectuals' Forum, the Supreme Court (SC) said that it couldn’t reverse environmental damage due to "development.<More>

  • KIOCL Stops Mining Western Ghats (January 17, 2006)
    The Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL), a Federal Government-owned public sector company complied with Supreme Court orders and stopped mining ore in the environmentally sensitive Western Ghats.<More>

  • Polluting Countries Set up Fund (January 13, 2006)
    Six of the world's largest polluting countries will create a multi-million dollar fund to encourage mining and power industries to develop and use cleaner technologies to combat climate change.<More>

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