Environmental Justice Atlas

How Did Environmental Jurisprudence Evolve…

In 1982, in Warren County, North Carolina, USA, a landfill was created to bury 60,000 tons of PCB-contaminated soil. PCB (Polychlorinated biphenyl) is a highly toxic and a persistent organic pollutant, which was widely used in dielectric and coolants. This PCB Landfill was situated near the community of Afton which was primarily consisted of poor minority community. Even after arduous efforts including litigations and petitions, citizens of Warren County were not able to deter government efforts to stop the dumping40

Green Law Panel

Green Law Panel to review archaic laws related to forestry and environment

The government of India has appointed a Green Law Panel to review archaic laws related to forestry and environment. Some of the acts are so old that they deserve to be archived rather than being implemented. The acts which will fall under the purview of the commission headed by TSR Subramaniam are: Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 Environment (Protection) Act ,40

US finally moves to Cleaner options under Obama

The US government which has a history of being non-committal on clean energy issues (US did not adopt the Kyoto Protocol) and did not adopt any binding GHG emission cuts in the past under the guise of unknown harms to its industry has finally bitten the bullet as it were and has moved forward with a historical initiative to cut emissions. The new rule proposes curbs on carbon dioxide emissions for existing power plants. Power plants in the United States40

The conifer forest

Forest (Conservation) Amendment Rules, 2014

The MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests) has brought out a notification detailing the amendments to the Forest Conservation rules of 2003. The new rules link together sustainable development; hereafter mining in forest areas has been regulated with detailed observation required from all parties while seeking permission. The proposal also requires suggestions for restriction on the use of any forest land for any non-forest purpose in order to minimise adverse environmental impact. Overall, this will in turn pave way for40

GHG emission

With Glaring Smog and Rising Pollution levels, China cracks down with stricter laws

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislative body has adopted revisions to the Environmental Protection Law reported Xinhua. With this, the revised Environmental Protection Law which has undergone its first amendment in 25 years makes meeting pollution challenges a priority. “The new law says that economic and social development should be coordinated with environmental protection and encourages studies on the impact environmental quality causes on public health, urging prevention and control of pollution-related diseases.” Salient40

Car parking

Odisha unveils Urban Parking Policy

Parking hassles are not uncommon in metro cities of India where a large number of cars are towed away every day for parking violations. Sometimes people living near shopping malls and popular market centres can’t even move their own car out of their own parking place. Odisha has now come out with an urban parking policy that is expected to streamline parking and prevent hassles to consumers. Salient features are summarised below- Provision of parking space within 500 mtrs. distance40

Coastal Regulation Zone

An overview of the Swaminathan committee report on the CRZ notification

Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) set up an Expert Committee in 2004 which was headed by Prof. M.S. Swaminathan. The mandate of the committee was to research and provide a detailed review of the CRZ Notification, the status of its implementation, gaps if any, and mitigation mechanisms to tweak the coastal zone management in India. CRZ Notification- The history of environmental movement began in the 80’s when buoyed by the increase in pollution levels, governments’ world over started taking40

The conifer forest

Green India Mission is now under Centrally Sponsored Scheme

National Mission for a Green India, popularly known as Green India Mission (GIM) has received centre’s nod to be treated as Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS). In February 2014, The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a proposal of the Ministry of Environment and Forests for GIM to be included in a CSS. The National Mission for a Green India is one of the eight Missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC). It is designed to take40