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

Burning of tyres

NGT Bans burning of tyres in Public Places

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned the burning of tyres. The ruling will ensure burning of tyres in public places such as roads and areas around residential buildings. Burning of tyres is a common practice in India especially during political processions and agitations. In most cases, it is the first step in displaying displeasure and agitation against authorities. Burning tyres creates a toxic soup of pollutants that is a serious threat to clean environment. Miniscule particles released during the40

Animal testing_Wistar rat

Union Government has banned cosmetic companies from animal testing

Union Government has banned cosmetic companies from testing on animals. The notification prohibiting testing of cosmetics on animals was issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 27 January 2014. The rules prohibiting testing of cosmetics on animals will become effective within 45 days of it being made public. The ban implies that no cosmetic which has been tested on animals in the country will be allowed to be sold. With this decision, India has become the40

Industrial Air Pollution

Beijing gets new law to control hazardous Smog

The city of Beijing, China, which is under pressure to reduce air pollution to address the cause of the hazardous smog in January 2014, which carried pollution levels more than 20 times that is considered as unhealthy by the World Health Organisation (WHO). On 16 January 2014 the fine particulate pollution named as PM 2.5 reached around 500 micrograms in per cubic meter.  Read our previously published article entitled Air pollution in Beijing 25 times above the WHO safe mark. Beijing40

Solar pannels and mounting structure at rooftop

Tamil Nadu Tribunal Sets Aside Solar Purchase Obligation

In a major setback to government plans, Tamil Nadu’s electricity tribunal has decided to set aside a government order placing solar energy obligations upon heavy power consumers. It is unclear as to how the order would affect government plans to generate an additional 3,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power by end-2015 but it cannot be expected to progress smoothly now. “The order of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) is set aside on solar purchase obligation,” said justice Karpaga40

The conifer forest

SC directs Central government to appoint a National Regulator to oversee implementation of Forest Policy

The Supreme Court of India on 6 January 2014 directed the Government of India to appoint a national regulator to oversee the implementation of forest policy. The court rejected the contention that there is no need for such a body. The Supreme Court Bench of three judges, which was headed by A K Patnaik and comprised justices SS Nijjar and FMI Kalifulla, while hearing a PIL, also ordered the Centre to file an affidavit on compliance of its order by40

Western Ghats -from Gobichettipalayam

MoEF issues fresh order on Kasturirangan recommendation

The Environment Ministry has issued a fresh order to follow in the footsteps of the in principle acceptance of the Ksatrurirangan committee report on 20 December 2013 and withdrawn 16 November 2013 notification. The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) order has now clarified that the recommendations made by the Kasturirangan led High-Level Working Group (HLWG) has not placed any fresh restrictions on land use in the ESA. The order that follows would thus not impact the continued occupation of40

Green Belt Schematic

Regulatory Provisions for Green Belt Development in India

Green vegetation cover is beneficial in many ways leading to conservation of biodiversity, retention of soil moisture, recharge of ground water and maintaining pleasant micro climate of the region. In addition, vegetation cover can also absorb pollutants from the environment and helps in effective pollution control. Green belts are planned open spaces safeguarded from developmental activities such as construction of buildings, factories, dams, etc. Safeguarded in the sense that no infrastructural development will be allowed on such designated areas and40