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How not to grow trees

Planting a tree is now bound up in so much restriction and red tape that it is not worth the effort

The Supreme Court issues far reaching directives on Graded Response Action Plan to address health emergency in the National Capital Region of Delhi

In response to EPCA report on highly polluting industrial fuels of furnace oil and petroleum coke in the entire NCR, the Supreme Court has directed the Union Government to examine and ban these fuels in the NCR region. 

CSE supports the principle that the Supreme Court has established today that diesel cars are more polluting and should pay Environment Compensation Charge (ECC)

  • The order further states that the application from the Amicus Curiae on enhanced ECC for all diesel cars will be taken up and decided subsequently. CSE urges that this be expedited quickly

Wheels are turning

Let’s share cars; take a bus or metro; cycle or walk

Early this month, I was in the Delhi High Court, where a battery of lawyers had filed separate petitions against the odd-even scheme of the Delhi government. This is a scheme to ration car usage so that in the critically polluted winter months only half the vehicles are on the road. Their arguments were that the scheme had led to enormous inconvenience and worse, daily pollution data showed no impact on air quality. Cars, they said, were not responsible for pollution. 

Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Limits on Power Plants

June 30, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday blocked one of the Obama administration’s most ambitious environmental initiatives, an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants.

How to plant trees for development

Today, in India, forest protection happens against all odds. There is no economic value seen in forests, but there is value seen in the development project for which forestland is required. Clearly, this is not the way to go. We need a value to be paid for standing forests; it needs to be shared with people who inhabit these lands; we need to grow trees in ways which bring money to the poor; and we need to learn how to protect, regenerate and grow trees, all at the same time.

Churning Still Water - Briefing Paper on Urban Waterbodies

Urban waterbodies play an important role in flood control, groundwater recharge and water supply to help cities adapt to climate change effects.

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