Media Fellowship | Centre for Science and Environment


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May 2014 - June 2014

What makes a city a city, apart from its people? Local architecture and  building material, urban design, the mobility infrastructure all come together to make it conducive to  'good living'. What are the essentials then, which need to be taken care of while accommodating the modern demands of designing and retrofitting our urban space?

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July - August, 2013

India’s sheer variety finds an echo in its diverse ecosystems from the barren cold deserts of Ladakh to the heat-swept dunes of the Thar, from the 7,000-odd kilometres of coastlines to the dense green cover of the Western Ghats. Most of these ecosystems are extremely fragile, buffeted as they are by direct human intervention as well as the vagaries wrought by a changing climate.

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Power beyond the grid: Is renewable doable?

July 5, 2013 - September 5, 2013

This fellowship is supported by Misereor

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) 2011 report on renewable energy sources and climate change mitigation, 85 per cent of current primary energy driving global economies comes from the combustion of fossil fuels.

These fuels account for 56.6 per cent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions in the world. In 2007, energy generation accounted for 58 per cent of India's net GHG emissions. Use of renewable energy sources — such as sun and wind – could, thus, play a role in mitigating climate change and its impacts.

While we all agree that climate change is for real, there is actually limited reliable information available on how and where its impacts are being felt the most.

Extreme weather events such as cloud burst, cyclones, floods etc are being reported as more intense and frequent world over, and the number of casualties and losses are ever on the rise. Though mitigation and adaptation is on the world's agenda, the local have to fend for themselves.

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Good news: Celebrating success stories in managing lives, livelihoods and the environment

This fellowship is supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust

Environmental reportage has evolved from being disaster reportage to much more; but truly heart-warming stories – good news, literally – are still a rarity. Bring us tales of people, places, programmes and policies that have helped make a difference.

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April - June, 2012

This fellowship is supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust

In 2009-10, 51 tigers were killed in India, in spite of all the conservation programmes, awareness drives and public campaigns to save them. India hosts the majority of the world’s tiger population -- about 1,700 tigers, according to the May 2011 census.

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August - October, 2011

This fellowship was supported by Jamshedji Tata Trust

After land, our water bodies are now facing tremendous stress: industries, urban 'development', increasing population, imperfect legislation... scores of wetlands, lakes, rivers and waterways are threatened by such projects and pressures.

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This fellowship was supported by Jamshedji Tata Trust

February 10, 2011 – April 10, 2011 

Millions of people are linked to forests, some derive their livelihoods from them, others call them home. The forests, however, are subjected to continuous exploitation due to varied reasons beyond the realm of sustenance, rendering the forest dwellers most vulnerable.

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Water barred: need or greed? South Asian water bodies, community and 'development'

August 2011 – November 2011

For journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

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Fellowships

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Tenth CSE Media Fellowships: JNNURM and Indian cities: misguided mission or reform blueprint?

March - May, 2010

This fellowship was supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust

The seven year scheme had a whopping Rs 100,000 crore in its kitty to develop infrastructure and services – water supply, sanitation and sewerage, urban transport and integrated slum development – in 63 cities.

Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), City Action Plans, Habitat And Urbanisation, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), Media Fellowship, Metro, Fellowships
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CSE's Nineth Media Fellowship on The Coastal Concerns of India

This fellowship was supported by Jamshedji Tata Trust

9th CSE Media Fellowship on The Coastal Concerns of India November 2009-January 2010.

Climate Change, CMZ, Coastal Development, Coastal Erosion, Coastal regulations, CRZ, CSE, Media, Media Fellowship, Fellowships

Work Overview

MRC has successfully conducted ten media fellowship programmes for journalists – on water, desertification, forests, sustainable development and livelihoods in India’s North-east, mining and environment, National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Rivers, coasts and indian cities under JNNURM. Last year also saw the first South Asian media fellowship on climate change, followed by the second South Asian Media fellowship on coastal concerns. These fellowships have primarily aimed at encouraging journalists to write on issues of development and environment.

Down To Earth

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Companies fined heavily for mining over limit in Odisha

 State authorities send notices to 103 mines
Odisha's department of steel and mines has slapped a fine of Rs 67,900 crore on companies operating 103 mines in the Koira and Joda mining circles of Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts, respectively for mining more mineral than permitted.

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State mining departments turn tech-savvy to track mineral ores

 Odisha takes lead, sets up robust system to monitor minerals produced and transported

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Supreme Court lifts ban on 63 more mines in Bellary

 Sets condition of compensatory payment to resume operations
The Supreme Court allowed operations in 63 out of 72 category B mines in Bellary, Chitradurga and Tumkur in Karnataka, subject to conditions.

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Irongate opened

 
Shah Commission report shows how authorities, mine owners stripped Goa of iron

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