There are plenty of reasons to scrap the Sethusamudram project: we don’t know how sediments behave within the canal, how cyclones will affect it and how its marine environment will be wrecked.
The two main ambiguities in the Act’s regulatory mechanism are what is regulated and who are obligated to share benefits under the Act.
With reports of foreign diplomats leaving Delhi, the Dominican Republic’s ambassador to India met with MEA officials on Friday to share their diplomatic community’s concerns.
The world’s fisherpeople are mobilising to protect their livelihood and commons, which are increasingly under threat from over-production and encroachment.
Gasification of rice straws can solve the problem of air pollution, and with it many others, if only the government was willing to employ it.
Plans to expand coal production and use run counter to the climate goals voluntarily adopted by the countries in the region and commitments made in the Paris deal.
A row over the promises rich countries made on climate action before 2020 has been resolved at negotiations in Bonn, with several wins for developing countries.
The text, a sort of gentlemen’s agreement at the moment, will now have to be approved by the COP and countries’ ministers. If they do, it will be adopted at a COP plenary on Friday.
Blaming the smog in Delhi on a global challenge such as climate change allows local – municipal, provincial and national – leaders to escape responsibility.
As North India gasps for fresh air and stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is being blamed for the deadly smog, The Wire travels to Punjab to know why farmers are doing it despite the hazardous consequences.
For villagers of Wadi Fuqin, harvest is a regular reminder of the occupation’s impact on Palestinian agriculture .
Just like in many other parts of the world, the decision-making elites have chosen to take short-term decisions that favoured their interests rather than the society’s.
In Bonn, Trump adviser George David Banks says the US will fight Chinese efforts to reintroduce a division between rich and poor countries into the Paris deal.
The attempt was met with protest and walkouts on Monday at UN climate talks in Bonn.
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash.
Visibility has plummeted, a health emergency has been declared, schools shut down and various regional level governments are quarrelling with each other.
The projected 2% increase in carbon dioxide emissions comes from growth in China’s smokestack industries and jeopardises the Paris climate agreement goals, say experts.
Along with the fate of the creek and that of the users, keepers and makers of Ennore’s place-words, lies our fate. Our language and our gaze make them invisible to us.
Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.
The fresh plea seeks direction to the Centre and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning.
Leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is leading the Christian Democrat party’s coalition talks on energy, said mines across Germany could be closed by the decade after next.
‘America’s Pledge’ is inspiring because it comes at a time when negotiations are not moving fast enough to keep up with climate science and citizens are realising that they’re on their own.
Given the chronic lack of political will, only citizens can eventually force changes in government policies by adopting saner and healthier lifestyles.
The state government had earlier announced implementation of the scheme from November 13-17.
Ghana and Ukraine are among the countries for whom the presence of the US coal industry at the Bonn talks is an opportunity to strike energy deals.
Illegal crop burning in farm states surrounding New Delhi, vehicle exhausts and swirling construction dust have contributed to what has become an annual crisis.
Meteorologists say the pollution surge was triggered by vehicle exhaust fumes, dust and illegal burning of crops.
There are already 38 operational hydroelectric plants in the Paraguay river’s upper basin, the region that drains into the Pantanal. A further 94 are due to be built in coming years.
Such a decision by US Supreme Court would allow, even encourage the International Finance Corporation – World Bank’s lending arm – to continue to act irresponsibly without worrying about consequences.
Vinod Dua discusses how the BJP has started resembling Congress and solutions for the Delhi smog.
According to studies, both the earlier schemes had failed in reducing pollution considerably.
The decision comes as air pollution levels spiked in the national capital.
While the Supreme Court has approved the draft of the comprehensive action plan to tackle “severe plus” levels of air pollution in Delhi NCR, it is yet to be finalised.
The US and the EU, among other developed nations, have said that they are not going to allow scrutiny of whether they are on track to meet their climate-change mitigation targets.
With Donald Trump having avowed to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance has said the US has no right to be involved in talks on how to implement the deal.
Syria and Nicaragua were the only two nations outside the 195-nation pact when it was agreed in 2015. Nicaragua signed up last month.
The state’s many riverside projects around Vijayawada and ‘new’ Amaravati have turned fish workers into daily wage labourers, probably on sites where their homes once stood.
Day one of the UN climate summit outlined fault lines in climate change negotiations even as a global weather report warned that the world was on track to be warmer by 3.2º C by 2100.
According to the Central Pollution Control Board, moisture in the air coupled with a complete absence of wind has led to this situation.
Despite calm rhetoric, negotiators are nervous of the Trump effect, and say consensus ‘can unravel very quickly’.