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NEWS UPDATE #173

HIGHLIGHTS: *All mining leases cancelled in Goa *Mumbai air quality worse than Delhi’s *SBI wrote off bad loans worth Rs 200 billion in FY17 *Scientists discover 1.6 million tonnes of Mercury found in Arctic *Ozone-layer not recovering over populated areas * German cities to trial free public transport *US to become world’s largest oil producer

NEWS UPDATE #172

HIGHLIGHTS: *India’s budget ignores environment and climate change *India ranks 177 out of 180 in Environmental Performance Index *Study: India’s farmed chickens dosed with world’s strongest antibiotics *China’s Emissions: More than U.S. plus Europe, and still rising *Almost 4 environmentalists a week killed in 2017 *Air pollution linked to ‘extremely high mortality’ in mental ill

NEWS UPDATE #171

HIGHLIGHTS: *Over 300 manual scavengers died in 2017 *India ranked among lowest in green ranking, inclusive development *No clearance to power plants if they don’t follow norms: MoEF * Gurgaon lost 389 water bodies in 60 years *New global biodiversity registry *Cape Town to run out of water *Peru declares a huge new national park

NEWS UPDATE #170

HIGHLIGHTS: *New York will divest $5bn in fossil fuel-linked money, to sue oil majors over global warming *Air pollution caused 1.1 million deaths in India in 2015 *One-fifth of India consumes water with high arsenic content *It’s snowing in Sahara Desert! *World’s Richest Made Another $1 Trillion in 2017 *World’s biggest wildlife reserve planned for Antarctica

NEWS UPDATE #169

The Guardian reports: Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have just warned, while the numbers of very low oxygen sites near coasts have multiplied tenfold. Most sea creatures cannot survive in these zones and current trends would lead to mass extinction in the long run, risking dire consequences.

NEWS UPDATE #168

In a gazette notification released by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change, the Modi government has decided to completely disregard environmental clearances required for hydro-electric and mining projects, in addition to relaxing stricter laws implemented during the UPA-2. INDIA Modi govt dilutes environmental clearances for hydro-electric and mining projects   National Herald In

NEWS UPDATE #167

As of December 7, more than 300 coal power plants across the country are still violating emission standard norms that were given by the MoEFCC in 2015. But despite being given two years to implement these norms, the Ministry of Power and the power industry, are attempting to push the dates further by 5-7 years.

NEWS UPDATE #166

CEOs whose businesses commit environmental crimes can now be tried in the International Criminal Court. The ICC is looking to clamp down on land grabbing, where multinationals take over large areas of foreign land to exploit its natural resources without benefiting the local inhabitants. The move could reshape how business is done in developing countries.

NEWS UPDATE #165

Vox.com reports: The Danish green energy company Ørsted, partnering with Edelman Intelligence, has commissioned the largest-ever global survey of opinion on energy, surveying a whopping 26,000 people across 13 countries, ensuring that at least 2,000 demographically representative respondents were reached per country. Long story short: The whole world wants more green energy (and less coal).

NEWS UPDATE #164

A small group of companies across the world is responsible for one-third of global annual emissions, revealed Thomson Reuters. Coal India tops the list of 100 businesses with the highest CO2 emission. Two other state-owned Indian companies feature in the list: NTPC and ONGC. The only privately-owned Indian company in the list is Reliance Industries.

NEWS UPDATE #163

Did you know that three meat companies–JBS, Cargill and Tyson–emitted more greenhouse gases last year than all of France and nearly as much as some of the biggest oil companies like Exxon and Shell? That’s the startling revelation made by a new report on corporate emissions from livestock, which uses the FAO’s latest research methodology.

NEWS UPDATE #162

The top 250 listed companies in the world account for a third of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions, a new study shows. The report comes a day after the World Meteorological Organization said the concentration of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide touched a record high in 2016. Coal India, Gazprom and Exxon Mobil topped the list.

NEWS UPDATE #161

India has topped the list of countries with pollution-related deaths in 2015, with 2.51 million people dying prematurely in the country that year from pollution, according to a new study published in the reputed medical journal, The Lancet. Pollution kills at least nine million people and costs trillions of dollars every year, the study found.

NEWS UPDATE #160

From The Times of India: At a time when forests are considered as valuable carbon sinks, the Centre’s Forest Advisory Committee is on a forest land diversion spree by recommending massive 91,798 hectare area (918 sqkm) in just eight months from January-August 2017.  In May, 61,278 hectare (613 sqkm) was recommended in one meeting alone.

NEWS UPDATE #159

A new report by the Netherlands Environment Assessment Agency shows that global greenhouse gas emissions remained largely static in 2016, registering a mere 0.5 per cent increase, but India registered significant rise (4.7 per cent). This comes as a wake-up call for India— the only major emitter to register a significant increase in GHG emissions.

NEWS UPDATE #158

France proposes a new omnibus global pact on environment, but many countries are wary. The country has proposed that all 193 member countries of the United Nations adopt a new, overarching and legally-binding global agreement on environmental issues that it has drafted. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old ozone layer treaty has a new role: Fighting climate change.

NEWS UPDATE #157

The number of hungry people in the world has increased for the first time since the turn of the century, a new UN report has revealed. The increase is due largely to the proliferation of violence and climate-related shocks, according to the report, which also identifies India as home to 23.4% of the world’s hungry.

NEWS UPDATE #156

Business Standard reports: India will begin work in around a month on an $87 billion scheme to connect some of the country’s biggest rivers. The mammoth plan entails linking nearly 60 rivers, including the mighty Ganges, which the government hopes will cut farmers’ dependence on fickle monsoon rains by bringing millions of hectares under irrigation.

NEWS UPDATE #155

Pavitra Mohan reports on IndiaSpend.com: In rural India, where 833 million Indians (70%) live, people are consuming fewer nutrients than before, despite higher economic growth. On average, compared to 1975-’79, a rural Indian now consumes 550 fewer calories and 13 gm protein, 5 mg iron, 250 mg calcium and about 500 mg less vitamin A.

NEWS UPDATE #154

Noor Mohammed writes in The Wire on how over the past seven years, politically-connected sectors have tanked at stock market. While firms in the FMCG and auto sectors have done well, certain power, steel and telecom companies –where access to natural resources and political connections are crucial to success–including Adani and Reliance, have performed horribly.

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