Your environment this week: NDA 2.0 and the environment, rise in non-CO2 emissions and more

Farmer leaders hope agriculture would remain a focus area for the central government. Photo by Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay.

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NDA 2.0: What it means for India’s environmental sector?

As the NDA government returns to power with a mandate bigger than 2014, activists fear dilutions of the green laws and rules against the interests of the tribal people and forest dwellers would continue unabated.

Mining inside the Saranda forest. Photo by Gurvinder Singh.

Amid elections, government proposes overhaul of environment clearance rules

The central government has proposed to overhaul the Environment Impact Assessment notification 2006 which governs the environment clearance process for industries.

Environment ministry wants to overhaul the rules related to the environment clearance process. Photo by Mayank Aggarwal/Mongabay.

Study maps rise in non-CO2 emission from cropland based agriculture over 30 years

The increase in nitrous oxide emission can be clearly attributed to the link between fertiliser pricing policy and disproportionate use of nitrogen-based fertiliser, finds a study.

An Indian farmer spreading fertiliser over a crop. Photo by Kiran Kumar from Bangalore, India/Wikimedia Commons.

Stalagmite chemistry offers clues to northeast India’s rainfall variability

It shows a link between climatic conditions in the Pacific Ocean and winter rainfall amounts in northeast India. This distant link between land and ocean records could aid in predicting dry season rainfall amounts in the region.

Ph.D. student Elli Ronay studies a stalagmite in Mawmluh Cave. Photo by Jessica Oster/Vanderbilt University.

No country for regulation – of genetically engineered crops

As illegal seed varieties continue to enter Indian farms and markets, the functioning of the apex regulatory agency for genetically modified crops is under scrutiny.

Environmentalists across the country joined hands in protest against Bt brinjal in 2010. One such protest in Bangalore was staged during the visit of then environment minister Jairam Ramesh. Photo by Infoeco/Wikimedia Commons.

To parade or not: An elephantine problem at Thrissur Pooram

A celebrated elephant was paraded to mark the commencement of the Thrissur Pooram. It is partially blind and has a history of running amok during festivities at the slightest provocation.

Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, the elephant that caused the controversy during Thrissur Pooram 2019. Photo by Gasoongi/Deepika.

[Commentary] Biodiversity heritage sites could turn out to be a lifeline for India’s conservation efforts

By recognising biodiversity heritage sites, India’s Biological Diversity Act of 2002 provides an opportunity for conserving these relics of ancient diversity.

The GKVK campus in Bengaluru. Photo by Salman.

[Book Review] Exploring alternate governance models for sacred natural sites

In his book on indigenous sacred natural sites, author John Studley explores the need for alternative forms of governance models for Sacred Natural Sites.

A sacred grove at Bhimashankar. Photo by Ashish Kothari.

[Photos] Odisha’s Bonda tribe hit by changing climate

Rising temperatures and deforestation, along with poor development and insurgency by radical groups, have impacted the traditional practices and lifestyle of the Bonda tribal community.

Sambari Krishani of Mudulipada has to walk two hours daily to fetch drinking water. Photo by Tanmoy Bhaduri.

Five Kochi buildings to be razed down for CRZ violations

The Supreme Court ordered five apartment complexes on Maradu island to be demolished for construction on a CRZ-III zone, an area where several activities including construction are strictly regulated.

One of the five structures in Kochi that have to be demolished as per the Supreme Court directive. Photo by Aathira Perinchery.
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