Climate change fund: NSCCC approves 4 projects

The National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC) under the Environment Ministry today approved four projects including management and rehabilitation of coastal habitats for climate change adaptation in the Gulf of Mannar in Tamil Nadu. The NSCCC approved four projects from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Punjab and considered one project submitted by Madhya Pradesh at its eighth meeting held here, an official statement said.

Delhi Haze: Centre asks states to curb crop-burning

Taking note of non-implementation of two advisories issued to curb burning of crop residues which was leading to smog in NCR region including Delhi, the Centre today asked four states to take stringent measures to prevent such practices.

Senior officers to watch high pollution areas as govt says thrust on compliance

The officers have been directed to undertake field visits and review the progress at least once every quarter in these CPAs in coordination with Central Pollution Control Board.

Panel defers green nod to Essar firm's expansion project

Environment Ministry's panel EAC has deferred the decision to grant environment clearance (EC) to Essar group firm Vadinar Oil Terminal Ltd for expansion of a marine terminal in Gujarat and has sought more information from the company.

Restrict Diclofenac package to save vultures: Ministry

Restrict Diclofenac package to save vultures: Ministry

The environment ministry has called for restricting the use of painkiller drug Diclofenac to a "single dose" package for humans to avoid its misuse for veterinary purposes and thereby cause a steep decline in the vulture population, an official statement said on Friday.

For taking toll on vulture numbers, govt bans cattle drug vial

Alarmed by the "steep" decline in the vulture population in India and to protect the bird from "extinction", the government has banned the multidose vial of anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, which is used for cattle.

Govt suggests norms for units dealing with hazardous chemicals

Industrial units dealing with hazardous chemicals should subscribe to a special insurance policy to cover liabilities likely to arise on account of any disaster or accident, failing which they will not be allowed to continue operations, the government today said.

Bring rules to check pet-care market where cruelty is norm: Law Commission

Despite violation of animal rights, the Environment Ministry has failed to notify rules for the past five years to regulate the pet care market in India estimated at Rs 800 crore citing lack of enabling provisions in the law, the Law Commission said today.

Centre gives green nod to rebuild MP flats in Lutyens zone

The Centre has given environment clearance for redevelopment of flats for Members of Parliament (MP) at North and South Avenue in the national capital, which would entail an investment of about Rs 600 crore.

Chopper services in Kedarnath: NGT notice to Centre, Uttarakhand

Concern over the "looming threat" to flora and fauna in the eco-sensitive Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary from helicopter operations to fly pilgrims to the religious shrine there was expressed by an environmental group today, leading the green tribunal to seek responses from the Environment Ministry and Uttarakhand government.

Over 50 predominantly polluting units identified in Ghaziabad: Environment Ministry

More than 50 predominantly polluting units have been identified in Ghaziabad against which "priority" action will be taken, the Environment Ministry Thursday said.

Vedanta to restart iron ore mining operations in Goa

Anil Agarwal-led mining firm Vedanta on Monday said it has received necessary government approvals and will resume operations from today at its biggest iron ore mine at Codli in Sanguem taluka in Goa.

Over 35,000 died in India in last decade due to air pollution: Govt

The government on Thursday said that more than 35,000 people had died due to acute respiratory infections (ARI) across India in close to 10 years.

Six green law amendments to be finalised by Oct: Javadekar

Union Environment Ministry is likely to finalise the amendments to the six green laws by October this year after consultations with legal experts and stakeholders.

Centre, states asked to deal with increasing e-waste

Noting that generation of e-waste is increasing at a "staggering" pace and there is a "yawning gap" between its generation and capacity to deal with it, a parliamentary panel Thursday urged the Centre and state authorities to take immediate remedial measures.

HLC report without meaningful consultations: Parliamentary panel

A Parliamentary panel has recommended formation of a new committee to consider afresh specific areas of environmental policy after it found the objections raised by experts on the proposals of a high-level committee constituted to review green laws as "valid".

NGT quashes 2 office memoranda of MoEF on environ clearances

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday quashed two office memoranda of the Environment Ministry dealing with the issue of clearances for major and minor projects, saying they suffered from infirmity of "lack of inherent jurisdiction and authority."

Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors

Substandard plastic bags: Centre to impose fines on street vendors

Concerned over the growing waste menace, including plastic scrap, the government intends to impose fines on street vendors for providing substandard plastic carry bags among a slew of other stringent measures to tackle the issue.

Govt to upgrade three CETPs into ZLD units: Javadekar

The Environment Ministry has planned upgrading of three common effluent treatment plants (CETPs), which treats the discharge of 440 highly-polluting tanneries on the main stem of river Ganga, into zero liquid discharge (ZLD) units.

Environment Ministry to create 'urban forest' to increase green cover

 With an aim to increase green cover, the Environment Ministry has decided to create "Urban Forests" by utilising forest land lying vacant or degraded in various cities across the country.