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Cabinet Approval for India-USA MoU for Wildlife Conservation

Cabinet Approval for India-USA MoU for Wildlife Conservation

National
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between United States of America and India to enhance cooperation in the field of wildlife conservation and combating wildlife trafficking. With this approval and the subsequent association, India stands to benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation. Management of wildlife areas and combating illegal trade of wildlife and their derivatives will also benefit from this development. India and the United States of America are both endowed with rich biodiversity and natural heritage and have established a network of Protected Areas in their respective territories. As there is scope for both the countries to...
Government of India Rejects 6 Years Off Your Life Study

Government of India Rejects 6 Years Off Your Life Study

Green Alert
The Government today outrightly rejected a study on status of pollution in India published in the Geophysical Research Letters Journal of the American Geophysical Union. The research paper in question has been put together by researchers at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune in collaboration with Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Colorado, USA. The research paper concludes by stating, "The associated lost life expectancy is calculated as 3.4 ± 1.1 years for all of India with highest values found for Delhi (6.3 ± 2.2 years). Rejecting the findings of the paper completely, Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar stated, "We reject the claims made in the so-called research article that
Waste in India Gets Its Due: Government Launches IWMS

Waste in India Gets Its Due: Government Launches IWMS

Green Alert
The Waste Sector in India has been the most ignored among the various profit-making sectors in the country. Recent changes in the Waste Management Policy by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) helped in developing the waste management industry in India. The Government of India has now launched a web-based application on Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) for better management of waste. Click here to view this Web-app. The IWMS Web-App was launched by the Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar. The Minister informed about the benefits of this Web-App and informed how it will provide an opportunity to all the industries dealing in hazardous waste and will enable them to apply online. The Minister also said that the user-friendly application...
Routes 2 Roots Receives Intercultural Innovation Award

Routes 2 Roots Receives Intercultural Innovation Award

National
The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group and supports grassroots initiatives that promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, thereby contributing to peace, cultural diversity and more inclusive societies. Each year, thousands of applications are received from more than 120 countries, from which awardees are selected across five continents. This underlines the award's importance and commitment to the worldwide promotion of intercultural diversity and understanding. This year, the Routes 2 Roots organisation from India is amongst the Ten global grassroots organizations receiving the Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA). Routes 2 Roots have been awarded the IIA Award for their unique
German-Indian Ideas Competition on Waste Management

German-Indian Ideas Competition on Waste Management

Green Alert
Shout out to those environmentalists with a scientific inclination; the initiative 'Germany - Land of Ideas' in association with the Federal Ministry of Education & Research is organizing a German-Indian ideas competition. This venture is part of their international campaign 'Shaping the Future – Building the City of Tomorrow', and the search is on for sustainable innovations that'll help solve the challenge of waste disposal in modern Indian cities. Titled From Waste To Resource – How Can We Turn Garbage Into Gold?, the contest opens on April 27th 2016, and the deadline for the same is June 10, 2016. All interested participants from India and Germany are invited to share their concepts for successful waste management so the ideas can be actualized. These ideas will first
Top Ten Reasons Why You Must Celebrate Earth Day 2016

Top Ten Reasons Why You Must Celebrate Earth Day 2016

Articles
Most of us can begin listing dates of festivals and public holidays as soon as we're asked. Why? – Because we simply love having a day off from work, love gorging on sweets, and love celebrations. But, lost in infatuation with festivals, we often forget to celebrate a day which probably holds the most significance in our lives, and the future of our planet – The Earth Day. The idea for a day to focus on the environment came to its founder G. Nelson, then a U.S. Senator, who was inspired by the 1970 student anti-war movement. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the political agenda. The idea clicked, it garnered national and international support over the y
Consider Tiger as Natural Capital to Achieve Development: PM

Consider Tiger as Natural Capital to Achieve Development: PM

Green Alert
The Third Asian Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation began today in New Delhi and was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Others present during the inaugural ceremony included Ministers from Tiger Range Countries; Minister for Agriculture & Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan; Chairman, Global Tiger Forum and Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar. In his inaugural speech, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the tiger and mentioned how the tiger is an apex consumer in the ecological pyramid and food chain. "The tiger requires a large amount of prey, supported by good forests. Therefore, by protecting the tiger, we protect the entire ecosystem and the ecological services, which are equally crucial for the well-being of human bei...
E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 Notified by Government of India

E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 Notified by Government of India

Green Alert
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently released the updated e-Waste Management Rules, 2016. The new rules are a more stringent version of the past rules largely due to the rising awareness about the harms of e-waste among the government and the masses. The rules come in supersession to the E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011. E-waste refers to discarded electric or electronic devices. The toxic constituents present in e-waste and their disposal mechanism affect human health and can lead to various diseases. In India, around 17 lakh tonnes of e-waste is generated every year. At the same time, its generation increases by about 5 per cent annually. With this in mind, the MoEFCC has come out with more efficient rules this time around. A...
Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

Articles
The citizens of India have long practiced the habit of reusing and recycling materials ranging from old mobile phones to old newspapers. The kabadiwallahs are a regular feature in most Indian urban colonies and residential areas and stacking of junk materials by citizens for selling it to the kabadiwallah is an as old Indian habit. However, and in spite of the above, the Rules for Hazardous Waste (the kind which makes good junk) Management in India have been such that they have not maintained any difference between Waste and Junk. And while it may not sound a very big deal, it is this very 'indifference' in the Government's understanding of the waste problem because of which Delhi has three overflowing mountains of waste, otherwise called landfills. But all that is about to chang...
Toshiba Corporation Strengthening Its Water Business in South Asia

Toshiba Corporation Strengthening Its Water Business in South Asia

Corporate Greening
Toshiba Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company, is now looking to strengthen its Water and Waste-water Management business in India and South Asia. To enable itself for this challenge, Toshiba Corporation has recently acquired additional 54% stake in UEM India Private Limited, an international water services company, from the Founders and IVFA. Toshiba Corporation has now become the majority owner of UEM with 80% shareholding. The current Management Team at UEM would continue to run the operations of the Company. Toshiba has appointed Mr. Koichi Matsui as Chairperson and Managing Director for UEM India. Speaking on the development, Mr. Hirofumi Yoshino, Vice President, Water & Environmental Systems Division, Toshiba Corporation acknowledged, "Water treatment is a strategic growth...