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New India Focus: Domestic Climate Change

New India Focus: Domestic Climate Change

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Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh releasing a book at the NPDCCA Meeting, along with fellow panelists Speaking at the National Policy Dialogue on Climate Change Action in New Delhi, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh brought out a very important concern: that adaptation to climate change is not only a government obligation but should be looked upon as a community responsibility. Mr. Ramesh said, “It is unfortunate that our approach on climate change has been unduly influenced by international negotiations. We need to delink from international community and focus on domestic agenda to fight climate change”. Expressing his views on making adaptation to climate change a community driven process Mr. Ramesh said, “The ministry has initiated an exercise where women self-help groups in K
DIREC 2010: Renewable Way Out for India’s Increasing Energy Demand

DIREC 2010: Renewable Way Out for India’s Increasing Energy Demand

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The Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah addressing at the DIREC, in Greater NOIDA India is making good progress on most economic development indicators and is on its way to becoming a more developed economy in the coming years. This can also be inferred by President Obama's recent visit to the country where he said India is not emerging but has already emerged! Fortunately, the development is now taking place keeping the environment in mind as India makes steady strides in going green in all sectors. The mainstreaming of environmentalism, something the Delhi Greens Blog has been advocating since its inceptions, is now integral to the nation's governance, policies and acts. During a recent AICC session, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi highlighted the...
Jairam Ramesh Advocates Three Task Approach for Tackling Climate Change

Jairam Ramesh Advocates Three Task Approach for Tackling Climate Change

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“We should carry three tasks namely mandatory fuel economic standard, improvement in quality of fuel and fiscal policy regime. The immediate task ahead at us is to have Mandatory Fuel Economic Standards.", announced Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) in his inaugural speech at a workshop on ‘Promoting Low-carbon Transport in India’ in New Delhi today. Referring to improvement in quality of fuel, the Minister said that substantial work has been done in this area. He also informed how quality of fuel is critically linked to mandatory standards and that large improvements are required in fuel quality. At the workshop, Mr. Ramesh also informed that the Mandatory Fuel Economy Standards have been finalised and will be notified under the Energy conservation
Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

Diwali and the Threat to India’s Biodiversity

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The temperature has slowly dipped in Delhi in the last week and one can already smell winter in the air. The most widely celebrated and awaited festival of the year Diwali, is around the corner. Children in the colony have already started burning firecrackers and the smell emanating from it, sends a shudder down my spine. I have always dreaded the day only because of the air and noise pollution it causes. But now it has added another horrifying element: the owl population in the country being sacrificed during the festival. The recently launched TRAFFIC India's report entitled 'Imperilled Custodians of the Night' states that the usage of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition during Diwali is the primary cause of illegal owl trade in India. And the reporting of cases...
Tiger Range Countries Come Together for Restoring Tiger Populations in the Wild

Tiger Range Countries Come Together for Restoring Tiger Populations in the Wild

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The 13 Tiger Range Countries (TRCc) viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam have finalized an ambitious global programme for restoring tiger populations in the wild.  Representatives from the 13 countries came together at the two day workshop on “Consensus for Conservation”, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) through the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and co-hosted by the Global Tiger Initiative supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF), Smithsonian Institution, World Bank and other partners. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh congratulated the TRCs for finalizing Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) which is to be adopted by all the 13 TRC Governments, who
National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board Launches Brand New Website!

National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board Launches Brand New Website!

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Set up in August 1992 under the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF), the National Afforestation & Eco-Development Board (NAEB) is responsible for promoting afforestation,tree planting, ecological restoration and eco-development activities in the country. The Board carries out its activities with special attention to the degraded forest areas and lands adjoining the forest areas, national parks, sanctuaries and other protected areas as well as the ecologically fragile areas like the Western Himalayas, Aravallis, Western Ghats, etc. Catching up with the online buzz and in the spirit of ensuring greater transparency that the MoEF has been amazingly propagating, NAEB has just gone ahead to launch its new website. The website will provide information of all schemes ...
Go Green India: The Future Deciding Green Courts

Go Green India: The Future Deciding Green Courts

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Snare and big cat skin: the story of India's protected areas needs a drastic change The Chairman of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta, and the Minister for Environment and Forests, Mr. Jairam Ramesh  announced the Notification of the NGT yesterday. With this, the long endeavour to have a specialised body to determine and adjudicate matters relating to the environment was finally accomplished. NGT is the first time such a tribunal, exclusively dedicated to environmental issues, has been set up. Established by an Act of Parliament (National Green Tribunal Act of 2010), the NGT will have circuit benches across the country to try all matters related to and arising out of environmental issues. The Chairperson of the Tribunal, Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta
National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

National Mission for Green India Draft Submitted to PM’s Council on Climate Change

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The issue of climate change is global in nature and not one person on the face of the planet is immune to it. Popularised by the World Commission on Environment & Development (WCED)'s 1987 report entitled "Our Common Future", sustainable development is one of the first born solutions to climate change followed by several measures the world is taking up at the local level for global action. In July 2008, under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, India brought forth its "National Action Plan on Climate Change" (NAPCC). On October 11, 2010, the first draft of the Green India Mission, the sixth out of the eight priority national missions was submitted to the Prime Minister's Council on climate change. This eight priority national missions are the central...
Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

Deadly Rail Tracks Bring Elephants Under Threat

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The killing of elephants on railway tracks in West Bengal made headlines recently. On 22nd September, seven elephants including one calf were mowed down by a Guwahati bound goods train near Moraghat level crossing around midnight. The railway track in question passes through an elephant corridor which, according to the Forest Department's Expert Committee, was not considered as accident prone area. Consequently and as indicated by the scale of casualty, the train was moving with a speed much higher than the permissible speed limit of 25 kmph. The Railway authorities later confirmed the speed of the train at the time of the accident to be 70 kmph. The tragic incident has sent shock waves across the conservation community in India. The incident has brought into attention the threat po...
Bhola Appeals to Restore Pride and Safety of the Indian Elephant

Bhola Appeals to Restore Pride and Safety of the Indian Elephant

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Bhola outside Dilli Haat in 2007: now fading into the mist of the night To, The Minister Tourism Department Government of India Sub: Appeal to restore my pride and safety Respected Madam, I take pride in writing to you, more so after being recently declared as the National Heritage Animal of India by the respected Union Ministry of Environment and Forests. I write to you with regard to the damage done to my image by your Ministry. I am blind but I did not expect the Ministry to be so blind that it would not be able to distinguish between me and my African cousin. A truck hit me last week as I walked the streets of Delhi, but I am more hurt by the act of negligence of publishing images of African elephants on stamps released by the Tourism Ministry of the Government of "Ind...