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Bihar's Nagi and Nakti wetlands recognised as Ramsar sites
News this fortnight Posted on 17 Jun, 2024 12:02 PM

Nagi and Nakti wetlands in Bihar get recognition under the Ramsar convention

The Nagi dam bird sanctuary (Image Source: Hilfiger28 via Wikimedia Commons)
Still near the bottom: India scores low in latest Environmental Performance Index
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 16 Jun, 2024 11:46 AM

Poor air quality, emissions drag India down in Environmental Performance Index

Air pollution in India (Image: Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier; CC BY-SA 2.0; Flickr Commons)
Solar powered irrigation improves nutritional outcomes in Chattisgarh tribals
News this fortnight Posted on 02 Jun, 2024 10:56 AM

Solar powered irrigation has led to improvement in the nutritional status of Chattisgarh tribals 

Solar power use in a Tamil Nadu farm (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Addressing arsenic in food chain: NGT orders inquiry
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 31 May, 2024 01:33 PM

Concerned about arsenic in food, NGT seeks government response

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in India has taken notice of a media report suggesting the presence of arsenic in food, particularly rice.

Food contamination with arsenic raises concerns (Image: pix4free.org/
Bioengineered slopes save Nog village in Himachal from floods
News this fortnight Posted on 24 May, 2024 04:01 AM

An innovative bioengineering technology implemented under the PMGSY has saved Nog village in Himachal from floods

When heavy rainfall led to floods and landslides in Himachal Pradesh, one village stood out. This is the village of Nog where landslides and floods did not have an impact because of the innovative soil bioengineering approach implemented in the area. 

Floods in Himachal. Image for representation purposes only (Image Source: Pinakpani via Wikimedia Commons)
Supreme Court condemns unauthorised tree felling in Aravallis
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 19 May, 2024 02:13 PM

SC orders probe into illegal tree felling in Delhi Ridge, criticises DDA for environmental damage

Malcha forest area, Delhi ridge (Image: Pinakpani, Wikimedia Commons)
Tribals in Niyamgiri revive climate resilient varieties of rice and millets
News this fortnight Posted on 06 May, 2024 02:56 AM

Villages in the forested foothills of Niyamgiri revive climate resilient paddy and millets to become food secure

Traditional Rice Kosla of Niyamgiri Hills (Image Source: Pankaj Oudhia via Wikimedia Commons)
Shaping river policies with updated environmental flow methods
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 01 May, 2024 09:30 AM

CWRDM to formulate implementing a revised approach to environmental flow calculations

Water necessary to maintain the ecological integrity of rivers (Image: pickpik)
Madhya Pradesh leads in tree plantations under the controversial green credit programme
News this fortnight Posted on 23 Apr, 2024 09:02 AM

Madhya Pradesh leads in controversial tree plantations under the green credit programme

India's green credit programme (Image Source: Johannes Plenio/Stocksnap/CC0 1.0 DEED)
Accountability in pollution control: NGT's ruling in Varanasi
Policy matters this fortnight Posted on 16 Apr, 2024 08:43 PM

NGT penalises Chief Environmental Officer for Ganga pollution in Varanasi

Ganges river at Varanasi (Image: JM Suarez, Wikimedia Commons)