The year 2018 was full of declarations. In the country, some major policies and programmes were launched to tackle issues ranging from air pollution to plastic pollution.

The year laid down the governance blueprint for tackling some major environmental problems. But there was as much news to cheer as to worry about.

IN OCTOBER 2015, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) published a report titled Capitan America: US Climate Goals-A Reckoning.

In 2014, CSE and Pollution Monitoring Laboratory, in their report ‘Antibiotic Residues in Chicken Meat’ highlighted the widespread use of antibiotics in intensive chicken farming in the country, revealing abuse of this ‘public-health good’. Subsequently, CSE was asked at several fora, directly or otherwise: What is the connecting link?

It is well understood that segregation at source lies at the heart of good waste management. Segregation improves collection and processing efficiency.

As per the requirements of Section 4(1) of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013, it is mandatory to conduct SIA and prepare a Social Impact Management Plan (SIMP) for acquisition of land (a) by the government for its own use, hold and/or control, or for public–private partn

A truly effective forest policy for India must be based on facilitating community-managed forests. The Draft 2018 POLICY undermines this instead.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is becoming a serious global problem. It is estimated that it might lead to 10 million deaths per year and loss of outputs worth US $100 trillion by 2050. Antibiotic misuse in food-animal production is one of the key causes of AMR.

In view of the linkages between food and NCDs, the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been working for necessary policies and practices aimed at promoting good food, especially among schoolchildren.

This analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment throws light on use of Polluter Pays Principle by the National Green Tribunal, the key shortfalls and challenges. It also provides recommendations to tighten application of the Polluter Pays Principle, and improve environmental responsibility of various stakeholders .