According to Census 2011, Bihar reported 11.67 million urban population i.e. 11.25% of total population of state, dwelling in 199 urban centers (which accounts 3.14% of total urban population of country). The state has 143 statutory towns and 56 census towns.

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

According to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) Act, 2013, it is mandatory to conduct a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) and prepare a Social Impact Management Plan (SMP) for acquisition of land by government for its own use, hold and control or by public-private partners

Coal has about 57 per cent share (around 197 GW) in the total installed capacity in India; but nearly 70 per cent of electricity (977 TWh, 2017- 18) in the country still comes from coal power plants.

The Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) has been in the grip of severe air pollution. The crisis is not confined just to the National Capital Territory (NCT) but affects all the 22 districts of the NCR.

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) revised the environmental standards for coal-based thermal power stations in 2015. The deadline to comply with the standards expired in 2017; no progress was however made by the industry.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says the new proposal of the Ministry of Power to fix the starting temperature of room air conditioners (RAC) at 24 degree C is a step in the right direction, as the current popular practice of fixing the starting temperature or switch ON temperature at 18-20 degree C increases electricity guzzling. Comfort targets can be met at a higher temperature setting and at lower electricity consumption.

Resting like a bookmark between the origin of the Nile and the Indian ocean, two ancient and great water bodies, the evocative name Tanganyika (“sailing in the wilderness”) could not possibly be more befitting this ancient land.

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