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The amount of material consumed by humanity has passed 100bn tonnes every year, a report has revealed, but the proportion being recycled is falling. The climate and wildlife emergencies are driven by the unsustainable extraction of fossil fuels, metals, building materials and trees.

The costs related to nature loss are now emerging as unanticipated business risks and systemic risks to economies says this new report by WEF.

Final report by the oversight committee in compliance of the directions of the National Green Tribunal (18/07/2019, 05/08/2019, 19/11/2019).

The report dealt with various issues like:

The 15th edition of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report is published as critical risks are manifesting.

More than 300 human rights defenders working to protect the environment, free speech, LGBTQ+ rights and indigenous lands in 31 countries were killed in 2019, a new report reveals. Two-thirds of the total killings took place in Latin America where impunity from prosecution is the norm.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sachin Sahu Vs State of Madhya Pradesh dated 14/01/2020 regarding encroachment of forest land of Singhorgarh Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/01/2020 regarding steps to prevent air and water pollution.

The bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta passed a series of directions to contain air and water pollution plaguing Delhi NCR. The directions include:

Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding Association for Protection of Democratic Rights & Others Vs The State of West Bengal & Others dated 09/01/2020 regarding felling of 356 trees, of which some are heritage trees and as old as 80 years old for the construction of railway overbridges and expansion of NH-112, Jessore Road, Kolkata, West Bengal.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Amresh Singh Vs Union of India & Others dated 09/01/2020 regarding pollution in the course of four laning of National Highway from Udhampur to Banihal in Jammu and Kashmir by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) through Gammon India Limited and the Hindustan Construction Co. Ltd.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Conservation Action Trust & Others Vs Union of India dated 08/01/2020 regarding impact of beaching and ship breaking method, India.

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