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Question raised in Lok Sabha on Environmental Clearance to Companies, 22/12/2017. The Ministry has issued a Notification vide S.O.804(E) dated the 14th March, 2017under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986to appraise the projects, which have started the work without taking prior environmental clearance in terms of the provisions of the Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006. The said Notification provides one

To check air pollution, including from stubble burning, the Punjab Cabinet today approved the creation of directorate of environment and climate change in the state, an official spokesperson said.

The maiden Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury took place in Geneva on September 24-29.

Given Africa’s enormous endowment of vast uncultivated land, immense untapped water, and labour resources, such measures are expected to boost the production of labour and natural resource-intensive products. Among the commodities for which Africa seems to possess a clear comparative advantage, coffee is a principal one.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Subrato Mookherjee Vs Kolaghat Thermal Power Station & Others dated 14/12/2017 regarding pollution caused by Kolaghat Thermal Power Station. NGT Eastern Bench noted that the two reports submitted by the Central Pollution Control Board and the State PCB indicate different views.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Sai Sulphonates Pvt. Ltd. Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/12/2017 to declare the process of manufacturing of LABSA as a white category industry having zero pollution potential based upon its self assessment carried out as per criteria laid down in the CPCB guidelines. NGT directs a committee to be constituted to inspect the industry concerned and take appropriate steps to examine the self-assessment report submitted by the Applicant industry Sai Sulphonates Pvt. Ltd.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Legal Aid Services-West Bengal Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/12/2017 regarding pollution caused by Mejia Thermal Power Station, Bankura, West Bengal. The Enquiry Report substantiates environmental degradation both in terms of air and water pollution and therefore the Court directs the power plant to show cause before the next date (31/01/2018) as to why the plant shall not be ordered to be shut down for not having followed the pollution norms.

The latest “Forest 500” rankings are out from the Global Canopy Programme (GCP), and the main takeaway is that the global companies with the most influence over forests still aren’t doing enough to

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of S. Duraisamy Vs Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board & Others dated 07/12/2017 regarding pollution caused by Srivalli Sago Factory, Vazhapadi Taluk, Selam District, Tamil Nadu. The reply filed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board states that when the unit was inspected on 12.09.2017, it was found that the unit was not in operation but the unit has established the ETP in the premises. NGT disposes of the Application with the direction that the unit will not operate the unit without the required consent.

Policymakers around the world recognize the potential for natural land area to combat climate change: a total of 97 countries mentioned specific plans to reduce emissions from deforestation or increase forest cover in their Paris Agreement commitments.

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