The Earth has gained coastal land equivalent to the size of Jamaica in the past 30 years with man-made construction outpacing erosion caused by rising sea levels, mapping data showed on Thursday.

Earth's surface gained 115,000 km2 of water and 173,000 km2 of land over the past 30 years, including 20,135 km2 of water and 33,700 km2 of land in coastal areas. Here, we analyse the gains and losses through the Deltares Aqua Monitor — an open tool that detects land and water changes around the globe.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Dhrubo Mukherjee Vs Pollution Control Board, West Bengal & Others dated 22/08/2016 regarding water bodies/low lands which are located on the west side of the Makardah village (Howrah District, West Bengal) stretching upto Ankurhati village which are allegedly being filled up for the purpose of industrial activities without complying with the laws relevant thereto.

Forest land near South Delhi’s Neb Sarai, which has become a dumping ground over the years, will be reclaimed and its greenery restored by the Environment and Forest Department.

NGT in its order to the Puducherry Pollution Control Committee said that the plastic and other inert materials like glass and ceramics are to be removed apart from all other existing waste totally. This act shall be completed expeditiously in any event within a period of eight weeks from the date of Order. After completing the said process, the Pondicherry Government shall take all necessary steps for afforesting the site with suitable tree species so that the site is totally reclaimed. Application stands disposed of. 

Allegations of bribery and corruption will further mire controversial land reclamation projects across Indonesia, already hotly contested by locals and environmentalists.

In a move that leaves the Oommen Chandy government red-faced ahead of the polls, the state Cabinet has revoked its order allowing paddy field reclamation for two major investment projects.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Howrah Municipal Corporation & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 17/02/2016 regarding filling up of Nayanjuli a water body by the Railways located near the Santragachi railway station, Howrah, West Bengal.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Dr. G. D. Martin Vs Ministry of Environment and Forests & Others dated 04/02/2016 regarding reclaiming of hundreds of acres of paddy land and wet land in Choornikkara Village, Ernakulam District, Kerala by Kochi Metro Rail Ltd. causing severe environmental damage.

Thanks to the escalating property price in the district, illegal mining of red earth has turned out to be new money spinner for former goons in Ernakulam.

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