With nearly half the world’s population affected by water scarcity and demand for freshwater continuing to soar, a WWF report released at the 20th International Riversymposium in Brisbane shows how governments can successfully protect and restore river flows – helping to ensure sufficient water for people and nature.

India’s current per capita electricity consumption is less than a quarter of the world average but is expected to grow significantly in the future. Shared socio-economic pathways (SSPs) are narratives visualising alternative futures of the world.

With rising urban populations and ever scarcer water supplies, cities and companies are teaming up to invest billions of dollars in water management projects, a report said on Tuesday.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s Subhan Tanners & Others Vs Central pollution control Board & Others dated 25/08/2017 regarding pollution caused by tanneries in Jamau, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The tanneries had applied to the Tribunal to seek a direction to the State Pollution Control Board to conduct an inspection of their respective units on the ground that the deficiencies which were pointed out by the State Pollution Control Board have been removed and each of the units are compliant.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of CH Institute of Management and Commerce & Others vs. State of Madhya Pradesh & Others dated 11/08/2017 regarding requirement of consent to operate for poultry farms. As per the classification of CPCB poultry firms having less than 1 lakh birds do not require ‘Consent to Operate’ as per CPCB guidelines of 20.10.2015. Tribunal directs that the clarification of CPCB dated 19.07.2017 be filed before the Court.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Bishnu Prasad Mishro Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 21/08/2017 regarding fly ash brick units operating without clearance Ganjam District, Odisha. Counsel representing the fly ash brick units has sought permission to sell the existing stock of fly ash bricks produced by them prior to passing of the interim order dated 24.4.2017 undertaking that they shall not manufacture such bricks before obtaining NOC from the Central Ground Water Authority. NGT has agreed to the request.

Water scarcity is rapidly increasing in many regions. In a novel, multi-model assessment, we examine how human interventions (HI: land use and land cover change, man-made reservoirs and human water use) affected monthly river water availability and water scarcity over the period 1971–2010. Here we show that HI drastically change the critical dimensions of water scarcity, aggravating water scarcity for 8.8% (7.4–16.5%) of the global population but alleviating it for another 8.3% (6.4–15.8%).

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and Gurgaon First – under the aegis of the Municipal Corporation (MCG) of Gurugram -- have come together to assess the challenges that Gurugram faces and offer a framework for sustainable development of the township.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Akhil Bhartiya Jeev Raksha Bishnoi Sabha & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors. dated 23/05/2017 regarding environmental clearance to Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant, Fatehabad, Haryana.

Counsel appearing for Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) submits that the Forest Department and the Government of Haryana should cooperate with them and identify the places near the proposed nuclear power plant (Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant) where water holes for animals should be provided without any undue delay.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sumitra Devi Vs. CPCB & Others dated 23/05/2017. This is with regard to an industry called M/s Shanti Drugs Pvt. Ltd. From the report of the Joint Inspection Team, it appears that this industry has been operating without the consent of the Board with effect from 1st December, 2014. The Joint Inspection Team has pointed out serious deficiencies in the working of this industry including need for a suitable effluent treatment system to be designed and approved by the Experts.

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