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'Guest together' in support of Earth Hour in India
Mar 27, 2010 Celebrating Earth Hour, in-house guest at the Intercontinental Hotels Group will contribute towards sustainable energy by putting off the lights for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. To generate more awareness, there will be green foods, and the switch from bulbs to CFLs.
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India: Coke plant leaves farms dry
Apr 02, 2010 Since a Coca-Cola bottling plant opened up at Kala Dera in Rajasthan the water table in the semi-arid land has declined significantly, according to a study by India’s Central Ground Water Board. Farmers claim a disaster-like situation has been created, reducing their land to dust.
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India suspends dam construction
Apr 23, 2010 The Ministry of Environment and Forests has issued a letter ordering the immediate suspension of the construction of the Maheshwar Dam on river Narmada. It stated that the villagers have not been provided agricultural land and other rehabilitation benefits. Hunger strikes by activists end in celebration.
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Rio: Not plus or minus, just 20
Jul 06, 2012 With the end of the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development, many remain critical of the end document “The Future We Want”, dismissing it as a weak and meaningless document. A sceptical Sunita Narain, environment activist, argues whether this is the future we want or the future we dread?
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Film festival: Quotes from the Earth
Sep 15, 2008 Delhi based Toxics Link is inviting entries to a film festival on environment from December 19-20, 2008 in the Indian capital. The event will showcase award winning documentaries highlighting a multitude of voices and views from across the globe.
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Award to Vedanta withdrawn amidst controversy
Jun 13, 2009 Vedanta, a UK-based company allegedly involved in the destruction of Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa, a state in eastern India, was surprisingly chosen as the recipient of World Environment Foundation’s award for best practices in environment management. Protests by concerned citizens and organisations forced the organisers to "review" their decision.
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"Respond to the poor and the planet rather than dirty industries"
Aug 09, 2011 As the countdown to the third Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 begins, Daniel Mittler the political director of Greenpeace International says that governments have clearly failed to make any advances on sustainable development.
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Superweeds, superpests and superprofits
Sep 23, 2011 New research by Navdanya and the US Union of Concerned Scientists has shown that genetically engineered crops haven't increased yields, writes environmentalist Vandana Shiva. Even worse is the damage to public health, ecosystems and farmer's independence.
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Greenpeace and Farmers welcome Government’s plan to shift subsidy from chemical fertilizers to ecological fertilization
May 17, 2012 Greenpeace India, which has been running a sustained campaign for the promotion of ecological fertilisers that protect soil health, has welcomed the Government’s plan to shift subsidies from chemical fertilizers to support ecological fertilization. Farmer leaders from various part of the country also applauded the step, after Sharad Pawar the Union Agriculture Minister informed the Parliament about the Government’s plan.
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Instead of groundwater, Gurgaon builders can use sewage water: CSE
Jul 18, 2012 In a city where 70 per cent of water needs are fulfilled through groundwater sources, the recent High Court’s judgment of holding back the construction activity in Gurgaon will not be sufficient to meet the city's required demand of 184 million litres a day (MLD), says CSE. It further suggests that Gurgaon should instead depend on 137 MLD of treated sewage water, which according to CSE, will be more than sufficient to meet the water needs of builders.
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The Forest, The Farm and Feminine Power
Jul 15, 2012 Vandana Shiva, a renowned environmentalist and activist, in an excerpt from her memoir, published in 'Making A Difference: Memoirs From The Women’s Movement In India’ (Women Unlimited), describes how Chipko movement changed her life.
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Going green: Sound business for corporates
Jan 30, 2012 Captains of industry to gather in Delhi for the World CEO Sustainability Summit on February 1, 2012 to debate business and sustainability issues under the theme 'Doing Business - While Protecting the Global Commons'.
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ICIMOD head wins Himalayan Environment Award
Oct 21, 2008 Dr. Andreas Schild, Director General of Kathmandu based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development was recently awarded the first Sir Edmund Hillary Himalayan Environment Award in the Indian capital. The honour comes in recognition of his strong commitment towards environmental protection and sustainable mountain development in the region.
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Myanmar biodiversity threatened due to prolonged conflict
Nov 17, 2008 The protracted conflict between the Karens and military has not only caused immense miseries to the people with massive displacements but also has taken a heavy toll on the rich biodiversity of southeast Myanmar. A recent survey has found that many plant and animal species are facing extinction.
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Everest climber promotes portable toilets
Nov 18, 2008 Call it eco-friendly human waste management on top of the world. A US designed portable bucket, endorsed by a Nepalese climber may soon be the answer to rising concerns of environmental impact of increasing climbers on the Everest.
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Narmada dam again under the scanner
Nov 20, 2008 Is it a lifeline of development or an environmental disaster? This is a question that perpetually stalks India’s multi-billion dollar Sardar Sarovar Project on the Narmada River. A discussion held in the Indian capital today undertook a cost-benefit analysis to determine development effectiveness and social justice.
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Climate change regime meaningless without indigenous groups
Nov 24, 2008 The UN is preparing for a crucial climate change meeting next month in Poland to deliberate on post Kyoto Protocol regime. Since indigenous communities depend on the environment and share a close and unique relationship with nature, it is imperative that their interests be taken into account.
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Harvard university gives suggestions for new climate deal
Nov 26, 2008 A report by Harvard University project on International Climate Agreements has called for scientifically sound, economically rational and politically pragmatic climate change pact post Kyoto Protocol. It also calls on the rich nations to take the lead in cutting emissions of greenhouse gases.
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Climate change impacts under the lens
Dec 04, 2008 A photo exhibition on climate change impacts organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and Nepal Tourism Board is currently running in Kathmandu. The before and after images capture how glacial melting has affected the vulnerable landscapes and the people.
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Indian NGO calls for tough action in Poznan
Dec 05, 2008 Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment has demanded industrialised nations set drastic emission reduction targets to avert a climate catastrophe. It has called for an agreement based on equity from the participants of the 14th Conference of Parties currently on at Poznan, Poland.
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Green star-rating for Sri Lankan schools
Dec 09, 2008 To spread awareness on global warming among students, the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association will introduce compulsory environmental star-rating for all public and private schools in the country. Children will be educated about various ways of reducing energy consumption through a series of workshops and seminars.
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Bringing trees under their protective fold
Dec 11, 2008 In eastern India, tribals have taken recourse to tradition to encourage forest conservation. Starting from November 15, the foundation day of the Jharkhand state, until New Year, they will perform the ritual of taru bandhan, or tie sacred threads around tree trunks.
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Activists protest GM crop plans in southern India
Jan 30, 2009 Activists in Tamil Nadu have confronted the government on genetically modified food crops. In a symbolic protest, Safe Food Alliance members gave GM-free vegetables to local assembly members and urged them to stop plans of commercial farming in the state.
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Women Everest climbers promote gender equality
Mar 03, 2009 A team of young Nepalese women that successfully climbed Mt. Everest last year, has now become a source of inspiration for the country’s youth. Through their newly found NGO called Global Inclusive Adventures, these young achievers are promoting equal opportunities for women of all ethnicities.
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Organic waste becomes saleable compost in Bangladesh
Mar 04, 2009 For slum dwellers of Bangladesh, trash is no longer a problem as they have learned to turn it into a profitable resource. A community-based composting model developed by a local NGO uses huge barrels to decompose garbage, thus generating tons of organic waste to be traded for carbon credits.
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Inspired by sustainability: Vision of a Green economy
Sep 23, 2010 A declaration on critical green economy issues and practical solutions to green jobs and investments was launched in New Delhi by Development Alternatives, a non-profit organistaion. The declaration enshrines imperatives for policy makers and practitioners to build green economies.
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Brazil gives green signal to infamous Amazon dam
Aug 27, 2010 Environmental groups and local residents are intimated by the formal approval to the biggest hydroelectric dam on a tributary of the Amazon that is going to threaten the local ecosystem. They feel the government has signed a death warrant that will force thousands of residents to expulsion.
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Greenpeace head arrested for protesting against Arctic oil rig
Jun 21, 2011 Greenpeace International head Kumi Naidoo has been arrested for defying a sanction to scale a controversial Arctic oil rig offshore Greenland. He is demanding an immediate halt to Arctic oil drilling by Cairn Energy as it lacks a response plan for oil spill.
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UN pays tribute to 'tree lady' Wangari Maathai
Sep 27, 2011 Kenyan social activist and environmental crusader who founded the Green Belt Movement, died on Sunday. She was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Movement against POSCO intensifies in India
Mar 15, 2011 Villagers in Jagatsinghpur district, the area selected for proposed POSCO plant, participated in a public rally to demonstrate their strong discontentment over Orissa government’s land acquisition tactics for the controversial project. The rally led by Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti was attended by leaders of several mass movements and officials from political parties.
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