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Inspiration from Burning Man

Rajni Bakshi

Take a break from your worries about the Indian economy and spare a moment for those who are worrying about civilisation itself, as at the Burning Man Festival

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Barla’s battle of Nagri

By Moushumi Basu

Fiery tribal rights activist Dayamani Barla has been jailed in Jharkhand for leading another adivasi protest, this time against the acquisition of their agricultural lands for an IIIT and other institutions

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Climate change is a depressing reality in Assam

By Aditya Malaviya

The floods in Assam this year are only the most recent manifestation of the impact of climate change in the Northeast. Assam's people are struggling to cope with the impact of climate extremes on their livelihoods. A special report

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Token ombudsman?

By Kanchi Kohli

A fisherpeople's union in Mundra, Gujarat, which has been battling thermal power plants in their vicinity, has attempted to engage with the ombudsman and monitoring process of multilateral funding agencies. The exercise has revealed the flaws in this internal recourse mechanism

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What does it take to save India’s tigers?

The Supreme Court order to ban tourism in core tiger reserves, and decisions to shoot poachers at sight find favour with some conservationists, the middle class and media. But what will their impact be on the people who live in and around the tiger reserves, asks Tarsh Thekaekara

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Kerala government nixes Gadgil report

By N P Chekkutty

The Kerala government has rejected the Madhav Gadgil Committee report on the preservation of the unique ecosystem of the Western Ghats, recently accorded World Heritage status. Kerala also continues to back the Athirappally hydro-electric project which the Committee has nixed

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JAL thermal plant: The dust refuses to settle

By Manshi Asher

A landmark High Court verdict has ordered JAL’s illegally cleared thermal power plant in Himachal closed and levied damages of Rs 100 crore. But the local petitioners vow to continue the fight against the company’s polluting cement plant which has got away

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National Green Tribunal stalls POSCO

POSCO and/or the government can appeal the Green Tribunal’s decision in the Supreme Court, but no work can begin till the review process is completed

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Mountains of marble waste

By Bhomik Shah and Aakash Mehrotra

More than 1,500 marble mines are operating in the Aravallis in Rajasthan, destroying the hills and ecology, depleting groundwater and leaving mountains of waste and slurry on pasturelands and riverbanks

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Resistance to dam project grows in south Gujarat

By Priyanka Borpujari

People from 16 villages on the Gujarat-Maharashtra border have been demonstrating their resistance to the Par-Tapi-Narmada river interlinking project, another multi-dam project which is slated to submerge 3,572 hectares of forests and displace 25,000 people

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Raising the dust on illegal mining in Goa

By Joseph Zuzarte

Only nine of the 90 active mining leases in Goa appear to be valid, preliminary investigations by the Justice MB Shah Commission reveal. The rest have been exploiting a legal loophole to extract upto 54 million metric tonnes of iron ore per year. Joseph Zuzarte reports on the dust that is, finally, being raised in the state about illegal mining

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To integrate or not: What do the Jarawa think?

By Jananie Kalyanaraman

The courts have upheld the isolation of the Jarawa tribals in the Andamans, but the local administration is encouraging their ‘integration’. Has anyone, as the NAC recommends, asked this indigenous group what they want, wonders this reporter as she travels the Andaman Trunk Road

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How much is a 50-year-old tree worth?

By Vasanthi Hariprakash

Will ascribing an economic value to natural capital such as forests help us conserve them? The TEEB study, commissioned by the UNEP, believes it will

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Maa Bonbibi in the land of tigers

By Kalpita Dutta

Maa Bonbibi, the multicultural goddess who is said to protect the woodcutters, honey collectors and fishermen of the Sunderbans from the attacks by tigers, is being invoked by conservation authorities in the Sunderbans over the last 10 years. Not a single tiger has reportedly been killed for straying into villages in a decade

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Peddling POSCO

On June 10, a barricade of women and children prevented Orissa state forces from entering Govindpur and Dhinkia to begin land acquisition for the POSCO steel project. Elsewhere, the acquisition is going ahead, and all dissent is being silenced. Javed Iqbal reports from the ground

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Do cooperative forests have a future?

By Sudhirendar Sharma

Over the last 13 years, 143 primary farm forestry cooperatives have regenerated 27,000 hectares of wasteland in 13 districts of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The MoEF under the Green India Mission intends to increase India’s forest cover by 5 million hectares, but forest cooperatives don’t even get a mention

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Waste to energy project not so green

By Ranjit Devraj

How did Jindal’s waste-to-energy (WtE) project come up in the heart of Delhi without any public consultation or clearance from the pollution control board? And will it be another illegality that the MoEF will regularise?

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Chilika's fishermen set to battle prawn mafia themselves

By Kalpita Dutta

Despite a court order in February directing demolition of the prawn gheris that have trapped roughly 40% of the waters in Chilika Lake, no action has been taken. Now the Chilika Matsayjibi Mahasangh has vowed to demolish the prawn enclosures itself and take the state to court for ignoring judicial directives

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Vedanta and Posco: A tale of two projects

Why was the POSCO project treated so differently from Vedanta? One was given clearance, with conditions, while the other was rejected, despite the fact that both were found to be in violation of the Forest Rights Act and other laws. Is it realpolitik that guides these decisions, asks Pradeep Baisakh

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Haathi Mere Saathi

By Kalpita Dutta

The ongoing Rengali left bank canal irrigation project on the Brahmani river, in Orissa, is seriously disrupting traditional elephant migration routes, leading to an escalation in man-elephant conflicts

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