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Himachal Pradesh becomes first Indian state to sell carbon credits to the World Bank

Himachal Pradesh is the first Indian state to sell carbon credits under the UN-mandated Clean Development Mechanism to the World Bank from new forests to be developed largely on waste ground

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SC denies plea for enhanced punishment for Bhopal gas tragedy accused

The Supreme Court of India threw out the curative petition of the CBI to increase punishment for top brass at Union Carbide, but said the sessions court was free to examine the charges in light of new evidence

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World Bank-funded project runs into local resistance in Himachal

Local farmers are resisting the Luhri power project that will drastically alter the course of the Sutlej river and bring about environmental changes that will affect the all-important apple crop

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Four dead, many injured in farmer protest in Noida

Violence erupts as villagers in Greater Noida protest the low compensation being offered to them for their land

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Posco project gets forest clearance and final sanction

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has given its approval to the controversial Posco steel project, setting aside the objections of local communities and, according to the protesters, subverting its own laws

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Tribals get right to profit from bamboo

Mendha Lekha becomes the first village to get rights to harvest and sell bamboo, although conservationists sound a warning about allowing this in protected areas

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Govt promises enhanced safety, compensation for Jaitapur-affected

A new Rs 400 crore rehabilitation package and promises of stand-alone safety systems for each reactor are among new initiatives spelt out by the government to quell growing resistance against the Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra

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Chhattisgarh's solar electrification success story

A Chhattisgarh government initiative has succeeded in electrifying many remote villages with solar energy where other states have failed

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Gram sabha clearance necessary before allowing POSCO: MoEF

The POSCO iron and steel plant has hit another roadblock with the environment ministry requiring further proof that it will not flout the rights of forest-dwellers, under the Forest Rights Act

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Germany could show countries the way out of using nuclear energy

Germany is the only industrialised country that is serious about ultimately shutting down all its nuclear reactors and scaling up investment in renewables. Experts say it could provide the map for others to follow

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