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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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Japan's nuclear disaster prompts re-look at safety measures

Countries around the world promise to learn lessons from Japan’s nuclear disaster and, in India, protests by anti-nuclear activists and locals living in the vicinity of planned nuclear power plants have gathered momentum

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Courts must subject land acquisition cases to closer scrutiny: SC

Courts should ensure that the welfare of people is not sacrificed even when public interest is involved, the Supreme Court observed while ruling on a land acquisition case

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Environment ministry clears Posco project, with conditions

Posco’s controversial steel and mining project in Orissa, which will uproot thousands of people, gets the nod from the environment ministry albeit with around 50 conditions. But those opposed to the project question whether this is of any use given the country’s traditionally weak monitoring process

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NAC proposes plugging loopholes in Forest Rights Act

The high-level National Advisory Council wants better implementation of the Forest Rights Act to ensure tribals receive their entitlements. But the ministry has rejected its proposals

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Bill to protect rights of fishing communities next

Like the Act that gives user and land rights to forest-dwelling communities, a bill guaranteeing similar rights to fishing communities is on the anvil

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Govt notifies new Coastal Regulation Zone rules

Coastal communities get more rights under new CRZ rules notified by the environment ministry

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Goa's new eco-tourism zones come under fire

Activists allege that eco-tourism zones in the popular holiday destination have been drawn up to help real estate developers, not the environment

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Poor sanitation pulls India's GDP down by 6.4%

A World Bank study has quantified the economic loss of lack of toilets and sanitation facilities in the country at $54 billion, as a consequence of treatment cost for diseases, early deaths, lost productivity, and loss in tourist revenue among other factors

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ICT can reduce 10% of India's GHG emissions

A substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in India could come from using ICT in the construction, road transport and power sectors, says a new report

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30 Indian fish species on IUCN endangered list

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is assessing India’s freshwater biodiversity after 13 years

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