THE GREEN BULLETIN

GCEL Newsletter

First Issue, 14th September - 20th September.

Biodiversity

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Karnataka's largest port will destroy coastal biodiversity of Tadri.

The Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructural Development Corporation plans to build the state’s largest port at Tadri in Aghnashini. The state is ignoring conservation, ecological and social concerns in its pursuit of building a shipping port in mangrove-rich Aghnashini estuary. Tadri port threatens these mangroves and the livelihoods of local communities. The state declares it will bring benefits to people, but many from the local communities don’t buy it.

For more information please visit : http://www.theguardian.com/environment/india-untamed/2015/sep/21/coastal-conservation-doesnt-get-its-due

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Renewable Energy

UAE Described as Pioneer in the Field of Renewable Energy.

When the government of Kenya hosted a U.N. Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy in Nairobi back in 1981, one of the conclusions at that meeting was a proposal for the creation of an international agency dedicated to renewable energy. After nearly 28 years of on-again, off-again negotiations, the first-ever International Renewal Energy Agency (IRENA) was established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 2009.Currently, the UAE hosts not only IRENA, described as the first international organisation to be based in the Middle East, but also the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE).

For more information please visit : http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/07/uae-described-as-pioneer-in-the-field-of-renewable-energy/

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CLIMATE CHANGE

2014 Another Record-Shattering Year for Climate.

A new report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate has found that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded. The variety of indicators shows us how our climate is changing, not just in temperature but also from the depths of the oceans to the outer atmosphere. It’s been a pretty persistent and continuous message over the past 10 years at least that we are seeing a planet that is warming,

For more information please visit: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/07/2014-another-record-shattering-year-for-climate/

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India likely to announce national climate action plan on 23rd September, 2015.

India is likely to announce its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) on 23rd September, 2015. INDC will provide an emission intensity reduction target, an augmentation of India's ambitious renewable capacity addition targets, efforts to foster sustainable lifestyles, and measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

For more information please visit: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-likely-to-announce-national-climate-action-plan-on-wednesday/articleshow/49038417.cms

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WILDLIFE

With no vultures, a Parsis ritual on the brink.

Unlike in other religions where a deceased person’s body is cremated or buried, when a Parsi dies, his or her body is left in the ‘Tower of Silence’ for vultures. Though there are two such ‘towers’ in Hyderabad, it has been more than 20 years since a vulture swooped down on a dead body, as the scavenging birds have almost become extinct in the city and its surrounding areas.

For more information please visit: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/with-no-vultures-a-parsis-ritual-on-the-brink/article7622310.ece

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AIR POLLUTION

Air Pollution to Blame for over 3.3 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide, May Double: Study

Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year worldwide. The study also projects that if trends don’t change, the yearly death total will double to about 6.6 million a year by 2050. Air pollution kills more than HIV and malaria combined. With nearly 1.4 million deaths a year, China has the most air pollution fatalities, followed by India with 645,000 and Pakistan with 110,000.

For more information please visit: http://krqe.com/2015/09/20/study-air-pollution-kills-3-3-million-worldwide-may-double/

http://www.cseindia.org/content/deadly-air-face-it

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The Feds Just Accused Volkswagen of an Unbelievable Scheme to Evade Pollution Laws.

Volkswagen produced hundreds of thousands of cars with a device made to intentionally evade air pollution standards, according to a citation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA is continuing to investigate the charges and has passed the citation to the Justice Department, where it will be up to federal prosecutors to prove the charges. Volkswagen could be compelled to fix all the cars and pay up to $3,750 per car (roughly $18 billion altogether) in fines.

For more information please visit: http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/09/obama-volkswagen-clean-air-emissions-citation-epa

ENVIRONMENTAL NORMS

Government in a rush to upgrade emission norms but… Where’s the engine, where’s the fuel?

The Central govt. is planning to phase out to BS-VI norms directly from BS-IV by skipping BS-V stage entirely. Govt. has decided to hold talks with different experts in this field to reach a final consensus. Are Indian Vehicles and fuel ready for this change? With Bharat-IV already in operation in 33 cities, and rest following BS-III, is this possible for Govt. to roll out this policy skipping BS-V entirely.

For more information please visit: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/government-in-a-rush-to-upgrade-emission-norms-but-wheres-the-engine-wheres-the-fuel/

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Centre plans to make solar incentives WTO compliant.

India is planning to offer subsidies to manufacturers (local and foreign) of solar cells and modules as it is a win-win situation for Indian companies which need funds and Americans which need market. This decision was taken to comply with the decision of WTO against India’s National Solar Policy mandating every foreign company to procure PVC (photo voltaic cells) locally.

For more information visit: http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/centre-plans-to-make-solar-incentives-wto-compliant/article7674782.ece

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NATIONAL GREEN TRIBUNAL

Only biodegradable Ganesha idols can be immersed: NGT

Keeping the approaching festive season and its impact on the rivers and water bodies in mind, the NGT has ordered that idols made of biodegradable materials shall be immersed in Yamuna but not made of plastic/ Plaster of Paris. This order came in view of immersion of non- biodegradable material into water bodies resulting in loss to water quality as well as to aquatic life system.

For more information please visit: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/only-biodegradable-ganesha-idols-can-be-immersed-ngt/article7660521.ece

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Govt likely to launch Green Highways Policy by this month-end.

Govt. is planning to launch its National Green Policy of converting National Highways into Green Corridors by the month end. This policy mandates that 1% of total cost of road construction should go for tree plantation. A brainchild of Gadkari, this is expected to boost employment along with contributing to environment.

For more information please visit: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/53WoJt4JlhZG8Xx5Bl3JHN/Govt-likely-to-launch-Green-Highways-Policy-by-monthend.html

CLIMATE CHANGE

Will the Paris Climate Talks Be Too Little and Too Late?

Climate diplomats are preparing for a United Nations climate conference in the French capital in December that scientists say is probably the last realistic chance for the world to prevent global warming going beyond 2 degrees Celsius. Some kind of a deal will probably be done. But will it be one more diplomatic fudge or a real triumph for the climate? The proof is in the pudding, and the pudding is going to come out of the oven in Paris.

For more information please visit:

http://e360.yale.edu/feature/will_the_paris_climate_talks_be_too_little_and_too_late/2909/

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Africa Sees U.N. Climate Conference as “Court Case” for the Continent.

As the clock ticks towards the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris in December, African experts, policy-makers and civil society groups plan to come to the negotiation table prepared for a legal approach to avoid mistakes made during formulation of the Kyoto Protocol. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is a legal instrument, and therefore we need legal experts to argue the case for Africa, using available evidence instead of having only scientists and politicians at the negotiation table. It is a court case for Africa, and Africa must argue it out, and not keep looking for scientific evidence.

For more information please visit: http://www.ipsnews.net/2015/09/africa-sees-u-n-climate-conference-as-court-case-for-the-continent/

GREEN BENCH

Supreme Court panel says no to mega rail link through Western Ghats.

A joint venture between the Railways and the Karnataka government, the original project involved construction of 329 bridges and 29 tunnels, and required felling of more than 2.5 lakh trees on 965 hectares of forestland. The Supreme Court panel on forests and wildlife has rejected the proposal of a 168 km rail link between Ankola and Hubli in Karnataka to transport iron ore from Bellary- Hospet mines. The project was shown a red signal on account of 'huge and irreparable' damage to ecology would far outweigh the 'actual tangible benefits'.

For more information please visit: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/supreme-court-panel-says-no-to-mega-rail-link-through-western-ghats/

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