The Wire | Feb 06, 2020
The new Statue of Unity Act illegally converts a forested area over which the local tribal population has constitutionally guaranteed rights into an ‘urban’ area in which they will need government permission to do anything.
The recently enacted ‘Statue of Unity (SoU) Area Development and Tourism Governance Act, 2019’ in Gujarat comes amidst a terrifying atmosphere of intimidation, house arrests, detention and, FIRs, not to mention the overarching implementation of Section 144 across the state. Read more
Energy World | Jan 30, 2020
There are at least 0.5 million coal miners working directly for Coal India and its subsidiaries
New Delhi: India would need 1,000 gigawatt (GW) of solar power capacity to replace coal mining jobs, according to a recent study. With a mounting global pressure to shift away from coal and adopt renewable energy sources, ensuring that coal miners find jobs locally in other industries is now a prerequisite. Read more
Down To Earth | Jan 29, 2020
Down To Earth brings you the top environmental cases heard in the Supreme Court, the high courts and the National Green Tribunal
Housing project in North Campus
The Supreme Court (SC) on January 28, 2020 set aside the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of January 8, 2020, that ordered status quo on construction of a housing complex adjacent to North Campus of Delhi University. Read more
Economic & Political Weekly Vol. 55, Issue No. 4, 25 Jan, 2020
Marking the end of the year with a historical struggle, Reckong zeo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, in the bone-chilling snowy weather on 9 December 2019 echoed with the slogan of “Jeevan ka ek aadhar, Van Adhikar.” A year before this, on 29 December 2018, hundreds of people chanted the slogan as they marched on the road to the district collector’s (DC) office demanding the effective and just implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA) in their tribal district (Tribune 2018; Times of India 2018; Himdhara–Environment Research and Action Collective 2019a). Crowned in their traditional green velvet-bordered topis, Kinnaura women and men from the remotest of the villages had gathered for 15–16 times in the last nine to 10 years. But, as the delegation in 2018, demanding the recognition of their traditional forest rights, moved towards the district administration office, they were informed that the DC had left and was not present to address the public. Remarking on the bureaucratic failure to implement the FRA, a villager whose forest rights claim still remains pending with the Subdivisional Level Committee (SDLC) participating in the rally had stated, “The administration is not just and fair, else why would it run away from recognising our forest rights?”1 Read more
Down to Earth | Jan 24, 2020
The forests and grasslands act as water towers and influence the fortunes of farmers in the Cauvery delta
The Shola forests of South India derive their name from the Tamil word solai, which means a ‘tropical rain forest’.
Classified as ‘Southern Montane Wet Temperate Forest’ by experts Harry George Champion and SK Seth, the Sholas are found in the upper reaches of the Nilgiris, Anamalais, Palni hills, Kalakadu, Mundanthurai and Kanyakumari in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Read more