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Assault on environmental regulations: reaching a peak?

D. Raghunandan

26th May 2018


The BJP government has continued its inexorable march towards severely diluting the already weak environmental regulations in the country, as part of its drive to promote “ease of doing business,” in other words to serve the interests of the corporate class. The BJP and PM Modi, as testified by his campaign rhetoric in 2014 and by his record as Chief Minister of Gujarat before that, has always believed that environmental regulations are an obstacle to “development,” a term used ...


Paddy Straw: A Burning Problem

It is that dreaded time of year again for Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR), the season of high air pollution, in which Delhi regularly ranks worst in the world.

Diwali has passed, and the Supreme Court had imposed a total ban on firecrackers, a once unimaginable prohibition, but one that has apparently been greeted with stoicism by citizens and government authorities, who are only too familiar with the choking pall that envelops the megalopolis for several days after the festival of lights. Diwali was early this year, but other sources of pollution that plague the city and n ...


Last Updated on Monday, 23 October 2017 06:20
Solid Waste Incineration: Bad Technology Choice

D. Raghunandan,

11th July 2017

Municipal solid waste (MSW) has become a massive problem in India’s cities and towns and poses huge problems for public health, the environment and urban living conditions in general. About 170,000 tonnes of MSW are generated per day in the over 8,000 urban centres in the country. Most municipal bodies focus their work and funds on collection and transportation of these wastes, but little effort is put into their proper treatment and disposal. Different policy recommendations, often ...


US Exits Paris Agreement

D. Raghunandan

13th June 2017


US President Donald Trump made the shocking, but not unexpected, announcement last week that the US is pulling out of the Paris Agreement (PA) on climate change. 195 countries had endorsed PA last December and 147 nations have since ratified it.

The history of US betrayals of international climate agreements has thus repeated itself, the first time as tragedy, when President George W. ...


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 07:37

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