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Environmental Governance Quarterly

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We are back with our sixth volume of Environmental Governance Quarterly Newsletter. The newsletter, as you know is focused on environmental regulations and regulators. It covers new and upcoming laws and regulations, changes in the regulatory regime, important environmental litigations and best practices in regulations and its implementation. It also captures news from key environmental regulators and gives critical perspective on important regulatory issues. The purpose of this newsletter is not only to share information, but also to build a community of stakeholders who can push for better environmental governance in the country.

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Coal quandary
In a sweeping pronouncement, the Supreme Court has termed all the 218 coal blocks allocated since 1993 illegal. This has raised a fundamental question: how to allocate high-value natural resources in a fair and transparent manner? An analysis
September 30, 2014
All about effective air quality monitoring
Monitoring air pollutants is important to understand the impact of policy changes. Vivek Chattopadhyaya explains the existing technologies for it and some of their limitations
September 22, 2014
CSE released its second study on the pollution from dyeing and textile mills in Pali, Rajasthan.
Pali was classified as a critically polluted industrial cluster by the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index (CEPI).
September 18, 2014
Urban floods: lessons from Jammu & Kashmir
Putting a stop to unmindful concretisation of lake beds and drainage channels can save cities from disastrous floods
September 10, 2014
A provision in need of serious review
The Fifth Schedule has remained mired in confusion and politicking
September 05, 2014
Adding another national regulator will not help environment
India needs second-generation reforms in environmental governance to protect environment and community rights and reduce transaction costs for industry
May 18, 2014
Environment ministry renamed, online system for green clearances launched
New minister, Prakash Javadekar, says India will present its case on climate change forcefully at international forums
May 30, 2014
Supreme Court cancels allotment of 214 coal blocks
All the operational mines have been asked to wind up their production by March 2015
September 24, 2014
Garbage gets attention
India is revising the way it manages solid waste. A manual for this, prepared by the urban development ministry, proposes providing legal identity to ragpickers and waste dealers but overlooks certain ground realities
September 15, 2014
Ministers mount pressure to dilute Forest Rights Act
Tribal affairs minister asked to withdraw objections to Maharashtra’s Village Forest Rules that allow forest department take control over forests in violation of FRA
September 12, 2014
Maharashtra eases procedures for conversion of land in urban areas
Bid to tackle rising menace of illegal construction
September 12, 2014
Can we save Ganga
The Ganga is getting political attention. What does it take to clean the river? From Kanpur to Varanasi, the river's most polluted stretch, a journey made to understand why the pollution is so persistent while SUNITA NARAIN suggests ways to clean it.
Jun 8, 2014
Licence to mine
Supreme Court allows conditional resumption of iron ore mining in Goa
May 31, 2014
NGT seeks action plan to ensure zero discharge from Jodhpur industries
National Green Tribunal has also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on each industry operating without consent of the state pollution control board
May 9, 2014
Green tribunal directs environment ministry not to appoint inexperienced   persons in expert panels
NGOs, activists allege unqualified persons are being appointed to bodies that advise government on environment and social impacts of projects
Jul 21, 2014
Meghalaya suspends rat-hole coal mining
Jul 21, 2014
Green Clearance Analysis: April to June 2014
Given the election season in larger part of the last quarter, and transition into a new government, the accordance of green clearances by the union Ministry of Environment and Forests has followed a relatively slow pace.
April to June 2014
Mining at Deep Sea
Countries are delving deeper into the ocean to explore its mineral wealth. The deposits on the ocean floor are enormous and the ecology of this largest habitat on earth, unexplored. The high seas are also global common property that demand an equitable distribution of their riches. How will deep sea mining impact the ecology and shape the mechanism to share common resources?
September 15, 2014
Why Asian cities should be made ‘smart cities’
Kolkata and Mumbai are among the most flood-prone Asian megacities in the world and must invest in water-smart planning and development, says new report which sets the tone for the forthcoming UN-Habitat report
September 15, 2014
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Contributing Authors
Chandra Bhushan
Nivit Kumar Yadav