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Future is in our hands

We can make or break it, depending on whether we stand up and are counted or let markets drive democracies

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Green Infrastructure

Provides introduction and guidance to strategies related to sustainable water management within the existing urban fabric of a city or region.

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Environment Reader for Universities

The book is totally based on the UGC syllabus for environmental studies for undergraduates; and it comes to you from CSE, an NGO whose primary task is environment oriented research, since 1980. Hence you can expect the very best book available for College students to understand the environment issues in a simple way.

New Environmental Norms: Way forward

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is convening a meeting to discuss the status of preparedness, hindrances and support required from government to comply with the recently notified environmental norms for coal based thermal power stations.  The dialogue is convened to arrive at a roadmap to expedite the implementation of the recently notified environmental standards for coal power station by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

The Earth for you

Down To Earth is a product of our passion for change. But it would not have made it to its 23rd anniversary without your continued commitment. Our desire is to bring you news and perspectives on the state of the environment and explain why it needs attention. It is clear to us that as we produce each issue—this is 552nd edition—the struggle for a green, but prosperous, world is getting more intense, contested and difficult. It is also clear that if we do not have independent and credible sources of information, we cannot even begin to move towards resolution.

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CSE's Green Rating Project findings discussed in the Parliament of India

Based on the findings of the environmental, health, safety, local community relations and sustainability issues of major Indian steel plants as studied by CSE's Green Rating Project, Members of Parliament in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha raised questions on the poor performance of sector to the Union Ministers of Environment and Steel respectively. Date: 10 December 2012 Read full document: Parliament discusses CSE's Steel sector Green Rating Project  

Walk the talk on carbon tax, Mr Finance Minister

Budget 2015, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has a first. In it, India has accepted that it has a de-facto carbon tax—on petroleum products and dirty coal. Arguably, the only big green initiative of this budget is the increase of cess on coal—from Rs 100 per tonne to Rs 200 per tonne. But the question is: is this carbon tax, imposed on the carbon content of fuel, doing what it should—reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are responsible for climate change?

How power can be cleaned

Coal is an environmentalist’s bugbear. The use of coal to generate energy is the key reason the world is looking at a catastrophic future because of climate change. Recognising this, global civil society has given a rousing call for coal divestment, asking companies, universities and individuals to stop investment in coal thermal power plants. They want coal to go, renewables to be in. And in the interim, clean gas, also a fossil fuel, to be used as a “bridge fuel”. In this scenario any talk of “cleaning” coal to make it less damaging is untenable.