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Time to Strengthen India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Waste

Bio-medical waste has always been a concern for environmental and public health safety. The COVID-19 crisis has further exacerbated the problem. India’s pollution watchdog  – Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), on 18 March 2020, came out with detailed guidelines on the management of COVID-19 waste. Since then, CPCB has made amendments thrice — the latest …Continue readingTime to Strengthen India’s Fight Against COVID-19 Waste

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From Bhopal to Vizag: The Need to Bolster Environmental and Labor Safety Regulations

The Bhopal gas tragedy of December 1984 claimed thousands of lives, injured lakhs of people and risked the future of the local communities forever.  Indian authorities failed to bring America’s Warren Anderson back to Indian soil for legal proceedings. The responsible company – Union Carbide – ended up paying inadequate compensation of $ 470 million,…Continue readingFrom Bhopal to Vizag: The Need to Bolster Environmental and Labor Safety Regulations

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With Food Security at Risk, India Braces up for the Largest Locust Attack in 27 Years

The threat of the largest locust attack in 27 years is looming over the north-western states in India amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Locusts are essentially harmless creatures, unless they become more plentiful, in which case they can have devastating effects on their path of movement.  When locusts come together and form swarms, they become gregarious…Continue readingWith Food Security at Risk, India Braces up for the Largest Locust Attack in 27 Years

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The Amazon of the East is at Risk

The Coal India Limited (CIL) has been carrying out illegal mining in Assam’s Dehing Patkai forest for the last 16 years and is now set to get an official license from the government to expand on its activities under a legal framework.  The Dehing Patkai Wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 111.19 square…Continue readingThe Amazon of the East is at Risk

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Cyclone Amphan Updates: Preventive Measures, Affected Regions, and More

The ‘super cyclone’ Amphan hit the coast of Bengal starting around 2:30 pm Wednesday and has started moving on its predicted path.  In Kolkata, a teenage girl has been critically injured after being hit with a tin shed. The wind speed of the cyclone’s eye is more than 165 km/s, according to data provided by…Continue readingCyclone Amphan Updates: Preventive Measures, Affected Regions, and More