Rashme Sehgal

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Local body opposes eco zone proposal

The Uttarkashi Bachao Sanjukt Sangharsh Samiti (UBSSS) continues to express strong opposition to the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) notification declaring the 100-km stretch of the Bhagirathi river from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi as an eco-sensitive zone under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Will observer status help India?

Will gaining observer status in the Arctic Council help India in its fight against climate change?
Indian scientists are aware that the Arctic region is a key laboratory to study climate change. But even more significant for them is that the rapidly melting Arctic ice-sheet can provide a veritable treasure trove of lucrative oil reserves and rare mineral deposits.

WWF develops carbon tracker

WWF India has developed a “low carbon growth policy tracker” to help assess low carbon policies across the country.

‘Not all safety features in place’

Anti-nuclear activists have come together to question why the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) has failed to introduce 11 of the 17 safety measures that they have been asked to implement by the

Omar: Demarcate border soon

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has made a strong pitch for an early demarcation of the Indo-China border in the Ladakh region.

Mobiles to monitor smokeless chullahs

Mobile phones can now help rural women switch over to using clean cooking technologies, weaning them away from traditional smoky chullahs.

Low-cost vaccine to ‘kill’ diarrhoea

In a major scientific breakthrough, the department of biotechnology and Bharat Biotech announced the discovery of India’s first indigenously-developed Rotavirus vaccine to fight severe forms of dia

In Geneva, India U-turn on chrysotile asbestos

In a dramatic turnaround, India has altered its earlier position and opposed listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance at the sixth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP-6) in Geneva

Gujarat most polluted, Maha follows

Gujarat tops the list of being the most polluted state in India, accounting for 29 per cent of the nation’s hazardous waste. It is followed by Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, according to the Central Pollution Control Board. Gujarat is presently generating 6.2 million tones in hazardous waste largely because they have set up over 50 industrial estates in the golden corridor spreading from Ahmedabad through Nandesari, Ankleshwar and Vapi housing several chemical industries that were phased out of Europe and the US and relocated in India.

NGOs launch stir against GM bananas

Several women’s NGOs, including Women for Diversity, Guild of Services, Diverse Women for Diversity and Gene Ethics Australia, have launched a combined campaign against genetically-engineered (GMO) bananas.

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