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MoEF drags feet over law for safe disposal of CFLs

Author(s): Moyna
Issue Date: Feb 16, 2012
Anyone who has tried to return used compact fluorescent bulbs or lamps (CFLs) so that they are disposed safely, knows the task is next to impossible. Disposal of CFLs is a major environmental concern because these bulbs contain mercury, a neurotoxin, which can damage the brain and cause behavioural disorders. But there is no law yet in India to ensure the safe disposal of CFLs, though it was supposed to be in place beginning 2012.

Melting uncertainty

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2011
GLACIERS, reservoirs of fresh water on the earth, are assumed to be major indicators of climate change. Since their melting contributes to drinking water, water for agriculture and hydropower in densely populated regions in South and Central Asia, glaciers have become a major concern for these regions.

India has climate targets for 2030

Author(s): Sumana Narayanan
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2009
TWENTY years from now, India's per capita greenhouse gas emissions will be below the 2005 global average of 4.22 tonnes CO2-equivalent. The estimate is the result of five studies carried out by various research bodies including The Energy and Resources Institute, a Delhibased non-profit. The Union ministry of environment and forests released the report on September 2. Ministry officials said the report would be used in the climate change talks in Copenhagen in December. Minister of state for environment and forests Jairam Ramesh said the finding

Who moved my science?

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2008
Glaring gaps in Gangotri glacial melt study

Green rating problems

Author(s): Ravleen Kaur
Issue Date: Nov 30, 2007
griha, a rating system for green buildings developed by The Energy and Resources Institute ( teri ), has been formalized as the first national rating system. teri signed a memorandum of understanding with the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to this effect on November 1.

India not on course for clean air target

Author(s): RACHEL MILLAR
Issue Date: Jun 15, 2007
Diesel cars are expected to corner 50 per cent of the Indian car market by 2010. 2010 is also the Indian government's target year for putting into place European emission standards. The target was set by the auto fuel policy of 2002. It appears to be an unlikely one with diesel exhaust being incriminated for a variety of diseases ranging from cancer to adverse birth effects. And the government hasn't shown much alacrity in mending

Partneship for Clean Indoor Air looking for Indian partners

Issue Date: May 15, 2007
partnership for Clean Indoor Air (pcia) is inviting partners in India to help implement measures to reduce indoor air pollution. This will help almost 90 per cent of India's biomass-based fuel users who suffer from health hazards. About 400,000 premature deaths occur annually in the country due to this.

Green corpus

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2000
participants at a recent conference urged the Union finance ministry to create an environment fund in the forthcoming budget. The conference "Greening the Budget: Impact on Industry and Economy-A Pre-Budget 2000-01 Debate" was organised by Tata Energy Research Institute (teri), New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion R K Pachauri, director of teri , said that the revenue collected from polluters should should not be included in the general revenue, but should be kept aside as an environment fund.

Weighing the cost

Issue Date: May 15, 1999
goa will soon become the first state in the country to adopt national resource accounting -- a concept that weighs the environmental cost vis--vis economic growth. "This concept has been utilised for specific projects, but Goa will become the first region to adopt it for an entire state," says K S R V S Challam, director of Goa's planning and statistics department.
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