[Urbanstudy] Invitation to Workshop on "How to get Ward Committees to Work for the City" & "ESG NEWSLETTER JAN 2018 Vol 1Issue II"

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Tue Jan 16 08:51:57 CST 2018



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> Dear Friends,
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> Greetings of Sankranthi/Pongal. 
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> Please find enclosed an invitation to the 2nd Workshop in ESG's 'How to' Workshop series. This time we focus on "How to get Ward Committees to Work for the City". The workshop is on Friday, 19th January, and you are requested to register soonest.
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> As many of you would be interested in wider environmental and social justice concerns, we also enclose for your benefit our second weekly Environment Justice Matters digest.  If you wish to continue receiving these news digests, please email socialmedia at esgindia.org with subject 'subscribe'.
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>   Environment Justice Matters
>                 A Weekly News Digest
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>                                                   January 2018, Volume 1 Issue II
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> Read 25 Important Judgment Of Supreme Court Of India Delivered In 2017
> By Ashok KM and Apoorva Mandhani, 9th January 2018
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> Settling the decades long debate on the issue of the right to privacy being a fundamental right, the Supreme Court held that right to privacy is protected under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. In a unanimous decision, a nine -Judge Constitution Bench overruled the judgments in MP Sharma and Kharak Singh cases. Read more...
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> Great Indian Bustard fights losing battle of survival as energy-hungry India embarks on renewable power overdrive
> By Prerna Bindra, Firstpost, 13th January 2018
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> On 29 December, 2017, in a dry, desert near India’s western frontier, forest officials found the dismembered carcass of a large brown-and-white bird. They quickly recognised it as one of the world’s largest flying birds, one of its most endangered species, and the bird most likely to be the first in the subcontinent to slide into extinction in 21st century.  The main threat to the bustard comes from an ironic source: Renewable energy. About 18,700 birds die every month on power lines in the Thar desert
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> Interview: Odisha and Chhattisgarh Treating Mahanadi Like a Commodity, Not a Natural Resource
> By Priya Ranjan Sahu, The Wire, 9th January 2018
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> India has a long list of inter-state river water conflicts. The recent conflict between the Odisha and Chhattisgarh governments over the water of the Mahanadi river is the latest addition. Odisha’s largest river, the Mahanadi, originates in the Sihawa mountain in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. It flows through Chhattisgarh and then Odisha, along its 851 km-long course, before joining the Bay of Bengal at Odisha’s coast. Read more…
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> In Arid Trans-Himalayas, a Rise in Pest Attacks Indicates Changing Climate Conditions
> By Preksha Sharma, The Wire, 26th October 2017
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> Sometime in early August, a team at the Central Arid Zone Research Institute in Leh was studying leaves of poplars, a fast-growing tree that is abundant in Ladakh and – along with timber – provides a spectacular cover of green in the arid trans-Himalayan region. Only this year, the leaves were wilted and left brown in patches after an insect used them as a host to breed. The scientists at the institute were trying to identify the insect. Read more…
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> Adaptation now: River flood risks increase around the globe under future warming
> By Sven Willner et al, Potsdam Institute of Climate Research, 2018
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> Rainfall changes caused by global warming will increase river flood risks across the globe. Already today, fluvial floods are among the most common and devastating natural disasters. Scientists have now calculated the required increase in flood protection until the 2040s worldwide, breaking it down to single regions and cities. They find that the need for adaptation is greatest in the US, parts of India and Africa, Indonesia, and in Central Europe including Germany. Inaction would expose many millions of people to severe flooding. Read more…
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> Cauvery river water carries highest level of chemicals in India: Anna Uni study
> By TNM Staff, The News Minute, 23rd December 2017
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> Cauvery river’s amount of total dissolved solids is 753 mg per litre, which is nearly six times that of the Ganga. A government-funded Anna University study has found that Cauvery, one of India’s major rivers, carries the highest level of toxins despite having lowest discharge into the sea. Read more…
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> Orphans in the wild: What the otter’s trying to tell us about our oceans
> By Badri Chatterjee, The Hindustan Times, 13th January 2018
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> An otter cub strays from the pack and starts to chew on a plastic bottle. Around him, milk sachets, plastic packets, thermocol and other debris bob in the water. An adult otter starts trying to nudge the cub away from the trash, when a large fishing boat cuts between them. The screams of the cub can be heard over the chugging diesel engine. The baby has been caught in the net hanging loose from the boat. Read more...
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> Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction
> By Jonathan Watts, The guardian, 4th January 2018
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> After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. In a surprise statement, a senior government official said hydropower policy needed to be rethought in the face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease. Read more…
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> Here's one city turning India's mountain of trash into cash
> By Bibhudatta Pradhan, The Los Angeles Times, 3rd January 2018
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> It’s 6:30 a.m. in the Indian city of Mysuru and the streets are full of the sound of whistles blowing as workers in olive green aprons and rubber gloves begin a door-to-door search. They have come to collect one of India’s biggest untapped resources: garbage. Read more...
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> Kenya is losing about 100 lions each year for the past decade
> By Jitendra, Down to Earth, 31st December 2017
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> African lions, which were once the pride of the spectacular landscapes of Maasai Mara in Kenya, are fast vanishing. The country is losing about 100 lions each year for the past decade. In 2002, there were 2,749 lions, which dwindled to roughly 2,000 in 2014, says the government-run Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). “About 20 years ago, tourists could encounter more than 250 adult lions, but you will be lucky to come across 120 today”. Read more…
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> Citizens Could Save India’s Environment, If a 15-year Old Law Is Used Well
> By Manu Moudgil, India Spend, 13th December 2017
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> As time progressed, Baiga Chak–the officially recognised traditional habitat of the Baiga tribe known for its myriad species and their inclusion in the local diet, lifestyle and healthcare–started losing its biodiversity. A nonprofit, the National Institute of Women, Child, and Youth Development (NIWCYD), established “forest study groups” in various villages in 2005. The approach was unique: Instead of getting experts to research on the changing ecosystem, villagers were trained not only to analyse the situation but also to suggest conservation plans. Read more…
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> India taking lead role against climate change when others are failing: Guterres
> By Ians, The Hindu, 12 January 2018.
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> UN Secretary-General says biggest victims of the phenomenon are the developing countries or G77. “In a moment when others are failing,” he said of “the largest economies in the world, the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the leadership in climate action and I refer to China and India.” Read more…
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> This Forgotten Scotsman Is The Reason Why The Anamalai Hills Are Still Lush With Trees
> By Sanchari Pal, The Better India, 28th December 2017
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> Amidst a verdant grove of teak trees in Tamil Nadu’s Anamalai Tiger Reserve lies an ageing tombstone with a Latin inscription that says “Si Monumentum Requires Circumspice (If you seek his monument, look around)”. The grave of a little-known Scotsman named Hugo Francis Andrew Wood, this serene spot remains a must-see for local forest guards and nature enthusiasts more than 70 years after the man himself died. For he is the reason why these ancient hills are still lush with trees. Read more…
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> E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email
> By Eric Lipton and Lisa Friedman, The New York Times, 17th December 2017
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> One Environmental Protection Agency employee spoke up at a private lunch held near the agency headquarters, saying she feared the nation might be headed toward an “environmental catastrophe.” Another staff member, from Seattle, sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, raising similar concerns about the direction of the agency. A third, from Philadelphia, went to a rally where he protested against agency budget cuts. Read more…
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> Rs Six per Unit of Electricity Being Sent Abroad
> By Anandi Sharan, Counter Currents, 5th December 2017
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> Last month the Power Finance Corporation of India (PFC) issued a so-called green bond in London. It is a 10-year green bond and raised USD 400 million, paying a 3.75 per cent semi-annual coupon and listed on London Stock Exchange’s new International Securities Market (ISM). The cost of money therefore, ignoring the semi-annual payment, is 3.75% of USD 400 mio which is USD 15 mio per year and USD 150 mio over 10 years which is a total repayment of USD 550 mio over 10 yrs. Read more...
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> Search-Cum-Selection Panel Formed To Select NGT Chairperson
> By Akanksha Jain, Live Law, 26th December 2017
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> A search-cum- selection committee has been constituted for filing up the vacant posts of the chairperson and judicial members and that for the expert members is under finalization. The total sanctioned strength in the National Green Tribunal comprises one chairperson, 10 judicial members, ten expert members and 161 other posts. The number of vacant posts as on December 22 are one chairperson, five judicial members, eight expert members and 81 other posts. Read more…
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> In Tussle Between Revenue And Forest Depts: Iaf Loses Dogfight With Karnataka Over 452 Acres That It Bought ‘Illegally’
> By Niranjan Kaggere, Bangalore Mirror, 26th December 2017
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> In the 1965 war, despite being technologically outclassed, it was the Indian Air Force’s determination that pushed back the Pakistanis. In 1971, the IAFs prized MiG-21s and Gnats outclassed and outfought the Pakistani Sabres and Starfighters. And then during the Kargil skirmish of 1999, the fine pilots of the force overcame the many difficulties associated with high-altitude combat and forced the enemy to capitulate. But the Indian Air Force seems to have lost this fierce legal battle -- fought over five years -- to the Karnataka Forest Department for its 452 acres of land in Jarakabande Kaval (Yelahanka) and Peenya. Read more…
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> A new market for old and ugly fruit and vegetables takes shape
> By Anonymous, The Economist, 11th January 2018
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> No one knows quite how much fruit and vegetable produce never reaches the grocery checkout till. A fifth perhaps—or maybe twice that—is judged to be beneath commercial standards. So it is put to use as animal-feed or compost, or simply thrown away in a landfill. This infuriates those appalled at waste. Their outrage, however, has not been enough to create for unwanted fruit and vegetable the kind of sophisticated market that exists for products with more obvious uses, such as securities, currencies, metals, oil and unsullied agriculture. That is starting to change. Read more…
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> Hawaii Panics After Alert About Incoming Missile Is Sent in Error
> By Adam Nagourney, David E. Sanger And Johanna Barrjan, The New York Times, 13th January 2018
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> This is how a nuclear war can begin. This is why we must not rest till we rid our planet of nukes. “Someone clicked the wrong thing on the computer,” he said. “It was erroneous.” Read more...
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> India to be testing ground for questionable genetic control of mosquitoes?
> By K.S. Jayaraman, Business Standard, 17th November 2017
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> The Convention on Biological Diversity has called for "a moratorium on development and release of genetically engineered gene drives". Gene Drives are also considered controversial because their self-propagating nature makes them an ideal tool in the hands of would-be bioterrorists to spread disease-causing organisms. Read more…
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> ‘I Was Blacklisted and Deported For My NGO Activities’
> By Mukunda Raj Kattel, The Wire, 10th January 2018
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> On December 20, 2017,  a Bangkok-based Nepali national, who is also a human rights activist, was denied entry into India and deported after being detained for 20 hours at Tiruchirapalli airport in Tamil Nadu.  Here’s his account of the events. Read more…
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> ESG in the News
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> Environmental and Social Justice in Solid Waste Management
> Interview with Leo Saldanha and Bhargavi Rao by Christine Lutringer, Open Edition, 2017
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> The campaign for a new solid waste management policy in India, which was co-organised by ESG, underscores the significance of the legal activism initiated by civil society groups. The public interest litigation (PIL) that united various affected parties were key to transforming the solid waste management policies of cities across India. Leo Saldanha and Bhargavi Rao of Environment Support Group discuss the strategy of their NGO while showing how a progressive ruling by the Karnataka High Court resulted in decentralisation of solid waste management. They also point to the challenges of implementing the judgment and the fact that processes of waste collection and disposal are not merely technical and administrative matters, but are eminently social and cultural issues. Read more...
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> Hand holding change
> By Manasa Kamabnna, The Hindu, 11th January 2018
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> Tradition, for me, needs to act like a springboard for future. “We have reached the tipping point of mechanisation”, said handloom activist Uzramma at the national symposium on Handmade. “It is time to look at your hands in awe and the wonders it can produce”, she emphasised. Read more...
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> The Handmade Movement And Irrfan Khan
> By Sammitha Sreevathsa , The Hindu, 11th January 2018
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> Irrfan Khan attacked the idea that one can get away from being an activist. According to him “it is a delusional idea that we are just individuals, what we do and do not do affects everybody’s lives and we have to be considerate in everything we do, always.”  Khan was speaking on the sidelines of a National Symposium on ‘The Handmade’ organised in Bangalore recently by Gram Seva Sangh, Environment Support Group and St Joseph’s Institute of Management. Read more…
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