‘Climate change is real and happening in India’

Ahead of the UN climate summit which is to be organized in New York on September 23 to give a political push to future negotiations, Indian scientists on Friday emphasized the need to take urgent steps to address the issue of climate change that has potential to adversely affect the country. 

Source: Times of India

Remove your car, park a waste converter

What if the organic waste did not have to be collected from across wards? What if all of it could be processed within the ward itself? With these ideas and a vision of decentralising the waste processing system, a organic waste converter was set up in Madivala on Monday.

Source: The Hindu

Big hospitals told to treat waste water

Hospitals, having at least 100 beds, are required to treat waste water generated by them after obtaining consent about the treatment method from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB), a board notification said.
OSPCB member secretary Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said the notification was issued on Thursday after a recent board meeting decided to go ahead with it. "After much deliberations, we decided to fix the onus on 100-bed hospitals, which are generating enough waste water to raise serious concerns," Kumar told TOI.

Source: Times of India

Indian Renewable Energy Company Welspun Plans $2.5 Billion Investment Over Next Three Years

Indian renewable energy companies are preparing for long-term investments as the new government gets ready to introduce favorable regulatory initiatives to expand renewable energy infrastructure.

Source: Clean Technica

India Plans To Add 10,000 MW Wind Energy Capacity Every Year

Indian wind turbine manufacturers and project developers have been advised by the government to make efforts to increase annual capacity addition to five times its current level, a leading Indian newspaper has reported.

Source: Clean Technica

Supreme Court verdict on Coal block allocation may plunge future of power firms into darkness

In 1996, the promoter of a steel and power company walked into the coal ministry seeking supply from Coal India. He met a joint secretary who told him to consider getting a coal block allocation instead. At the end of three hours of a very convincing pitch by the joint secretary, the head of the private firm was ready to take the plunge and was confident that investing in a coal mine would augur well for his firm's future.

Source: Economic Times

State ministers to evolve strategy for a 'Clean India'

State ministers in charge of drinking water and sanitation will meet here Monday to undertake a review of the progress in the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and evolve a strategy for speedy implementation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mission of 'Swachh Bharat' (Clean India) by 2019.
The review meeting convened by the drinking water and sanitation ministry will also take stock of the "Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan" launched in the first year of the 12th five year plan and the factors behind its failure.

Source: Zee News

Goa takes bio-diversity conservation lessons from Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala, a pioneer in bio-diversity conservation, will now help Goa frame its own suitable policies in the field, said a Kerala government official Monday. 
Goa has sought the help of the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB). As the first step, the board's member secretary K.P. Laladhas spend two days in Goa where he held discussions with officials on how to go about it. 

Source: Zee News

Supreme Court pulls up Tata Power & Adani Power, says firms can’t seek higher tariff

Pulling up the power producers Tata Power Ltd and Adani Power, the Supreme Court on Monday said that the firms cannot seek higher tariff on account of adverse impact of the unforeseen and unprecedented escalation in the imported fuel prices after bagging contracts for supply of electricity to state discoms on the basis of tariff-based competitive bidding process.

Source: Indian Express

Water Woes Across Major Cities Underline the Need for Indian Industries to Adopt Sustainable Strategies

India is the second largest water consuming country in the world and is presently facing severe scarcity of water resources. The challenge for Indian industries is to find ingenious ways of handling water efficiently and disposing wastewater in a proper manner.

Source: Pollution Solutions