What’s New – 2014

December 2014

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1 Violations in Ken Betwa EIA and Public Hearing 1
2 First India Rivers Week Successfully Concluded 7
3 Lessons from Farakka 8
4 Can Marathwada afford to undertake sugarcane crushing? 16
Critique of HLC Report on Review of Environment Laws
6 HLC Report: A Climate Blind Assessment 24
7 Celebrating Koel Karo Resistance 26
8 Dr. Latha Anantha,CPSs and RRC: For the rivers to flow 29
9 Headwater Extinctions – Impacts of  hydropower projects on fish and river ecosystems 32

November 2014

October 2014

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1 Why is the IIT Consortium acting like a hydropower lobby? 1
2 National Green Tribunal’s Fourth Foundation Day: Why such a pro hydro bias? 7
3 Dibang ‘Insensitivity’ Analysis 10
4 “Strengthen and not dilute Environment Laws” 12
5 MoEF&CC discourages Additional Studies during Environmental Clearance 15
6 Massive Impacts of Ramganga Project 18
7 Narmada Estuary needs protection 20
8 Local Initiatives for drought-proofing Maharashtra 25
9 Rupin HEP okayed despite problematic EIA 29
10 Appeal to revoke the unjustified decision to increase SSP Dam height 31

September 2014

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1 Manipulating Environment & Forest Clearances for Dibang Project: A Deja vu of LSHP: Will it be a tragedy or a comedy? 1
2 Review of environment laws is necessary but the TSR Subramanian HLC lacks credibility 11
3 J and K Floods: How much of the disaster was man made 14
4 Yettinahole Diversion Project DPR: New Avtaar, Old Problems 17
5 Riverfront Development in India: Cosmetic make up on deeper wounds 22
6 Varanasi’s Ganga Wastewater Management: Why has it remained such an Intractable Problem? 26
7 A Photo Essay on the impacts of blasting & tunneling for hydropower projects in Chamba & Kinnaur districts in Himachal Pradesh 31

June 2014

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1 Scope of this contribution: an introductory note 1
2 The Canvas of Gangetic River Fisheries 2
2.1 Geography of the Gangetic Basin 2
2.2 The Fisheries Calendar 3
2.3 Habitats for river fisheries 4
2.4 Fish Diversity in the Gangetic Basin 5
2.5 State of riverine fisheries of the Gangetic basin 6
2.6 Fishing Communities 8
3 Large dams, flow regulation and Gangetic basin fisheries 11
3.1 Impacts of dams on river flows and fisheries 11
3.2 Downgrading of fisheries 14
3.3 Fish declines and changing practices 16
3.4 Problems with invasive alien fish species 17
4 A critical review of mitigation measures 17
4.1 The monsoonal fishing ban 17
4.2 Fish ladders and hatcheries 17
4.3 Fisheries co-operatives: a vestige? 20
4.4 Riverine protected areas: new grounds for conflicts with fisheries 20
4.5 Compliance of fishers towards biodiversity conservation 21
4-6 River restoration and alternative livelihoods 21

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

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International Day of Action for Rivers: Shalmala River Protection Rally 1
Examplary Fraud in environmental governance! Sonthi LIS in Karnataka 4
Veerappa Moily supports foundation stone laying of Yettinahole Diversion Project 7
Maharashtra farmers face impacts of hailstorms and State’s ‘Inaction’ Plan on Climate Change 9
Bahut kathin hai dagar panghat ki; ab kyo bhar lau pipe-link se ye mataki…. 13
Chinki Major Irrigation Project on Narmada 21
Cumulative Impact Assessment of Siang Basin in Arunachal Pradesh 24
New Publication from SANDRP: Report on Unjustified Dams for Mumbai Metro Region 32

February 2014

January 2014

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Is Environment just a political football for the NDA and UPA? 1
Muck dumping by damaged Vishnuprayag HEP in River 3
Possible explanation for Seti River flood of Nepal in May 2012 4
Visit to Fish ladder at Kurichu HEP in Bhutan 9
Court Order on India-Pak Kishanganga dispute on E-flows 14
Water Sector Review for India for 2013 18
Water Sector Review for North East India for 2013 20
Water Sector Review for Maharashtra for 2013 23
Notice to GVK project over damage to Uttarakhand town 28
Illegal Public Hearing of Lower Siang HEP Called Off 29
US Congress Opposes Financial Support for Large Dams 30
Dam Removal & Cancellations in Vietnam, Spain and US 31
Short film on Uttarakhand disaster: Flood Ravage and the Dams 32