By-Soumya Sarkar The trail of destruction left by Cyclone Amphan in eastern India has once again highlighted inadequacies in dealing with climate disasters that displace millions of people every year. Despite improvements in early warning systems and disaster response infrastructure, India and other countries in South Asia are still...
By-Manish Kumar Public health experts advocate for a long term study to understand the impact on the health of people, water bodies and plants after a gas leak on from an industrial plant in Visakhapatnam on May 7 claimed the lives of at least 12 people. Preliminary investigations have...
By- Mayank Aggarwal Severe protests from the villagers had led to the South Korean steel major POSCO abandoning its project in Odisha involving Rs 500 billion (Rs 50,000 crore) worth of investment. The forest clearance to the project was transferred last year to JSW Utkal Steel Limited. However, the people...
By-Sahana Ghosh A study of 44 large Indian cities suggests that urban areas are taking longer to shed heat, despite having greenery in surrounding rural or suburban areas. There is a slow and consistent increase in the background temperature of cities– a signature of human-caused global warming and local...
By-Mayank Aggarwal In the latest order, the Indian government’s environment ministry has now made re-grassing of mined-out areas a mandatory condition, among others, while giving green clearances to mining projects. The environment ministry direction came after the Supreme Court of India order which talked about restoring the mined land...
Blink News Network Bhubaneswar, Jan 23: A recent ranking of industries by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) on the levels of pollution control measures undertaken by them in the state claims that more than half of the industries in the state are laggard in managing pollution emanating from...
By-Sahana Ghosh Odisha needs to up its ante in health systems readiness in disasters as climate change contributes to an increase in extreme weather events, said experts and affected citizens. The focus is now on emerging issues and making health systems more inclusive to embrace a wider proportion of...
By-Pragati Prava Coastal communities in Odisha have not warmed up to the government’s cooking fuel scheme. Villagers said they collect twigs and fallen branches rather than cutting down trees and the scheme, that aims at curbing deforestation has no base. It instead distances them from the forest in exchange...
By-Manish Kumar Over a span of few days, thousands of trees from the forests around Talabira area in Odisha’s Sambalpur region have been cut down for a coal mining project. While villagers and local environmentalists claim that more than 40,000 trees have been cut, the local officials claim the...
By-Sonali Singh Balasore, Dec 25: Odisha is said to have been gifted with immense natural beauty. The long coastline, mountains, greenery and cultural heritage reckons the ancestry of the eastern state. However, with the rapid industrialization many of the natural resources and natural ecosystems are slowing been destructed to pave...