Ficus elastica, Krishna Rau Park
Meanwhile in the Shah commission report on illegal mining in Goa,
"On going through the records available, it is noticed that MoEF (Environment Wing) has taken inconsistent and arbitrary stand while imposing specific condition for the mining leases though they are having the same parameters yardsticks while according Environmental Clearances under the EIA Notifications during the year from 2005 to 2010. Further, after imposing conditions, no action has been taken to follow up and for implementation of the conditions. Though this matter was in full knowledge of MoEF (Environment, Wildlife Wings) but the officers remain silent on the issue and permitted illegality to continue.”
The route to Nandi Hills is not really scenic anymore with too many construction activities - luxurious villas, resorts, golf course and what not. Scary to imagine how this place is going to look 5yrs from now. Of course, the falcon is coming!
"Exempted from environmental governance, small hydel projects can have and are having major impacts on communities and ecosystems. The Netravathi and Kumaradhara rivers have more than 44 small hydel projects planned bumper-to-bumper. But by a questionable omission in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification (2006), hydel projects less than 25 MW are exempt from environmental clearance. Hence, such projects require no EIA, public hearing or environment management plan, no matter how severe their impacts maybe. SANDRP has been writing to the Ministry of Environment and Forests with evidence of impacts, requesting these projects be brought under EIA Notification. We haven’t received any response.”
A beautiful house off DVG Road, Bangalore
"Performing Chhau is like writing poetry in space. As the goddess rides the lion and slays the demon, mythology, martial art and music blend into a colourful spectacle of unadulterated, rustic yet sophisticated and liberating form of entertainment. The elaborate, stylized and often vigorous movements of this dance form, originating in the eastern states of Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand, transport the viewer to the forests, recreating scenes of tribal warfare and tales from the animal kingdom. “
The NBA may have lost the battle it waged against the Sardar Sarovar Project. Yet its struggles made a considerable impact on popular consciousness. Had it not been for Patkar and her colleagues, the rights of those displaced by dams, factories, and highways would still be treated with a cavalier disregard in the press and by the urban middle class. Previously, those whose lands were taken over by public or private sector companies were paid a niggardly amount of money, which they were asked to take in the ‘national interest’. Because of movements such as the NBA, there is now a nation-wide debate on providing just compensation to those who lose their homes and lands to development projects.
All this was enabled, in turn, by that original report by the DU students. Many of the team that trekked through the valley in the monsoon of 1983 were members of Kalpavriksh, a body set up in 1979 that is still extremely active. With offices in Delhi and Pune, ‘KV’ (as it is affectionately known in the environmental community) has since done sustained, and very impressive work on a variety of issues — such as community conservation, the environmental impact of mining, urban ecology, and environmental education (for a sampling of their publications, seehttp://www.kalpavriksh.org/index.php/publications.html).
You can’t find the Western Scottish isle of Jura, a remote 141-square-mile mass of green and bog in the Atlantic’s Inner Hebrides archipelago, on Google Maps any longer. It’s name — thought to be derived from the Norse term for “Island of Deer” — and its single road now simply float in the middle of the pixelated ocean, unconnected to any actual geographic feature.
Rising seas have not swallowed the territory; its odd disappearance is merely a product of a data glitch somewhere on the computer giant’s servers. Locals first discovered that their remote island — which is 31 miles long and has lots of wilderness but only one real village — had fallen into the digital abyss at the beginning of July, according to an initial report from the Scottish press agency Deadline. Lisa McDonald, an employee of the Jura Hotel in Craighouse, a small hamlet on the eastern shores, confirmed to the outlet that, despite their digital absence, Jura-ians were still very much alive. “It’s definitely still here,” McDonald said. “I’m on it at the moment. We’re all safe and sound.” More than three weeks later, the coastline is still submerged.
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