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July 2016 News Digest +  


Tamil Nadu farmers look for antidote as shrimp farms sting: Nagapattinam: It’s a transition that farmers think they can do without. With increased export revenue showering good luck on shrimp farmers in coastal Tamil Nadu, those who took up agricultural activities in nearby lands were stung by several issues. They claimed the shrimp farms polluted surroundings, leaving the fields saline. Plus they paid more money to labourers, leaving traditional farmers in a fix over how to find people for work.

'No penalty for violation of env norms in last 2 yrs' New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) The government did not impose any penalty for violation of environment and forest clearances in the last two years, Rajya Sabha was informed today. "No penalty was imposed by the Ministry for violating conditions of environment, forest, coastal regulation zone clearance in the last two years," Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply. He was asked whether the government has waived the penalty imposed on certain companies recently. The Environment Ministry had earlier this month termed as "incorrect" claims that Adani Port and SEZ Ltd (APSEZ) was spared a hefty fine of Rs 200 crore for environmental damage during construction of Mundra port and said it had imposed "more serious" responsibility on the firm without any cost limit. "The inference drawn by the news report is not correct.

The Gendered Politics of Disasters +  

 The Gendered Politics of Disasters

June 2016 News Digest +  

 June News Digest

May 2016 News Digest +  

 NEWS DIGEST - a collection of news published in May 2016

Mangroves in a Changing Climate +  

Mangroves in a Changing Climate

Heating Up +  

Prominent in the news now is coral bleaching, especially the almost 90% bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. That is the world’s largest coral ecosystem and is said to be home to over 600 different types of hard and soft corals and thousands of animal species, including threatened species. Documented by the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce (NCBT) in aerial surveys, observations of more than 500 coral reefs spanning 2,485 miles (4,000 kilometers) showed that the majority of reefs were undergoing extensive and severe bleaching. The concern is that a lot of the corals may not recover because of the duration of the event. The bleaching is because of the expulsion of algae by the corals that cohabit within them. If the temperatures drop soon, then the algae recolonize the coral. Else, the corals too die and soon, there is growth of other algae that simply smothers them.

April 2016 News Digest +  

Groynes at Kovalam May Eat Into Chennai's Beach Space CHENNAI:  In a blatant violation of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules, the State Fisheries Department has dumped large boulders to construct groynes into the sea at Kovalam. While the department on Friday halted the construction, which even includes a road across the Kovalam river mouth to facilitate lorry movement, experts fear that building of the groynes at Kovalam would mean erosion of the Chennai city’s beaches, which lie north of it, in the long run. The illegal construction, which was brought to light by local activists on Friday, had drastically altered the coastline at Kovalam by dumping large boulders to construct groynes into the sea without obtaining the mandatory clearances. This action, activist say, done without proper scientific thinking, would prove extremely counterproductive for people of Chennai in the long-run as the city beaches may witness rise in sea erosion, experts point out.

Trash in the Oceans +  



Every year, over 8 million tons of plastic is being deliberately dumped into the ocean. This is having catastrophic consequences for marine life and their habitat, not to mention the affect it is having on our beaches, coastlines and even our food chain. We are literally drowning in a sea of plastic. Researchers have found that there is roughly 46,000 pieces of plastic found per square mile of the ocean and these can come in all shapes and sizes. It takes roughly 400 years for plastic to degrade and even then it never fully disappears, it just breaks down into microscopic pieces that are mistaken as food by the smallest of marine creatures.

If you would like to learn more about ocean pollution and how it affects marine life, their habitats and mankind, then take a look at the fascinating infographic , created by the team at at 



Quiet Please! +  

We live in an increasingly noisy environment. Motorized vehicles on the road, many with loud noisy reverse signals, loud horns and poorly maintained bodies so that as they rumble along, they give off noisy vibrations, the pile drivers digging away into the earth as buildings are built, jackhammers in action as buildings come down. The whine of cutters as granite and marble sheets are cut…and add to that the music blared from parks (supposed to be for the walkers’ benefit, the loud noise from Bollywood and Tollywood ‘item numbers’ booming out from the sound systems in cars... the sources seem endless.

The most obvious impact of noise is raised voices. We have become loud talkers - just to overcome this background noise. It stresses people out- continuous exposure to noise can cause behavioural and emotional stress. Noise leads to increased heart-beat, constriction of blood vessels. Most important, it can lead to hearing loss, sometimes at particular frequencies which unfortunately correspond to our normal conversational sound levels.

Perhaps to solve this, we should move under water, suggested someone. After all, the sound of waves on the beach is always soothing and perhaps if you are able to live inside water, you can escape from all this noise. Surely all that you would have to listen to would be waves rolling and clicks of marine mammals? And even that would probably be muffled.

March 2016 News Digest +  

News Digest March 2016

Conservation of Coast Gets Least Priority at All Levels: “The outcome of implementing CRZ notification has been of no use to ecology or coastal communities spread across 73 districts in nine states,” reveals New Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research (CPR)-Namati Environment Justice (EJ) Programme in its first such study on functioning of the institution for coastal regulation in the country. “Conservation is a low priority at all levels,” said Meenakshi Kapoor of CPR, who was in the city to submit the study’s findings at a seminar on challenges of coastal governance in Karnataka organised in College of Fisheries.  She said on the Supreme Court’s  intervention, Coastal Zone Management Authority (CZMA) was formed to oversee implementation of CRZ at state and national levels in 1999.

How Kochi Is Strangling the Life Out of Its Mangrove Forests: Cross the Kalamukku Junction of the Vypeen road in Kochi and you are in the Cochin Port Trust area. That’s when you see the mangrove forests on either side of the road. Water-logged areas with several patches of land in between abound in these forests. Look closely and you can spot hundreds of withered trees completely shorn of all branches with not even a leaf on them. For those not familiar with mangroves, one is not sure whether this is how mangroves are supposed to look... are dry patches and atrophied trees part of such a marshy landscape?