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Pitas shrimp project: WWF wants better EIA

Date of Release: 
Jan 31 2015

WWF-Malaysia has urged the Government to adopt best practices to improve the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) system to better protect the environment.

Noting the recent disagreements between three parties concerned with regards to the shrimp aquaculture development in Pitas, WWF-Malaysia believes that the cause of the disagreement goes beyond misunderstanding and miscommunication of the EIA review process.

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Thailand's NRC panel seeks creation of independent EHIA body

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2015

Thailand should create an independent body to tackle issues regarding environment and health impact assessments (EHIA), says the National Reform Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Some members are concerned the existing body which studies EHIAs cannot be impartial as it made up solely of state officials.

Hannarong Yaowalert, a member of the committee, told a forum on environmental reform yesterday that the proposed body must be independent of politics and state power.

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Thailand's NRC panel seeks creation of independent EHIA body

Date of Release: 
Jan 29 2015

Thailand should create an independent body to tackle issues regarding environment and health impact assessments (EHIA), says the National Reform Council's Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

Some members are concerned the existing body which studies EHIAs cannot be impartial as it made up solely of state officials.

Hannarong Yaowalert, a member of the committee, told a forum on environmental reform yesterday that the proposed body must be independent of politics and state power.

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Strengthening Indonesia's environmental safeguards

Date of Release: 
Dec 11 2014

Protecting the environment starts with policymaking as well as the development and design of projects. Environmental safeguarding tools can minimize hidden environmental costs and should be brought to the forefront of the environmental agenda by the new Environment and Forestry Ministry.

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Without passing a single law, Obama crafts bold environmental plan

Date of Release: 
Nov 28 2014

President Barack Obama could leave office with the most aggressive, far-reaching environmental legacy of any previous occupant of the White House. Yet it is very likely that not a single major environmental law will have passed during his two terms in Washington.

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Pollution control body asks civic bodies to set aside 25% of their budget for waste treatment

Date of Release: 
Jun 12 2014

To ensure that civic bodies in the state adhere to the 2015 deadline set by the Bombay High Court to set up functional solid waste treatment and processing facilities, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has written to all municipal corporations and councils, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), asking them to set aside 25 per cent of their budget for this purpose.

Less than a year for the deadline to lapse, only seven local bodies in the state have submitted an action plan for setting up a solid waste treatment and processing plant to the MPCB up to April.

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Development projects and environment will go together: Prakash Javadekar

Date of Release: 
Jun 15 2014

Union minister of state for environment Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said that there was no conflict between development projects and environment protection in India. He added that Narendra Modi led government will ensure that development is not halted because of environment clearance and environment is not damaged because of development projects.

Javadekar was speaking to reporters in Pune. When asked about fears expressed by environmentalists that Modi government was pushing for development projects without evaluating environment damages, Javadekar said that there were no such case.

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Phuket pollution raises tourism stink

Date of Release: 
May 4 2014

On April 25, the sea off Ban Bang Thao in Phuket’s Thalang district turned from emerald green to black, causing tourists to flee the beach.

Needless to say, this has the potential to spell doom for the resort province that depends so heavily on tourism.

It’s the second time in a month that the Bang Thao waters have become heavily polluted.

The first was reported during the Songkran period, when blackened water was seen from the shoreline stretching many metres out to sea.

That’s more than enough to ruin the reputation of the primary industry of this Andaman Sea tourism mecca.

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NGT slams MoEF and state governments for neglecting solid waste disposal

Date of Release: 
May 6 2014

National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bhopal bench has slammed Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF), Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan governments for not implementing municipal solid waste (MSW) rules framed in 2000 and for also not furnishing satisfactory replies in this regard.

Green panel has asked for personal appearance of principal secretaries of urban administration department from the three states and deputy secretary and above ranked officer from MoEF dealing with MSW rules to explain their stand before May 8, the next date of hearing.

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Anti-haze bill 'to be tabled later this year': S'pore minister

Date of Release: 
May 6 2014

A bill that penalises those responsible for causing transboundary haze will be tabled in Parliament by the second half of this year, Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said.

A draft of the proposed Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill was published in February for public consultation, and Dr Balakrishnan told The Straits Times in an interview yesterday that he wanted another round of consultations with those who had made suggestions.

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