ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Plastic Pollution, Public Framings, and Plastic Burning

Engaging with Michelle Murphy’s regimes of perceptibility, we argue that framings of plastic pollution render certain dimensions of plastic pollution visible while eliding others, with adverse results on human and environmental health.

Green Capitalism and Growth

Growth for Good: Reshaping Capitalism to Save Humanity from Climate Catastrophe by Alessio Terzi, Harvard University Press, 2022; pp 368, $29.95.

Adaptation and Political Ecology

The discourse on environmental sustainability and political ecology raises several questions on material inequality, poverty, increasing population and disproportionate allocation of resources, but we often overlook the critical question of what we need to sustain and to what extent? The lack of financial resources and its constant interplay with the developmental goals of the states have created economic uncertainties and provided us with a solid rationale to not act on curtailing carbon emissions. However, the relevance of ecological sustainability compels us to move beyond the instrumental reasoning of materialistic economic goals and strengthen the discourse on prioritising the subsistence rights of poor and marginalised societies. There is no doubt that the unprecedented vulnerability and inadequate coping capacity of least developed nations cause massive damage and hinder the prospects for risk aversion strategies simply because they cannot bear the cost of implementing adaptation policies.

The Road Ahead for Environmental Impact Assessment in India

One of the most contentious changes proposed in the draft environmental impact assessment notification, 2020 in India is the circumvention of public consultations for the expansion of projects for up to 50% of their original capacity. Similar exemption from public hearing, albeit for 40% capacity expansion, has been permitted as a special case for the coal mining sector since 2017. The minutes of the meetings of the coal mining expert appraisal committee between August 2017 and January 2021, which reviewed the requests for coal mine expansion, are analysed herein. It was found that the expert appraisal committees had effectively sidelined the environmental- and non-compliance-related concerns and that the review and approval process was influenced by the pressure from external stakeholders with vested interests.

 

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