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  Dear Subscriber,  
  One of the most undesirable outcomes of economic development is increased consumption, which, in turn, leads to the generation of urban waste. Today, safely disposing municipal solid waste (MSW) is one of the biggest global challenges. For India, it’s a matter of greater concern because waste management is one of the neglected areas, which is resulting in the emergence of massive landfills on the outskirts of our cities.  
  Today, India generates about 1.6 lakh tonnes of MSW every day, most of which ends up in landfills. As this toxic waste decomposes, it releases noxious fumes into the air that we breathe and harmful chemicals leach into the soil and ultimately dissolve in groundwater. The irony is that despite plenty of laws and regulations, waste management never seemed to be a priority area for our administrators and lawmakers.  
  In our two-part cover story, we have deeply analysed this mega problem and how to develop mitigating solutions. But one thing is certain, the government needs to pay urgent attention to this vital matter and come up with long-term strategies for recycling as much MSW as possible. Recycling also makes economic sense because it will spur the circular economy.  
  The decision of the government to ban single-use plastic (SUP) items from July 1 is a welcome step in the direction of curbing plastic pollution but according to our analysis, it will have a marginal impact because use of SUP is far more pervasive than the 21 items that have been banned. It is, therefore, essential to find ways to recycle all types of plastic items to prevent them ending up in landfills or our rivers and oceans.  
  In this issue, we have also turned our attention to one of the most inhuman and demeaning practices in our society: manual cleaning of sewers and septic tanks. Despite being legally outlawed, hundreds of poor people are pushed into doing this hazardous job, which invariably results in loss of life due to inhalation of poisonous gases.  
  Another area of concern is the slow progress in achieving the targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the past couple of months there have been two disconcerting reports that make it clear that if countries don’t get into mission mode, the SDGs are headed for failure by 2030.  
  Please browse through the round-up of Tatsat Chronicle newsletter till August 15, 2022.  
Top Story : Raising A Stink
India has a massive urban waste management problem, which has been hobbled by the lack of accurate and timely data and strategies to safely dispose 1.41 lakh tonnes of garbage generated daily, which poses a serious threat to the health of the people and the environment. The ugly reality is that waste management was never a priority area for our administrators, despite having a host laws and regulation. It has always been marred by weak implementation of the regulations
Deep Dive:Death of the Invisible
Every few months, deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning sewers and septic tanks make the headlines. But after customary condemnation of this inhuman practice for a few days, they become invisible until the next death. And the cycle repeats. Isn’t it essential to call time on this hazardous profession that is rooted in casteism?
Sustainability : SDG’s Headed For Failure
Two recent reports and other supporting data point towards the largescale failure of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to deliver substantial change on the ground. It’s true that they have become a part of global discussion, but transformative change has eluded us so far as we approach the halfway mark since adopting the framework
Feature : A Ban And Many Questions
The ban on select single-use plastic items that came into effect from July 1, though welcome, leaves numerous issues unaddressed regarding plastic pollution. To what extent this ban will have an impact on the environment remains questionable in the absence of an organised disposal system that can recycle discarded plastic from other sources
TN Govt to Use AI to Prevent Elephant Deaths Due to Train Accidents
The Tamil Nadu Forest Department is planning to deploy an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to prevent the death of elephants due to train accidents on the tracks between Madukkarai and Walayar in the Coimbatore district
Industrial Output Grew 12.3% in June, Retail Inflation in July Falls to 6.71%
India’s industrial output grew 12.3% in June, moderating from 19.6% this May, led by a 16.4% uptick in electricity and 12.5% growth in manufacturing
Higher Emission Reduction Targets will Help India’s Fossil Fuel Giants, Suggests IEEFA’s Study
A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) on Wednesday said robust decarbonisation plans that align with climate science-based net zero targets will be critical to mobilising this rising tide of sustainable finance
To Meet Paris Agreement, India Need to Quadruple Its Climate Finance: Study
The Climate Policy Initiative (CPI India) issued the latest report on India’s first attempt to track green investment flows, which fall far short of the country’s current needs for its ambitious climate goals
India’s Forest Cover Increases 21,762 Square KM in last 10 Years, Forest Survey of India
Ashwini Kumar Choubey told the parliament that, According to ISFR 2021, the total forest area of the country is 7,13,789 km2 or 21.71% of the country’s geographical area
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