Nov 21, 2008
Smokers Dying Younger - What If Non-smokers Are Also Dying Younger

Approximately half the world’s population and up to 90% of rural households in developing countries still rely on unprocessed biomass fuels in the form of wood, dung and crop residues. These are typically burnt indoors in open fires or poorly functioning stoves. As a result, there are high levels of air pollution to which women, responsible for cooking, and their young children, who mostly stay with their mother during the cooking hours, are most heavily exposed.

Nov 17, 2008
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Dialogue Project

Dear TAI Partners,

In December of 2007, the US EPA launched a National Dialogue on Access to Environmental Information in order to enhance the format and quality of information on EPA’s website. The Dialogue involved the EPA speaking with a wide range of people, such as industry representatives, education professionals, state and local environmental and public health professionals, news media representatives, and environmental and community groups, to learn of the challenges individuals face when accessing environmental information on EPA’s website.

Nov 14, 2008
National Campaign for TAI Assessment in Macedonia.

I would like to inform you that from 12.11.2008 to 23.11.2008 Florozon succeeded in conducting the National Campaign for TAI Assessment in Macedonia. The campaign will be realized through a radio spot and the distribution of informative materials in the centre of Skopje. The radio spot is of educational character. It is presented on national level and its aim is to introduce the three types of rights for access to information, public participation and access to justice to the public.

Oct 30, 2008
India’s Environmental Impact Assessment Process & Failure to Protect the Yamuna River from the Thirst of Development

The Environmental Impact Assessment Notification of 2006 (amended in July 2004 to incorporate new and expansion/modernization projects; originally enacted in 1994) under the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986 requires that a scheduled list of projects and activities must provide for public consultations and receive prior environmental clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the environmental arm of India’s Central Government. However, there are blatant loopholes in this spineless attempt to prioritize the welfare of the environment over the continuous blossom of construction for the sake of economic development.

Oct 17, 2008
New WRI publication - Good governance in the U.S. executive branch

How will the United States’ President-elect run his administration? The answer to this question will have direct impacts on the American people’s health, safety and the quality of their environment.

Oct 17, 2008
Memo on Access to Information Laws

Professor Svitlana Kravchenko has written a memorandum on access to information laws, especially dealing with access to environmental information. The memorandum is a pointer to the state of the art in access to environmental information laws.

Oct 9, 2008

In a rare instance, the District Court of Raigarh on 17-9-2008, in the Central Indian State of Chhattisgarh, stayed the proposed Public Hearing for seven projects which included thermal power plants and steel plant expansion projects on the ground of non compliance with the procedure stipulated under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification.

Oct 8, 2008
Memo on Freedom of Association

Carlos Ponce has written a Memo on the Freedom of Association. It serves as a resource for the various restrictions placed upon NGOs (CSOs) around the world, laws and regulations that protect NGOs, and guidelines to NGOs and activists on how to persevere in their objectives despite operating within corrupt or militant regimes.

This Memo can be found on the Resources page:

Oct 8, 2008
Environmental and Social Assessment Memo

Robert Goodland has written an Informative Memo about Environmental and Social Assessments (ESAs).

It details the essential elements of ESAs and also introduces new trends and components to the ESA, such as Climate Change and Sustainability Assessments.

The Memo can be found on the Resources page:

Oct 8, 2008
India's first 'Referendum" on an Industrial Project ?

In a very first in terms of public participation in environmental decision making, the State/Provincial Government of the western Indian State of Maharashtra organized on 22nd of September 2008 a Referendum in District Raigad for deciding the fate of the new Special Economic Zone.

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