09 January, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
Prelims and Mains focus: about the judgement and its significance ; Mining and its harmful impact on the environment
News: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that mining lease holders should be held responsible for regrassing mined areas, so that biodiversity gets a second chance in these scarred landscapes.
About the Judgement
Environmental impacts of mining
Environmental issues caused by mining include erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water by chemicals from mining processes, and the effects persist for years.
An area which is mined results in complete elimination of grass, which in turn denies fodder to the herbivores. The only solution can be regrassing of such mined areas. It is not in dispute that regrassing technology is available in India.
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Source: The Hindu
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