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The Trade-offs

Jairam Ramesh

in Green Signals

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780199457526
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780199085255 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199457526.003.0003
The Trade-offs

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Can economic growth that is not environmentally benign be sustained? Using letters, public lectures, and speaking orders on key projects like Vedanta’s mines in Niyamgiri Hills, Navi Mumbai Ariport, SAIL’s Chiriya mines in the Saranda Forests in Jharkhand, this chapter stresses on balancing the present need for high growth with the impact and cost of ecological degradation. A balance that must be achieved through interventions to minimize, limit, and ameliorate adverse environmental impacts, hence the author’s three-way classification—’yes’, ‘yes, but’ and ‘no’—for clearing projects. Arguing that the share of ‘yes-but’ must increase, the author stressed that the conditions governing the go-ahead for projects should limit and minimize environmental damage without stifling and strangulating growth. The author makes the argument that economic growth that is environmentally not benign, growth that is ecologically not secure is not sustainable.

Keywords: economic growth; ecological degradation; environmental impact; yes yes, but and no–classification; Vedanta; Navi Mumbai Airport; SAIL; Chiriya; Saranda

Chapter.  26254 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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