Pollution control body asks civic bodies to set aside 25% of their budget for waste treatment

To ensure that civic bodies in the state adhere to the 2015 deadline set by the Bombay High Court to set up functional solid waste treatment and processing facilities, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has written to all municipal corporations and councils, including the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), asking them to set aside 25 per cent of their budget for this purpose.

Less than a year for the deadline to lapse, only seven local bodies in the state have submitted an action plan for setting up a solid waste treatment and processing plant to the MPCB up to April.

Abbott government strips environmental legal centres of federal funding

Australia's environmental legal centres have lost their federal funding in a move that could see the closure of some of the nine offices around the country.

The federal government has immediately cut an estimated $10 million boost over four years quietly given to Environmental Defender's Offices in the dying days of the former Labor government.

The government is also planning to end a long-standing annual payment – which for all but one office was around $90,000 – from July 1, meaning the legal centres will no longer receive any federal funding from mid-next year.