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Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 14, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 14 (starting April 2, 2012) 2012.

1. Centre seeks Mangar report

The Centre has asked the Haryana government to furnish details on the status of protecting Mangar forest cover on the Gurgaon-Faridabad border.

2. Now, consumers junk Centre for Science and Environment report

Fast-food chains McDonald’s and KFC, and packaged food brands like Lay’s chips and Maggi noodles reported normal sales this weekend, despite a study on Friday alleging high levels of trans-fat, sugar and salts in their food on Friday.

3. India: Equity formula must for green targets

India will not agree to any greenhouse gas emission reduction targets without an equitable regime, the government has decided.

4. Choke on burning leaves: Panel takes note

If you are annoyed at the mess made by falling leaves along roads and in open areas, learn to deal with it. Even though burning of leaves is a punishable offence as it leads to air pollution, the environment department has expressed its helplessness at dealing with the issue immediately.

5. Despite ban, Aravali continues to be ravaged, CEC tells SC

Ravage of eco-sensitive Aravali hills for stones and construction material continues, despite the Supreme Court’s omnibus ban on mining and non-forest activity, the central empowered committee said in its report to the apex court on Monday.

6. Delhi’s vote for basic amenities

Candidates and political parties may make tall promises but in this municipal election Delhiites are very clear about what they want from candidates — better roads and cleaner surroundings.

7. Paved With Gold

The incredible speed with which residents of Delhi are withdrawing their subsoil water can be gauged from the fact that now they have to sink bore wells up to depths of 300 feet or more, whereas it was not difficult to find water at depths of 10-20 feet less than 50 years ago.

8. India’s e-waste output jumps 8 times in 7 years

India’s output of e-waste has jumped by eight times in the past seven years and the open yet illegal incineration of massive quantities of such trash may lead to serious public health hazards, a government report says.

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Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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  • Invite to the Screening of The Lost Forest of Mangarbani at IHC

    […] Media reports suggest that a large portion of this natural and sacred Mangarbani forest in Aravalli may pave way for a mega tourism complex spread over 500 hectares. A day after the Haryana government notified this Mangar Development Plan for the mega tourism complex, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) had written to the state asking stating that the plan should be stalled till the state prepares the district forest map. However, this may have only delayed the process and lot needs to be done to protect this sacred forests from becoming another lost green heritage. The documentary tries to address this concern so as to generate greater awareness on the issue. […]

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