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Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 18, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 18 (starting April 30, 2012) 2012.

1. Delhi Zoo staff put on precautionary treatment

After the suspected anthrax death of a young male rhinoceros at Delhi Zoo last Friday, the authorities have closed the animal enclosure for public view and put 20-odd staff there on precautionary medical treatment.

2. Quietly flows the dirty, poisonous Yamuna

Have you felt nausea, difficulty in breathing, headache or dizziness while crossing the Yamuna on your way to work or while returning home?

3. Gases damage ACs in nearby areas

The fact that their house is situated near a river is no consolation in this torrid heat for those who have their abode near the Yamuna.

4. Dumping e-waste is illegal now

Starting Tuesday, it will be illegal to dump an old TV, mobile or laptop into the garbage bin or sell any of these to the local scrap dealer. Under the Electronic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, notified a year ago and effective from May 1, such waste must be routed to one of 73 authorised recyclers in India.

5. Environmentalists demand rejig of water accord to revitalise Yamuna

Environmentalists have claimed that only adequate flow of fresh water can redeem the “dead” Yamuna, for which it is imperative to renegotiate the 1994 water sharing agreement between riparian states.

6. Untreated ground water a serious health issue, says survey

A survey of 71 cities across the country conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has shown that officially 82 per cent of all the water that municipalities of these cities supply comes from surface water resources, and the rest comes from groundwater resources.

7. 1,500 km to a clean and green India

Every day for 30 days, Milind Soman is covering 50 to 60 km, not in a swanky car, but a trusty pair of running shoes. The actor-model will reach Mumbai on May 20, concluding a run that started from Delhi on April 20.

8. India to pump in Rs 2 lakh cr in 12th Plan to save climate

The fight against climate change will take a strategic jump in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) with the government intending to plough in almost Rs 2 lakh crore through the various missions, the working group on climate of the 12th Five-Year Plan has said.

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Aastha Kukreti
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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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