Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 8, 2013

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 8 (starting February 18, 2013) 2013

1. Growth takes a toll on marsh lands in Jahangirpuri

Environmentalists will make a fresh attempt to save the ecologically sensitive marshes — a mix of wetland and grassland — in north Delhi’s Jahangirpuri from what they term “a concrete onslaught”.

2. Jal board to spruce up water tanker service

Delhiites can look forward to a relatively trouble-free tanker service this summer with the Delhi Jal Board planning to roll out GPS-enabled steel body tankers to replace its existing rickety fleet in about two-three weeks.

3. Govt to check water guzzling by top hotels

The trappings of luxury and comfort at Delhi’s five-star hotels don’t cost you money alone. In its endeavour to create the right mood and ambience, with lighting, air conditioning, pools and fountains, the hospitality industry is guzzling resources such as water and energy and polluting the environment like never before.

4. Arunachal apples losing taste due to climate change

Popular for its sweetness, apples produced in the Himalayan state of Arunachal Pradesh are now gradually losing their taste and even turning sour as a result of climate change.

5. More environment-friendly nutrient use could save $170bn a year

More efficient use of nitrogen fertilisers could cut annual consumption by 20 million tonnes, help the environment and save $170 million a year by the end of the decade, scientists said in a report on Monday.

6. Green buildings will go a long way in cooling our environment

Green buildings are a happy sign of the times, with a growing awareness on carbon emissions.

7. Don’t do mining at the cost of environment, says expert

A top official from the Indian Bureau of Mines  on Tuesday expressed concern over closing down of mines following irregularities by miners, citing the case of Karnataka and Goa as the recent examples of such closures.

8. For ‘plastic free’ Pongala

The State unit of WWF-India has urged Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to ensure that the festival of Attukal Pongala on February 26 is ‘plastic free’.

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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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