Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 24, 2013
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 24 (starting June 10, 2013) 2013.
There may be some respite from increasing power bills in the city soon. Delhi government’s environment department, which had done away with the subsidy it used to provide on installing solar water heaters, has now decided to reintroduce it although in a different way.
After being served a contempt notice by Delhi high court for the government’s inability to deliver any results on the issue of revival of water bodies, the environment department will be holding a meeting with all concerned agencies next week.
The Union environment ministry is expected to approve the K Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats and declare around 60,000 square kilometers of the southern hills, spanning across six states, as no-go area for mining, thermal power plants and heavily polluting industries.
Amid concerns over radiation from cell phone towers, government on Friday called for research proposals to study the possible impact of electromagnetic frequency radiation on humans and living organisms.
You had heard about non-biodegradable and green waste collection. But two housing societies in south Delhi’s Alaknanda area have collected about a tonne of e-waste during a drive launched on the occasion of World Environment Day last week.
They are afraid their homeland may disappear one day. Rising sea levels are pushing communities in Sunderbans to the edge and Mohammad Shahade Firdous and Fatema Sultana from Bangladesh are in Delhi to campaign for action against climate change.
India’s environmental and food security activists who have so far succeeded in stalling attempts to introduce genetically modified food crops into this largely farming country now find themselves up against a bill in parliament that could criminalize such opposition.
The environment ministry has revised fire-safety norms that linked the height of high-rise buildings to the width of streets, yielding to pressure from states and developers who have been citing it as hurdle to urban development.
Small hydro power projects which have mushroomed in Uttarakhand and elsewhere across India are not environmentally friendly as they are often made out to be and need regulations, experts said.
The environment ministry has proposed to partially outsource monitoring of clearances â€” given for millions of hectares of forests for industrial and other development activities â€” to private entities. It has also pushed for self-reporting by the industries of their compliance, or lack of it, with the norms stipulated while handing over forest land to projects.