Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 22, 2014) 2014.

1. Monkey scam brewing in Delhi: Maneka Gandhi

Over 1,000 monkeys may have died in Delhi’s Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary after pending bills stopped their food supplies earlier this month, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said on Thursday, terming the procurement of fruits and vegetables a Rs. 200 crore scam.

2. Officials rush with food, monkeys too weak to eat

It was 11.30am on Thursday when a battery of top government officials reached Asola-Bhatti wildlife sanctuary with a mini-truck full of fruits and vegetables.

3. Excise duty slash proposed for clean fuel vehicles

Giving a push to promote use of alternative and 100% clean fuel in transport, the road transport ministry is proposing major reduction in excise tax for vehicles using such fuel in the next budget.

4. Ordinance for e-rickshaws

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved promulgation of ordinance that will pave the way for e-rickshaws to be back on the capital’s roads.

5. RAIN HARVEST – Heads of 12 hospitals get NGT warrants

The National Green Tribunal has issued bailable warrants against medical superintendents of 12 hospitals in the city for not appearing before it on a plea seeking implementation of rainwater harvesting systems and for falsely claiming their systems are functioning.

6. NDMC plans to meet its power needs from waste

As part of the Smart City project, New Delhi Municipal Council plans to become energy-neutral–generating as much power as it consumes–by March 2016.

7. North India’s cities the most polluted, south’s cleanest- Air Quality Worsening Fog Problem

Almost all of the most polluted cities in India are located in the north with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan dominating the list, according to a WHO report on the most polluted cities in the world published earlier this year.

8. BAN INEFFECTIVE – 99% city veggie sellers use plastic bags: Study

The blanket ban on plastic bags in the city has proved a dud. A survey by Toxics Link, an environmental NGO, has revealed massive use of plastic carry-bags.

9. NGT dismisses contempt plea against Parrikar 

The National Green Tribunal has dismissed a contempt petition filed against former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is now the defence minister, for making several `sensational’ comments against the tribunal recently.

10. Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is ‘not melting’, says global warming expert

THE North and South Poles are “not melting”, according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought.

11. Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change

Over just a few decades in the mid-20th century, this small country chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of forest regrowth, trees now blanket more than half of Costa Rica.

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 22, 2014) 2014. 1. Monkey scam brewing in Delhi: Maneka Gandhi Over 1,000 monkeys may have died in Delhi's Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary after pending bills stopped their food supplies earlier this month, women and child development...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 22, 2014) 2014. <strong>1. <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/newdelhi/monkey-scam-brewing-in-delhi-maneka-gandhi/article1-1300446.aspx" target="_blank">Monkey scam brewing in Delhi: Maneka Gandhi</a></strong> Over 1,000 monkeys may have died in Delhi's Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary after pending bills stopped their food supplies earlier this month, women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said on Thursday, terming the procurement of fruits and vegetables a <span class="WebRupee"> Rs. </span>200 crore scam. <strong>2. <a href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/newdelhi/officials-rush-with-food-monkeys-too-weak-to-eat/article1-1300422.aspx" target="_blank">Officials rush with food, monkeys too weak to eat</a></strong> It was 11.30am on Thursday when a battery of top government officials reached Asola-Bhatti wildlife sanctuary with a mini-truck full of fruits and vegetables. <strong>3. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Excise-duty-slash-proposed-for-clean-fuel-vehicles-22122014011040" target="_blank">Excise duty slash proposed for clean fuel vehicles </a></strong> Giving a push to promote use of alternative and 100% clean fuel in transport, the road transport ministry is proposing major reduction in excise tax for vehicles using such fuel in the next budget. <strong>4. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Ordinance-for-e-rickshaws-25122014004040" target="_blank">Ordinance for e-rickshaws</a> </strong> The Cabinet on Wednesday approved promulgation of ordinance that will pave the way for e-rickshaws to be back on the capital's roads. <strong>5. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=RAIN-HARVEST-Heads-of-12-hospitals-get-NGT-27122014006026" target="_blank">RAIN HARVEST - Heads of 12 hospitals get NGT warrants</a> </strong> The National Green Tribunal has issued bailable warrants against medical superintendents of 12 hospitals in the city for not appearing before it on a plea seeking implementation of rainwater harvesting systems and for falsely claiming their systems are functioning. <strong>6. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=NDMC-plans-to-meet-its-power-needs-from-25122014003036%20" target="_blank">NDMC plans to meet its power needs from waste</a> </strong> As part of the Smart City project, New Delhi Municipal Council plans to become energy-neutral--generating as much power as it consumes--by March 2016. <strong>7. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=North-Indias-cities-the-most-polluted-souths-cleanest-28122014001134" target="_blank">North India's cities the most polluted, south's cleanest- Air Quality Worsening Fog Problem</a> </strong> Almost all of the most polluted cities in India are located in the north with Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan dominating the list, according to a WHO report on the most polluted cities in the world published earlier this year. <strong>8. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=BAN-INEFFECTIVE-99-city-veggie-sellers-use-plastic-24122014006036" target="_blank">BAN INEFFECTIVE - 99% city veggie sellers use plastic bags: Study</a> </strong> The blanket ban on plastic bags in the city has proved a dud. A survey by Toxics Link, an environmental NGO, has revealed massive use of plastic carry-bags. <strong>9. <a href="http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=NGT-dismisses-contempt-plea-against-Parrikar-23122014015016" target="_blank">NGT dismisses contempt plea against Parrikar</a> </strong> The National Green Tribunal has dismissed a contempt petition filed against former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who is now the defence minister, for making several `sensational' comments against the tribunal recently. <strong> 10. <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/548516/North-South-poles-not-melting-Dr-Benny-Peiser" target="_blank">Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is 'not melting', says global warming expert</a> </strong> THE North and South Poles are "not melting", according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are "much more stable" than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. <strong>11. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/24/science/earth/restored-forests-are-making-inroads-against-climate-change-.html?_r=0%20" target="_blank">Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change </a></strong> Over just a few decades in the mid-20th century, this small country chopped down a majority of its ancient forests. But after a huge conservation push and a wave of forest regrowth, trees now blanket more than half of Costa Rica.

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