Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 52, 2014
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 22, 2014) 2014.
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.
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.
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.
The Cabinet on Wednesday approved promulgation of ordinance that will pave the way for e-rickshaws to be back on the capital’s roads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.