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Author: Aastha Kukreti

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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Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 32, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 32 (starting August 5,  2013) 2013 1. Where do the children play? Children, irrespective of their sex, religion and nationality, have a right to play in a safe environment in their neighbourhoods. 2. Inspection team likely to visit Gautam Budh Nagar sites today With the young IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal bringing into focus the menace of illegal sand mining which thrives under alleged political patronage in Uttar Pradesh, the Union ministry of environment and forest has decided to take stock of the situation by sending a team of officials at the site in Gautam Budh Nagar district. The visit is likely to occur on Tuesday. 3. Illegal mining depleting groundwater, experts say Large-scale illeg

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 31, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 31 (starting July 29,  2013) 2013 1. 617 Indian sanctuaries get just Rs 1 lakh each per month How's this for skewered priorities: Over 617 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that are home to several critically endangered species like the Great Indian Bustard and the Snow Leopard get a mere Rs 75 crore or Rs 1 lakh each per month, on an average, while the 43 reserves for the big cat get a whopping Rs 165 crore. 2. Most sand mining in NCR illegal: Activists Sand mining in Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Faridabad (Haryana) and Delhi is illegal as no environment impact assessment (EIA) has been done on such activities in these states. 3. ‘Upright’ suspended IAS officer Durga just wanted to preserve envi

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 30, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 30(starting July 22,  2013) 2013. 1. Badly planned Delhi offers wrong travel choices Transport contributed almost half of the carbon dioxide in the city and if nothing is done about it, then the gas emissions will rise by a massive 526% by 2030, says a study by Delhi IIT. Experts also say that Delhi government's focus on car-centric infrastructure in the form of flyovers and signal-free corridors, is adding more vehicles on the roads. 2. Major roads in Delhi to have tree canopies along them: Sheila Dikshit Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said her government will develop tree canopies along various roads in the national capital to give an aesthetic look to the areas and also provide shelter t
Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Voluntary GHG Reporting Programme in India

Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Voluntary GHG Reporting Programme in India

Corporate Greening
Ford: Going Green with Every Launch The Ford Motor Company took yet another major step towards helping stabilize global carbon dioxide emissions by becoming the first automaker to join a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programme recently established in India. The company already participates in similar programs in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Becoming the first automaker participant in the India programme on voluntary GHG emission reporting is a step further in establishing  Ford’s leadership corporate sustainability in the country. Ford has set a goal for itself to reduce CO2 emissions from its global facilities, including two in Chennai, by 30 percent per vehicle by 2025. The voluntary reporting of GHG will provide an overall transparency

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 29, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 29 (starting July 15,  2013) 2013. 1. DDA unable to install scanners at Mayapuri The Delhi Development Authority, two months after the National Green Tribunal ordering installation of scanners in the Mayapuri junkyard in west Delhi to ensure that no radioactive substances are stored, has conceded that it does not have the know-how to do the job. 2. Dumping on along Yamuna; Green Tribunal wants police presence Despite orders by the national green tribunal to stop dumping of debris along the Yamuna and to remove what has already been thrown there, local commissioners appointed by the court informed it on Wednesday that debris are still being dumped, especially at the Geeta Colony site. 3. No counci

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 28, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 28 (starting July 8,  2013) 2013. 1. Conflict of interest alleged in deciding fate of trees Govind Singh, director of NGO Delhi Greens, said, “The tree officers are from Indian Forest Service and are well trained in protecting trees. The transfer of power to the environment secretary (an Indian Administrative Service officer) does create doubts regarding the government’s intent and also raises a valid question of conflict of interest.” 2. Fate of elevated road project to be decided on July 23 On the direction of the tribunal, the petitioner got an EIA study done by NGO Delhi Greens. “The study has been placed on record. It’s a 3.3-km stretch. We did not find any EIA done through proper channel. It’s

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 27, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 27 (starting July 1,  2013) 2013. 1. National Green Tribunal asks UP govt to clarify on pollution by waste plant Adding a new dimension to the case related to pollution caused by the Okhla waste-to-energy plant, the National Green Tribunal on Friday has directed the UP government to verify claims of that emissions from the Delhi plant are adversely affecting environment and wildlife of Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida. 2. In Delhi, sparrow is nobody's bird Their chirps are getting fainter. Even 11 months after the state government declared the endangered sparrow Delhi's first state bird, it has failed to spend any money on its conservation. 3. Action plan on air pollution soon After several delays, Del
Landmark NGT Ruling for Government Agencies: Deconcretize Trees or Go To Jail!

Landmark NGT Ruling for Government Agencies: Deconcretize Trees or Go To Jail!

Green Alert
Visiting the Good Green Court: Aastha Kukreti of Delhi Greens along with DG summer interns outside the Hon'ble NGT All roads led to the Hon'ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) today morning as the Court remained full of environmental activists, environmental journalists and lawyers representing various public and private agencies. The proceedings of the Hon'ble NGT were like music to the ears of anyone concerned for protecting the environment since all the green wrongdoing was being highlighted and quashed. Among several cases like the ones exposing fraudulent Environmental Impact Assessment reports, clearing of waste from the Delhi Ridge etc, the case of deconcretisation of Delhi trees was also taken up today. The case (filed by Aditya Prasad & others) has been filed against all

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 26, 2013

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 26 (starting June 24,  2013) 2013. 1. Delhi: residents approach green tribunal to save trees Fed up with non-responsive authorities, a bunch of alert residents on Wednesday approached the National Green Tribunal to save about 2,500 trees from being felled for an elevated road in north Delhi. 2. NGO protests concretisation around Ghaziabad trees A voluntary organization launched a protest here on Sunday against concretisation of areas around trees along streets and in residential areas, and claimed this would cause serious ecological imbalance. 3. Experts slam Jal Board’s water testing parametres Water and health experts have raised doubts about Delhi Jal Board's  claim of supplying pure water,
NGT Stays Felling of Over 3000 Trees along Vikaspuri-Meera Bagh Road

NGT Stays Felling of Over 3000 Trees along Vikaspuri-Meera Bagh Road

Green Alert
Delhi Transport Infrastructure Advisory: Slow down, don't rush so fast. If you upset Nature, your "development" won't last. The Honorable National Green Tribunal (NGT) today stayed the felling of over 3,000 trees in Delhi which were to be cut for giving way to an elevated corridor. The case, filed by Dr. P.C. Prasad, Aditya N. Prasad and R.L. Mahunta, is not so much about stopping 'development' but for ensuring adequate planning and sustainable development of Delhi city. Members of Delhi Greens were also present during the hearing to provide their inputs and ensure the prevention of ad hoc felling of trees in Delhi. The Elevated Road Project for which the trees are being cut is being undertaken by the Public Works Department, GNCTD and has already commenced work along the Vikas P...