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Dr. Govind Singh is Co-Founder of Delhi Greens organisation and the Editor-in-Chief of the Delhi Greens Blog.
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Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

Finally, Environment Ministry Learns the Difference Between Waste and Junk

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The citizens of India have long practiced the habit of reusing and recycling materials ranging from old mobile phones to old newspapers. The kabadiwallahs are a regular feature in most Indian urban colonies and residential areas and stacking of junk materials by citizens for selling it to the kabadiwallah is an as old Indian habit. However, and in spite of the above, the Rules for Hazardous Waste (the kind which makes good junk) Management in India have been such that they have not maintained any difference between Waste and Junk. And while it may not sound a very big deal, it is this very 'indifference' in the Government's understanding of the waste problem because of which Delhi has three overflowing mountains of waste, otherwise called landfills. But all that is about to chang...
Delhi No Longer Breathes in Free Air This Independence Day

Delhi No Longer Breathes in Free Air This Independence Day

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15th August marks the date when the struggle and supreme sacrifice of thousands of Indians led to the attainment of India's independence. Some like the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi took to Satyagraha and non-violence while others like Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose did not think twice before laying down their lives while protecting the pride and glory of Mother India. Delhi Greens salutes these brave sons of the soil who freed India from oppressing forces and taught us the valuable lesson of always keeping India first. Sixty eight years after India attained her independence, a new kind of oppression is now taking over the country. The worst hit by this oppression is the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. The citizens of Delhi can no longer ...
This Environment Day You Will Have to Do More Than Just Planting Trees

This Environment Day You Will Have to Do More Than Just Planting Trees

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If it was a regular Environment Day, I would have asked you to take a break from what you are doing to look at the image above. I would have then reminded you of the beautiful bounty of Mother Nature, and asked you to take a deep breath and let Nature rejuvenate yourself.  But wait, I cannot do that because the deep breath that you will take could impair your lungs beyond repair. It would also shorten your life span by a few days and put you at risk of a large number of pulmonary disorders. The World Environment Day is an annual celebration made on the 5th of June since 1972. On this day, individuals, organisations and governments remind themselves about the role of a healthy environment and cherish the bounty of Mother Nature. UNFORTUNATELY, Delhi has been devoid of that luxury
Anthropogenic Climate Change – An ‘Urban’ Reality Check

Anthropogenic Climate Change – An ‘Urban’ Reality Check

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Anthropogenic climate change can best be described as an abnormal increase in the global surface temperature due to emission of greenhouse gases by human activities. While the climate has been changing since the emergence of Planet Earth in the solar system, human activities in recent times have accelerated the pace of this change. It is now common knowledge that the concentration of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas (GHG), has consistently increased since the industrial revolution. Interestingly, what fueled the industrial revolution is precisely what is fueling anthropogenic climate change today. Coal, which is more popular as a thermal energy source or a fossil fuel, is actually excess atmospheric carbon dioxide which was captured and stored deep in the Earth’s crust throu
Urban Ecology & Ecosystem Inputs – Need of the Urban Era

Urban Ecology & Ecosystem Inputs – Need of the Urban Era

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The present century is witnessing a global urban transformation, which is rapidly ongoing. Urban centers became the drivers of economic growth in the post-industrial world. The economies of scale worked with large populations inviting synergy which has and continues to facilitate the urban growth process. Consequently, the twentieth century witnessed a massive urban transition so much so that at the turn of the century, the world urban population crossed the 50% mark [1]. In the present year of 2014, 54% of the world’s population is living in urban areas [2]. The first fourteen years of the twenty first century have therefore clarified that this century is going to be the epitome of the Urban Age. At the same time, urbanisation has now become an integral part and the central focus o
American Government Wakes Up to the Climate Crisis

American Government Wakes Up to the Climate Crisis

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In what may well prove to be a deal-breaker towards more meaningful climate negotiations, the Government of the United States of America has 'scientifically' conceded that climate change is happening and happening right now and that every American is affected by it. The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) report, which is the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information about regional climate change impacts, confirms that "climate change is not a distant threat — it's affecting us now." The report was released yesterday (6th May, 2014) and is followed by an announcement by President Obama of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change and lead international efforts to address global climate change. M
Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

Can Delhi Afford to Pollute This Diwali?

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The festival of Diwali marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The festival has always been an occasion for celebrating happiness, prosperity and well being of one and all. However, the situation in Delhi today is such that the celebrations revolving around this festival are becoming a threat to the health and well being of the society at large. Take, for example, the sweets which are manufactured and distributed specifically to meet the high demand during Diwali. The news of toxic laden ingredients as well as chemical treated dry fruits etc. becomes the talk of the town days before the onset of the festival preparations. The consumption of sweets and other eatables made from these ingredients leads to considerable loss of health and happi...
To Keep the Trees Alive, It’s Becoming A Struggle Against the Civic Agencies. Why?

To Keep the Trees Alive, It’s Becoming A Struggle Against the Civic Agencies. Why?

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Are the authorities themselves listening? Trees are a symbol of healthy ecosystem and the presence of large number of trees in any locality, town, district or city is an indicator of good health and prosperity. The Constitution of India provides for the Right to Life, which has also come to mean the Right to healthy environment. The latter can only be secured through maintaining existing trees and planting new ones. Yet, the various municipal and civic agencies in the NCT of Delhi continue to remain oblivion to the sorry state of concretized trees across India's National capital. It is most unfortunate to note that action for the protection of trees is coming only when concerned citizens are moving the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and urging the Court to ensure the protection of the tr...
All You Need to Know About GM Crops And Why You Should Care

All You Need to Know About GM Crops And Why You Should Care

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Save your Seeds from Becoming Biohazards: Join the March Against GMO (Click for more info) On the eve of the March Against GMOs, we present to you all that you need to know about Genetically Modified Crops. Any why you should care. Read on.. What is Genetic Engineering? The deliberate modification of the characteristics of an organism by manipulating its genetic material can broadly be defined as genetic engineering. Simply put, genetic engineering is the science of splicing a part of the genetic makeup of an individual from one species and inserting it into the genetic make up of an individual from another species across the species spectrum. While its very nature is debated on ethical & safety considerations,  the advent of genetic engineering in the field of medical scien
Science Express Biodiversity Special Now At Chennai

Science Express Biodiversity Special Now At Chennai

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan lighting the lamp to inaugurate the biodiversity exhibition as Science Express Biodiversity Special arrives at central railway station, in Chennai on July 27, 2013. AGM, Southern Railway, Sri G. Narayanan and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Shri. Shashi Shekhar are also seen.  
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