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Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

Floodplain Encroachment: Commonwealth Games’ Irreversible Damage to Delhi’s Sustainability

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Satellite image of River Yamuna and its floodplain (in lean period) clearly shows the encroachment that may have intensified floods in Delhi this year If you think the massive traffic jams, national shame, broken infrastructure that crumbles even as it is being constructed and the caving in of roads are all the direct impacts of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that we are facing as citizens of Delhi, there is more to it that got overshadowed amidst it all. And these are impacts that may keep returning to plague Delhi long after the Games are over. If you are among the people whose houses got flooded this monsoon and think it is the incessant rains because of which the Yamuna became so swollen and caused the damage, there might be more to it that you should know. Predictions had already b...
Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

Before the Games, It’s Time Now for the Great Indian Blame Game

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As if it was ceremonial and a thing of pride for self and the country, Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010 Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi reportedly owned up the responsibility of the CWG mess yesterday by stating, "As the Chairman of the Organising Committee I will take all the blame. There is no issue about that." While only a few weeks back, there was 'no issue' to worry for the nation was assured it will witness 'better than Beijing' Games, that was not how Mr. Kalmadi's statement ended. Neither is it the end of the story for Mr. Kalmadi concluded it with, "But I wish that the venues were handed over to me earlier." With this, the great Indian blame game, already on for quite some time, only got more interesting for the 'spectators' who have everything from national pri...
Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

Elephant to Become India’s National Heritage Animal

Green Alert
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) recently released a Report of the Elephant Task Force (ETF) and announced the setting up of a National Elephant Conservation Authority (NECA) along with declaring the elephant as a National Heritage Animal. The specialized ETF was previously set up by the Ministry under the Chairmanship of Dr. Mahesh Rangarajan to address the problems related to the Asian elephant. The report calls for giving the elephant its due pride of place and its conservation, the same degree of visibility and importance as is given to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). India has some 3,500 elephants in captivity. The conflict between humans and elephants kills almost 400 people each year mostly killing people who die protecting their crops and a...
Independent Review of IPCC’s Working Completed

Independent Review of IPCC’s Working Completed

Green Alert
And Daily Telegraph apologizes to Dr. R.K. Pachauri The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is an interdisciplinary and intergovernmental body comprising 194 participating countries which mobilizes scientific experts from around the world to carry out assessments of global climate science based on available relevant literature. Along with the climate crusader Al Gore, the IPCC was the joint winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. The IPCC came under the line of fire last year after mistakes were reported in its assessment report on the scale and impacts of global warming - a claim that at current pace of emissions the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035. This piece of information was picked by a report published by the popular charity World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and...
Preparing to Reintroduce the Cheetah in India

Preparing to Reintroduce the Cheetah in India

Green Alert
Once upon a time, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)--the fastest land animal on the planet and a flagship species of the deciduous dryland/grassland ecosystem--roamed the Indian sub-continent in several thousands.  The Asiatic Cheetah (a different sub species from its African cousin) was also known as the hunting leopard, and were kept by kings and princes to hunt gazelle. The word 'cheetah' itself is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘citrakāyah’, meaning “speckled”. The Moghul Emperor Akbar is believed to have kept 1000 cheetahs. In 1947, as India awoke to life and freedom, the Maharajah of Surguja in eastern Madhya Pradesh, shot dead what were later known to be the last three wild cheetahs in India. There remained a few cheetahs in different zoos of India after that all of which died
Opening for Environment Trainer at I-Dream

Opening for Environment Trainer at I-Dream

Green Jobs
I-dream is an environment education initiative for schools and school students. Set up in 2008, I-dream works in the field of environment education, energy conservation and waste management. The organisation is currently looking for an environment trainer to conduct environment education courses with students of class VI to X in schools in Delhi. The details are as hereunder: Job Profile Understand the content developed by I-Dream team Deliver workshops/ sessions in schools as per the time table for students of classes VI to X Manage and handle various environment initiatives happening in the schools Other Details The trainer would be handling two schools located in Delhi (North-West Delhi) The time of work would be from 7:30 AM till 2:00 PM Candidate Profile ...
CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

CM Shiela Dixit Launches Online Youth Portal

Green Alert
With an objective of mobilizing the Delhi youth and involving them under the existing Bhagidari scheme of the Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Chief Minister Shiela Dixit recently launched YouthPortal.in. With "connect for change" as its punchline, the portal is a socio-entrepreneurial venture aiming to connect young ideas for social change through the Internet. The Bhagidari initiative, started by Hon'ble Chief Minister has constantly endeavored to promote citizen's partnership in governance. It has over the years grown from 20 Citizen Groups to more than 2300 as of today. With the launch of the portal, in partnership with The Electronic Youth Media Group, the CM believes that, "the city's youth can collaborate their ideas online for enabling change on ground and continuously work towards improv

What Monsoon Means? Down to Earth Editorial by Sunita Narain

Green Alert
There is one being-Indian-thing, which spans the urban-rural and the rich-poor divide: our annual watch and wait for the monsoon. It begins every year, without fail as heat climbs and the monsoon advances. The farmers wait desperately because they need the rain at the right time to sow their crops. The city managers wait because by the beginning of each monsoon period, the reservoirs that supply water to cities are precariously low. All of us wait, in spite of our air-conditioned living, for the relief rain brings to the scorching heat and dust. This is perhaps the only time when the entire country is one in desperation. It cannot exhale till it rains. But even as I write this several questions come to my mind. How much do we really know about this phenomenon so important in every India...
Showing the Way for Solar Energy Business in India

Showing the Way for Solar Energy Business in India

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The two days solar training conducted by Tra  International Ltd. at India Habitat Center and supported by Delhi Greens, concluded as a challenge for all those who attended the workshop. The training witnessed as many as 33 delegates from various industrial sectors, who came under one umbrella of concern, responsibility and the challenge to make a mark in solar business and entrepreneurship and lead the green energy market. Tra  International Ltd., a growing solar energy consultancy firm, organized its 3rd workshop this year on solar energy to advocate the idea that investment in training for the right audience with the right content and delivery mechanism can be one of the single most significant factor in the success of a transition to Solar Technology. Day one started with a casua
MoEF Invites Enteries for Best Environment Books in Hindi

MoEF Invites Enteries for Best Environment Books in Hindi

Green Alert
The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has, under its Medini Puraskar Yojana for promoting writing of books originally in Hindi on Environment and related subjects, e.g. Forests, Wildlife, Pollution and Water Resources, etc. invited entries from Indian authors for the year 2009. Books published between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2009 and containing at least 100 printed pages would be accepted for consideration for awards. The prizes for the first, second and third best books are Rs. 31,000/-, Rs. 25,000/- and Rs. 20,000/- respectively. A consolation prize of Rs. 15,000/- has also been allocated for the next best entry. Any book which has already received an award, subsidy or any financial assistance under any similar scheme operated by the Govt. or any other organizati...