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A Peacock Welcome Dance for the Rain Gods!

A Peacock Welcome Dance for the Rain Gods!

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A peacock opens its feathers in Delhi to welcome the brief spell of showers that transformed the city weather overnight. Delhi has been facing more severe heat waves each summer and owing to several urbanization impacts such as the urban heat island effect, construction works, etc. The monsoon in the city is thus much awaited and its importance is felt even more each passing year. Water is indeed a limiting factor when it comes to sustaining urban development. Going by the drying of lakes and water bodies in and around the city, a successful south-western monsoon has thus become critical for survival. Image courtesy Dr. Faiyaz A. Khudsar Also Read: Burning Delhi Awaits the Delayed South-west Monsoon
Delhi Marked World Environment Day 2010 in Style

Delhi Marked World Environment Day 2010 in Style

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Having almost always taken pride in being one of the greenest capital cities in the world, and led by a green Chief Minister as well, Delhi took the lead again in celebrating 5th June as the World Environment Day (WED) 2010...in style! The Hon'ble Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit "kickstarted" the day by launching an electric vehicle rally from her residence in order to promote zero emission pollution free 'green transport' in the city. Supported by Hero Electric, a subsidiary of Hero Group, the rally saw participation from large number of people from all age groups.  From the CM’s Residence on Motilal Nehru Marg, the rally crossed Akbar Road, Shahjahan Road,  Aurangzeb Road, Samrat Hotel to reach the NDMC Commonwealth Garden where a token plantation  drive took place. What a day also
If Looks Could Kill: Beauty, Brand or Us?

If Looks Could Kill: Beauty, Brand or Us?

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Gucci heels, Dior sunglasses tucked on her head, an attractive lady gets off her newly bought black and shiny Bentley Continental GT and moves on to buy organic vegetables from the farmer’s market. Her next stop is the stationary store to buy recycled wallpaper as she shows her concern towards the environment. All this done, she remains oblivious to the fact that the luxurious car she has just bought is not only one of the top 10 most polluting cars according to the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) but is also completely defeating the purpose of her buying the eco-friendly materials. It is often assumed that brands offer the best quality. While this might be true to a certain extent, there are always dark sides to them, one of them being their environmental impact. Tech
All for Clean Air: The Suckers at Delhi Government

All for Clean Air: The Suckers at Delhi Government

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An outdoor air purifying system made by Italian company Systemlife and installed at Connaught Place by NDMC is symbolic of cluelessness that prevails in the higher echelons of the government. I returned home this morning, after an interview with a German researcher on Delhi government's climate initiatives, to find a newspaper report which made a perfect specimen for the central argument I tried to put across in the meeting -- the Delhi govt, just like its counterpart in the centre, has no clue what they are talking about, no clue about the scale of the climate crisis, what needs to be done and how ineffective will be their so-called plan. The newspaper report I'm referring to touted "CP’s air cleaner than before" because of an outdoor air purifier installed there for the last month
Vikalp: A Youth Forum for Social Change Calls for Applications

Vikalp: A Youth Forum for Social Change Calls for Applications

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UNESCO and The YP Foundation call for applications for a Youth Forum on Social Inclusion, to be held in New Delhi from the 13th to 16th of November 2009. The forum aims at promoting youth led dialogue and action in India, by bringing together young people from across the country to share best practices and examine strategies on how they can build youth action in an inclusive and cohesive manner. The Youth Forum aims to facilitate the active engagement of young people, by focusing on youth led community work in four specific issues of gender and sexuality, education, disability and HIV/AIDS. The four-day forum will bring together 32 young people who are implementing existing youth led community work in these four cross cutting areas. All expenses relating to travel, accommodation and
Introducing: New Legal Bio-Way to Cut Your Electricity Bill By 70%

Introducing: New Legal Bio-Way to Cut Your Electricity Bill By 70%

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Editor's Note: Guest post, cross-posted from IBNLive. Karma Paljor works with Network 18 and is the face of news on CNN-IBN. When not on TV, he can be found at an airport near you, remotely flying his planes over the Delhi sky! Election gone, subsidy gone. Like everything you will now have to pay more for power. In future, if things go this way, electricity will perhaps constitute about 40% or even more of your home operating costs. So, if you are one of those into heavy forward planning you will perhaps invest in non conventional modes of energy. I found this rather interesting piece of equipment that immediately helped me lower my electricity bill by over 70%. The best part is that I invested just under Rs 200; could have been cheaper had I bought it off the street. It's also br
Earth Day 2009 at Chacha Nehru’s House!

Earth Day 2009 at Chacha Nehru’s House!

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Moving the Earth....on her Day! (Launch of  Green Generation Youth & Delhi Environment Action Network) Earth Day 2009 was celebrated today by Development Alternatives (DA), Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) and the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) at the NMML with much energy and enthusiasm. Over 300 school children participated from over 20 schools that made the entire NMML come to life. Earth Day caps and T-shirts were distributed to students upon their arrival at the NMML and they were each given a group number. After a brief welcome address in the auditorium, the children were introduced to their group coordinators who took them to a pre-decided place, to carry out the respective activity that had been chosen by children. Everything from Nature Craft
Book Review: Trees of Delhi

Book Review: Trees of Delhi

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Following is a book review of the the much appreciated book Trees of Delhi - compiled by the well known Pradip Krishen - for the wo/man on the street in Delhi! The Book Review by Mr. Rajesh Thadani, Executive Director, Center for Ecology, Development & Research (CEDAR), New Delhi is a published work from Conservation & Society - and is presented here under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. The Online Journal can be accessed by clicking here. The Book Review can also be read here. Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide Pradip Krishen, Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide. Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, India. 2006. 360 pp. INR 799(Paperback). ISBN 0-14-400070-9. Pradip Krishen is not a taxonomist. Perhaps, that’s why his book makes taxonomy so interesting. The
Whither the Wilderness

Whither the Wilderness

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After having retired from advertising and marketing field, Mohan Pai is now working to generate awareness and sensitivity towards wildlife and environment. Based in Bangalore, he has also authored several books, viz. The Western Ghats, Mahadayi/Mandovi River Valley, Flight of the Gods - Hindu Temples & Shrines of Goa and The Elderly (published in 2002). Whither the Wilderness There was a time when meadow, grove and stream The earth and every common sight To me did seem Apparell'd in celestial light, The glory and freshness of a dream. It is not now as it had been of yore, Turn whereso'er I may, By night or day, the things which I have Seen I now can see no more." - William Wordsworth I am tempted to quote here an extract from Civil Original Jurisdiction I.A.No.670 of 2001. In Writ P