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Is This the Main Cause of Air Pollution in Delhi?

Is This the Main Cause of Air Pollution in Delhi?

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A Picture Worth A Thousand Words: Google Earth image showing a green West Kidwai Nagar (an original Government colony in Delhi) on the left and the redeveloped East Kidwai Nagar "Project" of the MoHUA on the right. Where is the compensatory afforestation? Of the many things Delhi is famous for, the most spacious are its Government colonies located in New Delhi. These include residential areas such as Lodhi Colony, Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, parts of Chanakyapuri, the neighbourhood of India Gate and a few adjoining areas. Most of these have been two-storied structures with abundant parks (and parking) all around. These Government colonies have therefore acted as green buffers for Delhi against air pollution, noise pollution and the congestion and traffic of the...
Environment Day Reminder of the Status of Environment in Delhi

Environment Day Reminder of the Status of Environment in Delhi

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5th June is celebrated as the World Environment Day since 1972. It marks the day when the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (or the Stockholm Conference) convened with participation from 113 nations. This further led to the setting up of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 5th June is the date when global action towards environmental protection receives a fresh impetus. The Environment Day each year usually revolves around a specific theme. The Environment Day theme this year is Beat Plastic Pollution, and the host country of this event this year happens to be India! The celebrations have already begun in New Delhi, with the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) hosting a four day long International Event talking about various asp...
Shimla Does a Cape Town. (And What You Can Do to Help)

Shimla Does a Cape Town. (And What You Can Do to Help)

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Not many would know that Shimla derives its name from Shimlah or Shumlah, a middle-sized village around which the city developed and which was famous for a Fakir who used to give water to travellers. The Shimla of today is urging travellers to not come to their city and to not drink their water. 2018 began with fears of taps in Cape Town, a port city in South Africa, running dry making it the world's first city to completely run out of water. The first deadline for Day Zero was 16 April 2018 and sent alarm bells ringing in Cape Town and across the world. Day Zero would be the day when the water level in the dam that stores drinking water for the city would go so low, that the Cape Town administration will have to shut down water supply to all taps. Drastic water conservation meas...
9th CMS Vatavaran Film Festival Highlighted the Looming Water Crisis

9th CMS Vatavaran Film Festival Highlighted the Looming Water Crisis

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The CMS Vatavaran is India’s only International Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum that has been using film as a medium for raising environmental awareness since over a decade. This year, the theme of the 9th CMS Vatavaran Festival, held between 2 to 6 November at Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat) was Conservation for Water. Delhi Greens was happy to partner with the 9th CMS Vatavaran and encouraged all our members to participate in this meaningful Film Festival in the best interest of Delhi and the global environment. The Five Day Long 9th CMS Vatavaran Film Festival included not just Film Screenings from across the Indian sub-continent and the world, but also Seminar, Workshops, Exhibitions of Green & Eco-friendly products, in addition to award distribut
Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

Nothing Hindu About Bursting Crackers, Light Diyas and Distribute Sweets Instead

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The January of 2017 saw an environmental flashpoint in Delhi, when schools in Delhi were shut down for the first time due to alarming levels of air pollution. Air pollution was declared as an emergency in Delhi. It had become dangerous for children and adults to go out in the city and breathe. The concentration of Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM), those toxic particles that go straight to our lungs and reduce our lifespan, increased more than 10 times the prescribed standard between November 2016 and January 2017. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) have been consistently monitoring air pollution levels in Delhi after Diwali. The level of air pollution reaches beyond alarming after every Diwali. The festival of jo...
Gandhi, Environment and the Sustainable Development Pathway

Gandhi, Environment and the Sustainable Development Pathway

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Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation, is recognized the world over for his teachings on peace and non-violence. His birth anniversary, 2nd October, is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations. Gandhi's teachings on non-violence were not limited to conflicts between human beings but also highlighted the need for living in harmony with Nature and Natural Resources. His teachings are therefore even more relevant today, at a time when the world is grappling with an imminent environmental crisis in the form of global warming and climate change. Almost a century ago, in 1909, Mahatma Gandhi had already envisioned and identified the insatiable and unending pursuit of material pleasure and development in the Western Society as a threat to the Planet and it...
Lobby, Not Rally for Rivers Is What is Needed to Save Our Lifelines

Lobby, Not Rally for Rivers Is What is Needed to Save Our Lifelines

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Powered by Adani, Mahindra and the Times of India, the respected Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev of Isha Foundation has called the Nation to Rally for Rivers, and to come together for saving India's rivers. The campaign has been received well by one and all the Nation is now rallying behind its rivers, which are also considered holy and divine in our culture and civilization. However, the key question here is how much of this would actually help in safeguarding our rivers from the rapidly intensifying challenges of over-exploitation and the general lack of political will for river and riverfront protection? While one of the apparent objectives of the Rally for Rivers campaign is to raise awareness on the need to protect our rivers, this objective certainly seems to be achieved, with great...
Indian Army Takes Swachch Bharat Abhiyan to the Highest Battlefield

Indian Army Takes Swachch Bharat Abhiyan to the Highest Battlefield

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Indian Army soldiers performing Yoga, on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga – 2017, at Siachen on June 21, 2017. The Indian Army is the proud first line of defense for the world's largest democracy and is known for its valour and bravery, even in the face of the most extreme conditions. Despite its forever engaging task of protecting the nation, the Indian Army has never shied away from participating in all national campaigns and events, that are aimed at nation building and internal stability of the country. The Indian Army leads from the front in cases of controlling domestic crisis situations like violence and also plays a critical role in disaster relief and rescue. The Indian Army has to its credit, the experience of holding ground in the highest battlefield of
A Brief Review of the Making of Smart Cities in India

A Brief Review of the Making of Smart Cities in India

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What makes a City Smart? This question has become more relevant today than ever before in the history of modern urbanisation! A city is considered Smart when it improves and develops. Here, development is primarily focused on improved technology, better infrastructure (institutional, physical, social and economic) and an integrated system of communication and information. The concept of a Smart city varies from country to country. This is also because of the varied connotations affiliated with the term development. Smart City: A Boon Development not only attracts people but also attracts investors. Thus it also benefits the economy. Citizens of a Smart city have improved quality of life and reduced risk of diseases. The localities in a smart city have wide roads and well...
Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

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Considered among the most productive ecosystems on the planet, wetlands account for 4.7% of India's total geographical area. Wetlands are defined as submerged or water saturated lands, which may be natural or artificial, inland or situated in a coastal area, permanent or temporary, having static or flowing water, vegetated or non-vegetated, which necessarily have a land-water interface. According to the Space Application Centre, Ahmedabad, 2,01,503 wetlands are spread across the entire nation with Gujarat recording the highest proportion. These wetlands are generally classified into lacusterine, marine, estuarine, riverine and palustrine. Importance of Wetlands Wetlands serve numerous functions, such as: Agricultural benefits: From acting as a source of irrigation to rechargi...
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