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Delhi Greens Releases Info Brochure Ahead of Wetlands Day 2019

Delhi Greens Releases Info Brochure Ahead of Wetlands Day 2019

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2nd February is celebrated as World Wetlands Day around the world. It is this date on which an International Convention for the protection of wetlands was signed at the Iranian city of Ramsar. In India, the Ramsar Convention has identified 27 wetlands of international importance and they are being rigorously monitored. However, there are thousands of wetlands around the country which are being rapidly degraded, and whom depends the lives of many more thousand people. Delhi itself has lost hundreds of wetlands in the recent past. This is a dangerous situation for the city. Anybody who works with Nature understands well the importance of wetlands. There is also need to raise awareness about these wetlands with the general public as well as with the bureaucrats and politicians. This re...
Pride of Cows Comes to Delhi, But Needs to Optimize its Ecological Footprint

Pride of Cows Comes to Delhi, But Needs to Optimize its Ecological Footprint

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We are what we eat (and drink). A healthier life is a reflection of what we consume on a daily basis. Milk has always been an essential part of our diet since ancient times. However, adulteration and contamination of milk in recent times has been a pressing concern. To address this concern, Parag Milk Foods has now launched premium milk 'Pride of Cows' in Delhi. Parag Milk Foods Ltd's Pride of Cows milk was launched in Delhi by Bollywood Actress Soha Ali Khan. It is hoped that milk consumers in Delhi will now be able to better experience the goodness of cow’s milk delivered to their doorsteps. Pride of Cows strives to encourage people who believe in finer things of life. The brand provides milk that defines the edge of purity and high quality. It involves zero human intervention and
Here We Go Again: Yamuna Action Plan Phase III

Here We Go Again: Yamuna Action Plan Phase III

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River Yamuna is a tributary of the Holy River Ganga. It is also the river that keeps the city of Delhi alive. Yet, the river flows polluted through a major part of Delhi and we are yet to clean the river and keep it flowing. The Government of India has now launched the Third Phase of the Yamuna Action Plan, an ambitious scheme of actions to clean River Yamuna. The phase three has been launched despite considerable debate around the success of the first two phases. Foundation stone of nine projects for Yamuna Rejuvenation under Namami Gange Programme was laid on 27 December 2018 by the Water Resource Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of Delhi Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. A total of 11 projects have been taken up by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to conserve River Yamuna ...
European Solar Power Market Trends We Can Learn From

European Solar Power Market Trends We Can Learn From

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The Solar Power industry is rapidly on the rise, especially after uncertain oil pricing and the realization of the warming planet. An analysis of the market trends of this sector, especially in Europe can help bring forward interesting insights for the rest of the world to learn from. After a dip in 2016, the European solar power market recovered remarkably in 2017 and added 8.6 GW of solar capacity. This growth was largely driven by technological progress, cost reductions and the development of novel business models such as on-site direct wire mini power purchase agreements (PPAs). This business model is increasingly getting among large-scale solar project developers to overcome regulatory barriers. Simultaneously, fully automated energy management across all sectors and segment...
100 Marathons in 100 Days for Raising Awareness on Water Crisis

100 Marathons in 100 Days for Raising Awareness on Water Crisis

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Human civilization is facing an unprecedented crisis: a projected 40% shortfall in the availability of fresh water by 2030 under current business-as-usual projections of population and economic growth. In the first week of November this year, at the New York Marathon, international water advocate and founder and CEO of Thirst initiative, Mina Guli, set out on an ambitious challenge of running 100 marathons in 100 days to highlight this global water crisis. Mina’s Indian Marathon started on 23 November in New Delhi and after running through various parts of Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujrat Mina concluded the Indian leg at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai. Having already completed more than 30 of the 100 marathons, through the UK, France, Italy, Uzbekistan and now India, Mina has ex
Here Is How Climate Change is Impacting Agriculture in India

Here Is How Climate Change is Impacting Agriculture in India

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Climate change can be defined and understood as significant changes in the global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns and other measures of climate that occur over more than three decades. The world is witnessing increasingly severe impacts of climate change since almost the last two hundred years. Climate change has some obvious impacts on the agriculture sector, and therefore on global food security. According to the Government of India, while evidence of change in weather pattern over the country seems to be lacking, there have been large-scale reporting of extreme weather events in the recent past. These include extended dry periods, floods, hailstorms, cyclonic rains and winds etc. Most of these extreme weather events have caused damage to standing crops and and have ul...
Asthma Manual for Schools Launched by Environment Minister

Asthma Manual for Schools Launched by Environment Minister

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The Central and Delhi State Governments have been carrying out an aggressive ten day long Clean Air Campaign from 1 to 10 November 2018. 52 teams for controlling air pollution were jointly flagged of by the Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain. An Asthma Manual for Schools was also launched looking at the rising incidents of this disease in school children in Delhi NCR. Air pollution aggravates around Diwali is one of the main reason why we can no longer afford to burst crackers during Diwali. Each of the 52 teams are now visiting different parts of Delhi NCR and have the local Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) as the Team Leader. Senior officials from Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and representatives f...
Draft India Cooling Action Plan Out, But Its Not What You Think It Is

Draft India Cooling Action Plan Out, But Its Not What You Think It Is

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In a world fighting for survival amidst global warming and the climate crisis, cooling the Planet sounds like a very good idea. So when the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of the Government of India releases a 107 page long Draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP), one can only appreciate the vision and foresight with which it was conceptualized. But a second look at the document reveals that this Draft Action Plan actually talks about the Cooling of our houses, cars, etc. through air conditioning and refrigeration! "India is a growing economy characterized by low penetration of air-conditioning, rising per capita income, rapid urbanization and a largely tropical climate, which would lead to rise in the requirement for cooling," the draft India Cooling Acti...
Why Is MyGov.in Promoting Plastic Through Competitions?

Why Is MyGov.in Promoting Plastic Through Competitions?

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Screenshot from MyGov.in India was the global host of the World Environment Day celebrations this year. The theme of World Environment Day 2018 was Beat Plastic Pollution and the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) of the Government of India made every Indian and global citizen pledge that, "If you can't reuse it, refuse it." A global campaign was initiated to Beat Plastic Pollution and nations, companies and citizens came together to discard the use of plastics and shift to more sustainable and recyclable materials. The Delhi Greens Blog joined the Government is urging everyone to Beat Plastic Pollution even before Environment Day 2018. Now, however, the Government of India seems to have taken just the opposite stand. After spending its energy and financial...
7,424.24 Crores Allocated for Solid Waste Management in Urban India

7,424.24 Crores Allocated for Solid Waste Management in Urban India

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The Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Dr. Mahesh Sharma recently informed that the Swacch Bharat Mission (Urban) is being implemented by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA). And that for the various projects that have been taken up under this Mission, an amount of Rs. 7,424.24 crores has been allocated during the mission period of 2014-15 to 2019-20 for Solid Waste Management (SWM) Projects. Dr. Sharma said that the MoHUA has an overall mandate to take periodic review of the measures taken by the states and local bodies for improving their solid waste management practices. As per MoHUA Annual Report 2016-17, it is estimated that the total generation of solid waste is approximately 1,50,000 T/day. Approximately 90% (...

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