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Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 14, 2013

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for Week 14 (starting April 1,  2013) 2013. 1. The shadow cast by toxicity Metrolife spoke to few environmentalists for their stand on the river’s harmful effects. Govind Singh, Director, Delhi Greens, an NGO studying the Yamuna imbroglio, said, “It is no longer a river now, it is a drain.” 2. Noisy Delhi to get a sound check An average Delhiite is exposed to noise levels several notches higher than what is safe. Experts say this leads to serious health implications — from deafness to heart conditions to sleep disorders. 3. A shocker: Not a single public toilet in whole of rural Delhi It may be hard to believe, but it is true. Anyone travelling the length of the rural belt of Delhi that stretches from
Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 35, 2012

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 35, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 35 (starting August 27, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi zoo spares some time for vultures Coinciding with the International Vulture Awareness Day on Saturday, the authorities at the National Zoological Park have organised daylong programmes for spreading a word about the bird on the verge of extinction. For some years now, the park - known popularly as the Delhi zoo - has just one white vulture in its aviary. 2. East Delhi's first solar water treatment plant started Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit inaugurated east Delhi's first solar water purification plant at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidhyalaya, Surajmal Vihar. The treatment plant has been set up by an NGO called Social Awareness Newer Alternatives. Di...
Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 33, 2012

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 33, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 33 (starting August 13, 2012) 2012. 1.  Delhi adopts humble sparrow as its state bird Till some years back, the house sparrow was the quintessential 'chidiya', the most common image to come to mind when one discussed birds in Delhi's urban context. One day it dawned on the city that the little feathery creature has more or less vanished, its absence even more pronounced by the sudden over-population of pigeons. 2. Govt wants to relocate Delhi's 18 elephants The forest department of Delhi has written to the state governments to make the city an elephant-free area. There are 18 registered elephants in the capital, which the department claims are a traffic hazard and pose as a safety risk. Letters

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 23, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 23 (starting June 4, 2012) 2012. 1. Eco friendly is cool From solar cars, miniature scooters and beer cans to decor vases made from glass bottles with miniature paintings — Delhiites are finding interesting ways to make their contribution to the environment. 2. Dwarka residents team up to revive dying pond It was camaraderie at its best. Neighbours who never knew one another joined hands for Mother Nature. There was once a pond in their midst that teemed with life. Today, muck and filth has sucked out life from it, almost. It's drying up. And the Dwarka Sector 23 residents went all out to save it on Sunday. 3. Delhi Metro to tap solar power Delhi's new age transport system is going green, with

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 18, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 18 (starting April 30, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi Zoo staff put on precautionary treatment After the suspected anthrax death of a young male rhinoceros at Delhi Zoo last Friday, the authorities have closed the animal enclosure for public view and put 20-odd staff there on precautionary medical treatment. 2. Quietly flows the dirty, poisonous Yamuna Have you felt nausea, difficulty in breathing, headache or dizziness while crossing the Yamuna on your way to work or while returning home? 3. Gases damage ACs in nearby areas The fact that their house is situated near a river is no consolation in this torrid heat for those who have their abode near the Yamuna. 4. Dumping e-waste is illegal now Star

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 14, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 14 (starting April 2, 2012) 2012. 1. Centre seeks Mangar report The Centre has asked the Haryana government to furnish details on the status of protecting Mangar forest cover on the Gurgaon-Faridabad border. 2. Now, consumers junk Centre for Science and Environment report Fast-food chains McDonald's and KFC, and packaged food brands like Lay's chips and Maggi noodles reported normal sales this weekend, despite a study on Friday alleging high levels of trans-fat, sugar and salts in their food on Friday. 3. India: Equity formula must for green targets India will not agree to any greenhouse gas emission reduction targets without an equitable regime, the government has decided. 4. Choke on burn...
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Delhi: Who Failed Whom?

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Delhi: Who Failed Whom?

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It was the April month in the year 2008. The recently launched Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Delhi was being bombarded left and right (and in the middle - the lane meant for the buses) by the media and people alike. The BRT had come at a cost of several hundred heritage trees of Delhi, which were removed to widen the road and provide additional space for the overall architecture of the BRT. But this was not the reason why the BRT was being criticized in the media or objected to by a portion of the public. The "Bus" Rapid Transit had slowed down the flow of cars and similar private automobiles in its 5.8 km stretch was the principal reason why the media was bashing up the Government for having conceived and installed the BRT corridor. Television interviews showed car drivers stuc...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 09, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 09 (starting February 27, 2012) 2012. 1. Campaign to protest privatisation of water With the blazing summers ahead, several organisations have come together to form the 'Pani Hakk Abhiyan' to protest privatisation and commercialisation of drinking water in the Capital. The campaign also plans to make it as an election issue during the upcoming municipal polls. 2. Sunita Narain bats for sustainable development Batting for sustainable and inclusive development, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) director general Sunita Narain on Monday cited the successful campaign in Delhi where public transport such as buses and autos have taken to CNG due to rising air pollution. 3. SC: Want to take actio...
CSE Announces Twelfth Media Fellowship on Water Bodies in India: Public Space, Private Design

CSE Announces Twelfth Media Fellowship on Water Bodies in India: Public Space, Private Design

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After land, our water bodies are now facing tremendous stress: industries, urban 'development', increasing population, imperfect legislation, scores of wetlands, lakes, rivers and waterways are threatened by such projects and pressures. On one hand, cities across India struggle to meet the insatiable water demands of their people; on the other, real estate and industry are eyeing wetlands and water bodies, while regulators look the other way. According to the Directory of Asian Wetlands (1989), India has 27,403 wetlands,covering an estimated area of 4.1 million hectare. A survey by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) says that they are disappearing at a rate of 2 to 3% every year. Some of the recent cases of transgression include the Nirma cememt factory in Bhavnagar, Guja...
DU Hosts Public Lecture on Politics of Nature: East-West Perspective

DU Hosts Public Lecture on Politics of Nature: East-West Perspective

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The University of Delhi hosted its first public lecture of 2011 today, on 'The Politics of Nature: East- West Perspective in the Viceregal Lodge of the University. The event was marked by the presence of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh and Director of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Dr. Sunita Narain. The Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Vivek Suneja, was also present on the occasion which witnessed participation of scholars and professors from DU and JNU and from other social science research facilities as well. The key speaker of the lecture was Prof. Bruno Latour, Professor at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, France. Prof. Latour is a renowned French sociologist and anthropologist and an influential theorist in the field of Science and Technology Studies. No

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