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In Pictures: Wetlands Day 2019 Celebrations at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

In Pictures: Wetlands Day 2019 Celebrations at Yamuna Biodiversity Park

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World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February every year to mark the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971. The day is a reminder to all us of the ecosystem services provided by wetlands in both urban and rural areas. Delhi too benefits from the large number of wetlands, which are now becoming endangered. To highlight the importance of wetlands in Delhi for urban sustainability, the Yamuna Biodiversity Park organises a gathering of citizens and experts on every Wetlands Day. This year, the celebrations were joined by large number of students as well members from the local community. Delhi Greens brings to you a photo essay on the Wetlands Day celebration at Yamuna Biodiversity Park this year. A Factsheet on the Importance of Wetlands was ...
Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

Waste to Energy Plants and Why are People Protesting Against Them

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A Waste-to-Energy Plant is a waste management system where waste is burnt to produce electricity. These plants usually burn municipal waste. The various techniques used in Waste-to-Energy (WTE) plants are biomethanation, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis. Non-recyclable and not-hazardous wastes should ideally be burnt in this process. The waste to energy plants comparatively release less pollution than a coal-based plant. Recently, residents of Okhla region and nearby areas in Delhi have been protesting against WTE plants in their vicinity. Why India Urgently Needs a Waste Management Plan?  Increasing urbanization and industrialization has paved the way for greater economic growth in India. This is only augmented by increasing purchasing power of the average citizen. Simultaneou
On World Water Day, Reflecting on the Lost Tihar Jheel

On World Water Day, Reflecting on the Lost Tihar Jheel

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Tihar Jail is known to every Delhites but how many Delhiwalas are aware about Tihar Jheel. Not many, I guess. It is another lake in Delhi that we lost. Tucked away in a corner of Hari Nagar in West Delhi, the Hari Nagar Lake or Tihar Jheel was a serene wetland bustling with migratory birds basking in the winter sun not many years ago. During the years between 2011 and 2016, I personally counted over 50 migratory and resident birds that made the Jheel and the surrounding park a vibrant bird-spot. Among the water birds Painted Stork, Indian Spot-billed duck, Northern Pintail, Black-winged Stilt used to throng this lake in large numbers. The year 2012-13 was the most exciting when one could even spot Mallards and Great Cormorants here. Tihar lake also used to have a vibrant winter, ...
Fellowships Worth 1 Lakh pm at Delhi Assembly Research Centre

Fellowships Worth 1 Lakh pm at Delhi Assembly Research Centre

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The Government of NCT of Delhi is inviting applications to appoint Delhi Assembly Research Centre Fellows for a period of one year, extendable by another year. This is as part of the Legislative Assembly of National Capital Territory of Delhi initiative to setup the Delhi Assembly Research Centre (DARC). The objective of the DARC is to create a repository of valuable research and reference material for use of the lawmakers and other stakeholders by involving the young and talented youth of Delhi. A total of 50 Fellows and 90 Associate Fellows are being recruited at the moment. The Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 1 Lakh while the Associate Fellows will be given a monthly stipend of Rs. 60,000/-. The Fellows and Associate Fellows shall be responsible for conducting re...
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
Eight Ways To Keep Yourself Fit Amidst Winter Pollution in Delhi

Eight Ways To Keep Yourself Fit Amidst Winter Pollution in Delhi

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Winter season in the national capital this year is strangely bittersweet. While most of us look forward to the cool respite after months of sweltering heat, the chilly weather do entail a variety of problems for many. This is because it is a combination of frigid winds blowing from the Himalayas, and the soaring pollution levels that are now synonymous with Delhi. There is not much to look forward to due to the winter pollution in Delhi. While small life measures cannot be mistaken for a complete solution, they can make an impact on the individual’s life. Here are a few handy tips to battle the ongoing cold, polluted winter season in Delhi! 1. Exercise Indoors We have long been recommended a dose of fresh air in the morning for a healthy start to the day. However, walks and outdoo
MoEFCC Invites Application for Consultant in Environmental Sciences

MoEFCC Invites Application for Consultant in Environmental Sciences

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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India invites applications from young professionals looking for opportunity to facilitate the Ministry in the implementation of Green Good Deeds (GGDs) across the country. Initially, the position is for one year and may be extended depending upon the performance and as per Ministry's requirement. Post Title: Consultant (Environmental Science) Job Requirement: To assist divisional officers in all programmes relating to GGDs; including EE Division; to assist the Ministry in monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme in all States; compilation of reports, newsletters, etc.; organization of meeting; development of knowledge products. Any other activity assigned by Divisional Head. Eligibilit
Migratory Birds: The Only Good Thing Left About Delhi’s Winters

Migratory Birds: The Only Good Thing Left About Delhi’s Winters

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Winters in Delhi was once a time of cheer and joy. Many would remember the cold, foggy winter mornings and the taste of a warm cup of tea or coffee while standing in the balcony. Still others would remember the excitement of taking a quick job or brisk walk in the nearby park, if not to the more prominent ones, just to regain the body heat. Inhaling the fog, and exhaling the white misty spirit of Delhi was once part of the winter experience in Delhi. Not anymore. Delhi's October smell, the fragrance of the blooming Alstonia, was once an exciting announcement of Delhi's winters. The winter, amidst the alarming air pollution in Delhi, has become a fight for survival. The day has to be planned so that one spends maximum times indoors. Breathing out in the open, without a face mask has ...
Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

Delhi’s Winter Woes Should Be Declared A National Emergency

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Stubble burning around Delhi during October 2018. Winter is peaking in Delhi these days and the air pollution this year has been more engulfing than ever. As Delhi headed into the winter months, citizens did brace for the city's notoriously poor air quality to get even worse. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded close to 250 at the end of October. Things got much out of hand though and according to available figures, AQI has peaked at 999 on more than one days at several places in Delhi since then. With the approach of winter, airborne particles and toxic chemicals that make up the smog prove to be a major hindrance to daily life in Delhi every year. This also proves to be a major public health hazard. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health has reported th...

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