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Two Week Long Clean Air Campaign Underway in Delhi

Two Week Long Clean Air Campaign Underway in Delhi

Green Alert
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has launched a two week-long Clean Air Campaign in Delhi. The Campaign started on 10 February 2018 and is presently ongoing. Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has already clarified that this Clean Air Campaign is not just a symbolic exercise, but a serious effort to drastically bring down pollution levels in the National Capital. Dr. Harsh Vardhan also stated that air pollution is a serious economic and health issue and that the campaign will not be restricted to these two weeks only, but taken throughout the year on a continuous basis. The air in Delhi has been heavily polluted since the past few weeks now. Episodic high pollution event (Severe+) in Delhi NCR commenced on Nov 07, 2017 and ended on Nov 13, 2017. Ai...
Earthwatch Institute India is Looking for a Communication Professional

Earthwatch Institute India is Looking for a Communication Professional

Green Jobs
Earthwatch Institute India (EII) is a premier Scientific Research, Educational and Skill Development institution in the field of Environment. EII works with scientists, technologists and educators to implement various projects and programmes. Earthwatch Institute India is seeking a Communication Professional (as consultant on freelance basis). The Communication professional will help Earthwatch Institute India in developing content for website; developing communication and outreach material; documenting success stories and inspiring case studies in conservation, editing of flyers, brochures etc. The Communication Professional will ensure that activities are carried out according to agreed standards. The candidate should have about 10 to 15 years of professional experience working...
Shutting Markets Goes Against Traders as Delhi Rejoices Spacious Roads

Shutting Markets Goes Against Traders as Delhi Rejoices Spacious Roads

Green Alert
The two day Bandh (market shut down) called by traders against sealing of illegal shops seems to have backfired on the traders and shopkeepers of Delhi. The closing of shops, most of which protrude out all the way to the road, after covering the entire footpath, has now enabled the citizens of Delhi to see spacious roads and usable footpaths for the first time. The market places in all parts of Delhi, North, South, East and West have never been as accessible, and the limited shops that have opened are doing brisk business. Most shops in Delhi have, by habit, taken over the areas around the shops for putting containers, generators and for displaying items for sale. Since shopkeepers are scared of this being exposed, they have hidden all this inside their shops and have downed the sh...
Six Websites to Find Out Real Time Air Quality Index Around You in Delhi

Six Websites to Find Out Real Time Air Quality Index Around You in Delhi

Green Alert
The air pollution in Delhi has reached alarming proportions and every winter brings with it lung diseases, asthmatic attacks, coughing, teary eyes and long queues of the sick and elderly at hospitals complaining of chest congestion. Everything from vehicular exhaust, to bursting of crackers during Diwali, the burning of crop residue in nearby states of Punjab & Haryana, burning of leaves and waste and the ongoing construction work contributes to the air pollution in Delhi. Temperature inversion during the winter months does not let these pollutants get dispersed easily and they linger on for longer periods in Delhi's air. The trend is not new and a graded response by the Government to address Delhi's air pollution problem also does not seem to be helping. Thus, it does not seem ...
Top Ten Bird Watching Sites in Delhi

Top Ten Bird Watching Sites in Delhi

Green Living
The National Capital Territory of Delhi, with its wetlands and sprawling green cover attracts a wide variety of our winged friends every year. This makes the NCT of Delhi a birdwatcher's paradise. Surprisingly, Delhi is the world's second most bird diversity-rich city, after Nairobi. Over 460 species of birds have been recorded in Delhi so far. If you are an avid birder or a nature lover, then grab your binoculars and/or camera and head out to these ten enticing locations. 1. Yamuna Biodiversity Park Located near Wazirabad Village, the Yamuna Biodiversity Park (YBP) is located on the alluvial plains of River Yamuna in North Delhi. The site is a nature conservation site for native plants which are otherwise becoming locally extinct in Delhi. The park has 457 acres of grasslands, ri...
Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Importance of Wetlands and Their Conservation Challenges in Delhi

Articles
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...
Petition Committee Rebukes PWD Over False Claims of De-Silted Drains

Petition Committee Rebukes PWD Over False Claims of De-Silted Drains

Green Alert
Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Pandav Nagar (Delhi) had submitted a Petition on 29 May 2017, alleging failure on part of Public Works Department (PWD), Government of NCT of Delhi and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi in discharging their duties of de-silting the drains for preventing water-logging in Delhi. The Petition, countersigned by Sanjeev Jha (MLA), was directed to the Delhi Assembly Petitions Committee for further probe into the matter. The Committee recently came out with its Report on this matter and tabled it in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi 0n 30 June, 2017. Click here to Download and Read this Report The Report is a MUST READ for every citizen of Delhi who wants to understand why water-logging takes place in Delhi year after year despite promises and tall cla...
Ahead of Environment Day, Delhi Fares Well in Uber Green Index Data

Ahead of Environment Day, Delhi Fares Well in Uber Green Index Data

Corporate Greening
Uber, the ride-sharing App that is redefining urban mobility across the globe, released its Green Index Data ahead of the World Environment Day. According to data released by Uber, the launch of uberPOOL scheme in Delhi saved appropriately 9,36,000 litres of fuel as 19,901,000 km distance was travelled due to this. This, according to Uber's Green Index data, curbed 22,03,000 kg CO2 emissions in Delhi alone. On releasing the Green Index, Prabhjeet Singh, GM, Uber Delhi and North India said, "Using public transportation and ride-sharing is a responsible way to combat traffic congestion and rising pollution levels in the city. With the launch of uberPOOL in Delhi, our goal was to get more people in fewer cars at the tap of a button. The results show that 28% of the total Uber trips in ...
AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

AQI Based Graded Response to Pollution Crisis in Delhi Explained

Articles
Air pollution has become a consistent environmental challenge in Delhi in recent years. An air quality based graded response system is now being put in place which could increase your parking rates and close down schools during peak pollution days. What is important to understand is if it will actually help bring down Delhi's air pollution and what role can citizens play in helping the Government fight this life threatening menace. Here's a quick understanding of this AQI based graded response system. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India directed the framing and submission of graded response action plan for various categories of National Air Quality Index (AQI) on 10 November, 2016. An AQI is a number which considers the health impact of individual air pollutant (e.g. particulate matter, ...
Environmental Flashpoint: Delhi Schools Closed Due to Air Pollution

Environmental Flashpoint: Delhi Schools Closed Due to Air Pollution

Green Alert
Children on the roads of Delhi are the most prone to Delhi's air pollution crisis. The status of environment in Delhi today reached a flashpoint. Schools in Delhi were ordered to shut down due to escalated air pollution levels for the first time in the history of the city. The schools which are run under the North, South and East Municipal Corporations of Delhi were all instructed to be shut today due to heavy smog. Several private/public schools have also been shut since yesterday due to the rampant and visible air pollution which has engulfed the city. This is the first time that schools in Delhi have had to close down due to air pollution. Delhi has been featured as the most polluted city among all cities in the past and continues to witness large-scale air pollution due to se...