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Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 07, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 06 (starting February 13, 2012) 2012. 1. Yamuna veggies toxic: Study The next time you stop along the Yamuna to buy those fresh leafy vegetables, think twice. A study carried out by The Energy Research Institute has found that the continuous dumping of untreated industrial effluent and sewage into the river has contaminated the riverbed soil, and several vegetables, specifically the green leafy ones, contain high levels of toxic metals. 2.  Environment ministers of BASIC to discuss climate strategy For the first time since the December climate change meet in Durban, environment ministers from the BASIC countries - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - will come together in New Delhi this week. The

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 06, 2012

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 06 (starting February 6, 2012) 2012. 1. Colleges to compete in ‘clean Delhi’ drive In an attempt to lend a push for a cleaner city, several colleges of Delhi University will come together for an initiative that will not only see them campaign for a ‘clean Delhi’, but also compete for it. ‘The Lead-Green Initiative’, launched by a private company visualises a clean and green Delhi, starting from college campuses. 2. Mayawati sells 2,400 acres wetlands in Greater NOIDA to Ansals The BSP government in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh is once again caught in a controversial land sale. The state government sold 2,400 acres of wetlands in Greater Noida to a private builder even though the law bars the sale of suc

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 05, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 05 (starting January 30) 2012. 1. Flyovers, pedestrian bridges to go green Dull and boring concrete structures in the city might soon don a green look with the Delhi Government planning to cover flyovers and pedestrian bridges with creepers, shrubs and potted plants. The Public Works Department has drawn up a proposal under which 70 flyovers and pedestrian bridges will be beautified in a phased manner. 2. Abhishek to receive award from Arnie The actor will be honoured for his efforts towards creating a greener environment at a function in New Delhi and Hollywood action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger will present him the award. 3. Pollution, loss of habitat drive away feathered guests The high poll...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 04, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 04 (starting January 23) 2012. 1. The Aravalli policy lesson: Aravalli's real problem may not be miners but a real estate boom October this year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the Supreme Court banning mining in the Aravalli region in Haryana. It is an anniversary that will be greeted with decidedly mixed feelings among local villagers, but with fondness on the part of the many real estate speculators who have seen the value of their landholdings skyrocket in recent years. 2. MCD sitting on SC panel orders to seal biomedical waste incinerator The biomedical waste incinerator in Okhla will be shut soon. The Supreme Court-constituted monitoring committee had issued sealing orders to the Municipa...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 03, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 03 (starting January 16) 2012. 1. Living next to landfill, they seek freedom from disease Salma Khatun's husband barely manages to earn Rs 5,000 a month by preparing sticker bindis. And she spends a whopping 12% of it to buy drinking water for her family of five.  Salma's colony has hand pumps and taps and sometimes water is even brought in tankers. But all three sources of water show traces of contamination. 2. Delhi's migratory birds take hit as wetlands shrink The declining number of migratory birds in Delhi and the National Capital Region has been perturbing bird watching circles who blame it on loss of habitat due to human encroachment. 3. Sterilisation drive fails to check dog population

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 02, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 02 (starting January 9) 2012. 1. Okhla waste plant to come under green scan For the next three months, the Delhi environment department and Delhi Pollution Control Board (DPCC) will intensively monitor operation of the Okhla waste-to-energy plant. 2. Delhi High Court issues orders to turn volume of loudspeakers at prayer hubs down Here's some music for the ears of those looking for a respite from the "noisy" loudspeakers at temples, mosques and other religious institutions in Delhi. 3. Bhalaswa groundwater unfit for human use, says NGO They were moved to Bhalaswa from their slum clusters on the ground that their lives in the resettlement colony will be healthier, better and safer. Eleven years...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 01, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 01 (starting January 2) 2012. 1. Projects fail to control pollution in Yamuna: CAG Environment experts had been saying it all through, activists had been pointing it out for a long time and Delhiites knew it better as they see the polluted Yamuna day in and day out. The Performance Audit of Water Pollution in India by the Comptroller and Auditor General (Report 21 of 2011-12) has confirmed it. 2. Residents fume over trial run of incinerator Despite sustained public protests and lawsuits against the Timarpur-Okhla waste-to-energy incinerator in Sukhdev Vihar, the beginning of trial runs this January 2 has invited the ire of the residents of this densely populated area. 3. DDA targets Dwarka for de...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 52, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 52 (starting December 26), 2011. Delhi Greens wishes everyone a Happy New Year 2012 in this last week of 2011! 1. Personal cars account for 0.6% of India's diesel consumption They may be branded as villains by the environmental lobby, but personal cars consume a paltry 0.6% of the diesel consumed in the country, an internal Planning Commission note said. 2. CNG price hike: City pumps set to get Delhi customers The serpentine queues at the four CNG filling stations in the city might just get longer with a substantial increase in the cost of fuel in neighbouring Delhi and a few other places in the National Capital Region. 3. From New Year, Mangu Singh to lead Delhi Metro A decade after launching

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 49, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 49 (starting December 5), 2011. 1. Durban climate talks end, new global climate change regime from 2020 The Durban climate talks finally ended more than 36 hours after the scheduled closure on Sunday early morning. The world agreed to a new global climate change regime that will come in to force starting 2020. 2. Staid Capital (Delhi) turns global city Till a decade ago, all New Delhi received were backhanded compliments - a stately but staid city; a city of grand boulevards and wide open spaces, but bereft of any chemistry. Most people believed the Capital was not quite a melting pot of cultures the way several celebrated cities of the world -such as New York, London, and, to some extent, Mumbai - ...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 48, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 48 (starting November 28), 2011. 1. Delhi has the highest level of air pollutants: Environment ministry Delhi fares the worst among all the major cities in the country when it comes to air pollution. This, despite the introduction of eco-friendly interventions such as the use of CNG for vehicles, the Metro and increasing tree cover in the Capital. 2. Development plan endangers Faridabad village's sacred forest Residents of this village are up in arms against the Haryana government's plans to allow development in their neck of the Aravallis, as it could wipe out a 500-hectare forest revered by them for generations. Not only is the forest sacred, botanists and historians consider it one of the last su...
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