We all are aware of the increasing traffic and congestion problem that leads to pollution and needs some quick fix solutions. A high consumption pattern in big cities is also leading to and promoting the climate change phenomenon. Clean, green and realistic efforts towards a cleaner and greener future in the people-planet-profit mode is the urgent need of the hour. Answering this call and working towards greener future is the world’s well known car manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki which has over time proved to have the distinction of introducing a host of environment friendly programmes ahead of government regulations and the industry. THe company took the lead in implementing End of Life Vehicle (ELV) programme where harmful elements like Lead, Cadmium, Chromium and Mercury are no longe
Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra along with Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, Prannoy Roy and Dr. R.K. Pachauri As the Independence Day comes closer, many Indians are joining the green pledge to make India’s future green. Joining in the green wagon is Bollywood sizzling actress Priyanka Chopra, who has agreed to become the national green ambassador for initiating eco-friendly campaigns across the country. The announcement came from our die-hard Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh during a recent conference in the capital. A day after the announcement, Priyanka Chopra launched her official website with some green touch. “Finally launching iampriyankachopra.com! It’s my official website which is totally interactive and everything me”, said the actress with excitement
The recently concluded The Future of the Bengal Tiger, a conference hosted by the Sanctuary Asia, brought together over 150 delegates, speakers and other participants from all walks of life. Held on 6th August 2010 at the Teen Murti House auditorium, the participants were a blend of wildlife conservationist, researchers, media persons, bureaucrats, foresters and many school students and laypersons. Though students represented the majority, the blend of participants reflected the growing interest in tiger conservation among the general public. The conferences entailed talks by the forest department officials, military personnel, politicians, wildlife biologists and journalists. The sessions also dealt with issues like corruption, conflicting mandates among the different bureaucracies...
Concerned about the inadequacy of the Wild Life (Protection) Act 1972 in reducing the ever increasing instances of wild life crimes across the country, the Ministry of Environment & Forests has put forth a draft Wild Life (Protection) Bill 2010. It has been noticed that the current penalties have failed to act as deterrents with few convictions having taken place since the Act first came into force. Several of these wild life crimes are carried out by international gang of criminals who have a sophisticated network across the country as well as state of the art equipments. At the same time, although illicit wildlife trade ranks only behind the illegal trade in arms and narcotics, there is no financial disincentive whatsoever that prevents poachers and smugglers from carrying out su...
If there is any body which is consistently working hard for the biodiversity in this International Year of Biodiversity, amazingly, it is but the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF). And quite appropriately so! The MoEF has now notified the Ganges River Dolphin as the National Aquatic Animal of India. Recognized as ‘highly endangered’ in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972) with an estimated total population of around 2,000, river dolphins primarily occur in the Ganges-Brahmaputra river systems of India and Bangladesh. The notification that came last week will, according to the Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, will raise public awareness and support for the animals conservation and protection, especially among the younger generation. The Ganges Dolphin
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is organising a National Workshop on Reforms in Environmental Regulation on Tuesday, the 25th of May 2010 at the Godrej Auditorium, WWF-India (Lodhi Estate, New Delhi). This event is intended to be a platform to discuss environmental governance in India, and aims to engage the States, members of civil society and industry, and other stakeholders in the development of the proposed National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA). The Workshop will be chaired by the Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Forests. Over the course of two sessions, panelists will focus on the proposed role and function of NEPA and, solicit feedback on the design of this Authority. Rapid industrialization and infrastructure development in the last decade couple
The Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), a nation-wide network comprising 127 research institutions working on science and impacts of climate change for the MoEF, filed a report on India’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2007 last week. The report, released by Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia at an INCCA meeting, makes India the first “non-Annex I” (developing) country to publish such updated numbers on global warming and climate change. The INCCA meeting was chaired by the Environment Minister Mr. Jairam Ramesh who congratulated the entire team of scientists involved in putting this assessment together. The last such report was released in 1994. According to the report, India's ranking in 2007 in aggregate GHG emissions in the world is 5th,
The Ministry of Environment & Forests, Govt. of India in collaboration with the German Federal Mininstry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and GTZ are organizing Carbon Bazaar 2010. The Conference will be inaugurated by the Hon'le Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh. The objective of the conference is to discuss emerging issues and challenges in policy framework, carbon transactions and specific sectors. In parallel, this event will offer direct business-to-business meetings between buyers and sellers for projects generating 35,000 to 75,000 CERs per annum. Date: 10 and 11 May, 2010 Venue: Hotel Taj Mahal, 1, Mansingh Road, New Delhi - 110011 Entry is by invitation only. For registration, you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org Image courtesy Gar
Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna, an initiative of The Art of Living which finds full support from Delhi Greens, is a project for making a difference to our city, Delhi-NCR. River Yamuna is immensely important for the economic, ecological and basic needs of the region and its people. But, over the years, it has become one of the most endangered waterways in India. Numerous attempts have not had much success, and there is confusion about what lies ahead in the future - for the river as well for all of us. As already notified, the campaign is beginning with an event on March 16, 2010 on the banks of the river, and calls for citizens and leaders from all sectors and areas to come together and participate. Date: 16th March, 2010 Time: 7 pm Venue: Purana Qila His Holiness Sri ...
The Indian Government is considering approving genetic modification of our fruits and vegetables starting with Brinjal. While a rigged up "Expert" Committee has recommended clearance to genetically modified Bt Brinjal, due to concerns raised by independent scientists and farmer groups, Minister Jairam Ramesh has requested public feedback before making a decision in February. Let us make our voices heard and democracy work! This is perhaps the last call to save our Brinjal! On January 30, the day that took Mahatma Gandhi from us, a day that also happens to be the last day of the official national consultation hearing on Bt Brinjal, we are planning to gather in different locations across India in prayer and fasting to stop Bt Brinjal. The call for a National Day of Fast is being give