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Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 15, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 15 (starting April 9, 2012) 2012. 1. Brakes on new industries in NOIDA The National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, has asked the environment ministry not to give clearance to any new industrial units in Noida. The tribunal has ordered that no operating unit should be permitted to expand or change product mix. The consent to establish and operate, in case of defaulting units, should be granted only after obtaining permission from the tribunal. 2. Noida Entrepreneurs’ Association writes to allow setting up of industries After the National Green Tribunal's order directing that no new industries be set up or expanded in Noida without its approval, the Noida Entrepreneurs' Association (NEA) has written to it

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 12, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 12 (starting March 19, 2012) 2012. 1. 14,300 trees likely to be felled for Delhi Metro's 3rd phase Nearly 14,300 trees are likely to be felled during the construction work of Delhi Metro's third phase. The "Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has submitted a tentative proposal indicating removal of 14,298 trees for construction of following of metro lines in Phase-III," Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan said in a written reply to Lok Sabha today. 2. Are house sparrows being driven away? Sparrows are seen as a mascot for ecological conservation but birdwatchers are worried that adverse environmental factors such as shrinking habitat may be driving them into hiding. 3. What ...

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

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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 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 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 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 51, 2011

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 51 (starting December 19), 2011 1. Delhi needs more space, but how? Delhi is a city caught in the throes of history. On the one hand, it bears the legacy of an aesthetic skyline dotted with low-rise buildings, vast greens and wide roads. On the other, it faces the very real problem of a rapidly growing population and shrinking space. 2. Delhi set to go higher, taller After mid-rise structures with 12-15 floors that came up in east and west Delhi in the early 90s, the city is now set to get skyscrapers a la Mumbai. Several developers are constructing high-end residential towers of more than 15 floors. The tallest project by Raheja Developers called Raheja Phoenix will have a 51-storey tower. 3. Do...
COP 17 on Climate Change Concludes at Durban: Kyoto Protocol Extended Beyond 2012

COP 17 on Climate Change Concludes at Durban: Kyoto Protocol Extended Beyond 2012

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The seventeenth session of the Conference of Parties (COP) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Durban from November 28 to December 9, 2011. The COP was largely aimed at discussing and deciding upon various issues relating to climate change and the Kyoto Protocol (which was set to expire in 2012). According to the Environment Minister Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, India contributed significantly in the success of the Durban Conference of Parties (COP). India played a key role in establishing the second commitment period under the Kyoto protocol with effect from January 1, 2013, immediately after the expiry of the first commitment period. As part of the Durban accord, it has also been decided to begin a process for developing legal arrangements...