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Emeritus Prof. C.R. Babu of University of Delhi Conferred Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

Emeritus Prof. C.R. Babu of University of Delhi Conferred Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan and Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit presenting the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar to Emeritus Professor C.R. Babu from the University of Delhi at the flagging off ceremony of the “Science Express- Biodiversity Special” Train on the occasion of World Environment Day in New Delhi. Source: PIB
Vijay Jardhari of Beej Bajao Andolan Conferred Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

Vijay Jardhari of Beej Bajao Andolan Conferred Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar

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Vijay Jardhari - one among the youth - captured during Dastkar at Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi Vijay Jardhari of the Beej  Bajao Andolan from Uttarakhand, was one among the two individuals to be conferred with the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) 2009, declared on 5th June, the World Environment Day 2012. The IGPP Award was instituted in 1987 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. This national level prize is named after the former Prime Minister of India late Smt. Indira Gandhi and is given each year to those individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions in the field of environment. It is the highest form of recognition for environmental protection work and is given to those who have made a mea
Science Express Biodiversity Special to be Flagged Off on Environment Day

Science Express Biodiversity Special to be Flagged Off on Environment Day

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In an effort to create widespread awareness on the unique biodiversity of the country, the Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) jointly with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) will be running a ‘Science Express – Biodiversity Special (SEBS)’ train across India covering over 100 stations in the next two years. Eight out of the sixteen coaches of the SEBS are solely dedicated to showcasing the myriad biodiversity spread across the bio-geographical zones of India. These include the trans-Himalaya & the Himalayas, the Gangetic Plain, North East India, the Desert & Semi-Arid Zone, the Western Ghats, the Deccan Peninsula, the Coasts & Islands. These 8 coaches will focus on the range of Biological diversity, critically endangered species (IUCN Red list), biod

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 21, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 21 (starting May 21, 2012) 2012. 1. Govt proposes fitness tests for private vehicles The Delhi government finally seems to be waking up to the threat of environment pollution from the expanding private vehicle pool in the city. 2. Soon, work to kickstart at Ghazipur waste plant The Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant, which will produce more than 13MW power by burning 1,300 tonne of waste daily, is all set to become operational by July-end, claims the East Delhi Municipal Corporation. 3. Shorter signals for buses, cars on BRT Learning from the seven-day experiment under which mixed vehicular traffic was allowed on the BRT corridor, the Delhi Multi Modal Transit System has decided to make changes in...

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 19, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 19 (starting May 7, 2012) 2012. 1. Rest of Delhi leaves behind south Is Delhi a better place to live in than a decade ago? The latest census report 2011 shows it definitely is. And the growing quality of life is not limited to just the 'posh' south Delhi. 2. E-waste volume set to reach eight lakh metric tonnes: Government E-waste generated in the country is expected to reach eight lakh metric tonnes, marking an increase of nearly five-and-half times of the same generated in 2005, the government told the Rajya Sabha today. 3. South Delhi wants more parking lots, multi-storey flats The Master Plan of Delhi 2021 is under review and it was the turn of south Delhi residents on Tuesday to give their
Tiger Conservation Efforts Awarded: More STPF to be Deployed

Tiger Conservation Efforts Awarded: More STPF to be Deployed

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests, Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan releasing the book ‘Fundamentals of the Wildlife Management’, at the All India Meeting of Field Directors of Tiger Reserves, in New Delhi The All India Meeting of Field Directors of Tiger Reserves recently concluded in New Delhi, with the lauding of the efforts made by different stakeholders for protecting the tiger habitat. The Minister of State (I/C) for Environment & Forest Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan presided over the meeting and stressed upon the increased focus on the tiger conservation since the last one year. The Centrally Sponsored Project Tiger Scheme was revised in August, 2011. Its allotment has been stepped up to Rs. 1216.86 Crores, especially to support the States for securi

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 16, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 16 (starting April 16, 2012) 2012. 1. On its deathbed, neem tree gets a healing touch The operation went on for almost three hours but the doctors were happy with the outcome. Despite a massive insect infestation that had gnawed away its innards and a recent fracture, they believe the patient will make a full recovery and will probably live on for another 20-30 years. The 60-year-old Neem tree at the juncture of Lodhi Road and Bhishma Pitamah Marg has been given a new lease of life. 2. Delhi's cars no faster than pedestrians Is driving really the quickest way to get around the capital? New research shows that for 20% of their running time - 12 minutes every hour - Delhi's cars are no faster than ped...

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 11, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 11 (starting March 12, 2012) 2012. 1. Allow cars and autos on BRT bus lane: High court The Delhi high court on Thursday gave its green signal for cars and autorickshaws to ply on the bus lane of the otherwise congested and accident-prone bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand in south Delhi on experimental basis for six weeks. 2. Pollution cloud over BRT Built to promote public transport, the bus rapid transit corridor was touted as a "green corridor" by the Delhi government when it came up in 2008. The idea was that increased usage of public transport would bring down reliability on private vehicles, and thus the resultant emissions, especially as buses were CNG-power...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 10, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 10 (starting March 5, 2012) 2012. 1. Exhibition on forest products on at Dilli Haat Kesraj Jogi sits cross-legged in front of a makeshift kitchen at Dilli Haat - there's a small brick stove, some basic utensils and a pot of brewing tea. It's exactly like his home in Kotputli, Rajasthan, he says. He's here at Green Haat 2012 - the ongoing exhibition of forest-based products - and is contributing by preparing nomadic food. 2. Play it safe this Holi, use natural colours No matter how tempting those shining reds, blues, greens, yellows and purples may seem, you should double check the quality of colours that you use this Holi to avoid skin allergies, eye irritation and a host of other health problems th...