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Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 09, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 09 (starting February 27, 2012) 2012. 1. Campaign to protest privatisation of water With the blazing summers ahead, several organisations have come together to form the 'Pani Hakk Abhiyan' to protest privatisation and commercialisation of drinking water in the Capital. The campaign also plans to make it as an election issue during the upcoming municipal polls. 2. Sunita Narain bats for sustainable development Batting for sustainable and inclusive development, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) director general Sunita Narain on Monday cited the successful campaign in Delhi where public transport such as buses and autos have taken to CNG due to rising air pollution. 3. SC: Want to take actio...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 08, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 08 (starting February 20, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi Govt. to promote fish farming in rural areas The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved auctioning of fishing activities in 24 water bodies on gram sabha land in the Capital. 2. Full-grown tree cut, MCD and forest department pass buck An over 30-feet tall mature, ready-to-bloom semal tree has been ‘illegally’ cut to its trunk level in Sector A of green Vasant Kunj in south Delhi. 2. Daler Mehndi contributes to the environment With our globe undergoing major climatic upheaval owing to severe environmental degradation, it has left environmentalists fuming. 3. Films on environment conservation to be screened The Kirloskar Vasundhara International

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 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 51, 2011

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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...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 50, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 50 (starting December 12), 2011 1. New Delhi one of the longest-serving capitals in the world with remnants of 11 capital cities The British-era neem, jamun, peepal and imli trees are luxuriantly appropriate for the heated dust bowl they were planted to counter, unlike the ornamental palms favoured by the newest builders, Delhi Metro and Delhi Airport. 2. 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. India took over centre-stage as a force to reckon with, regained its posi...

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...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 45, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 45 (starting November 7), 2011. 1. CWG construction added to pollution Frenzied construction activities carried out for the Commonwealth Games last year, and increasing number of vehicles being added to the city roads every year are some of the factors responsible for polluting Delhi's air. 2. DTC headquarters to be modernised The decks have been cleared for giving the Delhi Transport Corporation headquarters at I.P. Bus Depot on Ring Road a new look with the construction of a modern green building and introduction of a new traffic circulation plan within and around the depot premises. 3. NDMC mulls hike in charges New Delhi Municipal Council is planning to increase parking charges at NDMC pa...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 41, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (starting October 10), 2011. 1. Confiscated Bullock torture devices to go on public display Seized during the Chinchali Animal Fair and at sugarcane factories, dozens of cruel devices used to whip and painfully restrain bullocks will be on display near the office of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Delhi on Wednesday. 2. Powerless festive season The festival season has been marred by a spate of power cuts in the city. As the situation stands, the present power crisis in the city is unlikely to improve in the coming few days. The power department officials said that load-shedding will continue till the supply of coal is resumed. 3. Metro’s heritage corridor delay may hit 2016 deadline