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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 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 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...

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 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 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 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...

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