Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 39 (starting September 26), 2011. 1. Damn the Renuka dam: Even parched Delhi cries So far Delhiites have been concerned with the refusal of environment clearance to the Renuka dam as that means a serious water crisis for the city. Now anti-dam voices generating from the Nahan district in Himachal Pradesh, home to the project, have finally emerged in the capital, protesting against the massive displacement of people, loss of green cover and submergence of highly fertile agricultural land. 2. Puja pandals go green, ditch chemical colours This year Durga Ma is going colourless to save another goddess — Yamuna. In a bid to go eco-friendly, several pandals in the city have used the less vibrant but natur
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 38 (starting September 19), 2011. 1. Delhi Metro earns UN praise, 47 crore in carbon credits The Delhi Metro has become the world’s first Metro rail and rail-based system to earn carbon credits — Rs 47 crore annually for the next seven years. 2. Forest officials pose danger to forests: Experts Forest officials are fudging data, hiding facts, sidestepping laws, overlooking violations and finding ways of clearing even projects that are dangerous for forests, three non-official members on the statutory Forest Advisory Committee have told environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan. 3. India wants emission targets under Kyoto Protocol to continue At the Major Economies Forum meeting currently underway
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 37 (starting September 12), 2011. 1. Over 11,500 Bhopal gas victims did not turn up for claims: Govt Claims of more than 11,500 Bhopal Gas leak victims are pending with the Madhya Pradesh government due to their "non-appearance". 2. India pitches for Seoul declaration implementation India today pitched for implementation of the Seoul declaration on ensuring protection and safety of workers along with elimination of hazards at the workplace at the regional, national and international levels. 3. Workshop on water policy for Delhi In a first step towards streamlining and managing Delhi's water, Delhi Jal Board and Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) organized the first co...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 36 (starting September 5), 2011. 1. Experts suggest upping parking rates, slashing free parking to de-congest Delhi "Can you buy a house without paying for it?" asks Indian Institute of Technology professor Dinesh Mohan talking about the "subsidy" being offered to private vehicle owners for parking their vehicles in the Capital. 2. Rain, waterlogging, falling trees lead to traffic snarls across city The monsoons have once again exposed the lack of preparedness of the civic bodies with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) registering 13 cases of waterlogging and seven cases of tree felling across the city. 3. Water a thorny issue for Bangladesh govt Bangladeshi officials and leaders of the rulin
The flagship conference, the 11th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organised by The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI) was inaugurated today at Taj Palace in New Delhi. The DSDS this year is themed on “Tapping Local Initiatives and Tackling Global Inertia”. The summit envisaged the presence of various stakeholders, multilateral and bilateral development organizations, non-government sector, corporate houses and various research and academic institutions. DSDS 2011 was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh in gracious presence of H.E. Dr. Leonel Fernandez, President of Dominican Republic; H.E. Mr. James Alix Michel, President Seychelles; H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai, President Afghanistan; Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Hon’ble Minister for Environment and Fo
Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to all our Blog readers! The markets in Delhi remained flooded with Christmas goodies this year and shopping has been at an all time high. The BIG day arrived today, a foggy Christmas morning with the mercury dipping close to 8 degrees Celsius! This has only raised the spirits higher up and even as noted media channels promised snow for Delhi this winters, the chill is in no way less exciting! Here's wishing the day passes with each moment being more exciting than before, and this momentum continues until the New Year, which brings more happiness and prosperity for all. Amidst all the celebrations, remember to keep the Planet in mind and make sure your partying decisions are in the best interest of the sustainability of the human kind! And take...
Nation remembers its leaders on their birthday, Lal Bahadur Shastri, 'the politician who made no money' and Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation who we put on every currency note October 2nd reminds us of the birthday of two of our national leaders, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Lal Bahudar Shastri. Both these leaders played a significant role in India’s Independence movement. Their struggle and hardships gave India her independence while the principles, values and learning from them are nothing less than an environmental awareness lesson on sustainable development. By means of non-violence, civil disobedience and Satyagraha, Mahatma Gandhi set India free and inspired civil movements for freedom across the world. Addressed as Bapu ,“the father of the nation”, his birthday is comm
An increasingly common sight in cities Bulldozers are furiously scrapping earth from a garden adjoining an artificial lake in Vashi Sector 10 of New Bombay. Or so a recent news item in the Times of India dated 8th April, 2010 read. We immediately reacted by saying that so much for open spaces, for playgrounds, and for children in the neighborhood. We tend to think of lakes, rivers, mountains, ridges passing through urban areas as a burden for our living environment in metropolitan cities. The only way we want these natural environments to impact us is by providing clean river fronts with cool breeze, flowing clean waters, trees for shade and flowers and fruits, with lots of birds bees and bugs, so that our aesthetic sensibilities are satisfied. We look at nature in urban environmen
Toxics Link’s Environment & Health Public Lecture Series The Final Tide Impact of Climate Change on Urbanscape: Sustainability Issue Climate change has long-since ceased to be a scientific curiosity, and is no longer just one of many environmental and regulatory concerns. As the United Nations Secretary General has said, it is the major, overriding environmental issue of our time, and the single greatest challenge facing environmental regulators. It is a growing crisis with economic, health and safety, food production, security, and other dimensions that include designing sustainable city forms. Coastal zones are particularly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Key concerns include sea level rise, land loss, changes in maritime storms and flooding, responses to sea leve
Editor's Note: The following was circulated by Dr. Susan Sharma of the Indian Wildlife Club The talk given by Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource & Development on the 29th of July 2009 at Teen Murti House, was really 'manna' to an Environmentalist's ear. The crux of his talk was that 'Environment Education' should be at the center of education, all other knowledge can follow. All scientific data and processes are available with Nature. "Bring science into education; all aspects of science can be learnt from nature. Science taught in correlation with nature is understood best." "Education for sustainable development in an era of climate change, calls for a change of mindsets. The need is to reach out to communities and have a dialogue. Teachers within the com