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Photo Essay on the Redeveloped Sunder Nursery Heritage Park

Photo Essay on the Redeveloped Sunder Nursery Heritage Park

Green Lens
The Sunder Nursery or Azim Bagh is a sixteenth century Mughal-era complex located adjacent to Humayun's Tomb. The place was used as a nursery by the British, and since then is more popularly known as Sunder Nursery. The word Sunder is derived from the Sunderwala Burj, one of the medieval structures inside the complex. After years of restoration work on heritage structures by the Aga Khan Trust, the Sunder Nursery complex is now open to the public. The entry ticket is ₹ 35/- per person (more for foreign nationals) and the ambiance is calm, serene and like how Delhi once was. The nursery part of the complex, which was always open to the public to buy plants, is now also an arboretum with many different species of trees. In addition, the complex itself has been zoned into Heritage Structur
2.0 Movie Review: Because Delhi Too Loves Its Birds

2.0 Movie Review: Because Delhi Too Loves Its Birds

Articles
The sequel of the 2010 movie Robot is up as 2.0 and it seems to be doing fairly well. The budget for the film is huge (estimated to be 600 crores) making it one of the most expensive movies ever made in India. 2.0 has been released on 7,000 screens in three different languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). The central theme of 2.0 is the impact of mobile phone radiations on birds. Mobile phones, as we all agree, have indeed become an inalienable part of our lives. The movie attempts to convey the impact of mobile phone radiations on birds and the Environment. With its big budget and VFX extravagance, the movie is said to have reached Hollywood Standards. But amidst the Rajinikanth hype, grand fighting scenes and the elaborate flashback of the perceived protagonist Professor Pakshirajan...
Invite: Talk on the Beautiful World of the Sparrow at WWF India

Invite: Talk on the Beautiful World of the Sparrow at WWF India

Events
Wikipedia describes the house sparrow (Passer domesticus) as a species of passerine bird of the sparrow family Passeridae which is a small bird with feathers mostly in different shades of brown and grey. If the rate at which the sparrow population is declining today continues, reading about it online or in books will perhaps remain the only way to learn about this species of bird. Much needs to be done today before we can even begin to understand the change in density and number and be able to attribute it to visible indicators. To continue the conversation on conservation, the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and WWF India cordially invite all of you to attend a talk on "The Beautiful World of the Sparrow!" The talk will be delivered by Mohammad Dilawar and will highlight the...
Feathers Sold Openly Even as MoEF Proposes Ban on Trade of Peacock Feathers

Feathers Sold Openly Even as MoEF Proposes Ban on Trade of Peacock Feathers

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In response to numerous requests from various stakeholders, the central Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) is in the process of completely banning the trade of peacock feathers. Despite this, the selling of feathers of our National Bird is rampant across the Delhi NCR. Though the usual street shops are no longer selling these openly, the feathers can still be seen being sold on the streets around CP and ITO and even in markets like Kamla Nagar and Sarojini. The demand for the feathers far outsrips the supply leading to rampant poaching and killing of the birds. Sections 43(3)(a) and 44 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 relates to the transfer and sale of the tail feathers of peacocks. Currently, the Act prohibits the killing of peacocks as well as export of tail feathers...
DYSoC Day 1: Delhi Youth’s Eco-Rendezvous on Environment Day

DYSoC Day 1: Delhi Youth’s Eco-Rendezvous on Environment Day

Green Alert
The urban biodiversity group at DYSoC 2010 The first day of “Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010 (DYSoC)”, witnessed a new phase in the environmental movement among the youth in the city. The youth who attended the summit meant and were ready for action. Without doubt it’s the youth who will inherit the city and with doubt and uncertainty around, they are debating their future. Throughout the day the delegates comprising school/ college students and young professionals kept their energy levels high to drive home their concerns and derive solutions to many of the pressing environmental issues the city is facing. The day started with a panel discussion with Dr. Chirashree Ghosh (DU), Gaurav Gupta, Jaimala Iyer and Madan Mohan. The Carbon Map of Delhi was the attraction of the day. Shar
Romancing the Greens in the Concrete Jungle

Romancing the Greens in the Concrete Jungle

Green Alert
In Delhi more and more of us are living in multistoried apartments, with barely a balcony or a veranda, as our window to the clear blue sky. That too often gets enclosed in glass to expand the living spaces. Every inch of space is so darn expensive. We too, when we moved from Madras to Bombay to Delhi, moved from a bungalow to semi detached to an apartment complex. With each move we had lesser and lesser open sky, as the move was from a lawn to a balcony to a semi covered veranda. With each move we had to let go of our green friends. But asserting our ethnic origins is a Kadhi Patta plant in a pot that we committed to carrying with us where ever we went. Over the seasons it learnt to deal with the extreme cold of Delhi and our keeping it in the sliding glass window enclosed veranda ...
Invite: Talk on Parks and Urban Biodiversity at 20, Barakhamba Road

Invite: Talk on Parks and Urban Biodiversity at 20, Barakhamba Road

Events
All of you are invited to a Public Talk by Wildlife Biologist Faiyaz A. Khudsar (Park Manager, Yamuna Biodiversity Park) on "Parks and Urban Biodiversity" (with special emphasis on Delhi). The greens need their space, and that is why we gather to discuss the hows and whys. Date: 19th December, 2008 Time: 4 to 5 pm Venue: 20, Barakhamba Road (its just behind the Barakhamba Metro Station), just ask anyone if they have seen a tree hanging from a crane anywhere around. Hosted by: 48c Public.Art.Ecology 20 Barakhamba Road is a structure that failed to turn into a several floored building....and now, refuses to do so. It is the same bunglow that it was..decades ago. Hope you would join us in this task of maintaining the greens of Delhi - green. For further information and f...

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