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Mahindra World City Jaipur Becomes First Asian Project to Receive C40 Stage 2 Certification

Mahindra World City Jaipur Becomes First Asian Project to Receive C40 Stage 2 Certification

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Mahindra World City Jaipur, one of India’s premier integrated business cities, has become the first project in Asia to receive Stage 2 Climate Positive Development certification from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40). The Mahindra project, which is also the largest project in the world (by population) to reach this certification, is being recognized for its Climate Positive Roadmap detailing its plans and commitment to achieve a net-negative carbon emissions outcome. The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 10th year, connects more than 75 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 500+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Its Climate Positive Development Programme is a performance-based framework designed to create models for how cities can
Applications Open for ASEF Summer University on Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities

Applications Open for ASEF Summer University on Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities

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From the ASEF archive: Polish students learn how to cook Indonesian food, a great way to get to know Indonesian culture with Indonesia artists. The Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites youth between the age of 18 and 30 years to explore the synergies between sustainable urbanisation and heritage preservation by joining a dynamic two-week ASEF Summer University programme which will include dialogue-sessions with leading experts, hands-on workshops and a hack-a-thon. The 19th ASEF Summer University will take place in Pune, India between 9 and 21 August, 2015 and is themed on Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities. The organisers, which include ASEF; Ministry of External Affairs (Government of India); INTACH and Symbiosis International University, will grant a financial subsid...
Thus Spake the Sheesham Tree

Thus Spake the Sheesham Tree

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Couched comfortably  on a tree trunk reading Trees of Delhi, I heard a meek murmur and looked around to find nothing. The murmur however got a bit louder and I realized that it was from within the tree. I closed the book and lent a caring hand on the tree trunk and lowered my ears closer to the voice which turned choked with emotions repeatedly faltering to say something. I promised him to take note and care and pleaded him to narrate. He started, "I am 15 years old and tilted on to the pavement and going towards the road. Hundreds of passers-by come and go, some bowing their head, others banging it against my trunk causing pain to both of us followed by heap of curses on me and horticulture department of DDA for not pruning me. Survival for me was most difficult in the trying
Anthropogenic Climate Change – An ‘Urban’ Reality Check

Anthropogenic Climate Change – An ‘Urban’ Reality Check

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Anthropogenic climate change can best be described as an abnormal increase in the global surface temperature due to emission of greenhouse gases by human activities. While the climate has been changing since the emergence of Planet Earth in the solar system, human activities in recent times have accelerated the pace of this change. It is now common knowledge that the concentration of carbon dioxide, a significant greenhouse gas (GHG), has consistently increased since the industrial revolution. Interestingly, what fueled the industrial revolution is precisely what is fueling anthropogenic climate change today. Coal, which is more popular as a thermal energy source or a fossil fuel, is actually excess atmospheric carbon dioxide which was captured and stored deep in the Earth’s crust throu
NMML Public Lecture on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’

NMML Public Lecture on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’

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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) invites all interested to a Public Lecture in the ‘Science, Society and Nature’ series on ‘Rescuing Nature from Growth and Equity’. Abstract: The importance of restoring extensive natural landscapes with full complement of wild species is now well-recognized as an integral part of any development process hoping to maintain planet earth in a state conducive to human existence in the long run. Such natural diversity of plants and animals includes many species that can be wisely harvested for human uses, tolerates human impacts or even thrives under them. However, there are also animal and plant communities that are ecologically fragile in the face of human impacts or come into serious conflict with human interests, leading to their rapid ex
Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

Yamuna Rises from the Ashes to Reclaim Its Floodplain

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Activists and researchers working on River Yamuna in Delhi have long declared it sick and dead. River Yamuna is also considered to be a drain, as it flows through the eastern part of India's national capital: Delhi. Not only does Delhi gulp down every single drop of water in River Yamuna, it even sends out requests to the upstream state of Haryana to "release more water" in the peak summer months of April-May. However, it is certainly not administrative delays in addressing Delhi's requests as to why Haryana releases MUCH MORE water in River Yamuna than Delhi asked for, in the following months of June-July-Aug! A major part of North India remains hot and dry until the month of May, during which time the water demand of the region peaks. The water demand peaks maximum in Delhi whi...
Invite to the Release of First Tree Census Report in Delhi at IIC

Invite to the Release of First Tree Census Report in Delhi at IIC

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India International Centre and The Green Circle of Delhi invites all interested citizens to the release of a first of its kind initiative - the "First Tree Census Report of Delhi by Citizens: Sarvodaya Enclave". The Report is a compilation of the rigorous, consistent and focused tree census survey by volunteers which was led by Padmawati Dwivedi of Compassionate Living and a resident of the area. It also speaks about the determination, the will and also the need to document the trees of Delhi before we lose them to mindless and unplanned construction activities. The Report will be released by Shri Praveen Kumar Tripathi, Chief Secretary of Delhi and a key presentation on the Report will be delivered by Ms. Padmavati Dwivedi. Date: 17 October, 2012 (Wednesday) Time: 6.30 pm (Please ...
Water and Forests: Basic Necessity for Maintaining Life and Biodiversity

Water and Forests: Basic Necessity for Maintaining Life and Biodiversity

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The past week witnessed the celebrations of two important and inter-connected days of environmental importance. 21st March marked the observance of World Forestry Day, supported by all members of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. World Forestry Day has been celebrated since 1972 as a day to highlight the importance of forests and calling for urgent attention towards the protection and preservation of 'our forest heritage'. The very next day, 22nd March 2012 was celebrated as World Water Day (WWD), also in coordination with the FAO. World Water Day 2012 was themed on 'Water and Food Security' and highlighted the importance of securing water resources for feeding the rapidly increasing global population. WWD 2012 was also more significant this year as it ...
Delhi: Incredible India’s Urban Tourism Destination!

Delhi: Incredible India’s Urban Tourism Destination!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXNm4xP8zEE Delhi: the capital of choice of many an Emperors...and a destination of choice of rich at heart! Welcome to Delhi - one of the most fascinating and majestic cities of all times! Author's description: India has emerged as a global economic powerhouse in recent times, but many travellers the world over still remain fascinated by two things - India's rich cultural heritage and the diverse sights and sounds on offer. This photo montage captures the people and places that make India truly fascinating to a traveller, particularly in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Photos include those from Delhi's Red Fort, Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Sarojini market, Qutb Minar, Lotus Temple (Baha'i faith), Humayu's Tomb and Jama Masjid to Jaipur's City Palace,...
Universalisation of Roshni: the Green Innovation for Sustainable Habitats Initiative at the President’s Estate

Universalisation of Roshni: the Green Innovation for Sustainable Habitats Initiative at the President’s Estate

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President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at the Seminar on Universalisation of Roshni - a green innovation for sustainable habitats, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium. Also seen are Dr. Farook Abdullah, Smt. Sheila Dikshit and Shri Kamal Nath A day long seminar on the universalisation of Roshni -  the environmental initiative in practice in the President’s Estate  was recently inaugurated by the President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at her state residence. The Roshni initiative, which was launched in 2008 has been an effort to help and equip the residents of the President's Estate to live in harmony with nature. The initiative had then come against the background of issues concerned with climate change and is now working to make the overall environment of t

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