Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 19 (between May 4 to May 10) 2015. 1. NGT order: Fines slapped for burning waste in the open East Delhi Municipal Corporation has begun issuing challans for burning of garbage in the open. 2. Delhi kids learn to embrace trees The famous Chipko movement, initiated in 1970s as resistance to the destruction of trees in Uttarakhand, has now reached the capital, albeit in a more non-confrontational format. 3. NGT slams poor rainwater harvesting at AIIMS flyover The National Green Tribunal on Friday slammed public authorities over the "pathetic condition" of rainwater harvesting system at All India Institute of Medical Sciences flyover. 4. Delhiites will have to pay for polluting Yamuna, thro
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 18 (between April 27 and May 3) 2015. 1. Rs 5,000 fine for burning waste in NCR, says NGT In yet another bid to check air pollution in Delhi and the rest of the NCR, National Green Tribunal on Tuesday banned burning of waste in the open. 2. Air pollution campaign not anti-development: Activists Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar's controversial remark that "vested interests" were behind the campaign against air pollution has left many activists fuming. 3. Strange that environment ministry not accepting studies linking mortality to pollution: Panel A house panel on Monday said it was "strange" that environment ministry was not ready to "accept" studies linking mortality with air ...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 17 (between April 20 and April 26) 2015. 1. Not just winters, Delhi's air toxic in summer too High air pollution levels in Delhi have been generally associated with winters, when atmospheric inversion traps pollutants close to the ground and causes smog. 2. Supreme Court backs NGT’s ban on old vehicles in Delhi The ban imposed by the National Green Tribunal last year on vehicles more than 15 years old from plying on Delhi roads received the Supreme Court’s stamp of approval on Monday. 3. Carrot-&-stick policy can help implement NGT ban The ban on older, polluting vehicles is not impossible to implement if the transport and traffic departments show some will. 4. Weak monsoon may caus
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 16 (between April 13 and April 19) 2015. 1. Three months for fixing Delhi’s pollution The heated debate on addressing Delhi’s air pollution problem has got the Ministry of Environment and Forests and state agencies of NCR — including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan — cracking on the matter. 2. NCR states draw up action plan to tackle air pollution The Centre on Monday joined the long battle for improving the Capital's notoriously bad air quality by getting Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to commit to a three-month action plan to curb pollution in the National Capital Region. 3. Felling of trees by DMRC, PWD given rise to air pollution: HC The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 14 (between March 30 and April 5) 2015. 1. DDA invites NGOs, agencies to help keep Yamuna clean With the civic agencies facing the heat from the National Green Tribunal for sitting on the Yamuna revitalisation project, the Delhi Development Authority has invited expression of interest from NGOs and other agencies for treating religious waste generally disposed of in the river. 2. Checking air pollution should be priority for all: Delhi govt Asked by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to check air pollution in the national capital, Delhi government today said that combating the environmental menace should be a priority for all concerned and must not become a subject of political wrangling. 3. Ai
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 13 (between March 23 and March 29) 2015. 1. Shut down industries operating in residential areas, NGT directs government The National Green Tribunal on Friday issued directions to close down industries operating in residential areas within a month. 2. NGT pulls up MoEF over mining The National Green Tribunal has pulled up the Environment Ministry for moving at a snail’s pace in naming a committee to look into the magnitude of damage caused by illegal mining activities on the Yamuna riverbed from Noida to Faridabad. 3. Rehabilitate slums near railway tracks in six months: NGT to DUSIB The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and the Municipal Co
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 12 (between March 16 and March 22) 2015. 1. Air pollution level in Delhi exceeds WHO limits: Government The level of air pollution in Delhi exceeds the limits prescribed by the World Health Organisation, government said in Rajya Sabha today. 2. Delhi: 60 per cent of sewage remains untreated Around 2,225 million litres per day (MLD) of untreated water is either seeping into the ground or being discharged into Yamuna every day as only 40 per cent of sewage is treated in 18 treatment plants in Delhi, an RTI reply reveals. 3. Pollution control: Capital has nobody to check vehicular emissions In an attempts to curb the soaring pollution in Delhi, the green tribunal in November ordered all vehic...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 11 (starting March 9, 2015) 2015. 1. It was birders' day out with rare finds It started out as a gloomy morning because of rain and low visibility in some parts of the city but the day turned out to be an ecstatic one for birders. 2. Move afoot to 'dress up' Delhi's air pollution data? Under watch across the world over the alarming quality of air in its national capital, are Indian authorities trying to shoot the messenger? 3. Implement Yamuna plan or pay: NGT The National Green Tribunal, while monitoring the progress of "Mailey se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalisation Project 2017", has warned that it has all the "trappings of a civil court" and action will be taken if the project is not implement...
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 10 (starting March 2, 2015) 2015. 1. HC to hear plea to control Delhi air pollution The Delhi High Court on Wednesday said it would hear on March 11 a PIL seeking directions to the government to take immediate steps to control increasing air pollution in Delhi. 2. Top scientist says Delhi air quality is better than Beijing Contrary to a report by the World Health Organisation, Delhi is not the most polluted city in the world, says Gufran Beig, the country’s leading atmospheric scientist. 3. 'Average day in Delhi would be rated bad-air day in Beijing' An average day in Delhi would be considered a very bad-air day in Beijing which, unlike Delhi, has a five-year action plan in place to pro
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 09 (starting February 23, 2015) 2015. 1. Delhi most polluted among 16 NCR cities: CPCB study India's top pollution monitoring body, the Central Pollution Control Board, has said in a report that Delhi has the most polluted air among 16 cities in the National Capital Region. 2. Study finds high level of toxic benzene in Delhi air For Delhiites, there's more bad news in the air. 3. Capital’s dust pollution chokes unprotected construction workers Jitendra Kumar goes around in the dusty terrain of south Delhi’s Moti Bagh, where metro construction is progressing in full swing, supervising his subordinates as they go about their daily duty of mixing cement and setting the mortar. 4. After US, Eur