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Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 22, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 22 (starting May 28, 2012) 2012. 1. Petrol price hike: Environmentalists worried over the adverse impact of diesel cars on environment Even as chief minister Sheila Dikshit hinted at marginal relief for Delhiites from the petrol price hike, environmentalists are not amused. They continue to be a worried bunch and their fears are not unfounded, for petrol getting out of reach for many people means there will be more diesel vehicles on the road in the years to come. 2. Delhi CM reduces petrol price, makes CNG costlier Less than a week after the public sector oil companies raised petrol price by Rs. 7.54 to 73.18 a litre in the Capital, the Delhi government plans to bring it down by Rs. 1.26 to Rs. 71....

Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 18, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 18 (starting April 30, 2012) 2012. 1. Delhi Zoo staff put on precautionary treatment After the suspected anthrax death of a young male rhinoceros at Delhi Zoo last Friday, the authorities have closed the animal enclosure for public view and put 20-odd staff there on precautionary medical treatment. 2. Quietly flows the dirty, poisonous Yamuna Have you felt nausea, difficulty in breathing, headache or dizziness while crossing the Yamuna on your way to work or while returning home? 3. Gases damage ACs in nearby areas The fact that their house is situated near a river is no consolation in this torrid heat for those who have their abode near the Yamuna. 4. Dumping e-waste is illegal now Star

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 12, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 12 (starting March 19, 2012) 2012. 1. 14,300 trees likely to be felled for Delhi Metro's 3rd phase Nearly 14,300 trees are likely to be felled during the construction work of Delhi Metro's third phase. The "Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has submitted a tentative proposal indicating removal of 14,298 trees for construction of following of metro lines in Phase-III," Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan said in a written reply to Lok Sabha today. 2. Are house sparrows being driven away? Sparrows are seen as a mascot for ecological conservation but birdwatchers are worried that adverse environmental factors such as shrinking habitat may be driving them into hiding. 3. What ...
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 ...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 11, 2012

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 11 (starting March 12, 2012) 2012. 1. Allow cars and autos on BRT bus lane: High court The Delhi high court on Thursday gave its green signal for cars and autorickshaws to ply on the bus lane of the otherwise congested and accident-prone bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor between Ambedkar Nagar and Moolchand in south Delhi on experimental basis for six weeks. 2. Pollution cloud over BRT Built to promote public transport, the bus rapid transit corridor was touted as a "green corridor" by the Delhi government when it came up in 2008. The idea was that increased usage of public transport would bring down reliability on private vehicles, and thus the resultant emissions, especially as buses were CNG-power...

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 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 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...

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 51, 2011

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Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 51 (starting December 19), 2011 1. Delhi needs more space, but how? Delhi is a city caught in the throes of history. On the one hand, it bears the legacy of an aesthetic skyline dotted with low-rise buildings, vast greens and wide roads. On the other, it faces the very real problem of a rapidly growing population and shrinking space. 2. Delhi set to go higher, taller After mid-rise structures with 12-15 floors that came up in east and west Delhi in the early 90s, the city is now set to get skyscrapers a la Mumbai. Several developers are constructing high-end residential towers of more than 15 floors. The tallest project by Raheja Developers called Raheja Phoenix will have a 51-storey tower. 3. Do...
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