Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 33, 2011

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 33 (starting August 15), 2011

1. Posco: Green ministry ignored own objections

Through every stage of environmental clearance, the Prime Minister’s Office and the finance ministry tracked the Rs 54,000-crore Posco integrated steel plant with keen interest even as the environment ministry sidestepped its own reservations to let the project pass, records with TOI show.

2. 2609 highly polluting industrial units identified: Natarajan

The Central Pollution Control Board has identified 2,609 highly polluting industrial units across the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

3. Parking charges need to be hiked as a deterrent

Even as a high-level committee deliberates over the parking rate policy, a strong case is being made to hike parking rates in the city. EPCA (Environment and Pollution Control Authority) member Bhure Lal on Wednesday made it clear that time has come to change the parking policy in the city drastically.

4. Experts study parking policy, say 1,200 vehicles added to city roads daily

Delhi has witnessed an annual vehicular growth of 10 per cent and nearly 1,200 vehicles are registered daily, experts analysing the parking policy of the Capital said on Wednesday.

5. India exploiting over 80 pc of marine resources: Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar

The Government today said despite limited availability of deep sea fishing vessels, India has been able to exploit over 80 per cent of its marine resources.

6. SC panel for ban on Karnataka mining

The Supreme Court’s environment panel, Central Empowered Committee (CEC), on Friday concurred with the Karnataka Lokayukta to report rampant illegal iron ore mining in Chitradurga and Tumkur districts and recommended a complete ban on private mining.

7. Locals to reap mining benefits

The Central government’s latest move to enact a new law for mining companies to set aside 26 per cent of their profits for local communities will likely prove some consolation to 50,000 people in Kutch and Surat districts.

Aastha Kukreti

Aastha Kukreti holds a Master’s degree in Environment Management and her areas of expertise range from waste management, pollution ecology, green audits, ecofeminism, environmental equity and social justice.

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