Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 42, 2011

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (starting October 17), 2011.

1. Delhi Govt’s Dil se Diwali on Facebook

In order to keep pollution level low this Diwali, the Delhi government has decided to use social networking site Facebook to reach out to people. The environment department of the government has come up with a page on Facebook —‘Dil Se Diwali’ — asking people to say no to crackers.

2. 12th Five-Yr-Plan: CM invites suggestions

The Delhi government has prepared a background paper identifying public transport, water supply and sanitation, housing, medical and public health, education and environment as the focus areas for the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017).

3. Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor to be completely green: Farooq Abdullah

The showcase Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor will be “completely green” and towns on the stretch would be environment-friendly, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said today.

4. Govt’s green message

This year, the Delhi Government has taken their green Diwali message on to Facebook. In a bid to get more and more youngsters excited about a cracker-free Diwali, the department of environment decided to reach out to them on their own turf.

5. Get schooled on going green

How can we save the environment from pollution and global warming? Who is more aware of the environment? And who has been doing what to promote a clean and green environment?

6. MCD plans children’s park in Old Delhi

Children residing in Old Delhi, Paharganj, Karol Bagh and surrounding areas will soon get an amusement park in their area. Taking a cue from Children’s Park at India Gate, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Friday approved a proposal for converting a large chunk of vacant land near Sadar Bazaar into a park with several rides and swings. The plot measuring 5.5 acre was lying vacant after the Idgah Abattoir was shifted to Ghazipur.

7. Air travel to become shorter, greener

Do you find it annoying to fly into Delhi and Mumbai where planes have to hover in the sky, waiting in a seemingly endless queue for touchdown? Ever wondered why this doesn’t happen at London, Dubai, Frankfurt or Newark despite the airports catering to many more flights?

8. Prime Minister likely to review coal supply situation in November

With severe coal shortages disrupting power supply in different parts of the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to take stock of the supply situation next month.

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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