Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 03, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 03 (starting January 16) 2012.

1. Living next to landfill, they seek freedom from disease

Salma Khatun’s husband barely manages to earn Rs 5,000 a month by preparing sticker bindis. And she spends a whopping 12% of it to buy drinking water for her family of five.  Salma’s colony has hand pumps and taps and sometimes water is even brought in tankers. But all three sources of water show traces of contamination.

2. Delhi’s migratory birds take hit as wetlands shrink

The declining number of migratory birds in Delhi and the National Capital Region has been perturbing bird watching circles who blame it on loss of habitat due to human encroachment.

3. Sterilisation drive fails to check dog population

Despite 10 NGOs in the city sterilising thousands of dogs every year, the canine population in the city does not seem to be declining. With as many as 7,000 dog bites being reported in 2011, Councillors of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi have asked the administrative wing to launch an investigation into the sterilisation programme since it does not seems to be affective.

4. CEOs like Anil Ambani, Ratan Tata & Prashant Ruia to meet PM to discuss bottlenecks in power sector

India Inc’s top bosses from Anil Ambani and Anil Agarwal to Ratan Tata and Cyrus Mistry will flock to the capital this week in a rare show of unity, hoping to convince the prime minister that the government needs to break the gridlock in the power sector that threatens to derail growth.

5. Changing the way Delhi travels

Monorail is finally going to be a reality. The Delhi government on Tuesday gave in-principle approval to construct a 10.8 km monorail line in east Delhi.

6. ‘Green shift’ can help industries save $2 trn: WEF

Leading global economies can save up to $2 trillion by ‘green shift’ of their industries and countries like India can significantly improve sustainable competitiveness with stronger environment policies, a World Economic Forum report said today.

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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