Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 05, 2012

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 pollution level in the Yamuna, continuous destruction of natural habitat and inconsistent winter have made many migratory birds — 21 of the 27 major species — skip the city this year.

3. Ghazipur landfill site to house power plant

With the Ghazipur landfill site unable to take in more waste, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has decided to empty part of it in the next three years. The site contains 46 lakh metric tonnes of garbage that will be segregated and used for generating energy.

4. Equity central to global environment pact: Natarajan

The principle of common but differentiated responsibility and equity – right to grow – is central to talk of global environmental agreements and their effective implementation, said environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday.

5. Amul bags Green Globe Foundation award

Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) – the apex body of dairy cooperatives of Gujarat which markets brand Amul – has received the Green Globe Foundation award in the manufacturing category.

6. Want a film on climate change: Abhishek Bachchan

After being part of entertaining films, Abhishek Bachchan is keen now to make a movie on climate change but says it is important to have the right story that can strike a chord with the audiences. “I want to make a film about saving the environment and bring about a change.

7. Himachal to be the 1st state to become carbon-neutral by 2020: Dhumal

NEW DELHI, Himachal Pradesh would be the first state in the country to become carbon neutral by 2020 by undertaking “carbon smart growth”, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal claimed here today.

8. Irked by ‘motivated’ petition, Green Tribunal imposes penalty

Irked by a “frivolous” and “motivated” litigation, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slapped a cost of Rs 50,000 on a person who first challenged the environmental clearance granted to a thermal power plant in Madhya Pradesh but later withdrew his plea saying the project was good for development of the region.

9. India opposes UN panel’s ‘back door’ for green caps

A high-profile panel of the United Nation Secretary General (UNSG) on Global Sustainability has recommended that the world adopt sustainable development targets. The move has been opposed by India and several other developing countries as creating a backdoor for caps on emissions and green targets, while breaching the firewall between developing and rich countries that is enshrined in the Rio declaration and the UN convention on climate change.

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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