Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 07, 2012

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 meeting will be focused on working out a common and concerted strategy on the proposed new global climate change regime.

3.  India’s air the worst, says study

India has the worst air quality in the world, beating even its neighbour China, according to an annual survey based at Yale and Columbia universities in the United States.

4.  Jayanthi Natarajan gives go-ahead to Demwe Lower Hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh

Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan has set aside objections of a wildlife expert committee and given the go-ahead to the 1,750MW Demwe Lower Hydroelectricproject on the Lohit River in Arunachal Pradesh. The project is a joint enterprise of Athena Demwe Power and the Arunachal Pradesh government.

5.  Lessons from the Durban Conference

You know your negotiating strategy is in trouble when countries ranging as far as Norway in the developed world to partners like South Africa and neighbours like Bangladesh start quoting Gandhi and Nehru back to you.

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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