Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 08, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 08 (starting February 20, 2012) 2012.

1. Delhi Govt. to promote fish farming in rural areas

The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved auctioning of fishing activities in 24 water bodies on gram sabha land in the Capital.

2. Full-grown tree cut, MCD and forest department pass buck

An over 30-feet tall mature, ready-to-bloom semal tree has been ‘illegally’ cut to its trunk level in Sector A of green Vasant Kunj in south Delhi.

2. Daler Mehndi contributes to the environment

With our globe undergoing major climatic upheaval owing to severe environmental degradation, it has left environmentalists fuming.

3. Films on environment conservation to be screened

The Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival this year has invited several filmmakers and activists who will not only showcase their work but will also be part of an interaction with the audience. On February 20, documentary filmmaker and environmentalist Krishnendu Bose was in the city to share his ideas behind his work

4. Faridabad water curbs to hit S Delhi

Parts of south Delhi are likely to face a water crisis this summer as the authorities in Faridabad have started a crackdown on the supply of water through tankers from the NCR town to the Capital.  The sealing of illegal bore-wells and impounding of water tankers have already begun.

5. Spacious footpaths key to low pedestrian deaths

Till a few years ago, New York too had faced the challenges that Delhi faces now. The number of private vehicles was on the rise and flyovers were choc-a-block with cars. There was little space for parking and the number of pedestrians being killed on roads was giving the city administration a tough time.

6. School in dock for experiments on foetus, rare animals

Sixteen varieties of dead endangered animals and two dead human foetuses were recovered from the biology lab of a prominent public school in northeast Delhi on Friday afternoon.

7. Jairam differs with PM, says no NGO forced Bt Brinjal ban

Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday contradicted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Bt Brinjal moratorium, saying the decision was an outcome of two years of consultations with scientists, chief ministers and other stakeholders and not made under the influence of NGOs.

8. More forest land for projects after PM intervention

The Union ministry of environment and forests has agreed to divert additional 25% forest land that was earlier categorised as no-go area for setting up projects concerning infrastructure ministries such as power, road and coal. This is after the Prime Minister’s Office stepped in and pushed the ministry to fast-track project clearances.

9. Inter-ministerial groups to fine-tune India’s climate change stance

In a consolidation of the Durban results, the environment and forests ministry has notified inter-ministerial groups that will advise on key elements of India’s stance on climate negotiations for future.

10. Shut resorts in tusker corridor: Experts

The battle over removing hotels and resorts from the only corridor linking elephants in the Eastern and Western Ghats has got shriller. Experts on board the prime minister-led National Board of Wildlife have written a joint letter to senior forest officials warning that they could be in contempt of court if they overrode the unanimous expert advice and set up yet another committee to review the Madras High Court decision that demanded removal of the resorts.

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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