Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 10, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 10 (starting March 5, 2012) 2012.

1. Exhibition on forest products on at Dilli Haat

Kesraj Jogi sits cross-legged in front of a makeshift kitchen at Dilli Haat – there’s a small brick stove, some basic utensils and a pot of brewing tea. It’s exactly like his home in Kotputli, Rajasthan, he says. He’s here at Green Haat 2012 – the ongoing exhibition of forest-based products – and is contributing by preparing nomadic food.

2. Play it safe this Holi, use natural colours

No matter how tempting those shining reds, blues, greens, yellows and purples may seem, you should double check the quality of colours that you use this Holi to avoid skin allergies, eye irritation and a host of other health problems that may follow.

3. Holi: Demand for natural colours escalates

Keeping aside the usual bright synthetic colours, many are opting for the eco-friendly and chemical-free colours this Holi. Colours which are natural and do not have any harmful impact on the human body are preferred, an analysis by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) revealed.

4. Faridabad bans illegal water supply to Delhi

The Faridabad district administration has imposed a ban on illegally run bore-wells as well as water tankers transporting water to different parts of South Delhi.

5. Guidebook for docs to treat disaster victims

A much-needed ready reckoner for doctors on life-saving medicines to treat patients who are victims of natural/man-made disasters and epidemics was released by the Delhi government on Friday.

6. From New Delhi, some urban legends

The assessment of seven expert committees, which reviewed the state of urban planning ahead of the 12th Five-Year Plan, is that Indian cities will soon reach a precipice—unless a course correction takes place, cities will turn into a nightmare.

7. Ban mining in Western Ghats: Panel

In what could dramatically alter economic activity in almost 45 districts across five states – Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu – and the entire state of Goa, a panel of the Union environment ministry has recommended that mining and industrial growth be banned in more than 80 revenue blocks and strictly regulated in another 75-odd revenue blocks or talukas.

8. MoEF panel recommends land diversion for Tata Steel’s plant

An environment ministry panel has recommended the diversion of forest land for Tata Steel’s five million tonne per annnum greenfield steel plant in Chhattisgarh, sources said.

9. Climate change: India, other developing nations block exclusion of Rio Principles’ references from UNEP decisions

India and other developing countries successfully resisted a move by the United States to exclude references of the Rio Principles from the decisions of the United Nations Environment Programme taken at the Nairobi meet. The decisions of the three-day ministerial, the last big stop of all before the Rio+ 20 summit, will feed into the UN sponsored meet to be held in Brazil in June this year.

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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