Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 13, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 13 (starting March 26, 2012) 2012.

1. Common man chips in as Delhi switches off for 1 hr

In the season of election slogans and posters, a placard screaming “Vote Earth — Your light switch is your vote” caught everyone’s eyes at India Gate on Saturday evening.

2. 14 bird species on verge of extinction in India

At least 14 species of birds from India are on the verge of extinction due to poaching, over use of pesticides and loss of habitat, government said.

3. Posco verdict not a setback to government’s green policies: Jayanthi Natarajan

The National Green Tribunal order suspending environmental clearance to Posco is not a setback to government’s green policies, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said today, asserting that “very strict and transparent” procedure was followed while giving the nod.

4. All necessary steps taken before giving nod to power project: MoEF

The Ministry of Environment and Forest has claimed before the National Green Tribunal  that it had taken “all necessary steps” before granting environmental clearance to a mega hydro-power project in Arunachal Pradesh on Lohit river, which originates in China.

5. Protestor climbs tree near PM’s residence

A man claiming to be an activist of the Save Ganga movement climbed a tree near Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence here on Saturday evening demanding Dr. Singh’s intervention in the matter.

6. After Brahmaputra, China may target Sutlej, says Tibetan leader

Taking a dig at China for occupying Tibet and “undertaking policies against the interest of people there”, home minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Gyari Dolma, on Monday termed the coming visit of Chinese premier Hu Jintao as the arrival of a “monster” in India.

7. Big food brands hide harmful effects, claims Delhi-based NGO Centre for Science and Environment

Delhi-based NGO, Centre for Science and Environment, has alleged that leading food manufacturers are guilty of “large scale misbranding and misinformation” by claiming that their food contained zero trans-fats even though tests showed that they have heavy doses of it.

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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