Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 20, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 20 (starting May 14, 2012) 2012.

1. New bridge to take burden off Salimgarh Fort

The decade-old deadlock between Archaeological Survey of India and Northern Railway over construction of a new bridge near 16th-century world heritage site Salimgarh Fort is finally on the way to being resolved.

2. New BRTs hang in balance

With the existing BRT corridor under the court’s scanner, the Delhi government has put its plan to build 15 more corridors on hold, at least for the time being.

3. More land needed for deer at Hauz Khas park

Deer Park, a popular destination for several south Delhi residents since the 1960s, may lose its deer if the Delhi Development Authority does not take timely action.

4. When art helps wildlife conservation

From the pristine landscapes of Tibet to a Kolkata morning on the Hooghly river, from the nature-inspired contours of Gaudi’s architecture to a golden dusk over the Arno river in Florence — the photographs and art works of Bharat and Mrida Joshi is somewhat surreal and representative.

5. Heat and dust plays havoc on Delhiites’ health

The dust storms may have cooled down the climes, bringing respite from the torrid heat, but they are also taking a toll on children, elderly and those prone to respiratory tract infections.

6. Games Village flats a puzzle for buyers

If you are buying a house that will cost you anything between Rs. 2.5 and Rs. 6 crore, it is understandable you’d expect the developer to answer all your questions and doubts. But expect no such luck if you are coveting a flat at the Commonwealth Games Village, 110 of which are being auctioned by the Delhi Development Authority.

7. Traffic cops to get anti-pollution masks

Have you ever thought that the ones who ensure your safety on the roads are the most vulnerable to several diseases?

7. Himalayas warming faster, facing severe climate change impact: Study

A scientific study published on Wednesday revealed that the Himalayas, one of world’s richest biodiversity zones, is warming faster than other parts of the globe.

8. Network to save the greens

Nearly 200 young people from 11 countries, including India, recently laid the foundation stone for a worldwide youth climate network within the ‘YouThinkGreen’ programme at Wolfsburg in Germany.

9. India seeks $30 million fund to save tigers

India has sought assistance of $30 million under the Global Tiger Initiative, Keshav Varma, programme manager for the World Bank-led scheme, said here on Tuesday.

10. 34 companies flouted environmental norms in North-East: Government

State-run Oil India and ONGC are among the 34 companies that have flouted environmental norms during last three years in the north-eastern region, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

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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