Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 22, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 22 (starting May 28, 2012) 2012.

1. Petrol price hike: Environmentalists worried over the adverse impact of diesel cars on environment

Even as chief minister Sheila Dikshit hinted at marginal relief for Delhiites from the petrol price hike, environmentalists are not amused. They continue to be a worried bunch and their fears are not unfounded, for petrol getting out of reach for many people means there will be more diesel vehicles on the road in the years to come.

2. Delhi CM reduces petrol price, makes CNG costlier

Less than a week after the public sector oil companies raised petrol price by Rs. 7.54 to 73.18 a litre in the Capital, the Delhi government plans to bring it down by Rs. 1.26 to Rs. 71.92 a litre.

3. DDA sitting on plan to ease BRT

If it weren’t for the lackadaisical attitude of the Delhi Development Authority, driving along the controversial bus rapid transit corridor would have been smoother.

4. DJB to educate sewage workers about work-related health hazards

To minimize the harmful effects of inhaling poisonous gases while cleaning sewers, Delhi government is planning to impart training to 20,000-odd sewage workers of the Delhi Jal Board.

5. Now, 600 km of Yamuna dirty

The Central Pollution Control Board has confirmed. Eighteen years and Rs. 1,500 crore later, the polluted stretch in the Yamuna river has increased to 600 km.

6. Rashtrapati Bhavan green initiative gets new logo

The Rashtrapati Bhavan’s sustainability initiative – Roshni Prachodaya Society (Roshni) – got a new logo selected by President Pratibha Patil.

7. Galloping mercury, power demand leave Delhi, NCR high and dry

Friday was no better than Thursday — the season’s hottest day so far — in Delhi and the NCR. The maximum temperature dropped a hint to 44.4ºC from the previous day’s 45.4 ºC but the minimum more than made up for it by shooting up to 34.4ºC, seven degrees above normal.

8. World Environment Day 2012: Let’s pledge to make earth a better place

Let’s pledge to make earth a better place to live in. To spread this message and create awareness among the public, World Environment Day 2012 is the right time to initiate solutions on environmental issues.

9. India to help replicate Project Tiger in Russia, China

Six countries, including Russia and China, have sought India’s help to replicate Project Tiger, one of the most successful conservation programmes running in the country to protect the big cats from extinction.

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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