Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 30, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 30 (starting July 23, 2012) 2012.

1. Winter migratory birds on a hopping flight through Delhi

Rare winter migratory birds like the Cotton Pygmy Goose, the Great White Pelican and the Greater Flamingo can be spotted at the capital’s Okhla Bird Sanctuary.

2. Govt junks research body report on BRT

The Delhi Government is determined to reduce the number of cars on the roads, it told the High Court. It also made it clear that the government stood by BRT projects aimed at encouraging more people to use public transport and give up private vehicles.

3. The 16th century surprise

What is today the Capital’s favourite joggers’ park, a place frequented by the rich and famous as well as the common folk, was not so long ago a village by the name of Khairpur.  Not many of the frequent visitors know the name when they visit Lodi Gardens. Inside it is a 16th century surprise.

4. SC bans tourism in core areas of Project Tiger forests

Popular destinations inside tiger reserves like Dhikala in Corbett will soon be out of bounds for tourists as the Supreme Court on Tuesday imposed an interim ban on all tourist activities in core areas of Project Tiger forests.

5. Nominations invited for environment awards

The ministry of environment and forests has invited nominations for ‘Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar’ for the year 2012, given to those who have done outstanding work towards protection and conservation of environment.

6. Power plants to use only quality, washed coal: Environment Ministry

Power plants in urban and industrial areas can use only washed coal that is less polluting. The environment ministry has issued stringent notification effective from January 1, 2014 on quality of coal used for power generation.

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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