Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 41, 2012

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (starting October 8, 2012) 2012.

1. A colonial encroacher

Almost one-fourth of all the articles that have appeared in this column have dealt with the issue of encroachment in one shape or another. Sanitation-wallahs and police-wallahs encroaching on pavements meant for pedestrians, places of worship encroaching on public land, peoples’ representatives encroaching on heritage monuments, preachers and priests encroaching on heritage structures, so on and so forth.

2. RWAs game for government’s green scheme

The Commonwealth Games had brought massive infrastructure growth in the capital, sometimes at the cost of green cover. But the sporting extravaganza, officials claim, has also spurred residents into being more “green conscious.”

3. Delhi-based centre begins survey of mining-affected areas

The environment impact assessment resource and response centre’s director Pushp Jain on Saturday visited certain mining affected areas in Goa and assessed the extent of pollution and damage caused by mining.

4. Rs 1,200 crore later, quietly flows the dirty Yamuna

Shocked over the high concentration of domestic sewage in Yamuna’s waters, the Supreme Court has rapped the Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh governments and agencies that have undertaken the task of cleaning the river.

5. SC may allow tiger tourism in core reserve areas

With the season of festivals and holidays drawing near, the Supreme Court on Tuesday served some good news for wildlife enthusiasts by indicating that it would lift the two-and-a-half month old ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves next week.

6. 5 reasons you should walk in the festive season

Fitness per se takes a backseat as we indulge ourselves in sweets and other treats, giving our otherwise daily workout routine a miss. Experts say, even if it may be difficult to maintain your fitness schedules, taking time out for a brief stroll everyday can do wonders to your body while ridding it of all the fatigue and stress.

7. Red signal on green nods still holds up coal projects

Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan’s claim of awarding clearances to projects which will double coal production in the country may not hold true completely as many projects are awaiting environment and forest clearances from her ministry.

8. Wildlife wing to boost meadow development in PAs

In a bid to encourage speedy recovery of wildlife population, the state forest department plans to take up meadow development at relocated village sites in national parks, sanctuaries and tiger reserves.

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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