Environmental News and Media Roundup for Week 7, 2013

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 7 (starting February 11, 2013) 2013.

1. RWA to save South Delhi ridge

Resident Welfare Association  representatives, residents of Mahipalpur and environmental activists on Sunday decided to join hands to “reclaim” the gram sabha land (commons) and save the plunder of the south-central Aravali ridge by different government agencies.

2. A Sorry Two Years

Last week marked two years since the Government of India brought out the rules related to how plastic bags and multi-layered packaging-the kind chips come in- should be disposed off, and by whom.

3. ‘Fragile’ Mangar hosts rich bird life

If the Haryana government had illusions about Mangar Bani being anything but a rich Aravali ecosystem, a visit to the area will easily dispel such doubts. Despite being a largely pure forest of the dhau tree surrounded by a vast expanse of the vilayati kikar, the green area is home to several mammals and provides an excellent platform for birdwatching.

4. Royal citadels lying in ruins of apathy

If you stand across Vasant Kunj C-8 block to reach the 13th-century-built Sultan Ghari tomb, you will struggle to locate the entry.

5. Yamuna panel fails to meet, forms sub-panel

Despite strict directions from the Supreme Court in December last year, the ministry of environment is yet to hold a meeting of 10-member committee to examine some of the difficulties involved in reducing pollution in the Yamuna river.

6. Ganga green Valentine for saviours

It was a different kind of Valentine’s Day celebrations at the Arail ghat on Thursday.

7. Wetland technology: Alternate solution for treatment of waste water

Wetland technology-a natural technique for municipal and industrial wastewater treatment and reuse can solve many water related problems in the country, said Dr Rakesh Kumar, chief scientist and head Mumbai zonal centre of National Environment Engineering Research Institute  on Sunday.

8. Producing CNG, even from bagasse, for vehicles!

It couldn’t get more natural than this. Under instructions from the Union ministry for new and renewable energy ,  Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India is expected to “test the bio-CNG produced from bagasse and its use in operating a commercial vehicle”.

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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