Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 03, 2015

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 03 (starting January 12, 2015) 2015.

1. ‘No monkey died of hunger at Asola’

No monkey died of starvation at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, a preliminary inquiry by a committee probing the condition of simians at the facility has found.

2. Rs 5,000 fine for throwing puja items into Yamuna

Throwing puja offerings into the Yamuna, a ritual for many Delhiites, will now invite a fine of Rs 5,000. Dumping construction debris on the banks will cost Rs 50,000 while real estate developers are barred from carrying out any construction on the floodplains.

3. Green activist offloaded from Del-London flight

A senior campaigner with Greenpeace India, an environmental NGO, was allegedly stopped at IGI Airport from boarding a flight to London on Sunday.

4. Yamuna order: DJB faces cleanup challenge

Delhi Jal Board has a mammoth task before it to clean the Yamuna as ordered by National Green Tribunal on Tuesday.

5. Banking on Yamuna, many farmers may lose their lifeline

The path leading towards Yamuna from the highway close to Akshardham is lined on either side by expansive green fields punctuated by bursts of yellow.

6. Plea in NGT over DDA `lake city’ in Mayur Vihar

An environmental activist has filed a plea against Delhi Development Authority’s proposed “lake city complex“ near Sanjay Lake in Mayur Vihar.

7. NGT order to make drains pollution-free

If the National Green Tribunal judgment on the Yamuna and stormwater drains in Delhi is implemented, drains, which are eyesore now, will transform into recreational green spaces.

8. U-turn by Centre in apex court on capital vehicular pollution

There is a twist to the recent controversy about an MoEF affidavit to Supreme Court claiming vehicles in Delhi contribute to only 6.6% of particulate matter pollution while road dust contributes to 52%.

9. AIR QUALITY ROW – MoEF guided by bad science, EPCA tells SC

Environment Pollution Control Authority has submitted its rebuttal to Supreme Court on MoEF’s recent affidavit that downplayed the role of vehicles in air pollution.

10. Sultanpur park shut after 47 birds die

The Sultanpur National Park has been shut for a week after 47 birds, mostly Eurasian coots, were found dead inside the sanctuary , around 16km from Gurgaon.

11. Govt plans to bring Sharda water to Delhi

Looking to meet Mumbai’s drinking water demand till 2060, the Centre and the Maharashtra and Gujarat governments have formally agreed to link Damanganga and Pinjal rivers through multi-purpose dams and tunnels.

12. Railways starts first train that chugs on CNG

In a significant step towards adopting green fuel, the railways has launched its first CNG train.

13. MoEF eases green norms for big bldgs

In a major simplification of rules, the building construction industry will no longer need to make trips to Delhi for environmental clearances.

14. Soon, a powerful, cheaper battery for electric cars

A next-generation cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles is one step closer to reality.

15. It’s official: 2014 was the warmest year ever

Last year was the hottest in earth’s recorded history , scientists reported on Friday , underscoring scientific warnings about the risks of runaway emissions and undermining claims by climate-change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped.

16. Manicured lawns contribute to global warming by producing greenhouse gases

A new study has recently revealed that manicured lawns are major source of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.

Shilpi Chakravarty

Shilpi Chakravarty is an environmental professional with a master's degree in environmental studies from the University of Delhi. She works to use her professional skills for making the planet a better place to live on.
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