Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 05, 2015

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 05 (starting January 26, 2015) 2015.

1. ‘Better’ but not clean air at Rajpath today

Air quality during the Republic Day parade may turn out to be slightly better than the bleak smoggy mornings the city has seen this winter, but it will continue to be in the “poor“ and “very poor“ categories.

2. Planners doubt multilevel parking fix

Shopping at Lajpat Nagar and Karol Bagh markets may soon become a more comfortable experience with corporations already implementing National Green Tribunal’s order to ban parking on tarred roads.

3. Nuclear Physics after Chemistry

Unlike China, no emission target for India – India and the US on Sunday stressed enhancing bilateral cooperation to deal with climate change but did not have a China-like bilateral deal where both Washington and Beijing last November set their respective emission cut goals.

4. Experts bank on US air quality alert

US and India haven’t spelt out how their partnership on addressing air pollution will roll out, but scientists and advocacy groups are already excited about the possibilities.

5. OBAMA NAMA – Can’t win climate fight without India: US

The United States could not get a climate deal with India, but President Barack Obama on Tuesday made a strong pitch for emission cuts and said the world does not “stand a chance against climate change“ unless developing countries like India cut their carbon emissions by reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

6. Check hotels near IGI airport: NGT

National Green Tribunal on Friday directed Delhi Pollution Control Committee, National Productivity Council, Maulana Azad Medical College, Jamia Milia Islamia University and other agencies to conduct joint inspections of hotels near the IGI airport to check whether they are following pollution control norms or not.

7. Sultanpur park to reopen today

The Sultanpur National Pak will reopen on Monday, 16 days after a bird flu scare shut it down.

8. Vehicles plying near Taj told to go CNG by Aug

Due to the gradual yellowing of the Taj Mahal due to carbon pollution, the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) Authority has given a July 31 deadline to all commercial vehicles operating around the Taj to convert to CNG.

9. Clean Ganga: Stretch in J’khand to be a priority

Government is likely to take up cleaning and rejuvenation of Ganga in Jharkhand as a “priority stretch“ since the total length passing through the stretch is shorter than the other four states -Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Uttarakhand.

10. Country’s first fenced jumbo park to come up near B’luru

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – an international animal rights and conservation group -and the Bannerghatta Biological Park, Karnataka, have joined hands to create India’s first ‘fenced’ elephant sanctuary in a forested space that will allow elephants to move around freely within the secure area.

11. Heat waves becoming more prominent in urban areas: study

The world’s urban areas have experienced significant increases in heat waves over the past 40 years, according to researchers from India and the US.

12. Two biofuels produced from single algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study.

13. Myanmar Tallies 1,114 Bird Species, 20 Previously Unrecorded

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.

14. Found: Why rain gives off aromatic earthy smell

MIT scientists have identified the mechanism that releases an earthy smell in the air after light rain.

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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