Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 06, 2015

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 06 (starting February 02, 2015) 2015.

1. 600 officials to give views on green laws

Government will take the view of forest officials from across the country before proposing amendments to key environment laws.

2. CCTVs to be installed along Yamuna

CCTV cameras will be installed at several points along Yamuna to prevent it from being encroached and polluted.

3. Soaring pollution pushes up sales of air purifiers

Deteriorating air quality in India became a talking point during US President Barack Obama’s recent visit to the Capital.

4. HC to take up air pollution issue

The Delhi high court on Friday decided to take up suo motu the issue of air pollution in the city, a couple of days after it observed that poor air quality was a major cause of respiratory problems in most children.

5. HC CONCERNED – ‘Delhi’s poor air quality not acceptable’

Terming as “unacceptable“ that majority of kids in the Delhi were suffering from respiratory problems owing to poor ambient air quality, Delhi high court on Wednesday said it intends to take up the issue of air pollution if the Supreme Court is not already dealing with it.

6. Make clean air a birthright of every Indian: Javadekar

A day after the Delhi high court expressed its anguish over the Capital’s dirty air, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday admitted that the government needs to work to make air cleaner and said, “Clean air must be a birthright for all and that’s the way India wants to walk“.

7. Lajpat Nagar traders move NGT for single-lane parking

Days after the National Green Tribunal banned parking of cars on metalled roads, local traders on Thursday approached the tribunal seeking permission for single lane parking till alternative parking site was provided.

8. Terminator to attend Delhi green summit

Hollywood actor, activist and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will attend the annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, scheduled to be held in the capital from February 5 to 7 to brainstorm ways to tackle climate change and reduce carbon footprints.

9. Yamuna pollution can’t be reversed: Water commission

The Yamuna, by the time it flows through Agra, has nearly 50 times more biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) than the permissible limit.

10. Meow, not roar: Experts maul census data

Wildlife enthusiasts were jubilant when the results of the tiger survey were announced recently. Officially, big cat population in the country went up from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014.

11. NGT bans mining, stone quarrying near Sariska tiger reserve

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed that no person or company will be allowed to carry out stone quarrying or mining of any sort without the requisite environmental clearance near the Sariska Tiger reserve in Rajasthan.

12. ‘New govt. has set high green goals’

French minister of ecology, sustainable development and energy Segolene Royal invokes Rabindranath Tagore as she urges nations to work together to save the planet from disastrous consequences of climate change.

13. Now, France too will back India’s clean energy drive

With rich nations lining up to be part of India’s new thrust to clean energy and sustainable development, France will also formally extend its help during the multiple bilateral meetings over the next two days here on Thursday and Friday.

14. Clean Ganga: Power to 98 UP tanneries snapped

The Kanpur district administration snapped power supply to 98 tanneries in Jajmau amidst tight security on the orders of the National Green Tribunal.

15. Confusion over deadline for India’s promise to hit 100 GW target in solar power

The 100 GW target for solar electricity is a promise that India has been repeating at every climate change forum over the last couple of months.

16. Pak to raise hydel project concerns at Indus meet

Pakistan is expected to raise its concerns over certain power projects set up by India in Jammu & Kashmir at the 111th meeting of the Indus Water Commission which began in New Delhi on Sunday.

17. World has not woken up to water crisis caused by climate change: IPCC head

Water scarcity could lead to conflict between communities and nations as the world is still not fully aware of the water crisis many countries face as a result of climate change, the head of the U.N. panel of climate scientists warned on Tuesday.

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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