Weekly Green News Update for Week 20 (May 11 to 17), 2015


Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 20 (between May 11 to May 17) 2015.

1. Two new projects for reducing Yamuna pollution: Government

Two projects have been sanctioned in Sonepat and Panipat towns at a cost of Rs 217.87 crore for abating pollution of river Yamuna, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

2. Efforts for Pollution abatement of River Yamuna

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is supplementing the efforts of the States for pollution abatement of river Yamuna, a tributary of River Ganga, by providing financial assistance to Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in a phased manner since 1993 under the Yamuna Action Plan.

3. Lajpat Nagar residents move NGT against DUSIB parking

Residents of Lajpat Nagar here have moved the National Green Tribunal against the operation of a parking lot by Delhi Urban Shelter Board in front of Kasturba Niketan Complex, prompting the green panel to seek the response of the city government on the matter.

4. Plea before NGT on diesel taxis flouting laws

A Delhi resident’s plea alleging that diesel-powered inter-State taxis operating in the Capital were violating the Supreme Court directive, led the National Green Tribunal on Friday to seek the response of the government in the matter.

5. Delhi pollution: Protective eyewear for Delhi traffic police soon

With alarm bells ringing about Delhi’s air quality, traffic policemen in the city will soon get protective eye glasses that will shade their eyes from road dust.

6. NGT imposes hefty fines on hospitals, malls without rainwater harvesting systems

The National Green Tribunal has imposed hefty fines on a number of major hospitals, malls and five-star hotels in the capital that do not have rainwater harvesting systems installed within their premises.

7. NGT for check of polluting units in Greater Noida

The National Green Tribunal has directed country’s anti-pollution watchdog Central Pollution Control Board and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to conduct a joint inspection of polluting industries in Greater Noida’s Chhapraula Industrial Area.

8. Petition seeks NGT ban on land use change in Aravalis

A petition was filed with the National Green Tribunal seeking directions for the state government and the Union ministry of environment and forests against issuance of any licences allowing land use change in the Aravalis.

9. Deadline for installing discharge meters for Ganga extended

The deadline for installing real-time effluent discharge meters for polluting industries located on the banks of river Ganga has been extended to June 30 this year, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

10. Ganga cleaning mission gets Rs 20,000 crore boost

The government’s efforts to clean and protect the Ganga on Wednesday got a big financial boost of Rs 20,000 crore which the Centre will spend to rejuvenate the national river in the next five years.

11. NGT asks Centre’s response on plea seeking emergency plan to stop river pollution in UP

The National Green Tribunal today sought response from the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government on a plea seeking directions to implement an emergency plan to prevent pollution and contamination of rivers in western UP.

12. Concrete structures on Yamuna flood plains might be demolished

Concrete illegal structures on the Yamuna flood plains in the Agra region are in line for demolition if the stern warning and notice issued by the National Green Tribunal is an indication of the shape of things to come.

13. State forms panel to check toxic discharge into Yamuna

The Haryana government has constituted a committee and ordered it to come up with an action plan to check the discharge of toxic waste into the Yamuna via the Badshapur drain.

14. Conservation of Gir lions a success; but conservationists fear risks of single-location reserves

Kalyanji Bhai Jamuna Das Bhai Godhasara was plucking raw mangoes on his farmland in Dhava, a village in Gir Somnath district, on May 1 when a lioness attacked him.

15. NGT will decide on eco-zone in Uttarkashi: HC

The Uttarakhand high court has disposed of a PIL opposing notification of eco-sensitive zone in Uttarkashi district of the state.

16. Link between unseasonal rains, disasters & climate change: Is India playing the ostrich?

Soon after the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal in end-April , geologists based in Europe asserted that the tragedy was caused by climate change.

17. Iconic Indian fish on verge of extinction: Study

A new study has claimed that the ‘Humpback Mahseer’, a freshwater fish found only in India’s Cauvery Basin is on the ‘brink of extinction’.

18. Tired of allergies? Blame it on exposure to pollution as child

It’s now time to take allergies more seriously than you ever have in your life. According to a new study, exposure to outdoor air pollution during the first year of life increases the risk of developing allergies to food, mould, pets and pests.

19. NASA tool to protect endangered blue whales

The US space agency is set to launch a new online tool to protect endangered blue whales.

20. NASA finds Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

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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