Weekly Green News Update for Week 35 (Aug 24 to 30), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 35 (between Aug 24 to 30) 2015.

1 Urban forests can clean up Delhi air

Delhi has a per capita green cover of about 22 sqm (square metres) when the global standard ought to be 25sqm to 100 sq m.

2 Concretisation, the silent killer

Braving the scorching heat, where nights are no longer cooler than the day, and breathing in toxic air which is easily blamed on vehicular pollution, Delhi and its neighbours welcome monsoons only to grumble about water-logging, trees toppling on cars, overflowing storm water drains and life coming to a standstill.

3 Thousands to plant 1 lakh saplings at Tilpath Valley today

As Sunday dawns, TOI Green Drive will reach its ultimate objective: the planting of one lakh saplings at Tilpath Valley near Sainik Farms, south Delhi.

4 Delhi’s first hydropower plant to generate electricity from sewage

Looking forward to green power generation, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has commissioned the first-ever hydropower plant in the national capital which will produce 20,000 kWh of electricity per year.

5 NGT slams Delhi govt for its casual approach on monitoring vehicles

“Stop making jokes of our orders”, the National Green Tribunal warned the Delhi Government on Thursday, taking strong exception to its casual approach on monitoring vehicles entering the city through different entry points and directed it to produce complete details of inspection.

6 Devise alternative routes to ease pressure on Delhi roads: NGT to police

The National Green Tribunal has slammed Delhi Police for submitting an “outdated” traffic plan to reduce pressure on the overburdened roads in the capital while directing it to devise fresh alternative routes for commercial vehicles passing through Delhi.

7 Stop unauthorised sand mining on Yamuna riverbed: NGT

The National Green Tribunal today came down heavily on the Delhi government for permitting sand mining in the name of dredging and directed the authorities concerned to stop illegal mining on the Yamuna river bed and its surrounding areas.

8 Heavy rains cause migratory birds to touchdown in Delhi

Migratory birds have heralded the onset of winters in Delhi already.

9 Green Panel Seeks Number of Vehicles Registered in Delhi in 2 Years

The National Green Tribunal today sought to know from Delhi’s transport department the total number of vehicles registered in 2014 and 2015, saying diesel vehicles caused 27 times more pollution than petrol-driven ones.

10 Delhi can either go the industrial way or become a green city

A significant revelation from a recent conference on cities was that most Indian towns do not follow projected patterns of growth.

11 In heart of Delhi, walkathon raises green awareness

Taking its green initiative to the next level, TOI on Tuesday conducted a walkathon as part of its Green Drive campaign.

12 Saving Hindon & Yamuna:NGT imposes Rs 20,000 fine for dumping waste in Hindon

The National Green Tribunal issued a directive that anyone found throwing waste material in or around the Hindon canal would have to pay a fine of Rs 20,000.

13 Lake of untreated waste poisoning NCR’s groundwater

The groundwater of south Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad may be at risk of fast getting polluted by a big black lake of untreated municipal solid waste in the Aravalli forests formed by leakage of muck from a now defunct waste treatment plant.

14 Six-member panel to suggest ways for cleaning Yamuna

The success of Delhi Metro Rail project is likely to be the model for cleaning up the Yamuna river in the national capital, where the central and Delhi governments would join hands to make the polluted river into a hub of tourism and navigation, and provide clean drinking to the residents.

15 India urges rich world to help in curbing climate change

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Monday that the rich world could not wish away its responsibility for man-made global warming.

16 Indoor air quality protocol soon: Javadekar

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today said that the problem of air pollution in Delhi can be tackled “unitedly” through science, technology, political will and rules while asserting that his Ministry is preparing an indoor air quality protocol to combat pollution.

17 Ganga activists urge NGT to ensure polythene bag ban

Activists of the Maa Ganga Aahwan Akhada have urged National Green Tribunal (NGT) local Commissioner S Jaidi to take stringent action against those violating its order regarding ban on polythene bags at Har-ki-Pauri.

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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