Weekly Green News Update for Week 38 (Sept 14 to 20), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 38 (between Sept 14 to 20) 2015.

1. Delhi’s air quality very poor

The air quality of Delhi over the past one week has worsened from moderate and poor to very poor. Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 and 10 remain the major pollutants.

2. Rs 5000 fine on those throwing waste, puja offerings in Yamuna: Delhi govt

Ahead of the festive season, Delhi government has decided to strictly impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on those spotted polluting the Yamuna by throwing waste or puja offerings in it.

3. CAIT urges govt to develop cleaner fuel to tackle pollution

Traders body CAIT today said the ban on entry of older diesel vehicles in the national capital would not only hit supply of essential items but also damage the economy and the government should develop cleaner fuel to check vehicular pollution.

4. National Wildlife Week to be celebrated at Delhi Zoo

Delhi Zoo is all set to celebrate ‘National Wildlife Week’ in the first week of October, with many activities planned for school children and wildlife enthusiasts in the zoo premises.

5. EDMC to cough up Rs. 50,000

While earlier it was DDA which earned National Green Tribunal’s wrath for allowing burning of waste, this time around it was the East Delhi Municipal Corporation which got pulled up.

6. NGT bans immersion of plastic, POP idols in Yamuna in Delhi

A day before Ganesha festival begins, the National Green Tribunal has banned immersion of idols made from non-biodegradable material like quick-setting gypsum plaster, also known as Plaster of Paris, or plastic in the Yamuna river.

7. Delhi govt orders civic bodies to conduct tree census

To conserve trees in the capital and ensure that their number does not dwindle, the Delhi government has ordered a tree census to compile a database of trees under various categories such as variety, age, heath and location.

8. NGT wants report on paper waste

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday, acting on a plea of a law student that enormous amount of paper is wasted annually in the Delhi University Students’ Union poll, sought a response from the Centre on the issue.

9. 15-Year-Old Generators to be Phased Out in Delhi

Fifteen-year-old generators being used in the natioanl capital for residential and commercial purposes are to be phased out to bring down the city’s air and noise pollution, the National Green Tribunal has been told.

10. Delhi will record world’s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution

In another 10 years, Delhi will record the world’s largest number of premature deaths due to air pollution among all mega cities in the world.

11. Government likely to launch Green Highways Policy by month-end 

To transform India’s 96,000-km network of National Highways into green corridors, a Green Highways Policy is likely to be launched by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari this month.

12. More Indians die early from domestic, not industrial, pollution

More Indians die early from outdoor pollution caused by traditional cooking and heating than from vehicular or industrial emissions, a new study in the journal Nature said on Thursday.

13. Files Flung, Babus Scolded: a Judge Fights for India’s Environment

The judge was disgusted. Four bureaucrats stood meekly before him, their heads bowed

14. Hopes pinned on NGT on Yamuna’s water flow

Environmental activists concerned at the degradation of Yamuna river have demanded firm action by the union water resources ministry on the directive of the National Green Tribunal to ensure a minimal flow of water in this largest tributary of the Ganges.

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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