Weekly Green News Update for Week 39 (Sept 21 to 27), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 39 (between Sept 21 to 27) 2015.

1. Delhi may remain among top three air polluted cities till 2050: Study

Late last week, a new research published in science journal ‘Nature’ said Delhi had the world’s second highest number of deaths caused by sources of air pollution and, further projected that in the absence of adequate measures to combat it, the city may continue to be among the top three air polluted cities till 2050.

2. Delhi Civic Body to Use Recycled Water for Horticultural Requirements

Delhi’s Public Works Department has decided to use recycled water from sewage treatment plants of Delhi Jal Board for its horticultural requirements.

3. Metro construction affects Delhi’s green cover

Construction of Delhi Metro’s rapidly expanding network, which has breached the 200 km milestone recently, has resulted in the felling of over 40,000 trees till date while nearly 4 lakh saplings have been planted to compensate the loss.

4. NGT seeks data to check car-free effect

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday asked the Haryana government to submit air pollution data to substantiate the actual impact of Gurgaon’s experiment with Car-Free Day on Tuesday.

5. Ensure no cattle blood flows into Yamuna: NGT to Delhi govt

A day before Eid-ul-Zuha, the National Green Tribunal Thursday asked the Delhi government to ensure that no blood is allowed to directly seep into the Yamuna river due to slaughtering of cattle.

6. Delhi Jal Board to boost city’s sewage treatment capacity

The capital’s sewage treatment capacity is expected to rise to 500 million gallons per day by the end of 2015.

7. Metro steps up solar power push for reducing carbon footprints

It’s not just ease of commuting that Delhi Metro is offering.

8. Mission ‘baoli cleaning’ for students

Four Delhi University students, along with experts, will take up the cleaning work of two baolis located in Mehrauli in south-west Delhi, in order to recharge them and link to the city’s water supply system.

9. Working towards involving Delhiites: Kapil Mishra

Thousands of crores of rupees have been spent by the Centre and the Delhi government over the years to clean the Yamuna, yet little has changed.

10. Ghaziabad faces green crisis

The Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity has filed a petition before the National Green Tribunal, with photographs, highlighting the deplorable condition of green belts across Ghaziabad.

11. Centre taking steps to strengthen North East biodiversity infrastructure, says Harsh Vardhan

To explore and exploit the bio-diversity and bio-technology of Northeastern region, considered as one of the world’s major bio-diversity hot spots, the government plans to strengthen scientific infrastructure.

12. Centre to adopt Guj model in water harvesting

The Centre is keen on adopting Gujarat model in water harvesting as the Union Water Resources Ministry is working on revamping two key water monitoring bodies— the central water commission and the central ground water board.

13. Government plans green road corridors

The Union government will unveil its Green Highways policy on September 29, Road Transport and Highways Secretary Vijay Chhibber said on Thursday.

14. Hornbill hunting impacts spread of forests: study

Hunting down hornbills has a direct impact on the spread of forests as the bird is known for its seed dispersal abilities, a study has found.

15. Cities sign climate pledge in boost to global deal

Leading cities and regions on Thursday promised ambitious cuts to emissions blamed for climate change, hoping to boost efforts for a global deal.

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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