Weekly Green News Update for Week 41 (Oct 5 to 11), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 41 (between Oct 5 to 11) 2015.

1 Supreme Court to examine impact of firecrackers on children

The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to examine the impact of firecrackers on the health of children in the capital after the Modi government backed judicial efforts to curb air pollution and said it would consider a courtimposed cess or levy on trucks passing through the city.

2 ‘Polluted Artificial Lake Near Tughlaqabad Fort Unacceptable’: Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court has termed as “unacceptable” the presence of a polluted artificial lake in the space behind the 14th century Tughlaqabad Fort and sought a definite plan from the city government on how it intends to clean up its waters.

3 Additional cess, possible ban: Delhi, Centre outline plan against polluting vehicles in apex court

A day after the National Green Tribunal imposed an additional tax burden on polluting trucks entering the capital, both the Centre and the Delhi government, during a hearing in the Supreme Court, supported a plea for a crackdown on such trucks.

4 Ozone Pollution in Delhi Crosses Permissible Limit Again: Weather Department

Surface ozone pollution in Delhi has crossed the permissible limit, for the second time in a year, with experts blaming weak monsoon for the phenomenon.

5 Delhi to revive Naini Lake as tourism department chalks out development plans

The dead Naini Lake in New Delhi’s Model Town area will soon come to life with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Tourism Department chalking out plans for its revival.

6 South Delhi’s ‘posh’ Saket gets sewage water in taps

For the past one week, residents of south Delhi’s posh Saket area are getting contaminated water in their homes.

7 Govt’s Yamuna aarti raises a stink

After the Centre came up with a proposal to make Yamuna navigable, the Delhi government now wants to hold a daily aarti on the river bank for people to come and experience the river.

8 SC agrees for levelling green tax in Delhi

The Supreme Court on Friday gave a go ahead to the levelling of a green tax in the national capital.

9 Notice to Centre, Delhi Government After Plea on Pollution By Toddlers

The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Centre, Delhi government, Central Pollution Control Board and Delhi Police on a plea filed in the name of three infants to check air pollution in the capital.

10 Sneezing monkey, ‘walking’ fish found in Himalayas: WWF

A monkey that sneezes when it rains and a “walking” fish are among more than 200 species discovered in the fragile eastern Himalayas in recent years, according to conservation group WWF.

11 Mystery in India’s climate change plan

India has shown the world its green side, and the world likes it.

12 Tell us one place where Ganga is clean: NGT asks Centre

The National Green Tribunal today asked the government to “tell us one place” where the Ganga is clean and said that despite spending huge sums, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

13 Paris climate draft favours rich nations: Environment secretary

Fight over the Paris agreement on climate change has started with India firing the first salvo, terming the draft of the proposed deal released on Monday as lopsided and in favour of rich nations.

14 No Gangetic dolphin in Ramganga

Not a single dolphin was found in Ramganga during the recent census of Gangetic dolphin conducted by forest department, WWF-India along with other NGOs and community leaders.

15 India’s first dolphin community reserve to come up in Bengal

To protect the endangered Gangetic river dolphins, West Bengal will soon have the country’s first community reserve for the mammal.

16 Only 25 pc of original habitats have survived in East

Only 25 per cent of the original habitats in the eastern Himalayas remain intact and hundreds of species in the region face threat to their existence from unbridled developmental activities and climate change, a new study has said.

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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