Weekly Green News Update for Week 44 (Oct 26 to Nov 1), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 44 (between Oct 26 to Nov 1) 2015.

1. Most polluted city in the world, Delhi suffers from a toxic blend, says UK study

A new study on air pollution in Delhi by a team of researchers led by the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom has found the city suffers from a “toxic blend of geography, growth, poor energy sources and unfavourable weather that boosts its dangerously high levels of air pollution”.

2. Trucks entering Delhi to pay pollution tax from tomorrow

Trucks entering Delhi from neighbouring states will have to pay Rs700-Rs1,300 each as pollution tax from November 1 as the Supreme Court today rejected a plea for postponing its introduction by a month.

3. NGT asks Delhi govt, civic bodies to raise garbage dumping issue before HC

The National Green Tribunal today left it to the Delhi High Court to resolve the deadlock between the AAP government and civic bodies on the issue of garbage dumping on the streets of the city due to the ongoing sanitation workers strike.

4. AAP Government Announces First-Ever ‘Tree Census’ in Delhi

The Delhi government today decided to get the capital’s first-ever tree census done by a “third party”, essentially an NGO, to arrive at a factual figure of the number of trees in the city.

5. After HC rap, corpn clears waste dumps in east Delhi

Two days after the National Green Tribunal and the Delhi high court took serious note of the sanitation crisis in the city, the East Corporation on Friday began its work to clear the mess.

6. Metro to recycle waste, earn from it

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation , which is adding 135.1 km to its existing network under phase-III, is planning a construction and demolition waste recycling plant.

7. Sweden shows way for smart Delhi

The Delhi government is all set to take some lessons from Stockholm city.

8. ‘Use processed waste in all govt constructions’

A multi-department committee set up to examine ways of using recycled construction and demolition waste products has recommended that all future government constructions work use at least 2-5% C&D waste products as part of building material.

9. Save ‘last green patch’ along Yamuna: activist

With the Yamuna at risk of encroachments despite several court orders, environmentalists now fear that the last green patch of the flood plain on the west bank of the river may be subject to illegal use.

10. NGT Raps PWD for Chopping 40 Trees in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal has pulled up Public Works Department for chopping 40 trees for widening of a road at Rao Tula Ram Marg here and summoned its senior officials warning them that they may have to pay for transplantation of remaining trees.

11. New species of spider named after Lord Jagannath

A team of students from IP University, led by a professor from the university’s School of Environmental Management have discovered a new species of spider in Delhi’s Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary.

12. Foreigners are chirping around city

Proof that winter has arrived lies not just in the nippy mornings but in the sights and sounds of a variety of migratory birds that flock to the NCR every year.

13. Toxic Pond Threatening Water Supply Near Delhi

Are some residents of Delhi and Gurgaon drinking toxic water?

14. Industries demand roll back of Delhi pollution tax

Industrialists of the city have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the Delhi government’s directive of levying pollution entry tax of Rs 700 per entry on commercial vehicles carrying industrial goods via Delhi come Nov 1.

15. Antarctic ozone hole expands to record levels: NASA

The ozone hole over Antarctica expanded this month to one of the largest sizes on record due to unusually cold temperatures in the stratosphere, which could lead to more harmful ultraviolet rays reaching the Earth, according to NASA.

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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