Weekly Green News Update for Week 45 (Nov 2 to 8), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 45 (between Nov 2 to 8) 2015.

1. Delhi’s air quality hits nadir, situation to stay till November 9

Delhi’s air quality hit a new low today with particulate matters and level of Benzene spiking astronomically in few pockets of the city with Anand Vihar showing the maximum PM 2.5 at 716 microgram per cubic metre, nearly 12 times higher than the permissible limit.

2. Hold your breath: Pollution levels spike, smog thickens in Delhi

Delhi’s air quality continued to deteriorate Saturday, with particulate matter levels crossing 700 micrograms per cubic metre — nearly 12 times the permissible limit — in areas like Anand Vihar in the morning.

3. Government to set up control room for daily review of air pollution in Delhi

With Diwali and winter round the corner, the Centre on Friday decided to set up a control room to undertake daily review of pollution level and monitor air quality in Delhi and National Capital Region.

4. Green Panel Restrains Delhi Jal Board From Spending More Than Rs. 50 Crore on Yamuna

The National Green Tribunal today restrained Delhi Jal Board from spending in excess of Rs. 50 crore on river Yamuna till its further orders or directions after it was informed that over Rs. 900 crore has been spent for cleaning the river.

5. Camera mounted on tree, forest dept calls it a violation

A CCTV camera was seen nailed to a tree on Red Cross Road that separates Parliament Complex from the Red Cross Building. This is in violation to the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994.

6. Unable to collect environmental compensation fee from households, discoms tell Delhi govt

Power distribution companies (discoms) have informed Delhi government of their inability to collect environmental compensation fee levied on every household by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).

7. Study by Central govt: Dust levels this Sept highest in five years, to spike during Diwali

Delhi-NCR witnessed the highest fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) levels in five years this year in September, according to air quality data collated by the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ SAFAR stations.

8. Congestion tax will help tackle pollution: Delhi minister

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday said levy of congestion tax would help solve the problems of increasing pollution and gridlocks in the national capital.

9. NGT directs authorities to seal auto repair shops in a East Delhi locality

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the authorities to challan the vehicles parked on roads and seal auto repair shops in an East Delhi residential area.

10. How is CRPF occupying forest land near Tughlaqabad Fort: HC

The Delhi High Court today asked the city government and DDA how the CRPF has built barracks and was occupying forest land near the 14th century Tughlaqabad Fort.

11. We need freedom to fell trees: PWD

The public works department has moved the government with a plea that it should be made exempt from applying for tree cutting permission for projects.

12. Green tribunal bans sand mining in Yamuna floodplains

The National Green Tribunal on Monday banned sand mining on the Yamuna floodplains, while hearing a plea that alleged that private firms were involved in the illegal activity and were even building a bridge across the river to transport the sand.

13. Solar power producer Welspun Renewables rolls out ‘Green Heroes’

Welspun Renewables, India’s largest private solar power producer, today said it’s committed to helping address environmental issues through its ‘Disruptive Innovations Lab’.

14. NGT directs Delhi, 4 adjacent states to ban crop burning

The National Green Tribunal Wednesday issued directions to ban the practice of crop burning in Delhi and four neighbouring states.

15. Antarctica is gaining ice: NASA

An increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

16. Global warming is moving mountains

Researchers have discovered a strong relationship between global and local climate change and a mountain’s internal tectonic plate shifts and topographic changes.

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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