Weekly Green News Update for Week 46 (Nov 9 to 15), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 46 (between Nov 9 to 15) 2015.

1. Delhi sweepers to fly to Japan, S. Korea for hygiene lessons

The New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to send a group of safai karmcharis (sweepers) and beldars (diggers) on an official trip to Japan and South Korea next week so they can learn about sanitation, cleanliness, waste disposal as well as upkeep of local markets, residential colonies and townships.

2. Delhi: Air quality worsens on Diwali, pollution levels 23 times higher

Air quality in the Capital deteriorated alarmingly on Diwali night as pollution levels spiked as much as 23 times higher than normal in arguably the most polluted spot of the city.

3. Post Diwali, people make a beeline for air purifiers

Every year the morning after Diwali, Delhi wakes up to a cloud of smog, with the capital’s already alarming air pollution level in a much worse state.

4. NGT says no blanket ban on idol immersion

Ahead of Diwali and Chhath festivals, the National Green Tribunal on Monday clarified that there was no blanket ban on idol immersion in the Yamuna, but can only be done at the designated places.

5. Okhla eco zone property deals tied to outcome of proceedings: NGT

Declining a plea for stay on ongoing construction around Okhla Bird Sanctuary, National Green Tribunal directed NOIDA authority Monday to announce that any property deal in the area would be subject to outcome of judicial proceedings with regard to demarcation of the eco-sensitive zone.

6. ‘Unmindful’ pruning leaves trees naked

Pruning helps maintain a strong tree structure and allow sunlight. But, in Saket, Malviya Nagar, and C R Park, trees are being chopped in the name of pruning, and in some cases, the entire crown is missing.

7. AIIMS to host global conference on waste management

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management will organise a two-day conference here aiming to improve bio-medical waste management and infection control in hospitals.

8. No more industrial, domestic sewage in Yamuna: Delhi CM Kejriwal

To reduce pollution in the Yamuna, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that untreated water, including industrial and domestic sewage, will not be allowed to flow into the river.

9. Study conducted in Delhi and NCR shows indoor pollution harms

Incense sticks and dhoop form an essential part of all rituals in every Indian household, but do give a second thought the next time you burn them at home.

10. Clarify how hotels are coming up at Kaziranga: NGT to Assam

The National Green Tribunal has directed Assam government to clear its stand on eco-sensitive zones and how it has permitted large-scale hotel projects to come up in and around the Kaziranga National Park – home to the famous one-horned rhinos.

11. NGT asks Noida to issue public notice on ESZ

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Noida authority to publicly announce that any property deal in its area will be subject to the final outcome of judicial proceedings on the issue of environment ministry’s demarcation of eco-sensitive zone around the Okhla bird sanctuary.

12. Nasa to study how plants and oceans absorb carbon

Nasa is interested in studying how oceans and plant ecosystem take up carbon, and if the warming climate will prevent them from doing so in the future.

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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