Weekly Green News Update for Week 48 (Nov 23 to 29), 2015


Weekly green news roundup from across different media networks for week 48 (between Nov 23 to 29) 2015.

1. Delhi needs Euro VI urgently to check ever increasing air pollution: IIT Kanpur

IIT Kanpur has recommended that Euro VI fuel standards be introduced in Delhi at the earliest in order to check the rising air pollution.

2. Pollution in Delhi likely to remain high, warn scientists

If you live in Delhi, pray for rains.

3. Pollution levels in city, Yamuna take centre stage in Delhi Assembly

With the capital’s air quality deteriorating due to smog conditions, the debate over rising pollution levels took centre stage in the Delhi Assembly Friday.

4. Traffic Cops in Delhi Most Vulnerable to Air Pollution, Say Experts

Delhi is home to nine million motor vehicles, placing traffic policemen in the national capital highly exposed to air pollution.

5. Car-Free Day ‘Proved’ Vehicle Restriction Cut Pollution

The second car-free day organised by Delhi government has “proven” that restricting vehicles cut pollution as PM 2.5 levels in the selected Dwarka stretch were “half” compared to what was observed at the Dhaula Kuan area, where no such restrictions were put, a green body has said.

6. Coca Cola plant ‘spewing toxic waste’ near Delhi: Pollution report by Centre’s top green watchdog claims sewage is leaking into pond near agricultural fields

A Coca Cola plant is spewing out raw or partially-treated sewage and toxic industrial waste into a pond surrounded by agricultural fields near Delhi, the Centre’s top green watchdog has said.

7. ‘Swachh Delhi’ app receives over 13,000 complaints in one week

Just one week after its launch, the ‘Swachh Delhi’ app has received over 13,000 sanitation-related grievances.

8. Garbage in wrong place: Bug hits Swachh Delhi app

The Delhi government’s campaign for a clean city has hit a technical glitch with around 5,000 complaints posted through a special app showing a common sender.

9. NGT notice over dirty New Delhi station

Perturbed over the “miserable condition” existing on railway platforms in the capital, the National Green Tribunal on Monday appointed a local commissioner to inspect New Delhi railway station.

10. Trees on RTR Marg: NGT member to inspect area for compliance

Anguished over the way in which its order to transplant trees to widen a South Delhi road was being implemented, the National Green Tribunal today held officials of the Public Works Department and other agencies responsible and warned of deducting their salaries.

11. Rhea birds, American crocodiles at Delhi zoo

Delhi Zoo has acquired a pair of flightless Rhea birds from Kerala, an addition to other varieties of flightless birds, including ostrich, Emu and Cassowary housed in the zoo.

1.2 NGT directs Delhi government to call meeting on Yamuna pollution

Emphasising that immediate action is required to protect Yamuna from deterioration in the national capital, the National Green Tribunal today directed the Delhi government to convene a meeting and examine what steps are required to control pollution of the river.

13. Teri and Global Green Growth Institute to work together for green growth in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh

The Energy and Resources Institute and the Global Green Growth Institute organised a high-level panel discussion on green growth and development in India last evening.

14. India emits only 3.96% of global carbon dioxide emissions: Mospi report

India emits only 3.96% of the global carbon dioxide emissions, government data has showed.

15. Scientists seek to harvest electricity from algae in green-energy effort

Scientists are making progress in harnessing electricity from algae in what could be a breakthrough in green-energy technology to combat climate change, although mass-market applications are years away, new research suggests.

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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