Weekly Green News Update for Week 52 (Dec 21 to 27), 2015


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 52 (between Dec 21 to 27) 2015.

1. Trucks to be allowed entry into Delhi from 11 PM from next year to curb pollution

From January 1, trucks will be allowed entry into Delhi from 11 PM against the existing 9 PM as part of measures to reduce pollution.

2. CSIR’s proposal to combat Delhi’s pollution

A mid-week work-from-home, rather than licence-plate policing, may be the solution to Delhi’s pollution crisis, suggests the policy arm of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, India’s largest chain of publicly-funded research labs.

3. Odd-even rule: ‘Road dust, secondary particles cause most pollution in Delhi’

Road dust and secondary particles emitted from various sources are the primary contributors of pollution in the national capital, according to a draft report by IIT Kanpur.

4. Delhi pollution levels double up on car-free day

In a rather surprising revelation, the levels of pollution saw an increase by two times on Tuesday, December 22, the day when the National capital observed a car-free day.

5. Nature’s Bid To Rescue Car Owners Ahead Of ‘Odd’ Curbs

As the national Capital is gearing up to implement the ambitious odd-even vehicle formula to cut down pollution level in Delhi, the mother nature seems to have heard the imminent plight of motorists by reducing the toxic suspended particulate matters from Delhi’s air significantly on Friday and Saturday.

6. One waste-to-energy plant spews poison, two yet to start

The city’s only operational waste-to-energy plant at Okhla is drawing heavy flak for using the mass-burning technology to produce power.

7. Swachh Yamuna: Javadekar, Vardhan, BJP workers join hands to clean river

Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Harsh Vardhan today joined the BJP workers at a Shramdaan held in Yamuna Ghat at ITO under Swachh Yamuna Mission.

8. Delhi learns no lessons from Chennai, allows construction on Yamuna floodplain

Delhi has not learnt any lessons from the recent floods in Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu.

9. For Delhi’s Fight Against Pollution, Centre Offers 10 Lakh Litres Biofuel Per Day

Amid growing clamour to reduce the Centre is ready to offer 10 lakh litres of bio-diesel a day to the Delhi government, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

10. Agriculture land in Gurgaon turned into waste due to overflowing drain

Delhi’s Najafgarh drain has turned out to be a threat to lives in low lying areas of Gurgaon. Around two thousand acre of agriculture land in Gurgaon has been turned into a waste due to the unchecked flow of sewage water from the Nazafgarh drain.

11. Noida clean-up to host PM event sends NGT ban up in smoke

Heaps of garbage were set on fire on a ground in Noida that hosts the Prime Minister later this week in blatant violation of the National Green Tribunal’s ban on open waste burning.

12. UP plant has all necessary permits, licences, says Coca-Cola

Beverages firm Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages today said its bottling plant in Uttar Pradesh operates with all necessary permits and licences and has never been faulted by the state pollution agency for affluent discharge.

13. Ganga surface cleaning on in Kashi, 9 other cities

The holy city figures among 10 cities of the country that will witness the beginning of surface cleaning of Ganga under the government’s flagship scheme of Namami Gange programme in January.

14. Fresh Water At Puerto Williams In Chile World’s Purest: Study

A new scientific study has reached the conclusion that the fresh water found in Puerto Williams town in southern Chile’s Magallanes region is the purest in the world, the University of Magallanes said.

15. Climate change: Alaska permafrost thawing sooner than expected

Up to a quarter of the permafrost that lies just under the ground surface in Alaska could thaw by the end of the century, according to a new study.

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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