Weekly Green News Update for Week 3 (Jan 18 to 24), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 3 (between Jan 18 and 24) 2016.

Pollution trend unclear during trial: CPCB

Wide fluctuations in concentrations of pollutants and lack of any clear trend during the much-discussed odd-even experiment suggests that no single action can substantially reduce air pollution levels in the capital, the Central Pollution Control Board has said in a report.

Week after odd-even, pollution levels spike in the capital, says CSE

Delhi may fast be losing the gains it made in its air quality from the odd-even restrictions, the Centre for Science and Environment said Thursday. The first three weekdays after the conclusion of the 15-day scheme have seen spikes in levels of Particulate Matter 2.5, said the agency.

Odd-even review meeting: Phase II to address issue of second car, how kids will commute to school

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal Monday held a meeting to review the ‘lessons learnt’ from the 15-day odd-even vehicle operations, a green initiative introduced in Delhi on January 1.

How to pinpoint Delhi’s air-pollution sources

Delhi is at a crossroads in its approach to air pollution. Since the capital topped the World Health Organization’s list of most-polluted cities, the public has focused its attention on the issue and the government has responded with ever-stronger measures.

Badarpur plant: SC asks if it can be closed down

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre and NTPC on amicus curiae Harish Salve’s suggestion to close down ‘polluting’ coal-based Badarpur Thermal Power Station (BTPS) terming it a health hazard for the capital.

Delhi asks UP, Haryana to stop trucks going to other states from entering national capital

The Delhi government has asked Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments to stop trucks travelling to other states from entering the national capital as the vehicles were found contributing to the high pollution level during the trial of odd-even car rationing formula.

Delhi Metro Recycles Over 8 Tonnes Of Waste Paper

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has recycled over 8.80 tonnes of waste paper in the recent months, fresh production of which would have entailed 15.84 MW power, over 2,200 KLD (Kilo Litres/Day) water and considerable CO2 emissions.

4 endangered snakes rescued from New Delhi station

A bag containing four endangered snakes was found on a train from Allahabad at New Delhi railway station Friday. The snakes were rescued by Wildlife SOS.

High levels of ammonia in Yamuna, DJB shuts 2 plants

The water supply continued to remain affected for the third day after Delhi Jal Board shut down the Wazirabad and Chandrawal water treatment plants on Friday afternoon as ammonia levels spiked in the Yamuna.

Stringent green regime with stiff penalty for construction industry soon, Centre tells SC

The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it would soon notify a stringent green regime for the construction industry, proposing a stiff penalty for those executing housing projects without prior environmental clearance.

NGT raps UP over encroachments in Corbett Reserve, forms panel

The National Green Tribunal has taken strong exception to UP government’s non-compliance of the Supreme Court order directing eviction of residents from colonies of Kalagarh, which lie within the most sensitive core area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

Green court raps government over corpses in India’s sacred river

India’s special environmental court has criticised the government for its failure to curb river pollution after scores of dead bodies surfaced in the Ganges river, a lawyer petitioning the court said on Tuesday.

Green watchdog finds Coca Cola plant STILL pumping toxic waste into pond near Delhi

India’s top green watchdog has once again found a Coca Cola plant pumping out toxic waste water into a pond surrounded by vast swathes of agricultural fields near Delhi.

20 of 23 water bodies in Old Gurgaon dead

Around 20 big and small water bodies in Old Gurgaon that once were not only the main source of supply for surrounding villages but also helped recharge groundwater were allowed to die due to the apathetic attitude of civic authorities.

300 turtles found dead on Puri beach

As many as 300 Olive Ridley turtles and a dolphin were found dead along the Puri beach on Wednesday.

Unique birdsong leads experts to discover new species in Arunachal

A birdsong has led a team of scientists to India’s first new bird species in a decade and the fourth since 1947.

Warmer Indian Ocean Could Be ‘Ecological Desert’, Scientists Warn

Anslem Silva has fished for four decades from this popular harbor on Sri Lanka’s west coast, but for five years now filling his boat has become increasingly difficult.

Focus on coasts to clean up plastics in ocean: Study

The most efficient way to clean up ocean plastics and avoid harming ecosystems is to place plastic collectors near coasts, a new study suggests.

2015 to go down in annals of history as ‘tipping point’ for climate change

When future generations write the history of humanity’s faltering quest to repair Earth’s climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter.

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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