Weekly Green News Update for Week 4 (Jan 25 to 31), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 4 (between Jan 25 and 31) 2016.

Weather spoils analysis

Levels of harmful particulate matter fluctuated according to prevailing weather conditions during the 15-day odd-even experiment – as expected – making it difficult to gauge the impact of the vehicle-rationing scheme.

Submit odd-even pollution assessment report: NGT to Delhi Govt

The National Green Tribunal today directed the Delhi government to submit an assessment report on the change in the level of air pollution in the national capital during the implementation of fortnight-long odd even scheme meant to restrict the number of cars on roads in order to curb vehicular emission.

Odd-even will work only if implemented in entire NCR: Pollution watchdog

The odd-even road rationing formula tried out for a fortnight in Delhi could have a visible impact on air quality if similar experiments were carried out in the entire national capital region (NCR), according to the Central Pollution Control Board.

No respite from pollution on Republic Day as levels spike across city

Air quality levels dipped from early morning on Republic Day, with particulate matter levels shooting up across air quality monitoring stations. At least four AQI stations recorded severe levels of air pollution, with particulate matter 10 and 2.5 being the prominent pollutants.

Civic workers dump waste at Manish Sisodia’s office

Garbage started piling up across east Delhi after two days of strike by municipal employees even as protesters demanding payment of salaries dumped waste outside deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s camp office in Khichdipur and on the streets of Laxmi Nagar and Pandav Nagar on Thursday.

MCD strike: ‘Won’t let people live amid garbage,’ says Delhi government

With the Delhi Municipal Corporation’s sanitation workers on strike, the Delhi government said it will soon announce a plan for lifting the waste, saying that it will not let people in the national capital live amid piles of garbage.

East Delhi chokes on filth, snarls

East Delhi resembled a waste dump on the fourth day of the strike called by municipal workers.

NGT orders inspection of petrol pumps across Delhi-NCR

Adulteration of petrol and diesel at fuel stations has caught the attention of the National Green Tribunal, which on Monday directed inspection of petrol pumps across Delhi and NCR.

DJB’s project to give Yamuna a new lease of life

The Yamuna might soon get a new lease of life with Delhi Jal Board’s ambitious riverfront development project.

National Green Tribunal’s Yamuna clean-up plan fails to take off, one year on

One year is gone since India’s top green court laid out a first-of-its kind roadmap for a clutch of authorities to revive the dirty and shallow Yamuna in Delhi, but there is zero progress on the surface.

NGT slams DJB over rise in ammonia in Yamuna

The National Green Tribunal today slammed Delhi Jal Board over rising ammonia levels in the Yamuna which has left its water beyond treatment, forcing the closure of Wazirabad and Chandrawal plants.

Bio-park near Tughlakabad fort: HC seeks action plan from DDA

Delhi High Court today directed DDA to place before the Lt Governor an expert body’s recommendations to convert the forested district park and a polluted waterbody near Tughlakabad Fort into a bio-diversity park, so that an action plan can be formulated.

Aficionados Seek NGT Approval to Host Vintage Car Rally in Delhi

In recent times one of the major topics of discussion in Delhi has been about vehicles that are causing excessive pollution.

1,600 villages along Ganga to be made filth free, says Uma Bharti

The Centre will implement a four-pronged programme in which as many as 1,600 villages along the Ganga stretch will be made filth free by October, Union Minister Uma Bharti said today.

Snow leopards mapped with camera traps: WWF

A pilot project of installing camera traps to map endangered snow leopards has yielded “positive” results in North Sikkim as photos of the elusive animal has been spotted at four places, WWF-India said.

Mumbai pollution mounts to record high, as bad as Delhi’s

As the Deonar dumping ground fire raged on, Mumbaikars for the second consecutive day woke up to a thick smog and high pollution levels.

Ocean warming ‘underestimated,’ study finds

The amount of sea level rise that comes from the oceans warming and expanding has been underestimated, and is likely about twice as much as previously calculated, German researchers said on Monday.

Earth has entered into an ‘age of plastic’: Scientists

The Earth’s surface is being noticeably altered by the production of long-lasting man-made materials, resulting in an ‘age of plastic,’ warns a new study.

Climate change: UN confirms 2015 as the hottest year on record

Climate change and global warming seems to have gotten the best of us with 2015 officially pegged as the hottest year on record by United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization.

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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