Weekly Green News Update for Week 10 (Mar 7 to 13), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 10 (between March 7 and 13) 2016.

1. Pollution check: India’s first electric bus flagged off in Delhi

Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Thursday flagged off a pollution free electric bus here.

2. No fireworks, no food waste, and NO loud music! Delhi government will send officials to SPY on wedding celebrations ‘to cut pollution’

Somebody could be watching your loud, messy wedding. Don’t be surprised if you see suspicious men around wedding pandals.

3. NGT clears World culture festival, but with a Rs 5 crore slap on the wrist

THE National Green Tribunal on Wednesday cleared the three-day World Culture Festival to be organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living on the floodplains of the Yamuna from March 11 but imposed a fine of Rs 5 crore on AOL as an interim compensation for the event’s impact on the environment.

4. Diesel generators raises pollution concerns at Art of Living event

Art of Living may have promised zero environmental degradation because of the three-day World Culture Festival, but the high power consumption for the event will not be without impact.

5. Authorities failed to exercise diligence, says NGT

It was not a great day for the Delhi Development Authority, the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, the Delhi Police and Fire Department, Union Ministries of Environment and Water Resources as the National Green Tribunal pointed out on Wednesday that “all these authorities have failed to exercise due diligence in fulfilment of their public duties.”

6. Here’s why the World Culture Festival will have a serious impact on Delhi’s air quality

Despite the repeated claims of the Art of Living about its commitment to protect ecology, the use of big diesel power generators during ongoing World Culture Festival at Yamuna floodplains is expected to have serious impact on the air quality.

7. HC gives directions to curb chaotic traffic situation in Delhi

The Delhi High Court today gave directions and suggestions like on the spot challaning and using of helicopters, with regard to managing the “chaotic” traffic condition in the city, alleviate problems of mobility faced by the public and reduce air pollution here.

8. Tree-felling pleas go online for fast approval

In line with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plan of improving the ease of doing business in the city, the forest department has decided to put its forest-clearance and tree-felling permissions online.

9. Delhi HC to govt: Explain how you allow felling of trees

The Delhi government Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that it was looking into the process of “phasing out” and replacing old “outlived” trees.

10. Government seeks report on waste burning

In a bid to speed up action against those indulging in burning garbage, leaves, plastic, rubber and other waste material and for not taking measures to control dust at construction sites, the AAP government on Monday will be seeking action-taken reports in this regard from all the municipal bodies, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, DDA and revenue and public work departments.

11. CPCB for maintaining minimum flow in Ganga: Govt

Central Pollution Control Board has proposed to maintain minimum flow in Ganga throughout the year to support the river’s ecosystem, Lok Sabha was informed today.

12. India inks pact for saving birds of prey

India has become the 56th country to sign a pact on conservation of birds of prey in Africa and Eurasia, a move that will help the country gain knowledge in effectively managing the habitats of such raptors.

13. Environmental clearance period reduced: Prakash Javadekar

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said the time taken for obtaining environmental clearance for projects has been reduced drastically during the Narendra Modi regime at the Centre.

14. Rising temperature due to Global warming drives birds away from Kashmir

Hundreds of migratory birds are bidding an early adieu to Kashmir this year because of unusually hot temperatures and scant rain and snowfall.

15. The miracle of Kolkata’s wetlands – and one man’s struggle to save them

The trees on the streets of Kolkata in January are dusty, like neglected pot plants. At traffic lights, salesmen offer feather dusters for drivers to wipe their grimy cars.

16. Tiny frog species discovered in Manipal and Mangaluru

A team of researchers comprising of scientists have discovered new species of frog in Manipal and Mangaluru.

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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