Weekly Green News Update for Week 15 (Apr 11 to Apr 17), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 15 (between April 11 to April 17) 2016.

 1. Wide variations in PM levels inside and outside border areas

The first trends in mobile air quality monitoring, launched at 74 spots during phase II of the odd-even scheme, show wide variations in particulate matter values inside and outside the border areas on Friday.

2. Oddeven: gain from less cars offset by polluted winds

The odd-even car-rationing scheme today returned to Delhi for its second phase amid poor air quality in various areas of the city with the real-time readings of gaseous pollutants such as ozone observed on the higher side.

3. Air quality worsens in Delhi on first day of odd-even phase-II

Air quality in Delhi deteriorated sharply on Friday, marking an ironic start to restrictions on car usage in the city.

4. Delhi: Pollution beyond permissible limits despite odd-even, holiday

The second phase of Delhi’s odd-even road-rationing scheme started on a bad note on Friday with particulate pollution far beyond permissible limits but the levels decreased as the day progressed.

5. Air toxicity rises due to low wind speed

Delhiites breathed in more polluted air on Friday, which was the beginning of round two of Odd-Even, than they did on Thursday, pointing towards the overpowering impact of http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/how-to-tackle-monkeys-stray-dogs-parliament-panel-seeks-advice/story-9XWOceE5beozZoOzxTMwTJ.htmlmeteorological factors.

6. First odd-even reduced congestion, not pollution: Kejriwal

Accepting that the odd-even scheme in January didn’t reduce pollution levels “as much as expected”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said it, however, significantly reduced traffic congestion.

7. Now, a Twitter app to measure Delhi’s air quality in real time

Delhi-based social entrepreneur Amrit Sharma’s automated Twitter account, @DelhivsBeijing, urges New Delhi’s citizens to wake up to the hazards of air pollution.

8. How to tackle monkeys, stray dogs? Parliament panel seeks advice

Some MPs have united to tackle a common adversary of many lawmakers: the Capital’s simians.

9. Men, machines and dust

In the urban jungle of Delhi, buildings are built and brought down every day.

10. Chirpy greetings: Baya weaver nests spotted in concretised Dwarka

Just outside Dwarka Sector 10 Metro station, on a small patch of greenery, visitors are greeted by the sight of over 50 nests of the baya weaver bird hanging from branches of babool trees.

11. Month after World Culture Festival, stage on Yamuna bed finally dismantled

More than a week after the promised deadline, the stage built for the Art of Living’s (AOL) World Culture Festival has finally been dismantled.

12. Losing the pollution fight against Shahdara drain

For decades, this dark stream of sewage has been flowing directly into the Yamuna, leaving the river choked with pollutants.

13. 1,020,000,000 Gallons per day Needed For Delhi 117,000,000 Gallons Shortage Per Day

Delhi residents face parched throats by 2020 if the government doesn’t wake up from its deep slumber and revives over 600 vanished water bodies.

14. Ministry to Come up with Guidelines on Environmental Nod: Prakash Javadekar

The Environment ministry will soon come up with a set of standard guidelines for giving environmental clearances to real estate sector as a part of its efforts for ease of doing business and making processes simple, Union Minister Javadekar said.

15. India has 2,500 tigers, global population is 3,890: Minister

India on Tuesday announced an increase in its tiger population — with 2,500 tigers in the wild from 2,226 in 2014, while the global tiger population has risen from 3,200 to 3,890.

16. Experts From Across Globe Trash WWF, GTF Report on Tiger Population

Debunking the recent report of World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum which said the world’s wild tiger population will double in the next decade, leading tiger biologists across the world say that the report and its implications are neither scientifically convincing nor based on strong survey methodologies.

17. India, Germany join hands to clean the Ganga

India on Wednesday joined hands with Germany to attain “pristine” status of Ganga by adopting river basin management strategies used for cleansing rivers like Rhine and Danube of pollutants.

18. US Researchers Develop Bacteria-Powered Solar Panel

In a first, a team of US researchers has created a bio-solar panel that can generate 5.59 microwatts of energy – a big step in the evolution of bacteria-powered energy to run small devices in remote areas where regular battery replacement is not possible.

19. UN says record 155 countries to sign climate agreement 

A record 155 countries will sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change at a ceremony at U.N. headquarters on April 22, the United Nations said Friday.

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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