Weekly Green News Update for Week 16 (Apr 18 to Apr 24), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 16 (between April 18 to April 24) 2016.

1. Envoys from 34 countries plant trees at Delhi park to mark Earth Day

Ambassadors, high commissioners, and diplomats from 34 countries gathered at a park here on Friday and planted tree saplings to mark the ‘International Mother Earth Day’ and to laud the commitment of 171 countries – all set to sign the landmark Paris Climate Agreement at the UN – to create an ‘Environment Democracy’.

2. Odd even pollution: Rajouri, Lajpat Nagar log high level of pollutants on April 22

West Delhi’s Rajouri Garden and south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar have logged a high level of pollutants on April 22, the ninth day of the odd-even car-rationing scheme which experts maintain will have a “marginal” impact on the city’s overall air quality.

3. Odd-Even Has No Impact On Vehicular Pollution: Pollution Control Board Tells Green Panel

There is no data to suggest that the odd-even scheme has led to a decline in vehicular pollution in the national capital, Central Pollution Control Board said on Thursday.

4. Garbage burning undermines AAP govt’s focus on reducing air pollution

Piles of leaf and garbage are burnt with impunity in Delhi’s parks and landfills, filling the air with foul smoke containing dangerous levels of carcinogens and carbon dioxide that is blamed for stoking weather extremes.

5. CPCB to NGT: Odd-even II not reducing vehicular pollution

There is no data to suggest that the second phase of the odd-even scheme has led to a decline in vehicular pollution, the Central Pollution Control Board told the National Green Tribunal Thursday.

6. Cycle campaign to curb air pollution in Delhi

The Aam Aadmi Party government took the initiative to combat the menace of rising air pollution by adopting odd-even scheme, others are following suit by supporting them.

7. Butchering of trees has South Delhi residents fuming

Despite several awareness campaigns and court orders against violation of environmental norms, south Delhi’s green wealth has been deteriorating.

8. FIR may be against North & East civic bodies by Delhi Govt

The Delhi government may file FIR against the North and East civic bodies for garbage burning at the Ghazipur and Bhalswa landfill sites amid concerns that the toxic fumes may offset any gains from the odd-even scheme.

9. Concrete cover for Shahdra drain?

A conflict of ideas has emerged over a demand for a concrete cover over the Shahdra canal by film city studios and environmental activists.

10. The art of ‘cover-up’ on Yamuna floodplain after Ravi Shankar’s event

Millions of bits of plastic, chunks of carpet, biscuit wrappers and bottles are strewn for miles and enmeshed into the soil at the Yamuna floodplain that hosted the World Culture Festival a month ago, HT found on Saturday

11. NGT seeks response on fund use for Yamuna

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Jal Board to apprise it of how the latter plans to utilise the Rs. 1,400 crore sanctioned under the Centre’s Namami Gange project for the Yamuna sewage system.

12. MoEF preparing guidelines to protect tiger corridors

Facing criticism from conservationists for clearing several projects in vulnerable tiger corridors, the union environment, forest and climate change ministry is working on new guidelines to enhance tiger corridor landscape by getting project proponents to procure land in and along tiger corridors.

13. Arvind Kejriwal government withdraws support to Haryana Sutlej Yamuna link canal

The Delhi government on Monday withdrew a controversial affidavit backing Haryana’s claim to the waters of the Sutlej Yamuna link canal, possibly keeping its likely ramifications on the Aam Aadmi Party’s performance in the Punjab assembly elections next year.

14. Wildlife photographers discover new primate species in Arunachal

In yet another validation of the North East’s remarkable faunal diversity, a group of wildlife photographers and biologists has discovered in Arunachal Pradesh a species of primate new to India.

15. India could raise WTO ruling at UN while signing COP 21 deal

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, who will be leaving for New York to ratify the Paris ‘COP 21 Global Climate Agreement’, on Tuesday hinted that India could raise the issue of the WTO ruling against the Indian Domestic Solar Mission.

16. Watch: First sign of coral bleaching found in Sydney!

World’s largest marine heritage is under threat. For the first time ever, coral population in Sydney Harbour is showing signs of bleaching due to warm waters, according to the scientists.

17. 175 countries sign Paris Climate Agreement

The historic agreement on climate change marked a major milestone on Friday with a record 175 countries, including India, signing on to it on opening day. But world leaders made clear more action is needed, and quickly, to fight a relentless rise in global temperatures.

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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