Weekly Green News Update for Week 24 (June 13 to 19), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 24 (between June 13 to June 19) 2016.

1. Fate of Aravallis’ green zones hangs in a limbo

The fate of Aravalli hills, one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, in Delhi-NCR still hangs in a limbo.

2. Aravalli region home to rare lizard species

With monsoon just a few weeks away, it’s not just the human beings who are waiting to get drenched, but several animals too are gearing up to come out of their hibernation.

3. Dry spell hits Aravalli Biodiversity Park

Till a few years back, Aravalli Biodiversity Park housed a number of ponds. However,a walk here this summer yields dry water bodies, signalling a sharp decline in the region’s water table.

4. IIT Delhi students create device that turns waste cooking oil into biodiesel

A team of three IIT Delhi students have come up with a prototype called FAME One. Their innovation can help small-scale hotels, restaurants and households to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel.

5. New system for garbage disposal

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday launched an integrated system for collection and transportation of garbage to ensure effective disposal.

6. Delhi Zoo all set for renovation, authorities plan a ‘forest-like atmosphere’

The National Zoological Park in New Delhi, which attracts around 22 lakh visitors annually, is all set for a revamp with the authorities planning to give it a forest-like atmosphere.

7. Delhi: Supreme Court approached for registration of diesel-run ambulances

Delhi Government moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking modification of its last year’s order to make the norms easier for registration of 110 diesel-run ambulances with engine capacity beyond 2000 CC.

8. Delhi University to Organize Workshop on Environmental Pollution in Urban Areas

University of Delhi is organizing “Workshop on Environmental Pollution and Health in Urban Ecosystems,” on June 23, 2016.

9. Delhi sewage plants to be monitored online

Delhi Jal Board Minister Kapil Mishra has announced a new project that will monitor the data and performance of all Delhi sewage treatment plants online.

10. Sewage treatment capacity unused

Three new water treatment plants were commissioned last year by the Delhi Jal Board without making provisions for adequate raw water, and the sewerage infrastructure remained under-utilised, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General for 2014-15 has found.

11. Delhi’s waterbodies to get a new lease of life soon

This year, the focus will be on cleaning the over 1,000 water bodies in the national capital, followed by plantation.

12. New tech for treating sewage water for crops

India and the European Union have developed a cost-effective technology for treatment of sewage waste for irrigation, especially in rural areas, using natural filters like sand and plants.

13. Here’s a Rs 6,000-crore plan to revive Yamuna river by Delhi

The Delhi government has drawn up an elaborate plan for Yamuna revival, focusing on the cleaning of drains, development of green areas along the river and creation of reservoirs.

14. Environmentalists hail decision to declare Mangar Bani as no-construction belt

Environmentalists have hailed the recent decision of the Haryana government to notify Mangar Bani, off Gurgaon-Faridabad road, as a no-construction belt.

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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