Weekly Green News Update for Week 26 (June 27 to July 3), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 26 (between June 27 to July 03) 2016.

1. DU’s paperless initiative saved 4,500 trees, money, resources

Delhi University not only saved its aspirants from the scorching heat, but also around 4,500 trees or nearly 72,000 rims of paper through its online registration process for undergraduate admission 2016-17, held over 22 days.

2. Locals’ Plea To Dial Down IGIA Noise Goes Unheeded

Despite the directive from National Green Tribunal to initiate steps to curb noise pollution in residential areas near airports so that people are not disturbed, Delhi International Airport Ltd has not done anything to that effect even almost a decade after taking over the operations of the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

3. DJB may revive 100 water bodies

Delhi Jal Board is likely to take over at least 100 waterbodies from various land owning agencies and work on their revival and restoration.

4. Delhi Cantt Board steps up sanitation plan; eyes top ‘Swachh’

The Delhi Cantonment Board has stepped up waste management and beautification efforts as it seeks to improve its position in the ‘Swachh Bharat’ ranking to unseat Mysuru, which had topped it last year.

5. Jal board’s clean Yamuna project stuck again following NGTs order

The Delhi Jal Board’s contentious ‘interceptor sewage project’, delayed several times, is stuck again – this time when 82 per cent of the work is already complete.

6. Timely action could bring PM emissions down 35%

The International Energy Agency  has said that Delhi’s particle pollution could fall by 35% over the next 15 years if it manages to reduce emissions from the power sector, vehicles and biomass burning, including cooking with solid fuels in slums.

7. Ban on retrofitting CNG kits: Delhi govt changes its mind again

The Delhi government Thursday deferred its decision to revoke the ban on retrofitting CNG kits in “in-use” vehicles, only two days after Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said the transport department will begin the registrations again.

8. May lift ban on sale of big diesel cars in NCR: SC

In what will be a major relief to auto makers and those seeking to buy diesel SUVs and cars with engine capacity of more than 2000cc, the Supreme Court said on Wednesday it is considering lifting the ban on sale of these vehicles in the national capital region on payment of a green cess.

9. Take Steps Against Air PollutionExperts Ask Delhi Government

Referring to a recent report which estimated that around 1.6 million premature deaths in India are caused by air pollution, experts today asked Delhi government to initiate immediate action on issuance of “simplified” health advisories and take concrete steps on the polluting Badarpur power plant in Delhi.

10. Aravali area to receive a shower of seeds

After the success of the ‘Selfie with tree’ campaign, the NGO Nishwarth Kadam has planned to make South Gurgaon greener and better by showering seeds in the Aravali area from a helicopter before the monsoon sets in.

11. Time running out for civic agencies to clear death traps

With days left for the monsoon to reach Delhi and dengue already gaining a foothold, civic agencies have failed miserably in handling the hundreds of tonnes of construction and demolition waste being dumped across the city.

12. Mandi waste from Delhi to be used for highways construction, say Nitin Gadkari

Solid waste from Ghazipur mandi in the national capital will be used in construction of highways, while plans are afoot for landscaping of two peripheral expressway projects worth Rs 8,037 crore, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

13. Climate change warming Asian waters, altering monsoon: study

Each year as temperatures rise across India, farmers look to the sky and pray for rain.

14. CGWA empowered to regulate groundwater extraction: MoEF to NGT

The Central Ground Water Authority has the mandate to regulate ground water extraction by “industries/projects” including Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, government has told the National Green Tribunal.

15. Javadekar pledges policy to protect Aravallis

Union Minister of Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar on Monday said the Centre and the Haryana government were serious about the conservation of the Aravallis and all necessary steps would be taken for its protection.

16. Impact of climate change on animals in Himalayas

While the Zoological Survey of India has launched a long-term monitoring studies in five Himalayan states including Himachal Pradesh to document the impact of climate change on animal biodiversity, a study conducted by State Centre on Climate Change, Himachal Pradesh, has already found that in Himachal Pradesh a number of diseases occurred in the past ten years.

17. Ozone layer over Antarctic shows signs of healing

Atmospheric scientists have seen signs of the mending of the ozone hole above the Antarctic.

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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