Weekly Green News Update for Week 41 (Oct 10 to 16), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 41 (between October 10 to 16) 2016.

1. Winter worsens Delhi’s pollution levels

After Delhi celebrated Dussehra, doctors in the national Capital are treating increasing number of patients with respiratory ailments.

2. NDMC set to produce power from plastic

In an order to recycle green and plastic waste, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has collaborated with a private partner who will generate energy and make useful products from garbage generated in parks and used plastics.

3. Dwarka raises a stink this festival season

This festive season has turned into a harrowing time for Dwarka residents as the South Corporation has been skipping garbage disposal daily across most residential societies.

4. Smoke from Bhalswa adds to Delhi’s pollution woes

Delhiites are in for another rough winter when it comes to air pollution, said experts as the air quality in the Capital started dipping this past week.

5. Green Tribunal Questions Demolitions Under Delhi Redevelopment Plan

Alleging that over 1.86 lakh trees would be destroyed in the demolition of seven government residential colonies in New Delhi, the National Green Tribunal has sought the views of the centre on the issue, asking why it should not stop the redevelopment plan.

6. Civic bodies prepare landfill-free plan

The Centre’s ambitious plans to do away with landfill sites in 20 major cities, including Delhi, is being viewed with cautious optimism.

7. LSR students are breaking stereotypes through recycled products

‘Beta, business karke kya karogi? Ghar ka kaam seekho’ — entrepreneurship is commonly seen as more of a man’s thing than it is seen as a woman’s. In an attempt to dispel the stereotype around female entrepreneurs, the students of Lady Shri Ram for Women have started a project Basta: Waste to Worth.

8. Post-Dussehra pollution down this year: Delhi govt data

Air pollution levels in Delhi on Tuesday and Wednesday — on Dussehra and a day after — was lower compared to the last two years, Delhi government data showed.

9. NGT puts brakes on DDA’s unified by-laws for Delhi

The chairperson bench of the National Green Tribunal has put brakes on the implementation of the Delhi Development Authority’s ‘Unified Building Bye-Laws’ that sought to merge green clearances for constructions in 20,000 sq.m to 1,50,000 sq.m with building approvals.

10. Delhi Govt to control import of illegal firecrackers to check pollution during Diwali

With the festival of Diwali, accompanied by air pollution, around the corner, the Delhi government has directed the Customs Department to prohibit the import of harmful crackers and asked the Delhi Police to ensure action is taken against any violation of law.

11. 5 lakh shrubs planted this year, but pollution fight lags

With numerous initiatives to make the capital greener, the Delhi government has already crossed another target — planting 5 lakh shrubs this year to combat air pollution naturally.

12. Delhi’s second waste to energy plant to start at Ghazipur this month

After delay of four years, the Ghazipur Waste to Energy (WtE) plant will be commissioned this month.

13. Durga idols’ immersion adds to pollution in Delhi, waste piled up along Yamuna river

While the district administrations and civic agencies were quick to remove the remains of Durga idols that were immersed in the Yamuna river on Tuesday, insoluble materials like wood, plastics, cloths and bamboo frame were found strewn along the river bank till late Wednesday evening.

14. Centre launches new campaign to promote waste management in rural areas

The Centre today launched a campaign to promote waste management in rural areas in a bid to promote sanitation and break caste nexus attached with cleanliness workers.

15. 50% rise in air pollution in 10 days

There has been a 50% rise in air pollution in Gurgaon in the last 10 days as compared to last month.

16. Gurgaon continues to burn its waste in open

Despite a National Green Tribunal order banning burning of any type of waste in the open in the NCR, waste in being openly dumped and burnt in the Millennium City.

17. Kigali makes history with HFC freeze

Countries came to an agreement in Kigali on Saturday to phase out a family of potent greenhouse gases by the late 2040s and move to prevent a potential 0.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature by the end of the century.

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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