Weekly Green News Update for Week 42 (Oct 17 to 23), 2016


Weekly green news update from across different media networks for week 42 (between October 17 to 23) 2016.

1. Delhi May Solve Its Air Pollution Problem With ‘Vertical Gardens’

In a city with some of the world’s most poisonous air, a lack of space for greenery makes an alarming problem only worse for many of Delhi’s 10 million residents.

2. Fresh pelican deaths in Delhi zoo

The National Zoological Park, which has been shut down temporarily amid a bird flu scare, today reported fresh pelican deaths.

3. Introduce destination buses to decongest roads in Delhi: NGT

Aiming at steps to curb pollution, the National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi government to reduce traffic congestion on city roads and introduce destination buses to improve air quality in the national capital.

4. Waste management: Irregularities found in S Corporation

The Vigilance Department of South Corporation found massive irregularities by one of the concessionaires engaged in waste management by the civic body.

5. Delhi govt forms panel for report on solid waste management

A day after being rapped by the Supreme Court for not doing enough to dispose of the huge quantity of garbage in the national capital, the Delhi government today formed a three-member committee which will submit a report on solid waste management by November 10.

6. Delhi lacks long-term plan to check industrial pollution

Industries and power plants in and around Delhi are the biggest source of pollutants, SO2 and NOx, that cause breathing ailments in the city.

7. Odd-even scheme had little impact, didn’t cut Delhi pollution: Green panel

The National Green Tribunal asked authorities in the national capital on Tuesday to find a solution to growing air pollution in the city, considering a report that the odd-even road rationing formula tested this April had little impact.

8. Delhi air less polluted this October

Even though the national capital continues to choke on smog and dust, experts say its air quality this October has improved a little, as compared to last year.

9. Delhi to Get A New Waste-To-Energy Plant

North Delhi will soon get another waste-to-energy plant in Bhalaswa site that will ramp up the rate of processing of solid waste tremendously, the area’s civic body said on Monday.

10. SC Expresses Concern Over Garbage Dumped at Landfill Sites in Delhi

“People are dying” due to lack of proper disposal of waste, the Supreme Court said on Monday as it expressed concern over garbage dumped at landfill sites in the national capital.

11. Floodplains being encroached in Delhi-NCR: NGT informed

A “flood” of multi-storeyed buildings have been constructed on the flood banks of Ganga and Yamuna over the years without devising any mechanism for waste disposal, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board told the National Green Tribunal today.

12. India launches phone app to monitor New Delhi’s pollution

The Indian capital, laboring under the label of being the world’s most polluted city, is trying something new to help clean up its air.

13. NGT forms panel to check sewage joining Ganga through drains

The Ganga rejuvenation project, which is of national importance, is being carried out by officials “who do not know” how many drains are polluting the river, the National Green Tribunal lamented on Wednesday.

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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