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Oil in sea could persist in environment for months if not removed: ITOPF study (Issue of the week, February Week #3 (2017))
Oil in sea could persist in environment for months if not removed: ITOPF study [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=89010]

CHENNAI: The bunker oil spilt by Indian flagship vessel M T Dawn Kancheepuram after it collided with the Isle of Man's vessel B W Maple could persist in the environment for months or years if not removed.




According to ‘A Review of Problems Faced by Heavy Oil Spills,’ a study done by The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), the heavy oil or bunker oil has a high specific gravity, they tend to float lower in the water than lighter crude
oils and are therefore not visible in rough seas. 

Door-to-door campaign against plastic goods (February Week #3 (2017))
Door-to-door campaign against plastic goods [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=88996]

Stepping up the campaign to prevent use of banned plastic items, Corporation authorities initiated a door-to-door awareness programme in association with students of paramedical institute of VadamalayanSpeciality Hospitals on Thursday.

Flagging off a campaign vehicle and addressing the students, Corporation Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri said that the objective of the campaign to ban plastic goods was to save the environment. As a first step, the plan was to ban harmful plastic goods around
MeenakshiSundareswarar Temple. Once the campaign got translated into results, the city would be free from the plastic scourge, Mr. Nanduri said.

Delhi to get 20 more air-quality monitoring stations (February Week #3 (2017))
Delhi to get 20 more air-quality monitoring stations [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=88997]

Following a Supreme Court-appointed committee’s advocacy of better air-quality monitoring in the national capital and neighbouring regions, the Delhi government on Thursday announced setting up of 20 more stations.

The 20 new stations will be operated by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), which at present has only six operational stations.




Nagaur: Cattle fairs become hubs for illegal animal trafficking (February Week #3 (2017))
Nagaur: Cattle fairs become hubs for illegal animal trafficking [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=88983]

In the recently held Nagaur Cattle Fair, 27 people were arrested and 200 camels, which were to be smuggled out of the state, have been rescued from them. On February 5, an FIR was lodged in Nagaur, Rajasthan under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
1960 against 18 people from Uttar Pradesh, eight from Bharatpur and one from Alwar for trying to smuggle 200 camels out of Rajasthan for slaughter. Generally, these camels are sold within the price range of Rs 70,000 to Rs 1 lakh.




With no hurdles, Madhya Pradesh officials optimistic of getting Gir lions (February Week #3 (2017))
With no hurdles, Madhya Pradesh officials optimistic of getting Gir lions [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=88946]

BHOPAL: Forest officials from Madhya Pradesh are optimistic that a final decision would be taken to shift Gir lions from Gujarat to PalpurKuno sanctuary in the state. A meeting of the chief wildlife wardens is scheduled in New Delhi on February 15 and
February 16.




Climate change impact on animals 'under-appreciated', says recent study (February Week #3 (2017))
Climate change impact on animals 'under-appreciated', says recent study [http://cmsenvis.cmsindia.org/resources/newspaper/details.asp?id=88966]

Paris: Nearly half of endangered land mammals and a quarter of birds are already harmed by climate change — a much higher segment than previously thought, researchers have found.

Endangered primates and elephants are among the groups squeezed hardest by global warming, partly because they reproduce slowly and take longer to adapt to rapid environmental changes, they reported.




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