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High density of leopards in Bhadravati division (November Week #2 (2014))

The first-ever leopard density estimation study conducted in Karnataka has indicated a high density of leopards in the Bhadravati Forest Division.

The study, largest one carried out in the country, as conducted by the Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF), Mysore, in collaboration with the Forest Department. 


Bureaucrats in class for green economic growth lesson (November Week #2 (2014))

The Global Change Programme, a special programme of Jadavpur University, got down to serious academics on Thursday, explaining to bureaucrats the benefits of market-based fiscal instruments such as taxes, subsidies and trading instruments to control pollution
instead of the command and control mode of environment regulation that has been the policy focus. The initiative is directed at sensitizing policy makers on the need to push for a green economic growth by strengthening science policy interface .

 The three-day workshop is funded by the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF).


Government starts pest management programme (November Week #2 (2014))

PUNE: The government has launched an I ntegrated Pest Management (IPM) - an eco-friendly approach which aims at keeping pest population at below economic threshold levels by employing all available alternate pest control methods and techniques such as
cultural, mechanical and biological with emphasis on use of bio-pesticides and pesticides of plant-origin like Neem formulations. The use of chemical pesticides is advised as a measure of last resort when pest population in the crop crosses economic threshold
levels (ETL).


Villagers Come Together to Oppose Garbage Units (November Week #2 (2014))
BENGALURU: The BBMP could face more trouble in its efforts to get rid of waste from the city. People affected by waste dumping, as in Mandur, are backing other villagers fighting the civic body’s proposal to open waste processing units in their areas. 


Tughlaqabad lake heavily polluted (Issue of the week, October Week #5 (2014))
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation informed the court that the lake was formed due to accumulation of discharge from a nearby unauthorized colony and said it is about two kilometres long, 300m wide and 10ft deep. The corporation suggested that a water
treatment plant be set up in the area by DJB so that the water can be used for horticulture purposes.

Earlier, HC had pulled up MoEF for failing to collect samples from the waterbody and submit a report on contamination.

HC's orders came on a PIL filed by advocate Manoj Kumar seeking clean water for animals and birds in the city. Kumar alleged that the animals and birds in the capital are being deprived of clean water to drink.

The petition stated that water treatment plants should be set up to save birds, animals, trees and the environment. It cited the example of forested area in Tughlaqabad saying water from the artificial lake was killing monkeys,
peacocks, deer and birds.


Five lakh trees to stop cyclone devastation (October Week #5 (2014))
As per CRZ rules, no construction activity, including roads, is allowed along the coastline. A green belt along the coastline must be developed as it acts as a natural barrier against natural calamities like cyclones.

However, this invaluable natural barrier is being eroded at an alarming rate. The forest department has found that about 60 per cent of this green belt has vanished in the district.

Taking this into account, the district forest department has prepared a blueprint to strengthen the coastline.

As many as 15 varieties of trees most of them native to the area, have been identified, and will be planted along the coast.


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