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Only biodegradable idols to be immersed in Yamuna (Issue of the week, October Week #2 (2015))
With Ganesh Chaturthi this week and Durga Puja approaching, National Green Tribunal Wednesday directed that idol immersion would be allowed “only of the ones which are made from biodegradable material and not plastic/Plaster of Paris”. “Only those colours
should be used on idols which are environment–friendly,” the NGT bench headed by chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

India has lost nearly 41 per cent of its tiger habitat. As per the latest report of the International Union of Conservation Network (IUCN), India suffered the most range contraction among the tiger-range countries.

Tiger-range countries, where tigers still roam free, are Bhutan, China, Nepal, Thailand, Russia, to name a few.

West Bengal may get dolphin reserve (October Week #2 (2015))
KOLKATA: The Ganges river dolphin — India's national aquatic animal — is set to get more protection in Bengal. The stretch of river Hooghly between Malda and Sagar is likely to be developed as a dolphin community reserve.

Global warming creating dangerous glacier lakes in Himalayas, finds study (October Week #2 (2015))
As the black clouds heavily pregnant with water vapour hovered over Dehradun on June 15, 2013, it looked ominous. Around 13,000 feet above the sea level, rain was already tanking up Chorabari Lake, a water body created by melting glaciers. On June 16 midnight,
the heavy rain caused the lake’s rock bank to collapse, sending down a flash flood that swept through the holy Himalayan pilgrimage site Kedarnath, killing 5,000 people.

More Asiatic lion cubs sighted in Gir sanctuary (October Week #2 (2015)) VADODARA: With several new Asiatic lion cubs being sighted in Gujarat's Gir wildlife sanctuary, the forest officials are expecting more tourists to the national park which opens tomorrow after being closed for four months.
Rare Oriental Darter bird spotten by Thane environmentalis (October Week #2 (2015))
 THANE: The rare sighting of the Oriental Darter bird at Bhandup pumping station on Wednesday morning has swept a wave of relief over environmentalists in and around the city.

As the number of Oriental Darters or snakebirds, a near-threatened species of migratory birds, has been declining over the years because of the increasing pollution levels, this sighting comes as a ray of hope for the eco-system
here say green activists. 


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