Press on Environment and Wildlife
From making eco-friendly idols to collecting garbage, children do it all (November Week #4 (2014))
For almost a decade Vinodini Lulla and her team, through the Children’s Movement of Civic Awareness (CMCA), a not-for-profit, has been going to schools across Mumbai with the aim of transforming young students into responsible citizens.

Lulla moved from Bangalore to Mumbai in 2004 to start CMCA’s Mumbai chapter. “Our main aim is to not only spread environmental awareness, but also to train young individuals to further educate people,” said Lulla

Shahdara green drive set to roll (November Week #4 (2014))
Noida Authority has decided to turn the area along the Shahdara drain into a green zone and will plant nearly 7,000 aromatic trees on both sides of the 4km stretch to mask the stink and toxic fumes emanating from the drain.

The Authority has invited consultants for the project and will finalize the bids on November 28. Officials said the plantation drive will start from sectors 14A and 15A located on one side of the drain and sectors 16A to 38A on the other. The appointed
consultant will be responsible for the upkeep of the plantation for two years.

Railways to Go Green; Water Audit on Cards (November Week #4 (2014)) The Ministry of Railways is in the process of going green with Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu ordering a slew of measures from water audit to harnessing wind energy along tracks, besides setting up an Environment Directorate to facilitate the increased use
of solar energy. The minister had issued the directives in this regard after returning from the G-20 Summit in Australia on Monday
UN Climate Change panel calls for phasing out fossil fuels (Issue of the week, November Week #2 (2014))
Emissions may need to drop to zero by the end of this century for the world to have a decent chance of keeping the temperature rise below a level that many consider dangerous.

Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R. K. Pachauri on Sunday launching the Panel’s Synthesis Report in Copenhagen, said, “There is no room for complacency.” He suggested that India’s National action plan on climate change
needs to be revisited in the light of this report. If the rise in global temperatures has to be kept under 2 degrees Celsius, fossil fuels would have to be phased out by the end of this century, he added


Come February, gharials to swarm Punjab rivers again (November Week #2 (2014))

 Almost half a century ago, they vanished from Punjab's rivers. Now, the Punjab wildlife department is taking a bold initiative to bring them back to their natural habitats. Come February, the first batch of young gharials, reared in captivity at Chhatbir
Zoo near Banur, will swim in the Beas and Satluj - two tributaries of the Indus river system.


Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam reopens (November Week #2 (2014))

Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Central Assam's Morigaon district, with a dense population of the Great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, reopened for tourists on Sunday after a routine closure of four months during the monsoon. The sanctuary was formally reopened
for both foreign and domestic visitors this morning by Assam Forest Minister Rockeybul Hussain at a colourful programme.


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