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Ministry may allow yet another coal mine in dense Chhattisgarh forest (August Week #2 (2013))
The Ministry of Environment and Forests will consider permitting yet another coal mine in the dense Hasdeo-Arand forests of Chhattisgarh, an area that had earlier been declared too valuable to be opened up for excavation............................The
Environment Ministry had recently permitted another mine in the area that the State government once wanted protected as an elephant reserve, a decision that was reversed in favour of opening coal mining blocks.

In 2011, the Environment Ministry made an exception to its own decision and cleared three coal blocks. It said the blocks were on the fringe of the dense forest area. The decision came despite the statutory FAC recommending against the clearance and its
sub-committee noting that the State authorities had misrepresented facts to push their case.


Noise pollution hits birds, animals too (August Week #2 (2013))
It is not just sparrows. Other animals and birds may abandon Bangalore if something is not done about the increasing noise pollution in the city soon. The city is so loud that the sound levels in the commercial areas exceed 90 decibels and in the residential
areas, over 80 decibels, which is much higher than the maximum prescribed limit of 60 decibels. The impact of such sound is hiked stress levels in humans, as well as the bird and animal population.  .........................Ornithologist V S Vijayan said,
“This has been happening, but is noticed now due to such studies. 


Green cover isn't working. Delhi still most polluted city (August Week #2 (2013))
It is one of the greenest national capitals in the world. Its metro transit system caters to around 23 lakh passengers daily and government buses are running on clean CNG. But Delhi continues to remain the country's most-polluted city. A study funded by
the Ministry of Science & Technology has identified the metropolis as a "high health risk" zone, stating there is an alarming rise in the level of outdoor particulate matters (PM) in the city.

"The pollution in Delhi has increased by 21 per cent in the last 10 years and is persistent. For more than 50 per cent of the day, the pollution is high in the city and is sustaining for long periods. This is posing a major health risk to its people,"
said Dr Sagnik Dey, assistant professor, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi, who led the research team. "Humans, if exposed to particulate matter for a long time, are at a high risk of respiratory and heart diseases," he said.


Let moratorium on mining in Western Ghats continue (August Week #2 (2013))
The moratorium on mining in the Western Ghat areas should continue till a proper cumulative assessment of the damage to ecology and people affected by mining is drawn up, M K Prasad, of the people's convention on Western Ghats, said..............................

Meetings will be organized in all the six states to exert pressure on the governments to adopt the WGEEP report. Gram sabhas in panchayats along the Western Ghats will be asked to pass resolutions in support of WGEEP report. The committee will also translate
the 520-page WGEEP report in vernacular languages to make it accessible to more stakeholders and mobilize support for the implementation of the report.


Poacher admits using pesticide traps to kill leopards (August Week #2 (2013))
The highly toxic carbofuran is being used to kill leopards in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand, the same pesticide used to poach tigers in and around Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).

The suspicions of the state forest department have been confirmed by confessions of a poacher who was arrested recently. A pesticide, carbofuran is used to control insects and bird population causing threat to agriculture fields. It is now banned in US,
Canada and European Union countries but sold over the counter in India under different brand names.


Industrialists, schools, queue up to adopt animals (August Week #2 (2013))
Supporting wildlife conservation, a number of industrialists, individuals and even schools have come forward in adopting animals like tiger, elephant and rhino at the Kolkata Zoo.

Even before the animal adoption programme was officially launched today, the zoo authorities said they have already received contributions of Rs 30 lakh. 

"Almost all animals have been adopted. For some animals like tiger and rhinoceros there is a queue as more people are willing to adopt them," said V K Yadav, acting director of Alipore Zoological Gardens.


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