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Pet dogs a threat to African penguins (January Week #1 (2016))

JOHANNESBURG: African Penguins struggle to find food at sea, contributing to a sharp drop in numbers over the years. The endangered animals also face a shore-based threat in South Africa — from pet dogs.

More than 40 penguins were killed this year by one or more dogs and authorities recently increased patrols in a penguin nesting area where people often take their dogs for a walk. 

Banning phosphate in detergents can be looked into: Javadekar (January Week #1 (2016))

BENGALURU: Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar today said the government will surely think of banning use of phosphate in detergents when there was an alternative to do so.

"The professor here has given a very good idea. He said why should we use phosphate in detergents when an alternative already exists which is cost-effective; is a better technology and which is clear ...," he said in an interaction with Indian Institute
of Science (IISc) students at a seminar on Climate Change here.

US and French embassies to follow odd-even rules (January Week #1 (2016))

The US and French embassies have decided to voluntarily comply with the restrictions being implemented under the Delhi government’s odd-even policy from January 1-15 to control vehicular pollution, even though embassies are exempted from it.

Animal Welfare Board of India: Pigeon contest banned, board out to fight for other creatures (January Week #1 (2016))

EMBOLDENED BY its efforts to successfully get banned the age-old kabootarbaazi (pigeon contest) in Agra, the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has now set out to invoke similar prohibitions on fights involving other birds and animals organised as local

In letters to the district magistrates of Lucknow, Aligarh and Faizabad, the body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests has called for statewide ban on fights involving cocks (murgabaazi) and Indian Quails (baterbaazi), terming them as “cruelty”
upon the creatures.

Mahagenco using low capacity pollution control devices (January Week #1 (2016))

Nagpur: State run power generation company Mahagenco seems to be completely apathetic towards the threat to human lives it has created due to high level of emissions from its power plants. Not only is it not making any effort to get cleaner coal, but its
pollution control equipments also have a faulty design with company making no effort to set it right.

Odd-even formula: Why exempt women, two-wheelers, asks Delhi High Court (January Week #1 (2016))

The Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government to clarify why women and two-wheelers have been exempted from the odd-even number plate scheme coming into effect here from Friday.

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