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No immersion in Aarey lake this Ganeshotsav- Dairy Department (August Week #5 (2015))
This Ganeshotsav, idols will not be immersed in Aarey lake but in a special artificial pond that will be built for the purpose. This decision has been taken by the Aarey Dairy Development Department's chief executive officer (CEO), which has been welcomed
by environmentalists.

Vehicles Transporting Biomedical Waste to be Tracked with GPS (August Week #5 (2015))
HYDERABAD: Determined to contain the health hazard posed by dumping of biomedical waste in open space, Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has decided to use Global Positioning System (GPS) to track the vehicles transporting hospital waste.

Maharashtra forest department approves Rs 9 crore to protect wildlife (August Week #5 (2015)) KOLHAPUR: As the wildlife venturing outside the forest areas faces major threats, the state forest department has approved Rs 9 crore for wildlife protection, which includes creation of infrastructure and facilities.
Climate Talks: India to Hold Meeting of LMDCs (August Week #5 (2015))
NEW DELHI: Ahead of the crucial UN climate talks in Paris later this year, India would hold a meeting, of ‘Like-Minded Developing Countries’ (LMDCs) in September, on climate change to build a consensus on issues related to adaptation, mitigation and financing.

The LMDCs include a group of developing countries which would negotiate together as a group at the international platform. India has been talking to BASIC, LMDCs and SAARC nations to ensure that the new legal agreement on climate
change is based on historical responsibility of polluters and right to grow for developing nations. India is in the process of finalising its ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDCs) which would be submitted to the United Nations next month.
All countries are either in the process or have submitted their INDCs in the run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference.

Report lists damage to Rihand reservoir (August Week #5 (2015))
The environment in and around Rihand reservoir, considered to be the largest manmade reservoir in the country, is getting damaged with high concentration of mercury, high pH, violations in fly ash disposal, ground water pollution with high fluoride concentration
and so on.

Silicosis, fluorosis and excess mercury are affecting the health of the residents around Rihand in Singrauli area in both Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

UK to fund Kolkata's climate action programme (August Week #5 (2015))
The United Kingdom will fund a capacity building programme for making Kolkata a low carbon city.

Ahead of implementation of the UK-Kolkata Municipal Corporation joint programme, the UK Minister of State for International Development, Desmond Swayne, was present on Sunday at an workshop for sensitising the Councillors of the city's 16 boroughs.

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