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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.


Lioness’ death revives debate over Etawah Safari (November Week #2 (2014))
Lucknow: The death of lioness Lakshmi in Etawah Lion Safari has re-ignited the debate whether the terrain is fit to house lions. The pet project of the Samajwadi Party was in a limbo for over eight years at the Centre before
it got the nod in 2012. Wildlife experts had raised concerns over it saying the climate of Etawah terrain was not suitable for the royal animal.


Pallavaram residents can teach a thing about Rain Water Harvesting (November Week #2 (2014))

Chennai: In the last rains when people in the city suffered from inundated roads, residents in five wards under the Pallavaram municipality were dry and even used the rainwater to address their water woes with the dexterous use of rainwater harvesting.
Now, residents say they do not suffer from water scarcity. The initiative was kickstarted by residents of Shankarlal Jain street in Chromepet, a quiet, residential area near MIT college.


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