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No Gurgaon hospital has permit to discard biomedical waste (Issue of the week, July Week #1 (2015))
GURGAON: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) said on Wednesday none of the 85 hospitals in the city have applied for authorization for disposing of biomedical waste (BMW).

This includes the government-run General Hospital in Sector 10. "None of the city hospitals, including a government one, follow our biomedical waste disposal norms. We've sent a show cause notice to General Hospital and final notices to the rest," said
an HSPCB official.

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Substandard plastic bags: Centre for fines on street vendors (July Week #1 (2015))
Concerned over the growing waste menace, including plastic scrap, the government intends to impose fines on street vendors for providing substandard plastic carry bags among a slew of other stringent measures to tackle the issue.

Environment Ministry has come out with five new draft waste management rules which includes solid waste management including construction and demolition of wastes, plastic, E-waste, bio-medical waste and Fly ash utilisation amendment notification 2015.

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Desilt Srivaikundam Dam, But don't Touch Trees, Orders Green Tribunal (July Week #1 (2015))
CHENNAI:The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the State government to immediately start desilting Srivaikundam dam in Thoothukudi district and file periodical reports once in 15 days.

The matter pertains to a petition moved by S Joel, Thoothukudi district secretary of MDMK, to desilt the 150-year-old Srivaikundam dam stating that if maintained properly, it could store about eight thousand million cubic feet
(TMC) of additional water benefiting more than a lakh acres of land.


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8 lakh trees planted under Green Kumbh initiative (July Week #1 (2015))
NASHIK: As part of the district administration's Green Kumbh initiative, citizens, educational institutions, environment groups and social organizations, along with employees of various government offices, came together on Wednesday to plant over 8,50,447
lakh trees in the district. A cleanliness drives were also carried out. 

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California cities show biggest water savings yet in drought (July Week #1 (2015))
SACRAMENTO: California's drought-stricken cities set a record for water conservation, reducing usage 29 per centin May, according to data released by a state agency.

Regulators hope the savings will last through summer as California communities are under order to cut water use by 25 per centcompared to 2013 levels. Gov. Jerry Brown announced his mandatory conservation order in April. 

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Humans have to save fading ecosystems to avoid mass extinction (July Week #1 (2015))
Will it be lights out for the human race as the sixth round of mass extinction gathers pace?

According to a study by researchers at Stanford, Princeton and Berkeley universities, “Vertebrates are vanishing at a rate that is 114 times faster than what would be expected without the destructive influence of humans.”

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