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50 schools to set up mini-forest in Bareilly district (Issue of the week, December Week #4 (2014))
BAREILLY: The forest department, along with Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is all set to start 'Balvan', an initiative to spread awareness on conservation of environment among school children.

Under this initiative, students of 50 schools in Bareilly district will set up mini-forest in their respective schools. JICA will fund the Balvan project.

National Green Tribunal acts against Ganga pollution (December Week #4 (2014))
NEW DELHI: A number of path-breaking orders to curb pollution and a strict watch on illegal mining kept the National Green Tribunal (NGT) busy in 2014 as it also cracked the whip on firms polluting the Ganga.

Keeping in tune with the pledge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clean the "holiest of the holy" river, the NGT talked tough against the polluting industrial units and applied the "polluter pays" principle.

Air pollution a major environmental risk to health (December Week #4 (2014))
CHANDIGARH: A three-day training programme on 'Impact of air quality on human health' commenced on Monday at School of Public Health, PGI. The training programme is being organized by School of Public Health (SPH), PGI, in collaboration with department
of environment studies, Panjab University, and funded by Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.

Aviation experts to voice ozone concern (December Week #4 (2014))
BHUBANESWAR: Concerned over the depleting ozone layer because of the emission of aviation fuel, civil aviation experts and environmentalists here will discuss measures to be taken to check pollution on Saturday.

Sources said aviation fuel emission, also known as Green House Gas (GHG), poses a potential threat to the environment at the stratospheric level, at the height where most jet aircraft fly.

Climate change threat to mussels: study (December Week #4 (2014))
The numbers of mussels could be threatened by climate change, as it has made oceans increasingly acidic, a team of British researchers has revealed.

In a new paper published in the Royal Society's journal Interface, researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland said Wednesday they found mussels' shells have become more brittle when they are formed in more acidic water, Xinhua reported.

Cusat scientists isolate algae capable of producing biofuel (December Week #4 (2014))
KOCHI: The highly polluted backwaters of Cochin estuary could be a rich source of biofuel, as a research team of Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has managed to isolate a micro-algae capable of producing biodiesel. The algae, prymnesium
parvum, which has high content of phosphates and nitrates, is found in the backwaters, off Mattanchery harbour.

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