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Press release: Studies say rising mercury levels could be connected to global warming
  • 2009 warmest year ever recorded for India

  • Globally, 11 out of 12 years (from 1995 to 2006) rank among the 12 warmest years on record since 1850

Carbon Dioxide|Climate Change|Climate Impacts|Delhi|Heat Waves|Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)|Media Resource Centre|Press Release
How to Clean the Yamuna

While the Delhi government has been debating on what needs to be done to clean the river, the pollution levels have only worsened.

In its book Sewage Canal: How to Clean the Yamuna, published in 2007, the Centre for Science and Environment reported that the Delhi stretch of the river is not only dead but had an overload of coliform contamination. Two years later, the pollution data shows no respite to the river.

The 22-km stretch of the Yamuna, which is barely 2 per cent of the length of the river basin, continues to contribute over 80 per cent of the pollution load in the entire stretch of the river. There is also no water in the river for virtually nine months. Delhi, impounds water at the barrage constructed at Wazirabad where the river enters Delhi. What flows in the river subsequently is only sewage and waste from Delhi’s 22 drains. In other words, the river ceases to exist at Wazirabad. 

This also means that there is just no water available to dilute the waste. The issue of a basic minimum flow in the river has been discussed time and again, but with water becoming more and more scare and contested, Delhi’s upstream neighbours are reluctant to release water. Delhi itself is water greedy and sucks up each  drop that is released as its share. The river is then reduced to a drain for the filth and waste of the city’s inhabitants.

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Delhi|Flush Toilets|River Pollution|Sewage|Sewage Treatment Plants (STP)|Sewage Treatment Technology|Yamuna|River Pollution|Story
Lakes in Courts: Cases on Protection of Lakes

Every Indian city, worth its salt, was known by its water body. In fact, localities were named after this wealth. It made the city, because, people understood the connection between these structures built to harvest rain and their drinking water.

Lake|PIL|rainwater harvesting|Water Management|Wetlands|Lake Revival|Story
The Gobar Times Green Schools Awards and Festival

Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit and noted film personality, Sharmila Tagore gave away awards to the top Green Schools at National level and state level for Delhi schools on February 20th 2010 in New Delhi. 

Green School Awards|Green Schools Program|Story
CSE Special: Moratorium on Bt brinjal: Jairam Ramesh

On February 9, minister of state for environment Jairam Ramesh announced an indefinite moratorium on introducing Bt brinjal.

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Bt brinjal|Food Safety|GM Crops|Story|Special Report
“Regional Dialogue on Sustainable Buildings” in Bhubaneswar

Date: December 13, 2013
Venue: Crystal Hall, Hotel Mayfair Convention Centre, Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar 

Centre for Science and Environment  is organizing “Regional Dialogue on Sustainable Buildings” in collaboration with the Bhubaneswar Urban Development Authority (BDA) in Bhubaneswar on December 13 at 9.30 am in Hotel Mayfair. This is an experience dialogue on the strategies on green buildings to improve energy and resource efficiency in building construction and usage. 

CSE training programme|Story|Sustainable Building
Toxic toys

We generally take toys for granted but this may no longer be the case atleast not if we are concerned about the health of our young children.

CSE Study|Health Effects|India|Pesticides And Toxins|Toxic Toys|Story
Footfalls: Obstacle Course to Livable Cities

This study provides detailed analysis of walking conditions in Indian cities. The analysis indicates that walkability is overlooked and undervalued in transport planning, and that improved walkability is justified for equity and efficiency sake.

It provides specific recommendations for improving walking conditions to address a variety of planning objectives.

CSE Study|Delhi|Non Motorised Vehicles|Pedestrians|Public Transport|Public Transport and Mobility|Story
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