Bringing Biodiversity into Mainstream Media

New Delhi, June 7 (G’nY News Service): Despite being a major source of survival, be it physical, spiritual or economical, the mainstream media do not adequately address the importance of biodiversity conservation. Media is considered as the crux in spreading constructive agendas and can help in sustaining rapid development and environmental conservation side-by-side. In the […]

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Bridging Demand to Curb Illegal Sand Mining

Over a span of six months Durga Shakti Nagpal, sub-divisional magistrate of Greater Noida’s Gautam Budh Nagar took swift action against the rampant illegal sand mining mafia in Noida. As per the Gautam Budh Nagar Police Force records she registered 66 FIRs, arrested 104 people and seized 81 vehicles engaged in illegal sand mining in […]

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Greening urban India through its buildings

A green building is one in which the materials used and the methods of operation help in energy, water and natural resource conservation, and create a healthy atmosphere for its occupants. Residential complexes, exhibition centres, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, IT parks, airports, government buildings as well as corporate offices can be constructed to be ‘green’ […]

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The Alaknanda Disaster: A result of ‘river space’ incursion

The Alaknanda disaster in Uttarakhand in northern India during 15-16 June 2013 is one of the worst human tragedies in recent history. The impact of this event has reminded us once more of the increased and undesirable human interventions on the natural systems. The trigger for this event was an unusual natural process–cloud burst at […]

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Flood risk reduction in India: Are we learning?

The year 2010 witnessed a series of unprecedented floods not just in India but globally. From floods in Himachal Pradesh (July 2010) and Leh (August 2010), floods occurred in several parts of Karnatka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and south Orissa during November-December 2010. Globally, severe floods in east China (May 2010), Rio Lorogo, Brazil (June […]

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India and International Year of Biodiversity 2010

India’s 2010 target to achieve a significant reduction in the rate of biodiversity losses has been summarised in relation to eleven goals outlined by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in the following sections. Goal No. 1 Promote Conservation of Biological Diversity of Ecosystems, Habitats and Biomes The varied edaphic, climatic and topographic conditions […]

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Living Rivers: Environmental Flows

Voices in the global economy are today increasingly talking about water-related risks as an emerging threat to businesses. There is growing evidence that freshwater biodiversity is suffering acutely from over abstraction, from pollution of rivers, lakes and groundwater and from poorly planned water infrastructure. As the global population grows and demand for food and energy […]

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