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Sewage treatment norms set to become stringent (March Week #3 (2015))
NAGPUR: In a move aimed at conservation and bringing down pollution of water bodies, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is set to make sewage and wastewater treatment norms more stringent. As per the proposal, the quality of treated water should
be as per inland freshwater standards. Earlier norms said it should be equivalent of irrigation standards.

The two sides of eucalyptus in The Nilgiris (March Week #3 (2015))
Economically beneficial, but ecologically hazardous. Bearing this description, the eucalyptus trees of the Blue Mountains have for sometime now been in focus.

With scientists and environmentalists endorsing their reputation of being ecological predators, those depending on them for their livelihood have become apprehensive about their future.

Abdul Rehman, president of The Nilgiris District Eucalyptus Oil Producers, Workers and Traders Welfare Association, told The Hindu that a proposal to remove eucalyptus trees along with other exotics such as wattle, which emerged at a workshop held here
recently, has become a serious source of concern among all those engaged in the eucalyptus oil industry.

Cricketers bat for a clean environment (March Week #3 (2015))
BANGALORE: "Let's change Bangalore from a city of air conditioners to an air-conditioned city".

To convey this message to citizens, cricketer Javagal Srinath has joined Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Robin Uthappa in spearheading Green Wicket, a campaign to make students more conscious about waste segregation, water conservation, saving energy and
maintaining hygiene. It was launched by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board on March 4.

Volcanoes saw species survive past ice ages (March Week #3 (2015))
The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed Tuesday, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change. An international team of researchers said their analysis helped explain
a long-running mystery about how some species thrived, often in isolation, in areas covered by glaciers, with volcanoes acting as an oasis of life during long cold periods.

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