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Receding Water Levels of Yamuna Poses Threat to Taj Mahal (Issue of the week, July Week #2 (2015))
Forty or 50 years down the line or whenever the limestone becomes dry due to lack of moisture, it will start decaying and will be in danger of collapse. This is why water is necessary for Taj Mahal's survival. So if the water levels in the Yamuna are receding,
then it needs to be brought up. The Indian government and the Archaeological Survey of India need to pay attention to this. The Taj Mahal must be preserved according to the estimates of the ancient architects," said Tahir in Agra

Challenges for wildlife tourism (July Week #2 (2015))
A British tour guide was attacked by a leopard in the Kruger National Park in South Africa this week. The leopard was 6ft away when tourists on the safari vehicle lost sight of it. The leopard went around to the driver’s side and leapt at the guide, biting
deep into his arm. Another vehicle drove at full speed over the big cat, injuring it in the leg. Finally, Curtis Plumb, the guide, was rescued and operated on while the leopard was euthanized by the park authorities.

Following the incident, social media was abuzz on who was really to blame—the tourists who drove too close to the animal, possibly antagonizing it, or the leopard for attacking the guide. Such an incident could happen in India as well. It brings to light
the ongoing debate about how many tourists should be allowed inside wildlife parks and at what distance should they be allowed to view the animals.

Ghaziabad residents raise a stink over rising pollution (July Week #2 (2015))
 LUCKNOW: India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI), a forum for probity in public life, has sought chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's intervention in controlling air and water pollution in large number of villages in Ghaziabad.

In a letter to the chief minister, senior IRI member Prof HC Pande said that the problem had assumed acute proportions in around 50 villages of Ghaziabad. During a recent visit of a team of IRI the villagers showed that apart
from large-scale damages to agriculture, residents have been suffering from various acute ailments.

Govt to hire cybercrime specialist to catch online wildlife traffickers (July Week #2 (2015))
New Delhi: The environment ministry is looking for a cybercrime expert who can help it track illegal wildlife trade online.

The cybercrime specialist would have to work with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), which is the ministry’s arm in charge of combating organized wildlife crime.

Chinese ads use Indian cities to warn people about environment issues (July Week #2 (2015))
BEIJING: China, the world's largest carbon emitter, has put up advertisements at public places depicting the environmental issues in Indian cities like Mumbai to warn its people about the impact of climate change and encourage them to plan future around
low carbon development.

Advertisements depicting pictures of Mumbai and Allahabad among others have been put up along the streets and places such as Wangfujing city centre area in downtown prominently to draw people's attention towards consequences of pollution.

Students on Green Mission to Make School’s Loss a Gain for Public (July Week #2 (2015))
KOZHIKODE: When they came to know that 15 trees planted by them five years earlier on the school compound would be lost with the road-widening for monorail project, the members of Prithvi nature club at Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School, Meenchanda,
were all distressed.

But they were not ready to sit back and mourn the loss. Devoting their weekends in planting a large number of trees across the district with the support of the Forest Department, the students, along with the former members
of the club, are managing the loss of the trees. They have already planted 189 ‘birth star’ trees in the sacred groves of various temples, 60 ‘Ungu’ trees in the Sarovaram Bio Park and will be planting 150 trees in the Santhwanam forest at the Institute of
Palliative Medicine, this Saturday.

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