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Illegal reclamation causing irreversible damage to fragile ecosystem (Issue of the week, March Week #3 (2015))
The state forest department on Tuesday told the Bombay High Court that the ongoing illegal reclamation of wetlands north of Vasai creek in Thane district was causing incalculable and irreversible damage to the fragile ecosystem.

The report on violations in the narrow belt of the mangroves on the west of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway submitted by N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forests of mangrove cell, read, “The ongoing process of illegal reclamation of wetlands on the western
side of the highway is causing incalculable damage to the fragile ecosystem.

Earth's climate likely to continue warming despite slowdown (March Week #3 (2015))
Researchers have shown that Earth's climate likely will continue to warm during this century on track with previous estimates, despite the recent slowdown in the rate of global warming.

This research hinges on a new and more detailed calculation of the sensitivity of Earth's climate to the factors that cause it to change, such as greenhouse gas emissions.

Freak climate in North India may damage crops; fears of El Nino phenomenon rising (March Week #3 (2015))
NEW DELHI: Snowfall in the middle of March; heavy showers in the drying-up phase of the monsoon; catastrophic floods before the rainy season; searing heat in parts of south India  extreme climate events seem to be the norm in the past year, deepening concerns
about climate change.

The unusually cool and rainy weather currently prevailing in the north is raising concerns about potato and sugar production while mustard and wheat harvests, which were earlier headed for a record, would be lower. To make matters worse, the dreaded El
Nino phenomenon, in which changes in temperature in the Pacific Ocean disrupt global weather patterns including Indian monsoon, seems more likely than earlier forecasts.

Kejriwal promises to shut Okhla waste plant (March Week #3 (2015))
NEW DELHI: Residents of Okhla's Sukhdev Vihar are celebrating an imminent victory over a 'polluting' waste-to-energy plant in their neighbourhood. Several of them led by an Aam Aadmi Party worker met chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with a petition to shut
down the plant. Residents said Kejriwal agreed to close the plant.

If the AAP government acts, it will not only send a stern message to other polluting industries, but may even spark a rethink on other waste-to-energy plants being constructed in the city. During its 49-day stint in 2014, then environment minister Saurabh
Bhardwaj promised action against the plant.

Govt fails to use green cess to protect environment (March Week #3 (2015))
MARGAO: In what has caused concern among environment lovers, the state government has failed to utilize the "green cess" collected by it for its avowed purpose of environmental conservation and reduction of carbon footprint, ever since the Goa Cess on
Products and Substances Causing Pollution (Green Cess) Act 2013 came into force in July 2013.

Sound pollution would now invite a fine of Rs 10,000 (March Week #3 (2015))
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The district administration has intensified campaign against sound pollution by giving the public options for directly filing complaints at the control room. Violators of norms would be slapped a fine of Rs 10,000. The campaign has
been spruced up mainly in the wake of complaints from students saying that high levels of sound pollution in the city have been affecting their studies during examination time.

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