Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 01, 2021

Weekly Media Roundup

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for week 01 (between January 04 to 10) 2021.

1. Environment panel summons MCD chiefs over pollution
The panel had asked three MCD commissioners to submit detailed steps taken by the MCDs to stop dust pollution in Delhi” said the AAP leader.

2. All industries in Delhi to switch to PNG by January 31, 2021
About 1,644 of the industrial units spread across 50 industrial areas in Delhi have been identified for the switch over to PNG.

3. Govt. starts talks with IIT on real-time sources of pollution
The Delhi government has been stating that stubble burning is the major cause of air pollution during winters.

4. Frothing in Yamuna: Delhi govt prepares 9-point action plan
The plan, approved by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC), lays down targets to be achieved by various agencies.

5. Delhi’s Sanjay Lake, 4 Big Parks Shut After Several Birds Found Dead
Three recreational parks and the famous Sanjay Lake in Delhi were closed by authorities on Saturday amid an avian flu.

6. Delhi HC directs Jal Board to look into matter after PIL seeking water supply in Jaitpur
Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Delhi Jal Board to treat Public Interest Litigation seeking water supply in Jaitpur Extension.

7. AAP govt. looking for students to play role of ‘wetland mitras’
The Delhi government is looking for schoolchildren aged above 12, and others for the role of “wetland mitras” for local-level participation for conservation of wetlands and creating awareness about the same.

8. New cell by Delhi government to monitor transplantation efforts by development agencies
Manish Sisodia met the Environment and Forest Department officials on Wednesday to discuss plans on transplantation of trees and then passed orders to begin work on setting up a cell for the purpose.

9. NGT directs Delhi government to keep vigil against burning of plastic
The green panel noted that the matter relating to air pollution has been pending for more than seven years and it does not find it necessary to keep it so for an indefinite period.

10. Delhi’s winter peak power demand crosses 5,000 MW
Delhi’s peak power demand hit the season’s highest level at 5,021 MW on Friday.

11. 2020 was 8th warmest year since 1901: IMD
The year 2020 was the eight warmest since 1901 but it was “substantially lower” than the highest warming observed in 2016.

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