Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 04, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for week 04 (January 25 to 31) 2021.

1. Delhi’s air quality marginally deteriorates in ‘ very poor’ category; AQI rises to 346

The concentrations of prominent pollutants such as PM10 and PM2.5 stood at 341 (poor category) and 180 (very poor category) respectively.

2. Delhi Govt says at least 3 to 5 years needed to upgrade STPs to reduce frothing in Yamuna

“The upgradation of all STPs in UP, Haryana and Delhi, which will substantially reduce the problem of foaming in the Yamuna, will take about three to five years,” the government said.

3. NGT directs Delhi CS to monitor Yamuna rejuvenation

NGT has directed the CS of Delhi, in coordination with other authorities and the CS of HR and UP to personally monitor the handling of the grim situation caused by years of neglect in the rejuvenation of Yamuna river

4. NGT slams Delhi Jal Board over Yamuna pollution

The tribunal said water quality remains highly deteriorated as pollutants are still being discharged into the drains.

5. North Delhi civic body to install 9 hybrid organic waste converters

NDMC is planning to install hybrid organic waste converters at nine places. Each will have the capacity to consume one tonne of municipal segregated waste every day.

6. Delhi: Two new treatment plants to handle rise in biomed waste

With the number of hospital beds and biomedical waste generation expected to increase considerably by 2031, DPCC has started the process of setting up two more common biomedical waste treatment plants in the city

7. AAP attacks BJP over landfills causing ‘₹450-crore damage’ to environment

Citing an IIT report, AAP said the landfills in Delhi are causing a loss of ₹450 crore to the environment.

8. South Delhi corporation opens 23 more garbage cafes in three zones

Under ‘Plastic Lao Khana Khao’ initiative, South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday opened 23 more garbage cafes at south, central and west zones.

9. ‘Change lifestyle to adapt to climate change’: PM Modi

“We have promised ourselves that we will not just meet our Paris Agreement targets but exceed them…” PM Modi said.

10. Licypriya Kangujam Advocates Mandatory Climate Change Literacy in Schools

One of the world’s youngest climate change activists Licyprya Kangujam is taking charge on this gigantic issue of climate change.

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