Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 06, 2021

Weekly Media Roundup

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for week 06 (February 8 to 14) 2021.

1. With decrease in ventilation conditions, Delhi’s air quality falls to very poor category
PM2.5 remains the lead pollutant instead of PM10 as a characteristic of wintertime.

2. Delhi’s fight against pollution set to get smarter
Source apportionment is the practice of deriving information about pollution sources and the amount they contribute to ambient air pollution levels.

3. Delhi Jal Board to extract extra water to meet demand
The Delhi Jal Board will extract around 55 million gallons per day of extra water from all water treatment plant complexes to augment the city’s water supply during the summer season

4. Delhi government’s floodwater harvesting method helps raise groundwater level
The Palla project started by the Delhi government to increase groundwater level by way of floodwater harvesting has yielded a good result leading to improvement of groundwater up to 2 meters in the area

5. How to clean Delhi’s drains? Roadmap for 10 govt bodies
IDMC a body set up on the directive of the NGT for remediation and management of drains in Delhi, has issued its first report with detailed plans for the city’s civic agencies.

6. Consider as representation plea against cutting trees for metro phase-IV: HC to CEC
The Delhi High Court asked CEC set up by SC to look into environment issues, to consider as representation a plea seeking to change from overground to underground the nature of phase IV of metro expansion to prevent cutting of over 11,000 trees.

7. Gurugram: Aravali forest’s avian flock both rich and diverse, shows first survey
The survey found 219 species of birds in a 17.1sqkm area. Mangar bani is also an important breeding habitat for insectivorous summer visitors such as the Indian pitta and Indian paradise flycatcher, which are rare elsewhere in the region.

8. DDA approves draft ‘green development area’ policy for sustainable development
The Authority approved the draft ‘Green Development Area’  to provide an integrated framework for development of lands falling in the designated green belt and LDRA as per the Master Plan of Delhi 2021.

9. Road to fighting climate change is through climate justice, says Modi
“The sad reality is – changes in the environment and natural disasters impact the poor the most,” said Modi while virtually inaugurating the World Sustainable Development Summit.

10. Switch Delhi electric vehicle campaign gaining traction
The first week of the Kejriwal Government’s Switch Delhi electric vehicle campaign focusing on electric two-wheelers has garnered enthusiastic support from the public and industry alike as people have started switching to electric two-wheelers in large numbers.

11. Wide reach: Green links to rejoin fragmented Delhi’s Central Ridge
Delhi’s Central Ridge may soon be modelled along the lines of New York’s Central Park.

12. IGNOU offers certificate course in environmental hazards at Swayam
It is a certificate-level course in the Biological science and bioengineering category and Students will learn about natural hazards and disasters, and ways to cope with them.

13. Tamil Nadu set to create state’s 5th tiger reserve
The Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve will span the forests of Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary.

14. ONGC to usher in India’s first geothermal field development project at Ladakh
State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation on Monday said it will implement India’s maiden geothermal field development project in Ladakh that will use the heat generated by the Earth’s core to generate clean energy.

15. Forest officer Sasmita Lenka gets UN’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award
In a first for India, a female forest officer from Odisha, Sasmita Lenka has been felicitated with United Nation’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award.

With inputs from Kavita

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