Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 13, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 13 (March 29 to April 04) 2021.

  1. Gone with the winter: Civic bid to curb dust pollution in Delhi
    Unlike winter when all civic bodies make best efforts to curb dust pollution to improve air quality in Delhi, nothing much is happening on ground at present despite dry, dust-laden winds from Rajasthan.
  2. How keeping parks green is running Delhi dry
    Even as a political row simmers over the sealing of borewells in municipal parks, the depleting groundwater table is an issue that cannot be easily brushed aside.
  3. Delhi govt to provide aid for setting up plants to stop groundwater extraction
    To prevent extraction of groundwater and ensure unremitting water supply for gardening purposes, the Delhi government has decided to grant financial assistance to RWAs and NGOs maintaining parks and gardens to set up Sewage Treatment Plants to treat wastewater at the sites.
  4. AAP criticises BJP for ‘ruining’ city parks, latter cites NGT orders
    The Aam Aadmi Party attacked the BJP over the “bad” condition of parks in the city, and alleged that they are drying up despite Delhi government’s offer to provide water.
  5. Kejriwal unhappy with Yamuna project progress, seeks fresh plan from DJB
    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed dissatisfaction with the progress of the city government’s project to clean the Yamuna and directed officials of the Delhi Jal Board to prepare a revised project plan with specific goals and deadlines by next week.
  6. Migratory Birds Touch Down As They Start Heading Back Home
    Officials at Yamuna Biodiversity Park spotted the garganey duck at a wetland and inferred that meant the migratory birds had started returning to their native habitats.
  7. Soon, head to Delhi zoo to spot some unique tree species
    Considering that the park already boasts of some rare species such as the baobab tree or kalpavriksh, having a “tree point” seems right on par for the zoo to become an “inclusive natural space”.
  8. EDMC to face strict action for Ghazipur landfill fire: Rai
    Gopal Rai said the Delhi Pollution Control Committee inspected the landfill and prepared a detailed report that showed lapses on the part of the EDMC.
  9. IIT-D keeps promise, reduces its carbon footprint by over 50%
    IIT Delhi has become the first central government-funded technical institute to reduce its carbon footprint by more than 50%.
  10. ‘Switch Delhi’ receives support from youth: Delhi govt
    The final phase of the EV mass awareness campaign, which is being run under the supervision of Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, engaged the youth of the city.
  11. Environmentalists allege illegal mining continuing in Gurugram Aravallis
    A group of environmentalists said they had found evidence of large-scale stone mining in the Aravallis during a ground check near Gurugram.
  12. Govt issues new deadlines for thermal power plants to meet emission standards
    The Environment Ministry has amended rules allowing thermal power plants within 10 kilometer of the National Capital Region (NCR) and in cities with more than 10 lakh population to comply with new emission norms by the end of 2022, according to official notification.
  13. Bharuch industries urge CPCB to relax deep-sea effluent discharge norms
    The various industrial association in the state has requested the CPCB to revise its inlet norms of effluent for the coastal and deep-sea discharge.
  14. Madhya Pradesh: Forest fire rages through Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve
    A wildfire has threatened to cause massive damages to Bandhavgarh National Park — one of the largest biospheres of India — prompting the Madhya Pradesh forest department to deploy entire field level staff to douse it.
  15. John Kerry will discuss U.S-hosted leaders summit on climate during India visit from April 5-8
    US’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry will be in India from April 5-8 during which he will discuss the upcoming Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted by President Joe Biden.

With inputs from Kavita.

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