Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 17, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 17 (April 26 to May 02) 2021.

  1. Delhi, Kanpur witness increasing levels of air pollutants, shows new study
    The study also found an increase in the air pollutant formaldehyde in Delhi, Kanpur and London.
  2. Delhi: Apathy of residents pushing wastepickers to Covid’s door
    As the numbers of Covid-19 cases continue to shoot through the roof, anxiety has peaked for waste-pickers who continue to work in unhygienic conditions.
  3. Environment ministry eases norms for industry expansion
    Earlier this week, the ministry released a user manual for online submission of an undertaking on no increase in pollution load due to expansion, on its Parivesh website.
  4. SC appointed panel suggests scrapping railway project in Western Ghats
    All three projects were cleared in April last year by the Standing Committee of National Board for Wildlife, chaired by Union minister of forests Prakash Javadekar, sparking uproar and protests in Goa on April 30, 2021.
  5. Art through a biodiversity lens
    How more and more artists are working with themes like climate change and depleting natural resources, and connecting with audiences.
  6. Like bees, wasps ‘valuable’ for ecosystems, human health
    The study, published in Biological Reviews, compiles evidence from over 500 academic papers to review how roughly 33,000 species of stinging (aculeate) wasps contribute to their ecosystems, and how this can benefit.
  7. Not two, only one species of hoolock gibbon in India: study
    Findings from a new genetic analysis study could be used to create an effective gibbon conservation breeding program.
  8. Forest fire in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district. 
    Barely days after the forest fire in Lunglei district was extinguished, a massive forest fire, which originated from South Lungpher South, a small village near the Myanmar border Lawngtlai district in southern Mizoram.
  9. Coronavirus spreading in animals too: Ministry of Environment
    The Union Ministry of Forest and Environment and Climate Change has confirmed lions’ deaths due to the deadly contagious COVID virus.
  10. Pollution control body asks 30 industries to modify nitrogen plants for medical oxygen
    The Centre had asked the CPCB to identify industries with spare nitrogen plants and explore the feasibility of converting nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.

With inputs from Kavita.

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