Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 19, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 18 (May 10 to 16) 2021.

  1. Environmental groups urge Centre to ‘halt Central Vista project, use resources for Covid-19 response
    The Central Vista project of the NDA government has been marred with controversies ever since it was conceptualised as what the Centre believes is development, rights activists see it as environmental destruction.
  2. Out of 100 cities facing storm of environmental hazards, four-fifths in India or China
    Across the globe, more than 400 large cities with a total population of 1.5 billion are at “high” or “extreme” risk due to some mixture of life-shortening pollution.
  3. Only 3 states generated more Covid biomedical waste than Delhi in May
    Delhi generated 18.8 tonnes of Covid-19 biomedical waste per day in May (till May 10) — the fourth highest in the country — according to CPCB.
  4. Neeri develops technology to control air pollution emanating from cremations
    When a human body is burnt, nearly 5kg of dust, along with toxic gases, is released into the atmosphere.
  5. 2nd unit of cow dung fuel block starts in Bawana
    North Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor Jai Prakash inaugurated the second Goprali-fuel block generation unit for crematoria at Gramin gaushala in Bawana on Saturday.
  6. MoEVing partners Hero Electric to accelerate affordable EV adoption
    Electric fleet startup MoEVing has partnered with Hero Electric to accelerate the adoption of the affordable electric vehicle, with plans to convert one-lakh internal combustion engine-run two-wheelers to EVs in the next five years.
  7. Uranium in 83 percent of water samples, says BARC study
    Uranium was detected in 83.6 percent of all the collected water samples during a nationwide survey by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for mapping of uranium content in drinking water sources across India.
  8. Research paper sees direct link between Cyclone Tauktae and climate change
    Scientists and meteorologists have attributed the growing number of cyclones including the latest one, Tauktae, to climate change more so because of the intensity with which they have now started hitting the Arabian Sea.

With inputs from Kavita.

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