Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 21, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 21 (May 24 to 30) 2021.

  1. Delhi’s chokes as air quality deteriorates due to low temperature, dusty winds from Rajasthan
    Delhi NCR pollution level today: Air quality in Delhi stood in the ‘poor’ zone on Monday morning, with an overall AQI of 255.
  2. Delhi better placed than most global cities in climate change fight: Report
    Nearly half the global cities at present do not have any adaptation plans to keep people and infrastructure safe from climate threats.
  3. Delhi’s 10 consecutive months of weather records hint climate trouble
    Scientists have long warned that extreme weather events like heat-waves and violent storms will become more frequent.
  4. Delhi: Water-stressed areas most vulnerable to dengue too
    The north and south municipal corporations have prepared a list of 175 areas vulnerable to mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
  5. Over 3,500 kg of biomedical waste collected from homes of Covid patients: North Delhi Mayor
    NDMC lifted about 3,599.51 kgs of biomedical waste from quarantine centres and homes of Covid-19 patients between 23 April and 23 May.
  6. NGT refuses to allow brick kilns in NCR during monsoon months
    The National Green Tribunal has junked a plea seeking a review of its order banning operation of coal-fired brick kilns in the NCR beyond June during the monsoon months.
  7. Scientific management of waste generated needs to be ensured in interest of public health: NGT
    NGT has observed that scientific management of waste generated in the course of operations of the Armed forces like artillery and ammunition needs to be ensured in the interest of public health and environment.
  8. NGT asks govt to issue SOP to states on environment norms in construction projects. 
    Noting continuous violation of environment norms in construction projects, the NGT has directed the government to consider circulating standard operating procedure to all State Environment Impact Assessment Authorities for construction activities.
  9. Actor Juhi Chawla files plea in Delhi HC against implementation of 5G technology, hearing on June 2
    Juhi Chawla said in her petition that the exposure to RF radiation due to 5G will have serious, irreversible effects on humans and animals.
  10. Declining forest bird species in Western Himalaya
    Low diversity: The researchers noted a drastic loss of pollinator birds and insectivores in the degraded forests, monocultures and urbanised sites.
  11. Govt asks Sarada Mines to stop iron ore production
    Sarada Mines, which has been in legal tangle with the government over violation of several provisions of MMDR Act-1957 in mining operation, is again found to have gone for excess mining beyond approved environmental clearance.
  12. Global average temperature could pass 1.5° Celsius within the next 5 years
    Last year tied with 2016 for the warmest on record, with temperatures 1.2°C above pre-industrial times. The past seven years have been the warmest seven ever recorded, a sign that climate change is accelerating.

With inputs from Kavita.

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