Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 27, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 27 (July 05 to July 11) 2021.

  1. Cabinet okays real-time source study to combat air pollution
    It will suggest actions to systematically assess, reduce air quality deterioration.
  2. Green drive has cut air pollution by 25%: Delhi social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam
    The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is putting in its best efforts to deal with the air pollution problem, said Rajendra Pal Gautam.
  3. Air Pollution: Delhi govt withdraws from SC plea regarding 10 thermal power plants
    Delhi government on Friday withdrew from the Supreme Court its petition seeking directions to 10 coal-fired thermal power plants in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, which allegedly contributes to air pollution in the national capital, to immediately cease operations till Flue Gas Desulphurization technology is installed to reduce harmful emission.
  4. Delhi’s First Smog Tower Will Be Ready By August 15: Gopal Rai
    The 25-meter structure will address 10 points, ranging from dust pollution, vehicle pollution to pollution caused by stubble burning in neighbouring areas.
  5. NGT seeks action report against illegal factories
    Following a plea seeking action against the operation of unauthorised factories in west Delhi, the National Green Tribunal directed a five-member committee comprising officials from the Central Pollution Control Board, South Delhi Municipal Corporation and Delhi Pollution Control Committee to visit the area and furnish a factual and action taken report within two months.
  6. Yamuna levels at ‘all-time’ low, Delhi Jal Board to move SC against Haryana
    Delhi Jal Board vice chairman Raghav Chadha said the board will move the apex court against the Haryana government for not releasing Delhi’s “legitimate share” of water.
  7. Delhi Jal Board says several parts of city may face water shortage
    The DJB in a press release also said that the water supply will be affected until the level of water in the Wazirabad pond returns to normal.
  8. On NGT’s prod, parks in Delhi to get piped treated water supply
    In the wake of National Green Tribunal ordering that only treated water should be used for horticulture purpose in Delhi, the authorities concerned are planning to provide piped network of treated water to each park.
  9. Effluent treatment plants fail to meet norms in Delhi
    There are 13 common effluent treatment plants in the city to treat effluents released from 17 industrial areas but most of them have failed to comply with permissible water quality standards for around two years.
  10. Why Delhi’s ponds need urgent attention
    A recent study highlights how the ponds have been attracting a rich pool of birds despite neglect.
  11. 7-member panel set up to monitor restoration of Delhi’s water bodies
    The Wetland Authority of the Delhi government has set up a seven-member technical committee, which will approve restoration plans and monitor efforts thereafter being undertaken by the different land-owning agencies to revitalise water bodies in the city.
  12. Delhiites to pay Rs 10,000-Rs 1 lakh for violating noise pollution norms under new rules
    Delhiites will have to pay Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh for violating noise pollution norms by using loudspeakers without permission or DG sets as the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has asked authorities to strictly implement revised rules.
  13. Delhi HC issues notice to Environment Ministry, state govts over air, water, soil pollution due to red bricks
    Delhi HC issues notice to Environment Ministry, state govts over air, water, soil pollution due to red bricks Delhi HC issues notice to Environment Ministry, state govts over air, water, soil pollution due to red bricks in the construction projects.
  14. 35 pc of India”s tiger ranges are outside protected areas: Report
    Thirty-five per cent of India”s tiger ranges are outside protected areas and human-animal conflict affects over 75 per cent of the world”s wild cat species, according to a new report.
  15. Government issues SoPs for tackling violators of green guidelines
    Acting on order of the National Green Tribunal and several observations made by different courts time-to-time, the environment ministry has come out with standard operating procedures for dealing with cases of green violations.
  16. Experts count on Bhupender to tackle environmental challenges
    New Delhi Environmentalists and former bureaucrats on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Bhupender Yadav as the new Union minister for environment, citing his understanding of complex issues surrounding the environment and the climate crisis.
  17. Complete district environment plans by Oct. 31: NGT
    The National Green Tribunal has directed all States and Union Territories to complete the district environment plans by October 31, while observing that there was a dire need for compilation of information on vital environmental issues and planning to address gaps in compliance.
  18. Over 7 lakh deaths in India per year linked to climate change: Lancet study
    Nearly 740,000 access deaths in India annually can be attributed to abnormally hot and cold temperatures related to climate change, according to a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal
  19. Moss on ice: Indian scientists’ discovery may change what we know about Antarctica
    A team of scientists from Punjab has discovered a new moss species in eastern Antarctica and named it Bryum bharatiensis as a tribute to goddess Saraswati
  20. ‘Heat dome’ probably killed 1bn marine animals on Canada coast, experts say
    More than 1 billion marine animals along Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died from last week’s record heatwave, experts warn, highlighting the vulnerability of ecosystems unaccustomed to extreme temperatures.
  21. Climate Change Made North American Heat Wave 150 Times More Likely: Study
    The World Weather Attribution group said that global warming, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, made the heat wave at least 150 times more likely to happen.

With inputs from Kavita.

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