Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 41, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 41 (Oct 11 to 17) 2021.

Air pollution in Delhi-NCR degrades; AQI crosses over 300
The air quality in Delhi plunged into the ‘very poor’ category, with the overall Air Quality Index docked at 304.

Delhi government to induct 140 electric AC buses to check air pollution   
The Delhi Transport Department  floated tenders for inducting 140 low floor, air-conditioned electric buses, to strengthen the public transport fleet and check air pollution in the city.

Delhi air pollution: 75% of children experience breathlessness, says study
The TERI report stated that air in Delhi has a high concentration of major pollutant PM2.5, which it claimed is pushing Delhiites, especially children, towards respiratory and heart diseases.

Delhi government to initiate `Red Light on Gaadi Off` campaign from Oct 18 to curb air pollution
Delhi government is starting the ‘Red Light on Gaadi Off’ campaign from Oct 18 to curb the pollution caused by vehicles in Delhi.

Delhi government’s push for pollution certificate for vehicles ahead of winter
The Delhi Transport department has launched a massive enforcement drive against vehicles that do not have a valid PUC Certificate, said a notice issued by the Pollution Control Division of the department.

Report shows a significant decline in stubble burning events this year
Paddy residue burning events have got reduced in Punjab, Haryana and  in the eight NCR districts of Uttar Pradesh, according to a report based on the protocol framed by ISRO for Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas.

‘Water supply in Delhi won’t be affected for Ganga canal maintenance’, says DJB
The Delhi Jal Board said the water supply in the national capital will not be affected following the closure of Ganga canal for maintenance till November 5.

Durga Puja in Delhi: No immersion of idols at public place or in water bodies, rules DPCC
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has issued SOPs for Puja festivities in the city.

North Delhi civic body to offer closed garbage collection sites to RWAs
The civic body said closed/abandoned dhalaos located on the RoW (right of way) of roads will be demolished to improve the traffic flow.

A rare delight: Flock of 53 Egyptian vultures sighted in Delhi
A flock of 53 Egyptian vultures, a rare sight in the capital, were spotted on a sandy mid-island on the Yamuna.

Air pollution causing 13 deaths per minute worldwide: WHO report
The WHO COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health, states that due to air pollution 13 people are dying per minute across the globe.

Gurugram to get nine air quality monitors to check pollution
For better tracking of ambient air quality, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority is working on installing real-time air quality display monitors at nine locations in the city.

Ghaziabad registers worst AQI in India, pollution board blames crackers
The city’s overall air quality index deteriorated to 349, which falls under the “very poor” category.

To reduce air pollution, Ghaziabad to implement Grap measures
The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board will implement Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) measures listed for areas with ‘very poor’ air quality in Ghaziabad.

Greater Noida Authorities Issue Helpline Numbers To Report Air Pollution
The facility has been set up by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority in an effort to check air pollution.

Act against pollution violations, Noida told
The Commission for Air Quality Management has written to the Noida Authority to take action against pollution violations within a week and submit a report.

Air pollution, road traffic noise may increase heart failure risk: Study
The findings of a new study suggests that exposure to air pollution and road traffic noise over the course of many years may be associated with an increased risk of developing heart failure.

India’s electricity demand rises by 4.9% in early October amid coal crisis
India’s electricity demand picks up further in October while coal shortage lingers. The country is currently facing a supply deficit due to the ongoing coal crisis.

18 new species of ants found in Goa
Scientists from Indian Institute of Science have found 18 new species of ants in Goa.

Maharashtra first state to release its own Wildlife Action Plan
Maharashtra became the first state to release its own Wildlife Action plan (2021-30).

 ‘NE states accounted for 76% of India’s tree cover loss in past 20 years’: Study
Assam alone contributed 14% of the total loss followed by Mizoram at 13%. Tripura was the lowest contributor among NE states with 5.5%.

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