Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 42, 2021
Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 42 (Oct 18 to 24) 2021.
SAFAR informed that the air quality index in Delhi was recorded at 172 and is estimated to remain satisfactory over the next few days.
The Delhi government has signed a MoU with IIT Kanpur to understand the pollutants of air in Delhi on a real-time basis.
Intense and heavy monsoon spells this season have helped Delhi breathe relatively cleaner air this October compared to previous years, an air quality analysis by the CSE has shown.
The Central Pollution Control Board said the air was expected to improve to ‘satisfactory’ in the next few days as rain and gusty winds are likely to clean the air.
Delhi-based Takachar is one among five winners of the first-ever Earthshot Prize, for developing groundbreaking solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
Keeping adverse environmental conditions and poor air quality in view, East Delhi Municipal Corporation has shut down 44 out of the 61 sites designated for dumping construction and demolition waste.
The Union environment ministry has relaxed the environmental norms for the expansion of certain iron, manganese, bauxite, and limestone mines.
The Haryana State Biodiversity Board has constituted 6,435 committees to conserve biodiversity and document traditional knowledge of bio-resources.
The second round of monitoring Kaushambi’s air pollution, carried out by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board has revealed that the particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM10 were much higher than the standard limits.
Faridabad and Manesar regions reported high pollution levels during the season, found a recent analysis of air quality trends conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment.
The country’s first fully solar-powered airport, Cochin International Airport Ltd, is venturing into hydropower production and its first plant will be commissioned by Kerala chief minister.
Weather experts said cloud bursts must have triggered torrential rain at several places in Kottayam and Idukki districts.
The Union environment ministry has notified the final demarcation of the eco-sensitive zone around Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary.
The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Noida, has recommended slapping a fine of ₹6 lakh on 12 people and establishments who violated dust pollution norms between October 16 and 22 as part of the graded response action plan.
Scientists said that post-monsoon showers were only delaying the stubble fires in agrarian states and were not necessarily an indication of the season seeing a cumulative drop in stubble count.
IIT Guwahati researchers have created an innovative water repellent hydrophobic cotton composite that absorbs oil but not water. It can be used to tackle crisis like oil spills.
Fisherman and mangrove campaigner Murukesan T.P. has been chosen for the 24th PV Thampy Memorial Endowment Award given to people for their extraordinary contribution to environmental protection.
Researchers at the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai believe an early warning system can be used to minimize the impact imposed by landslide on human, damage to property and loss of live.
To increase investments in renewable energy, the central government announced two new rules to ensure renewable utilities recover generation costs on time and are assured of regular energy purchase by states and power distribution companies.
India hasn’t entirely ruled out on the possibility of agreeing to a ‘net zero’ target and new Delhi will
insist on earlier pledges for tech transfer funds from developed countries.
India is likely to raise the issue of lessening carbon emissions in the upcoming 26th conference of the Parties (COP 26), Union Ministry of Environment said.
According to a US intelligence report, 11 countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan, are highly vulnerable in terms of their ability to prepare for and respond to environmental and societal crises caused by climate change.
India is seeking payment for the losses caused by climate disasters, its environment ministry said while laying out the country’s positions on critical issues that will be negotiated at the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit.
Delhi-based environmental organisation Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment has received the 2021 Right Livelihood Award for its grassroots approach of empowering vulnerable communities.
Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment by the UN Environment Programme.
The report finds out that the world’s governments plan to produce around 110% more fossil fuels in 2030 than would be consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C.
CDRI, a global partnership of 27 countries initiated by India in 2019, will be launching a programme to help small island states develop resilience to climate crisis at the upcoming Glasgow climate change conference COP 26.