Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 44, 2021

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 44 (Nov 1 to 7) 2021.

East MCD fines NCR transport body ₹50k for dust at RRTS site

EDMC imposed a fine of ₹50,000 against NCRTC for not having sufficient dust control measures at a construction site in east Delhi’s Anand Vihar.

Crackdown in Capital on crackers as AQI stays in red zone

The air quality in the national capital worsened, even as Delhi Police flying squads fanned out across the city to crack down on the sale and use of crackers.

Brace for bitter cold and high pollution this winter

An expert said there was a high probability of 2nd back to back La Nina that could cause an intense cold wave from December 2021 to February 2022.

Air pollution in Delhi: Delhi govt deploys 114 water tankers to settle dust

The Delhi government has deployed 114 tankers to spray water across the city to settle dust.

Delhi, Nearby Cities Blanketed By Toxic Air For 3rd Straight Day

Delhi and neighbouring cities were blanketed by toxic air for the third straight day after the ban on crackers was widely violated on Diwali.

As Delhi’s AQI reaches ‘hazardous’ level, environment experts lash out at people ‘irresponsible’ behavior

As AQI of Delhi touched 530, with air in Delhi becoming “hazardous” to breathe, experts lashed out at people for their “irresponsible” behaviour.

Pollution impact: After Diwali, Delhi doctors report spike in breathing trouble

With Delhi’s air quality plummeting to hazardous levels after Diwali, doctors in the city have reported a 20% increase in the number of patients complaining of respiratory trouble.

Delhi environment minister urges Centre to hold emergency meeting with neighbouring states on stubble burning

Delhi environment minister said that the Centre should hold an “emergency” meeting with the states bordering the national capital to address the issue of crop residue burning.

Farm fires till Nov 2 half of those reported last year: CAQM

The incidents of farm fires reported between September 15 and November 2, just about halved this year compared to the same period last year, according to the data provided by the CAQM).

Toxic foam floats on Yamuna River as Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category

The toxic foam was spotted floating on the surface of the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi.

Yamuna pollution: NDMC cannot shift responsibility to other authority, says NGT on summoning violators

NGT has dismissed a plea filed by North Delhi Municipal Corporation to summon the violators who have refused to pay Rs 5,000 fine for throwing waste or other items in the Yamuna river.

Delhi: Water supply affected in several areas after ammonia pollution rises in Yamuna river

The Delhi Jal Board said treatment and pumping of water from Sonia Vihar, Bhagirathi, Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla WTPs was affected.

89 per cent complaints pending in Delhi-NCR: Central Pollution Control Board data

The agencies in the Delhi-NCR region have fared badly in tackling air pollution-related complaints and have resolved just 11 per cent of such issues since October 15.

Spotted: Butterfly species never seen before in Delhi

A recent assessment of butterflies across the seven biodiversity parks in Delhi revealed the presence of the Beavan’s swift, a species that has previously not been spotted in the city.

Indian astronomers find new way to study environment of exoplanets

Astronomers from the Indian Institute of Science have found a new method to understand the atmosphere of extrasolar planets.

Ski tourism is heading downhill because of climate change, says new study

Staffordshire University graduate Rachael Carver and Professor Fiona Tweed have investigated the impacts of melting snow and ice on the future of tourism.

Complete ban on single-use plastic in forest areas from next week

In Jharkhand all the sanctuaries, parks, zoos and protected areas owned and run by the state forest department will implement the blanket ban on single use plastic in their jurisdiction.

97% say crackers toxic for air: Survey

The survey conducted by SwitchON, an environmental pressure group, covered known fireworks hot spots of Kolkata.

Environment-conscious residents of Noida reuse Diwali waste for making compost

At Prateek Wisteria apartments in Noida’s Sector 77, the Apartment Owners’ Association is collecting flower waste from residents to turn it into compost.

IFS officer to probe felling of trees in Corbett

The Uttarakhand forest department has directed an IFS officer to probe allegations of illegal constructions and felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve.

India At COP26 Says Its Solar Energy Capacity Increased 17 Times In 7 Years

Solar energy capacity now stands at about 45 gigawatts.

Meet the 18 young environmental activists chosen by the UN for its global climate change campaign

18 people have been chosen by the UN for their work in areas ranging from conserving water in restaurants to saving olive ridley turtles from trawlers, from turning factory waste to fashion to using community radio to spread awareness in local dialects.

Kavita

Kavita is associated with Delhi Greens as Green Youth Fellow 2020. She is pursuing a Master's degree in Environmental Science from Kurukshetra University and has a keen interest in promoting awareness about environmental issues and wildlife conservation.

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