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.
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.
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.
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.
The Delhi government has deployed 114 tankers to spray water across the city to settle dust.
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 AQI of Delhi touched 530, with air in Delhi becoming “hazardous” to breathe, experts lashed out at people for their “irresponsible” behaviour.
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 said that the Centre should hold an “emergency” meeting with the states bordering the national capital to address the issue of crop residue burning.
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).
The toxic foam was spotted floating on the surface of the Yamuna river near Kalindi Kunj in Delhi.
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.
The Delhi Jal Board said treatment and pumping of water from Sonia Vihar, Bhagirathi, Wazirabad, Chandrawal and Okhla WTPs was affected.
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.
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.
Astronomers from the Indian Institute of Science have found a new method to understand the atmosphere of extrasolar planets.
Staffordshire University graduate Rachael Carver and Professor Fiona Tweed have investigated the impacts of melting snow and ice on the future of tourism.
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.
The survey conducted by SwitchON, an environmental pressure group, covered known fireworks hot spots of Kolkata.
At Prateek Wisteria apartments in Noida’s Sector 77, the Apartment Owners’ Association is collecting flower waste from residents to turn it into compost.
The Uttarakhand forest department has directed an IFS officer to probe allegations of illegal constructions and felling of trees in Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Solar energy capacity now stands at about 45 gigawatts.
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.