Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 4, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 4 (January 24 to 30) 2022.

Air Pollution

Delhi to make pollution certificate mandatory for vehicles at fuel pumps

The Delhi government will soon make pollution-under-control certificates mandatory to refuel at vends in the city.

Delhi director’s pollution documentary wins Sundance prize

Delhi-based filmmaker Shaunak Sen’s sensitive, multi-layered and ecologically-aware documentary, ‘All That Breathes’, has received the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance International Film Festival.

Warrior Moms seeks free LPG for the poor

Warrior Moms, a network of mothers against air pollution, has written to all MPs to take up the issue of biomass burning and rising prices of LPG in the budget session.

Data gaps threaten state’s fight against air pollution

An analysis of winter air pollution in South India, conducted by CSE, has revealed that Karnataka shows major data gaps from the automated air-quality monitoring stations in the region under CAAQMS program of CPCB.

Delhi’s air quality in ‘poor’ category; Covid positivity rate at 7.41%

Delhi’s air quality was in the “poor” category as the Air Quality index at 9.05 am on Sunday was 259, CPCB data showed.

Balmy morning as day temperature climbs past 22°C

According to the IMD, daytime temperatures are likely to remain above 20°C for the next four or five days, rising by 3-5 degrees till February 2.

Water Security

Delhi Jal Board starts sealing of industrial units polluting Yamuna

According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, around 2,000 water-polluting industries are currently operating in Delhi in just the notified industrial areas.

Renukaji dam may help Delhi solve water woes

The Renukaji dam multi-purpose project, whose construction will commence in December this year, can go a long way in solving the water shortage faced by the city.

Sustainable Development

‘Inaccuracies, procedural violations’ in Great Nicobar draft environment impact assessment report

The matter is related to the NITI Aayog-piloted ₹72,000-crore integrated project in Great Nicobar.

Waste Management

IIT Delhi study shows path to hospitals struggling with sustainable medical waste disposal

Researchers say that the hospitals, which often encounters the difficulty in disposing their medical waste in a hygienic and sustainable way, can utilize a decision support framework proposed in their study.

Nod not taken? Bandhwari waste tenders put on hold in Gurugram

The urban local bodies, department of the Haryana government has directed MCG to put on hold all the tendering process for bio-remediation and bio-mining of legacy waste at the Bandhwari landfill site with immediate effect.

Two builders penalised for improper waste management

The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority on Thursday imposed a Rs 50,000 fine on two builders for improper waste management.

Gujarat-based startup shows speedy way to turn waste into wealth

A startup incubated by Anand-based Directorate of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Research has developed an organic waste decomposer that expedites the decomposition of organic waste.

Biodiversity Conservation

Fresh push to uproot Vilayati kikar

The forest department has submitted a fresh proposal to Delhi government seeking reapproval for the removal of the invasive species from 10 hectares of the Ridge as a pilot project.

Parliament panel to meet on Feb 8 on biodiversity bill

The Joint Parliamentary Committee on Biodiversity Bill will be meeting on February 8 when committee members will be holding meet with some State Biodiversity Boards.

International News

Australia pledges $700 million to protect Great Barrier Reef amid climate change threat

The Australian government on Friday pledged 1 billion Australian dollars ($700 million) to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate change: Future of Winter Olympics and snow sports on thin ice, report warns

A new report warns that warmer, shorter seasons are fuelling greater demands for energy – and water-intensive snow canons, creating more dangerous conditions.

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