Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 5, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 5 (January 31 to February 6) 2022.

Air Pollution

Delhi air pollution: Air quality deteriorates to ‘very poor’ category, AQI docks at 309

Delhi’s air quality deteriorated to the ‘very poor’ category, with the national capital recording an overall air quality index of 309.

Air pollution is among budget’s biggest environmental shortfalls: Green think tanks

The Delhi-based think tanks, including Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment and Centre for Policy Research, pointed out that the lack of attention to air pollution is among the budget’s biggest environmental shortfalls.

Delhi malls get a guide to set up EV charging points

The Delhi government announced the Delhi EV policy in August 2020, with a vision to promote the adoption of electric vehicles and combat air pollution in the city.

India’s largest EV charging station opens in Gurugram with 96 chargers

The Alektrify hub is now open in Sector 52, Gurugram, Haryana complete with 72 AC slow chargers and 24 DC fast chargers making it the largest EV charging hub in India.

Water Security

Cleaner Yamuna: Delhi Jal Board identifies 109 colonies for laying sewer pipelines

Delhi Jal Board has identified 109 colonies in the city where it will lay sewer pipelines by mid-year to trap all untreated water that is flowing into and polluting the Yamuna.

Wetlands will stay vulnerable unless govt notifies all of them: Experts

Around 1342 natural and man-made wetlands have disappeared between 2007 and 2018 when mapping was done by ISRO using Resourcesat-2/2A, LISS-III sensor data.

Sustainable Development

To fast-track ropeways, green ministry says waive EIA

The environment ministry has proposed to exempt ropeway projects from carrying out the EIA.

Environmental Education

IGNOU launches Master of Arts in Sustainability Science

The Indira Gandhi National Open University has launched Master of Arts in Sustainability Science.

Biodiversity Conservation

Gurugram: Aravali Biodiversity Park hits a conservation milestone

The Aravali Biodiversity Park received the country’s first other effective areas-based conservation measures OECM recognition for its 392-acre sprawl of lush green.

More Legal Shield To Extend Forest Cover

The forest department has started notifying compensatory afforestation land as “protected forests” under Section 29 of Indian Forest Act  to give them legal protection.

Allocation to forest and wildlife sector not satisfactory: Experts

Even as forest and wildlife is the harbinger to fight climate change, the central government has failed to do justice to the crucial ministry by allocating a meager Rs 3,030 crore in 2022-23.

With 2 New Protected Wetlands, India Has Most Ramsar Sites In South Asia

Two more wetlands in India were declared as Ramsar sites, taking the total number of protected sites in the country to 49.

SC notice on Centre’s plea to modify order that protected Great Indian Bustard

The Supreme Court agreed to consider an application filed by Centre seeking modification of an order of the top court passed last year directing undergrounding of power cables in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, which serve as the natural habitat of critically endangered bird – the Great Indian Bustard.

International News

Mount Everest’s Highest Glacier Rapidly Losing Ice Due to Climate Change: Study

Ice on a glacier near the summit of Mount Everest that took millennia to form has shrunk dramatically in the last three decades due to climate change, a new study has shown.

Oil tanker capable of carrying 2 million barrels explodes off coast of Nigeria

An oil tanker capable of carrying up to two million barrels of oil a day has exploded off the coast of Nigeria.

Penguins offer varied clues to Antarctic climate change

For climate researchers, nothing is easy in the remote and icy reaches of Antarctica. But penguins are easier to track than other species.

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