Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 7, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 7 (February 14 to 20) 2022.

Air Pollution

Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘poor’ category

Delhi’s air quality remained in the “poor” category on Friday morning. The AQI was 246 at 7 am.

New policy in March to combat Delhi-NCR’s pollution problem

Delhi and the National Capital Region may get a comprehensive plan to tackle its air pollution problem by March.

Delhi govt replacing its old diesel and petrol vehicles with electric ones

After the launch of the Electric Vehicle Policy in August 2020, various departments and autonomous bodies of the Delhi government have started replacing old petrol and diesel vehicles in their fleets with electric vehicles.

Electric autorickshaws on Delhi roads now a step closer

Blue and lilac-coloured electric autorickshaws will soon start plying in Delhi.

CAQM closure notices to 407 polluting units

CAQM said the closure notices were issued to industries, construction and demolition sites, for offences including using diesel generator sets, the use of which was banned across NCR as per a CAQM order in October last year.

Delhi: Pollutant study gets underway

A source apportionment study is underway for air pollutants in Delhi, spearheaded by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.

Water Security

Delhi Jal Board’s interceptor sewer project nears completion

The Interceptor Sewer Project, a project approved by the Delhi Cabinet to treat the sewage that finds its way to the Yamuna, is “almost” complete, according to DJB.

DDA kicks off 14-day event to showcase Yamuna riverfront

The Delhi Development Authority held a sand art workshop on the banks on Yamuna river on Saturday as part of a two-week-long event to showcase its riverfront rejuvenation project.

Waste Management

Environment Ministry notifies guidelines on EPR for plastic packaging

Environment Ministry announced the notification of the new Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2022.

Biodiversity Conservation

India delegation heads to Namibia to discuss cheetah translocation

A delegation from India left for Namibia on Thursday to discuss cheetah translocation logistics with the Namibia government, according to people familiar with the development.

Amid space crunch, Delhi tries out Miyawaki technique of mini-forests

EDMC has already created two such forests and the SDMC, with the help of a local NGO, will begin work on the first such forest at a civic boys school in Dwarka’s Shahabad Mohammadpur village.

Sustainable Development

Swadesh Darshan Scheme’s Eco Theme gets six projects

Eco Circuit is going to be on the fifteen thematic circuits for development in the country, under the Swadesh Darshan scheme.

Climate Change

Govt releases national hydrogen policy

The national hydrogen policy provides incentives for gencos and manufacturers to produce green energy.

International News

Climate change: Covid shutdown linked to record rainfall in China

Scientists say that a rapid drop in emissions because of Covid played a key role in record rainfall in China in 2020.

Climate change: US sea levels to rise as much in 30 years as in previous hundred, study warns

The US will experience as much sea level rise in the next 30 years as in the previous hundred years, NOAA predicted in a report.

UN draft resolution shows countries aim to create chemical waste body

Proponents say that pollution from pesticides, plastics and electronic waste is an overlooked problem and that there is currently no global body to assess the scale of the risks.

Megadrought plaguing western US is the worst in 1,200 years

The drought that has engulfed southwestern North America since 2000 is the most severe in 1,200 years, according to a new academic study.

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