Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 10, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 10 (March 7 to 13) 2022.

  1. CAQM asks Del-NCR for action plan before rains
    CAQM asked Delhi, the NCR cities and adjoining areas to draw up before this year’s monsoon scientific action plans to tackle air pollution based on AQI data of the last two years.
  2. Diesel generator sets older than 15 years likely to be scrapped in Delhi-NCR
    Diesel generator sets in Delhi-NCR will soon come under a tighter emission control regime.
  3. No dirty water will flow into Yamuna by December-end: NMCG official
    According to estimates made by the Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi generates 3,800 million litres of sewage per day.
  4. Delhi moves to regulate casual e-waste handling
    According to a Toxics Link study on the thriving informal e-waste sector in Delhi NCR in 2018, nearly 5,000 e-waste processing units, mostly in east Delhi, were functioning without proper guidelines.
  5. Delhi government pushes for urban farming in new drive
    Delhi government was planning to start an ‘urban farming’ campaign from next month, with an aim to encourage residents of the city to grow vegetables on their rooftops and verandahs.
  6. An effort to save the enigmatic owls in India
    Traffic and WWF-India launch ID cards for owl species to highlight common threats and assist officials and other organisations working to protect the birds.
  7. UP propels 10-yr plan to save biodiversity
    The state has put in place the UP State Biodiversity Action Plan for ‘transformative action to reverse loss and arrest decline of biodiversity’.
  8. SC panel pulls up Assam govt over illegal constructions in Kaziranga animal corridors
    The Supreme Court-appointed central empowered committee directed the Assam government to speed up demolition and removal of illegal structures on the animal corridors.
  9. Govt weighs proposal to ease clearance norm for oil drilling
    The Union environment ministry is considering a proposal on whether extended reach drilling in protected forest areas can be exempted from mandatory clearances under the Forest Conservation Act, 1980.
  10. Amazon Is Less Able to Recover From Droughts and Logging, Study Finds 
    The region is nearing a threshold beyond which its forests may be replaced by grasslands, with huge repercussions for biodiversity and climate change.
  11. Study finds human actions speed up climate-driven floods, droughts
    A new study has found that streams altered by human activity are at a higher risk of flooding.

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