Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 11, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 11 (March 14 to 20) 2022.

  1. Delhi Second-Most Polluted North Indian City
    Ghaziabad was the most polluted city among 60 north Indian cities last winter, followed by Delhi, according to a latest air quality analysis.
  2. NGT orders monitoring of dairies to check air and water pollution
    NGT has ordered CPCB and state/UT PCBs to set up a regulatory and monitoring mechanism to ensure that dairies and cowsheds do not lead to air and water pollution.
  3. Air pollution linked to higher risk of autoimmune diseases
    Illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s more likely after long-term exposure to particulates, study finds.
  4. Air pollution linked to symptoms of depression in adolescents: Study
    Exposure to ozone gas air pollution is linked to symptoms of depression in adolescents, according to a recent study.
  5. Delhi government orders micro-level measures to tackle flooding in Delhi
    A government spokesperson said that the PWD has identified various waterlogging hotspots in the Capital and has been working to prepare infrastructure to prevent future incidents.
  6. Delhi: Housing society in Dwarka slapped with a Rs 2-crore water bill
    A housing society in Sector 12 in Dwarka has received a bill of Rs 2 crore as water charges from Delhi Jal Board.
  7. Delhi Jal Board begins Bhalswa lake clean-up
    The Delhi Jal Board has initiated the clean-up and rejuvenation of the Bhalswa lake — one of the largest water bodies in Delhi spread over 150 acres.
  8. Delhi: NDMC to set up five sewage treatment plants to keep parks lush green
    NDMC plans to setup five sewage treatment plants on a public-private partnership basis to augment water supply in its parks.
  9. Delhi: Leopard sighting proof that work to revive degraded expanses paying off
    CR Babu, head of the Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems in Delhi, who has been working at DDA’s seven biodiversity parks, said that leopards have always strayed into Delhi.
  10. Delhi govt. to give ₹ 2 crore to startups to find green solutions
    The Delhi government is planning to give ₹25 lakh each to eight startups to come up with sustainable solutions to environmental problems.
  11. Environment ministry releases project reports for rejuvenation of 13 rivers in India
    Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change released Detailed Project Reports on rejuvenation of thirteen major rivers through forestry interventions.
  12. ‘Ujjwala Effect’: Study estimates over 1.5 lakh lives saved in a year, 13% reduction in air pollution deaths
    The researchers maintain that the benefits of Ujjwala measured by them were conservative estimates and the actual benefits could be even higher.
  13. IIT Roorkee team develops eco-friendly plant-based plastic that degrades in a week
    IIT Roorkee researchers have developed an eco-friendly biodegradable plastic by using plant-based material which is fully biodegradable within a week.
  14. Marine debris is causing Mumbai’s corals to bleach
    A new study published by researchers at NIO Goa demonstrates that coral colonies off Mumbai’s coast have undergone partial bleaching due to exposure to marine debris, changing salinity levels or rising temperatures.
  15. India releases its Arctic policy focusing on climate change research, mineral wealth and energy security
    India’s Arctic policy, aims to strengthen national capabilities and competencies in science and exploration, climate and environmental protection, use of mineral wealth and maritime and economic cooperation with the Arctic region.
  16. Push for diversifying crops as threat of climate change looms
    The State government will encourage crop diversification through cultivation of millets and pulses as 29 districts in the State have been identified as vulnerable to the impact of global climate change.
  17. India, Japan launch clean energy partnership at 14th Annual Summit
    India and Japan launched a Clean Energy Partnership for cooperation towards achieving sustainable economic growth, addressing climate change and ensuring energy security.
  18. Climate change: Wildfire smoke destroys ozone layer, new study finds
    Smoke from wildfires, which have become a common phenomenon across the world, can destroy the Earth’s ozone layer, a new study has found.

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