Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 15, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 15 (April 11 to April 17) 2022.

  1. Surge in pollution during 2nd wave lockdown: Study
    The researchers used a ‘lockdown emissions inventory’ they developed to estimate emissions and their sources during the lockdown.
  2. NGT lists ways to curb air pollution from crematoria
    NGT said it has “no intention to hurt any religious belief” but suggested the use of Improved Wood Based cremation technology in the crematorium.
  3. One lakh excess premature deaths linked to air pollution in 8 Indian cities: Report
    Exposure to air pollution has been linked to 100,000 excess premature deaths in the Indian cities between 2005 and 2018, according to a study.
  4. Summer action plan to curb pollution in Delhi to kick off on Tuesday
    The ‘summer action plan’ to mitigate air pollution from April to September will begin on Tuesday.
  5. Delhi Pollution: Govt to Launch Month-Long Anti-Open Burning Campaign
    In a bid to fight the pollution menace, the Delhi government is going to launch a month-long anti-open burning campaign.
  6. ‘Pollution in Yamuna hitting water supply’: Delhi Jal Board
    The state water utility has the capacity to treat ammonia levels up to 0.9 parts per million (ppm).
  7. Delhi asks Haryana to stop polluting Yamuna, increase water supply
    Delhi Jal Board has said that an increased ammonia level in Yamuna river has reduced production at water treatment plants in the national capital.
  8. Delhi water output to be amped up to around 1k million gallons per day this year
    DJB has set a target of producing 998MGD of potable water, an increase of 63MGD over last year’s 935MGD.
  9. Govt looks to extend validity of green clearance for nuclear, hydro projects
    The Union environment ministry is planning to extend the validity of green clearances granted to nuclear projects, hydro power projects and mines by several years.
  10. ‘Sensitive’ highway projects near border to be exempt from environment clearance
    MoEFCC issued a draft notification stating that some highway projects near the borders are sensitive in nature and hence need to be exempted from the requirement of seeking an environment clearance.
  11. Second fire at Delhi’s Ghazipur landfill in two weeks
    The authorities blamed the fire partly on the high temperatures prevailing in the region.
  12. On hyenas’ trail: Plan for a conservation zone takes shape in Delhi
    According to experts, there are at least three hyenas in Asola Wildlife Sanctuary alone, though the number could be higher.
  13. With top advisory panel’s cautious nod, govt closer to approving oil drilling in forest areas
    Forest Advisory Committee gives ‘in principle’ approval for drilling based on Directorate General of Hydrocarbons report, but says it’s contingent on Wildlife Institute’s sanction.
  14. Gujarat, Kerala, Punjab top NITI Aayog’s State Energy and Climate Index list
    Gujarat has topped the list for larger States in the Niti Aayog’s State Energy and Climate Index.
  15. Climate change: COP26 promises will hold warming under 2C
    The carbon-cutting promises made at COP26 would see the world warm by just under 2C this century, according to a new analysis.
  16. Climate change protesters block central Paris square to protest election choices
    The Extinction Rebellion had said on its website that it planned to block a major Parisian location to disrupt the electoral cycle and its “business as usual” attitude.
  17. Warming of oceans due to climate change will mean fewer productive fish species to catch in future: Study
    According to a study, the warming of the oceans due to climate change will mean fewer productive fish species to catch in the future.
  18. Scientists map Caribbean coral reefs to tackle climate change
    Scientists have mapped coral reefs in the Caribbean to identify those most likely to survive climate change.

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