Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 17, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 17 (April 25 to May 01) 2022.

  1. Frame rules to regulate indoor air quality in 4 months, NGT tells Centre
    NGT, by an order issued on Wednesday, set a deadline of four months for the Union government to frame indoor air quality norms and provide protocols for their regulation.
  2. Massive fire at Bhalswa landfill in north Delhi, 4th landfill fire in a month
    A massive fire broke out at the Bhalswa landfill site in north Delhi on Tuesday evening, the fourth such large scale fire in Delhi’s landfill site over the last month.
  3. ₹50 lakh fine on north Delhi municipal body over Bhalswa landfill site blaze
    The Delhi government directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to impose a ₹50 lakh fine on the North Delhi Municipal Corporation because of a massive fire that broke out at the Bhalswa landfill.
  4. Delhi’s air quality worse on back of landfill blaze: Govt body
    With the fire at Bhalswa landfill continuing to rage, the air quality index reading worsened to the higher ranges of the ”poor” category, according to CPCB.
  5. Yamuna short of water, says DJB, asks Haryana to ramp up supply
    The water level in the Yamuna has gone down, with the shortage resulting in supply cuts in some parts of the Capital.
  6. 1,000 MGD target to meet summer water demand in Delhi
    Delhi government is targeting production of about 1,000 million gallons per day of potable water.
  7. ‘Water supply more than demand in Greater Noida’
    If the Greater Noida Authority is to be believed, water supply in the city is more than the demand
  8. Delhi: Eco-park to help clean up electronic waste
    The country’s first eco-park for recycling, refurbishing and dismantling electronic waste in an environmentally sound manner will come up in Narela.
  9. 3 landfills have cost Delhi ₹450 cr in environmental damages: Study
    Delhi’s three landfill sites – Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur – have cost more than ₹450 crores in environmental degradation to the national capital so far.
  10. Work to remove vilayati kikar to start at Central Ridge
    Work is set to begin on 10 hectares of land in the Central Ridge to remove vilayati kikar, an invasive species, and restore the natural biodiversity of the region.
  11. In 3 days, over 7,800 forest fire hotspots spotted in India
    In the last three days, FSI has spotted over 7,800 hotspots where forest fires started in various parts of the country.
  12. UN environment body seeks ban on extraction of sand from beaches, pitches for alternatives
    Pitching for sustainable use of sand, the report, released in Geneva, flagged several suggestions including a ban on extraction of sand from beaches due to its importance for coastal resilience.
  13. Surface temperature tops 60°C in parts of north India, satellite images show
    Surface land temperatures exceeded 60 degrees Celsius over some parts of northwest India, according to imagery captured by satellites on Saturday.
  14. Record April average temperature amid heatwave in parts of India in over 120 yrs
    India heatwave spell: Several states in the country are witnessing unprecedented spell of heat wave.
  15. Dirty air affects 97% of UK homes, data shows
    Slough, London and Leeds among worst locations on map showing air pollution above WHO limits.
  16. Global heating risks most cataclysmic extinction of marine life in 250m years
    New research warns pressures of rising heat and loss of oxygen reminiscent of ‘great dying’ that occurred about 250m years ago.
  17. South African floods underline that climate change will hit the poor the most
    As in other parts of the world, the way forward lies in improving the accuracy of warning systems, and building the resilience of people, especially the poor.
  18. Cattle burp methane emissions measured from space for first time
    Methane emissions from cattle burp has been evidently noticed for the first time after a satellite took images in California.
  19. ‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite COP 26 pledge
    Tropics lost 11.1m hectares of tree cover in 2021, including forest critical to limiting global heating and biodiversity loss, finds World Resources Institute.

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