Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 20, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 20 (May 16 to 22) 2022.

  1. At 2.4m in 2019, India led world in deaths caused by pollution, says Lancet
    The overall pollution death tally has dropped from an estimated 2.5 million in 2015 to 2.35 million in 2019.
  2. Delhi Reports Record 49 Degrees, Residents Asked To Stay In
    Two weather stations at Mungeshpur in northwest Delhi and Najafgarh in southwest Delhi reported 49.2 and 49.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.
  3. Delhi’s peak power demand clocks 7,070 MW, highest in May amid heatwave
    The sizzling heat pushed the peak power demand in Delhi to 7,070 MW, the highest ever in May, late on Thursday night, discom officials said.
  4. Water cans chained Delhi as crisis deepens
    With Delhi’s water crisis worsening, desperate scenes came to the fore as people chained their cans together while filling those from water tanks.
  5. Water supply to be hit again in parts of Delhi
    Water supply in Delhi is set to take a further hit with production being affected at the water treatment plants at Haiderpur and Bawana.
  6. Pond level dips in Delhi, water supply crisis worsens
    The water supply situation in the national capital has deteriorated further as the Wazirabad pond level has now dropped to 668.3 feet.
  7. Delhi: Special officer visits Ghazipur landfill site, apprised of December 2024 deadline to clear it
    Special officer of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi visited the Ghazipur landfill site and waste-to-energy Plant Saturday and was apprised of an action plan to clear the dumpsite by December 2024.
  8. 3 weeks after fire, smouldering Bhalswa landfill casts a dark shadow on area
    Civic officials claimed that the smoke was due to the smouldering in the heaps of garbage being dumped every day, not in the legacy waste.
  9. Delhi: Singed by spate of infernos, EDMC lays out rules to avoid landfill fires
    The SOPs come as Delhi has seen an increase in landfill fires – three major fires at Ghazipur landfill and one at Bhalswa landfill over the last two months – amid heatwave conditions in the city.
  10. Gurugram likely to get alternate landfill for waste processing
    A proposal is likely to be made for an alternate landfill site for the disposal of Gurugram’s civic waste.
  11. Impose fines and register FIRs for waste burning
    Officials are directed to issue challans and get FIRs registered against anyone caught burning waste in the open to help reduce pollutants in the city’s air.
  12. HC stops tree felling till June 2, says need to maintain ecological balance
    The Delhi high court on Thursday directed that no trees will be felled in the city till June 2, adding that the Capital can’t have the luxury to permit such “large-scale of denudation of trees” due to the rampant air pollution.
  13. International Day for Biological Diversity: Students, citizen groups join hands for conservation”
    To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, in full fervour, some college students and community groups are actively working towards safeguarding Mother Earth by creating awareness through social media and Nature walks.
  14. Delhi`s Ghazipur slaughterhouse shut for harming environment
    The National Green Tribunal has put a stay on the slaughterhouse in Ghazipur for violation of environmental norms.
  15. Rajasthan’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary is now India’s 52nd tiger reserve
    Rajasthan is now home to a newly notified tiger reserve, and it is called the Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary.
  16. Curtorim is Goa’s second biodiversity heritage site
    More than 6.1 lakh sqm in Curtorim village, including several major water bodies, have gained the status of Goa’s second biodiversity heritage site.
  17. Greater one-horned rhino population is on the way up
    The Indian rhinoceros, saw its global population reach its highest level since the 1980s, according to the International Rhino Foundation, a Texas-based nonprofit focused on rhino conservation.
  18. India, 195 nations join hands to fight drought
    To accelerator the restoration of one billion hectares of degraded land globally by 2030, 196 countries, including India, late Friday adopted 38 decisions to step up drought preparedness.
  19. Climate change threatening access to water and sanitation
    Climate change is set to increase pressure significantly on people’s access to water and sanitation unless governments do more to prepare key infrastructure now, the UN warned on Friday.

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