Weekly Environmental News Update for Week 21, 2022

Weekly environmental news update from across different media networks for Week 21 (May 23 to 29) 2022.

  1. Women workers stay silent over air pollution issues: NGO survey
    As many as 94% of women construction workers in Delhi never raise their voice against air pollution at construction sites in fear of losing their jobs, a survey carried out by the NGOs Mahila Housing Trust and the Help Delhi Breathe Campaign has found.
  2. No heat index: Delhi struggles to manage effects of extreme heat
    An action plan would incorporate early warning systems for temperature, ways to prevent exposure of those in vulnerable population segments, and long-term mitigation strategies.
  3. Water crisis: New Delhi got half of normal supply for last 10 days, says report
    The report said the average supply of potable water to the NDMC is 125 MLD (million litres per day) but the supply over the past ten days has only been only 60-70 MLD.
  4. Delhi govt to revive 20 lakes
    Delhi government plans to revive and develop 20 lakes in the city to “international” standards, as part of phase one of a project to develop 1,000 such lakes and water bodies in the Capital.
  5. In the pits: Delhi fails to harvest rainwater
    Officials at Delhi Jal Board claimed they didn’t have data on RWH on the private buildings and residential colonies, most of the public complexes have no way to conserve rainwater.
  6. In upscale Gurgaon society, 96 fall sick, water contamination suspected
    GMDA officials denied that the water supply was contaminated, stating that the society’s internal storage and underground tanks were not cleaned and maintained regularly, causing the issue.
  7. Delhi: Committee to ascertain impact of landfill sites on health of women, children
    The Delhi Commission for Women will form an expert committee to ascertain the impact of landfill sites in the city on the health of women and children living in their vicinity.
  8. Delhi: Week-long fair to promote use of single-use plastic alternatives
    A week-long fair will be held in June to showcase startups and manufacturers developing alternative solutions.
  9. Residents urge authorities to stop dumping waste at Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram landfill
    The residents have  demanded the authorities to immediately stop the dumping of solid waste at the landfill.
  10. Experts divided on lakhs of trees along floodplains
    According to experts plantations should be as far from the floodplain as possible.
  11. World’s largest, Aravalli safari park in 10,000 acres to boost wildlife and tourism
    The world’s largest “curated” wildlife safari will cover 10,000 acres in the Aravalli Hills in Gurugram and Nuh districts of Haryana adjoining Delhi.
  12. 50 years of 1st UN environment summit: Parents call for global treaty to end fossil fuel use
    Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the first international United Nations summit on environment, parents and grandparents from 32 countries have demanded a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty to give children a livable planet, by writing an open letter.
  13. Gujarat to launch India’s first carbon trading market among large polluters
    This market’s purpose is to reduce carbon emissions and to do so inexpensively as there is an urgent need for rapid economic growth.
  14. Contentious hydroelectric project gets govt nod, FAC approval awaited
    The contentious Etalin hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley has been cleared by the power ministry and impact assessment division of the environment ministry and is awaiting approval of the Forest Advisory Committee.
  15. India, Pak, Nepal, B’desh lawmakers call for collab to combat air pollution
    This is a second such effort for a regional collaboration of health professionals in responding to the evidence about the impact poor air quality has on human health.

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