Environment friendly eradication of invasive inspect pest
8th August 2022 Sunita.Mishra.email@example.com
One of the most devastating insect pests infesting fruits and vegetables in Mexico has been eradicated in the state of Colima, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The Colima outbreak was detected in April 2021 in the Mexico’s largest port, Manzanillo. It posed an immediate risk to crops, including guavas, mangoes, papaya, and oranges.
According to UN, if not managed promptly, it would have been a significant blow to Mexico's trade across the sector overall, which generates over more than $9.2 billion, annually in exports as well as millions of local jobs.
In cooperation with IAEA and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), scientists there was able to use a UN-developed nuclear-based sterile insect technique (SIT) to eradicate the medfly, more commonly known as the fruit fly.
As per one UN communication, when medfly females lay eggs in ripe fruit the quality of products can be impacted, making them inedible and unfit to be sold. Scientists released more than 1,450 million sterile male flies in Colima with the environmentally-friendly SIT insect pest control method, that uses irradiation to sterilize insects. When the males mated with wild females after their release, no offspring were produced – eventually leading to eradication of the insects.
CAQM revises GRAP for Delhi-NCR
8th August 2022 sk.Mishra.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas (CAQM) on 5th August 2022 has revised the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) for NCR including NCT of Delhi. The revised GRAP shall come into force with effect from 1st October 2022.
According to the revision, the GRAP is now classified under 4 different stages of adverse air quality in Delhi. Stage - I to be accounted with Delhi air quality in Poor AQl category range of 201 - 300. Stage - ll to be considered when Delhi AQI shall be under Very Poor category in the range of 301 -400. AQI in the range of 401 - 500 has been categorized as Severe Category with AQI 401-450 and Severe+ when AQI goes above 450. With Delhi AQI in the range of AQl 401 -450 shall be treated as Stage - lll and it shall be Stage - lV when Delhi AQI goves above 450.
CAQM has mandated that actions under Stages ll, lll ond lV of the GRAP shall be invoked at least 3 days in advance of the AQI reaching to the projected levels of that stage, based on the dynamic model and weather/ meteorological forecast to be provided to the Commission by IMD / IITM on a day-to-day basis.
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Access to clean and healthy environment a universal right
29th July 2022 sk.Mishra.email@example.com
The UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on Thursday, declaring access to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment, a universal human right. The resolution, based on a similar text adopted last year by the Human Rights Council, calls upon States, international organisations, and business enterprises to scale up efforts to ensure a healthy environment for all.
Last October, for the first time, the United Nations body whose mission is to promote and protect human rights around the world, passed a resolution recognising access to a healthy and sustainable environment as a universal right. The text, originally presented by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland last June, and now co-sponsored by over 100 countries, notes that the right to a healthy environment is related to existing international law and affirms that its promotion requires the full implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.
It also recognises that the impact of climate change, the unsustainable management and use of natural resources, the pollution of air, land and water, the unsound management of chemicals and waste, and the resulting loss in biodiversity interfere with the enjoyment of this right - and that environmental damage has negative implications, both direct and indirect, for the effective enjoyment of all human rights.
The recognition of the right to a healthy environment by these UN bodies, although not legally binding— meaning countries don’t have a legal obligation to comply— is expected to be a catalyst for action and to empower ordinary people to hold their governments accountable.
Three main interlinked environmental threats that humanity currently faces: climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss - all mentioned in the text of the resolution. Each of these issues has its own causes and effects and they need to be resolved if we are to have a viable future on Earth.
The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly apparent, through increased intensity and severity of droughts, water scarcity, wildfires, rising sea levels, flooding, melting polar ice, catastrophic storms and declining biodiversity.
Meanwhile, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is the largest cause of disease and premature death in the world, with more than seven million people dying prematurely each year due to pollution.
Finally, the decline or disappearance of biological diversity - which includes animals, plants and ecosystems - impacts food supplies, access to clean water and life as we know it.
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FAO report highlights need to gauge animal health impact on emissions
22nd July 2022
Animal health is important to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but greater investment is needed to evaluate the impact, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners said in a report published on Thursday.
“This report marks a breakthrough in highlighting the importance of animal health and guiding countries towards a much more granular approach in evaluating its role and how it needs to be incorporated into national commitments to help mitigate the climate crisis,” said Maria Helena Semedo, the FAO Deputy Director-General.
FAO considers animal health vital for sustainable livestock production. Not only are animal products a source of high-quality food, they also are a source of income for many small farmers and animal holders, significantly contributing to livelihoods and economies in many developing countries.
Diseases affecting animals - as well as how long they live and how productive they are - have a significant impact on emissions. However, no standardized method currently exists to measure progress so that improved animal health can be included in national climate commitments.
The report highlights that data on feed for different categories of animals and manure management systems are also critical as these have a strong influence on emission factors.
Recommendations contained in the report include establishing a data collection and maintenance system, while the capacity of governments and partners should be enhanced in calculating emissions and accounting for impact throughout the value chain.
Standalone Re-rolling units, Cold rolling units need EC
22nd July 2022
On 20th July 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has directed all the standalone re-rolling units or cold rolling units, which are in existence and in operation as on the date of the notification dated 20th July 2022, with valid Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consent to Operate (CTO) from the concerned State Pollution Control Board or the Union territory Pollution Control Committee, as the case may be, shall apply online for grant of Terms of Reference (ToR) followed by Environment Clearance. #EIA #MoEF To get such updates Subscribe to Enviro Annotations.
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NGT Principal Bench Observes Young Builders EC Vitiated
Published in our Print Edition dated1st June 2022
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Principal Bench headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chairperson has stated that Environmental Clearance (EC), to Young Builder Pvt. Ltd., has been granted without proper evaluation, project cannot be allowed without such proper evaluation about its sustainability or otherwise in the light of available data, a case is made for interference by the Tribunal.
In its 268 page Order dated 31st May 2022, the NGT Bench has also emphasized Young Builder’s improper justification with regard to micro climate changes, as heat would be generated from such large construction including air conditioners that will be operational in high rise buildings. NGT has observed that green cover would not reduce the formation of heat islands because trees would take maximum cover up to one to two floors which is the height of the tree but the buildings are more than 40 floors. Hence heat generation from these structures and mitigation measures are not mentioned. NGT has further outlined that micro climatic conditions also include the vehicles that would be owned by the residents. Their movement and emission that would occur in confined place has not been studied.
NGT Hearing against Waste Management co. Ecogreen Energy postponed for 7th time in a row
30th May 2022 sk.Mishra.firstname.lastname@example.org
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rescheduled hearing in the matter of Poonam Yadav versus Ecogreen Energy Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. for the 7th time. Now, it's scheduled on 8th August 2022. So far, the matter pertaining to Original Application No. 172/2021 was given only one hearing on 19th July 2021.
Poonam Yadav, in her application, has raised the issue of failure in maintaining environmental Read more
“Jurisdiction of Green Tribunal is not dependent on MoEF&CC’s decision alone”: NGT Principal Bench
25th May 2022 sk.Mishra.email@example.com
New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stated that “Jurisdiction of this Tribunal is not dependent on MoEF&CC’s decision alone”. The NGT stated this while hearing a review application by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), on 24th May 2022. MoEF&CC has filed a Review Application No. 14/2022 to review the Tribunal’s Order dated 6th April 2022 in the matter of Original Application No. 136/2020 pertaining to Veterans Forum for Transparency in Public Life versus State of Himachal Pradesh & Ors. Read more