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Bettiah worst polluted, Delhi AQI remains Very Poor, Chittoor least polluted
New Delhi: Delhi AQI still hovers around 370. The air quality over Delhi, as reported by the Central Pollution Control Board at for the last 24 hours 4 PM on 3rd December 2022, remained in the Very Poor category. The AQI was 370. The predominant pollutants were PM2.5. IMD has stated that wind was predominantly calm during daytime and nighttime.
IMD has predicted that AQI in Delhi will remain in Very Poor category on 4th December 2022. It is also expected to be in the Very Poor category in subsequent 3 days.
Among the 180 cities monitored, Bettiah was worst polluted with AQI 427 due to PM2.5. Other two cities in Sever category AQI were - Begusarai 418 and Darbhanga 407. Chittoor city that lies on the banks of Neeva River at the southernmost part of Andhra Pradesh state registered the lowest AQI of 21.
Predominant surface wind expected in Delhi: Today From Northwest with wind speed 8 kmph
Ventilation index expected over Delhi:
The ventilation index lower than 6000 m2/s with average wind speed less than 10 kmph is unfavorable for dispersion of pollutants.
Fire Counts observed in Punjab and Haryana:
Bongaigaon Medical College project gets SEIAA approval
FICCI - IWA organizing Internationl Conference on Water Reclamation, Reuse from 15th Jan
New Delhi: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has scheduled to host the 13th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse to be held from 15th – 19th January 2023. The central theme of the conference is “Water Reuse: Overcoming the Challenges of Growth and Climate Change”. The event intends to help progress towards the creation of sustainable water reuse solutions through multidisciplinary cooperation and learning from the extensive experience already gathered in countries around the world. The framework surrounding the central theme of the conference will deal with the full range of topics relating to water reclamation and reuse. There will be a focus on innovations and solutions that address water stress in integrated fashion from the three different angles of water reuse adoption, water reuse implementation and the removal of water reuse bottlenecks. Registrations can be done through https://iwareuse2023.com/registration.html
NITI Aayog's report on Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage shows multiple market opportunities in India
NWM Organises 42nd Water Talk
New Delhi: The National Water Mission (NWM) organized the 42nd Water Talk on 25th November 2022 on a virtual medium. The meeting was chaired by Archana Varma, Mission Director, NWM.
Acclaimed Advocate and Founding Partner of Indian Environment Law Organization (IELO), New Delhi spoke on the “Mainstreaming Water Use Efficiency in India: Need for Pluralism in water governance”
The hour-long discussion was followed by a Q&A session. Water Talk is reckoned as a knowledge exchange.
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Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav Intervenes at the COP 27 Closing Plenary
New Delhi: COP27 comes to an end. The Closing Plenary of the 27th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 27) of the UNFCCC was held today at Sharm El-Sheikh. The conference which was held with the view to building on the previous successes and paving the way for future ambition concluded with countries coming together to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav who led the Indian delegation described it to be a historic COP where agreement has been secured for loss and damage funding arrangements including setting up a loss and damage fund. He congratulated COP27 Presidency for the untiring efforts to evolve consensus in the matter for which the world has waited far too long.
The Union Minister said, "We also welcome the inclusion of transition to sustainable lifestyles and sustainable patterns of consumption and production in our efforts to address climate change in the cover decision."
While taking a note of establishing of a 4-year work program on climate action in agriculture and food security, the Minister said, "Agriculture, the mainstay of livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, will be hard hit from climate change. So, we should not burden them with mitigation responsibilities."
Indeed, India has kept mitigation in agriculture out of its NDCs, he added.
Stating that "We are also establishing a work program on just transition.", Mr. Yadav said, "For most developing countries, just transition cannot be equated with decarbonization, but with low-carbon development. Developing countries need independence in their choice of energy mix, and in achieving the SDGs. Developed countries taking the lead in climate action is therefore a very important aspect of the global just transition."
COP27, a historic shift
New Delhi: The UN climate talks which closed in Egypt today started to address the symptoms of the climate crisis in a breakthrough decision for the most vulnerable but did little to address the causes of global warming. The scale of influence of the fossil-fuel industry and its supporting states was on full display with further weakening of language excluding fossil fuels.
Shimla REC recommends FC Proposal despite violations
New Delhi: Despite the Ministry's Regional Empowered Committee at Shimla in its 13th meeting decided to recommend a proposal to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for necessary approval. The proposal pertains to Himachal Pradesh State Govt.
The proposal seeking diversion of 2.4264 hac of forest land in favour of District Youth Services and Sports Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh for the Construction of National Centre of Excellence at Hamirpur.
The REC Chaired by Satya Prakash Negi, IFS, observed violation, encroachment in deemed forest land. The violation was carried out by multiple departments in the past may be due to non- demarcation of the land. However, the committee was of the view that process of action on violation can be dealt separately with the State Govt., as the current user agency did not commit the violation. Hence, decided to recommend the proposal.
CPCB Reports NGT on Narela Fire Accident
New Delhi: Taking Suo-Moto cognizance of Delhi Fire news published in The Indian Express dated 1st November 2022, the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) listed the matter as Original Application No. 804/2022.
It was reported that a major fire broke out on the very Tuesday in a footwear factory at E-909, Narela Industrial Area, Delhi - 110040, around 9.30 AM which was doused around 3.30 PM. It was also published that two people died and 18 people were injured working in the factory.
The matter is Titled “Delhi: 2 dead in factory fire in Delhi’s Narela” and was listed for hearing on15th November 2022. Later, it's postponed to 23rd November 2022. In the matter NGT sought factual reports from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The CPCB requested Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to investigate the matter and provide Action Taken Report. A report has been filed by CPCB stating that "On the day of the incident, the fire broke out due to overheating of Agro Drum/cylinder used for manufacturing of PVC footwear, as told by eyewitnesses at the site. According to local reports, on the first floor, the cylinder explosion was of such a scale that a man standing in front of the cylinder was thrown out of window grill of the building on the outside road/street."
CPCB has cited two units namely, i) M/s Bala Sundari Industries, and ii) M/s Sandeep Plastic operating at Plot No. 909, Block-E, Narela Industrial Area, Delhi, engaged in the manufacturing of Plastic Dana & printing of straps and manufacturing of footwear, PVC granules & printing on footwear, respectively. However, it has not categorically pinpointed any one of these two units that caused the accident.
The report submitted by CPCB further states that the incident took place due to the negligence of untrained or unskilled workers and labourers inside the premises and also due to the negligence of the owner of the factory.
It's also revealed that the Consent to Operate (CTO) in the case of M/s Bala Sundari Industries was kept pending by DPCC due to generation of hazardous waste from printing activities as per an NGT Order Dated 20th March 2020, However, the other unit M/s Sandeep Plastic, CTO was having a CTO with validity up to 12th November 2024.
Egypt’s COP27 Presidency, in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), launched AWARe (Action on Water Adaptation or Resilience). The initiative will focus on three priorities for action:
1) Decrease water losses worldwide and improve water supply.
2) Propose and support implementing mutually agreed policy and methods for cooperative water-related adaptation action and its co-benefits.
3) Promote cooperation and interlinkages between water and climate action in order to achieve Agenda 2030, in particular SDG 6.
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"World “cannot afford to leave trade and WTO behind” in climate actions", Okonjo-Iweala
An effective strategy for tackling global warming cannot be successful without governments taking into account the important role of trade in meeting climate goals, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Tuesday. She was speaking at a high-level event with world leaders during the COP27 climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, to mark the launch of the WTO’s World Trade Report, which this year focuses on climate change and international trade.
The Director-General noted that the World Trade Report maps out pathways for governments on how to use trade to support national action plans – known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) - for tackling climate change.
The World Trade Report indicates trade actions that can help countries meet the challenge of moving to net-zero emissions by mid-century and harnessing trade as a force multiplier for climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Examples of such trade actions include opening up trade in environmental goods and services, improving cooperation on carbon measurement and verification, and transforming the WTO's Aid-for-Trade initiative into an investment programme that expands opportunities for sustainable trade in less affluent nations.
International cooperation on trade-related climate policy, such as carbon pricing and decarbonization standards, can also minimize trade frictions and investor uncertainty arising from unilateral climate actions, which may in turn impose disproportionate costs on firms and governments in developing countries. The WTO can play a valuable role as a venue for transparency and potential harmonization of such measures, the report notes.
WMO releases State of Global Climate Report 2022 from Sharm-El-Sheikh
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said "As COP27 gets underway, our planet is sending a distress signal." This statement came as a response to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report showing that the past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fueled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat. WMO released the provisional State of the Global Climate report and an accompanying interactive story map on the eve of the UN climate negotiations in Sharm-El-Sheikh, COP27, today.
The report further depicts that extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year.
The report highlights the global mean temperature in 2022 is currently estimated to be about 1.15 [1.02 to 1.28] °C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial average. A rare triple-dip cooling La Niña means that 2022 is likely to “only” be fifth or sixth warmest. However, this does not reverse the long-term trend; it is only a matter of time until there is another warmest year on record.
Indeed, the warming continues. The 10-year average for the period 2013-2022 is estimated to be 1.14 [1.02 to 1.27] °C above the 1850-1900 pre-industrial baseline. This compares with 1.09°C from 2011 to 2020, as estimated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment report.
WMO report also reveals that ocean heat was at record levels in 2021 (the latest year assessed), with the warming rate particularly high in the past 20 years.
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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.