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Monday, October 25, 2021

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Hardlook: Delhi holds its breath
Mon, Oct 25, 2021

Delhi air pollution: With winter round the corner in the capital, extended rainfall has meant relatively cleaner air so far. But this relief could be shortlived.

Cases of environment offences rose in 2020, but there’s a catch
Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Till 2017, offences under Noise Pollution Acts and the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act were not included under environment-related offences.

Good news for Delhi: Pollution lower, winter beginning on cleaner note
Sat, Oct 23, 2021

PM 2.5 levels begin to breach the 24-hour standard resulting in bad air days when the monsoon retreats. This began in September in 2018 and 2020, while it was delayed to October in 2019 and 2021.

As dengue cases continue to rise, capital’s hospitals are swamped
Thu, Oct 21, 2021

On Wednesday, ward 13 in the Department of Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital was overflowing, with patients occupying the floors along three corridors and some sharing beds

Fly on the wall: Sprawling Pilkhan tree at Deer Park
Wed, Oct 20, 2021

For its size and location, the pilkhan stands out among the hundreds of trees at Deer Park. It stands in a clearing of sorts near a small office of the Delhi Development Authority within the park, not far from the entry gate near Hauz Khas Village.

480 cases and counting: Dengue uptick stings Delhi
Mon, Oct 18, 2021

The number of cases reported for the January 1-October 9 period in the previous three years were 316 (2020), 467 (2019) and 830 (2018), as per the MCD report. Mukherjee Nagar has seen the highest number of cases so far — 25 out of 114 — in the jurisdiction of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Yearly ritual begins as Delhi’s air quality slips to poor
Sat, Oct 16, 2021

With an increase in the impact of stubble burning on air quality in the national capital, PM2.5 levels have risen

Leafing through history: On Teen Murti lawns, a majestic Semal draws eyes
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

From the entrance gate, the tall tree, with branches reaching outwards almost symmetrically on either side of the trunk, nearly steals the Teen Murti Bhawan’s thunder.

Air quality in Delhi starts dipping; stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana less than last year so far
Wed, Oct 13, 2021

The AQI on October 12 stood at 179, which is in the ‘moderate’ category. The AQI appears to have crossed 125 from October 7 onwards, rising continuously thereafter. The last day when Delhi saw air quality in the ‘satisfactory’ category was October 4, when the AQI was 91.

Decomposer spraying begins in Delhi — amid some concerns
Tue, Oct 12, 2021

First on the list was 10 acres of Johnny Pehalwan’s basmati rice field. A tank filled with the solution was placed on a tractor and driven around the field, where it was sprayed over the stubble.

Delhi: Pollution control body to sign agreement with Tata Projects, NBCC to operate, maintain Connaught Place smog tower
Sun, Oct 10, 2021

The smog tower has already resulted in expenses worth Rs 20 crore for the government. Of this, Rs 13 crore was spent to install the tower and was paid to Tata Projects and NBCC as their consultancy fees.

Trees of Delhi: Outside14th-century shrine, new neem tree carries forward a legacy
Thu, Oct 07, 2021

A storm that hit Delhi four years ago uprooted a far bigger and older neem tree that was on the list of trees that the Delhi government intended to mark as 'heritage trees' in 2016.

In new study, IIT-Kanpur to assess pollution sources in Delhi
Wed, Oct 06, 2021

The air quality will be interpreted on a weekly, monthly and seasonal basis. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, molecular markers, and secondary organic and inorganic aerosols will also be factored in.

Delhi: ‘Green war room’ to function round-the-clock at Secretariat to resolve complaints regarding pollution
Wed, Oct 06, 2021

A total of 13 pollution hotspots were identified earlier – Narela, Bawana, Wazirpur, Rohini, Punjabi Bagh, Ashok Vihar, Mundka, Dwarka, Jahangirpuri, Anand Vihar, Okhla, R. K. Puram, and Vivek Vihar.

Delhi: Rule against pets at Mayur Vihar’s IFS apartments forces some tenants to move out
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

An affidavit that is required to be signed by prospective tenants, states that residents, including owners, are not permitted to bring in new pets since a decision of the society in April 2011.

Hit hard by cracker ban in Delhi, traders ask: ‘What do we do with all our stock?’
Mon, Oct 04, 2021

Each year in Delhi-NCR, a combination of dipping temperatures, low wind speed, and paddy stubble burning sends the air quality on a downward spiral.

Waste dump, dog shelters now among 67 ‘butterfly habitats’ in Delhi
Thu, Sep 30, 2021

The home in Faridabad, a former waste dump in a housing society, and two dog shelters are among 67 such habitats that have been created since 2018.

The ‘endless’ Banyan at Bhikaji Cama place
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

The banyan is one on a list of 16 'heritage' ones hand picked by the Delhi government a few years ago.

67 Such Spaces Created So Far: In bustling Delhi, efforts on to create butterfly habitats
Mon, Sep 27, 2021

September is being marked as the Big Butterfly Month-India, as a nationwide attempt to celebrate butterflies and conserve their habitats.

Non-forest land used for compensatory afforestation in Delhi not declared protected: RTI
Mon, Sep 27, 2021

A response to a request for information filed under the RTI Act by law student Pratyush Jain showed that a total of 136.55 hectares of land is to be notified as ‘protected’ or ‘reserved’ forest under the Indian Forest Act.

This year, new system to pinpoint sources of air pollution in Delhi-NCR
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

An air quality early warning system, developed by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, has been operational in Delhi-NCR since 2018.

Pusa decomposer will cover more land, benefit more farmers this year
Sat, Sep 25, 2021

After inspecting preparations of the decomposer at the government seed farm in Kharkhari Nahar village near Najafgarh Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it would be sprayed on fields of 844 farmers this year, up from around 300 last year.

Delhi govt plans to boost capital’s water supply through RO plants
Fri, Sep 24, 2021

In the first phase of the project, five RO plants with a total capacity of 363 million litres per day (MLD) will be set up in a year.

New WHO standards for air quality: Delhi needs to accelerate action, say experts
Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Experts say that the revised guidelines emphasize the need to accelerate action to deal with pollutants considering that Delhi’s air pollution levels are far from the National Air Quality Standards.

Trees of Delhi: The rare Salvadora of Qutub
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

The Salvadoras in the Qutub complex also feature in Pradip Krishen’s book 'Trees of Delhi'. While Delhi golf course and the graveyards in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg are home to many Peelu trees, the Khabbar is said to be much rarer in Delhi.

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