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Sarvodaya Enclave lost 143 trees in 7 years, Delhi forest dept finds

The inspection was carried out using a combination of satellite imagery and a physical re-census, following orders issued by the Delhi high court on October 11 last year, asking the forest and wildlife department to take action within six weeks’ time
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Updated on Jan 15, 2022 07:04 PM IST
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Delhi’s green cover up over 5%, but forest area dips marginally

The report showed while Delhi recorded a slight decrease of 0.44sqkm in its forest cover, it recorded an increase of 18sqkm in total tree cover – a result the forest department said is due to large-scale plantation drives
Delhi now has 147sqkm of its total area under tree cover, an increase of 13.9% from 129sqkm in 2019. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Delhi now has 147sqkm of its total area under tree cover, an increase of 13.9% from 129sqkm in 2019. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 06:52 AM IST
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Govt forms 11-member council to protect city’s biodiversity, plan for its future

The council will function as an autonomous unit under the forest and wildlife department of Delhi and receive separate funds. It will hold its first meeting on Friday
The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has issued directions to have biodiversity councils in each state and Union Territory across the country. (Picture for representation only/HT)
The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) has issued directions to have biodiversity councils in each state and Union Territory across the country. (Picture for representation only/HT)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 01:21 AM IST
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Despite rule, no pet shop in Delhi registered with state animal welfare board

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2018, makes it mandatory for pet shops in Delhi and other states to be registered with the State Animal Welfare Board. An official from the department told HT that they have begun work on registering pet shops
The Indian star tortoise, the sale of which is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act, at a pet shop in the Capital. (Sourced)
The Indian star tortoise, the sale of which is banned under the Wildlife Protection Act, at a pet shop in the Capital. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 01:15 AM IST
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Dense fog spell delays early flights

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said rain over the weekend brought sufficient moisture to Delhi, which may lead to spells of moderate to dense fog in the coming days as well.
Delhi last reported about one hour of dense fog on December 29.
Delhi last reported about one hour of dense fog on December 29.
Published on Jan 12, 2022 01:22 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Why is Delhi not recording much fog this winter season?

  • Not only is the lack of “dense fog” hours strange, but Delhi has also not recorded enough shallow to moderate fog hours
CAT-I procedures are initiated at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in “shallow” fog, while CAT-II procedures are initiated in “moderate” fog(PTI)
CAT-I procedures are initiated at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport in “shallow” fog, while CAT-II procedures are initiated in “moderate” fog(PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 08:42 PM IST
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Clean air targets not met in Delhi NCR

The annual level of PM 2.5, minute dust that enters deep into the lungs and bloodstream, was two and a half times the national annual benchmark of 40 mcm, and as much as 20 times the safe limit prescribed by the World Health Organization.
A view of skyscrapers blanketed in smog amid rising air pollution, in Greater Noida. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
A view of skyscrapers blanketed in smog amid rising air pollution, in Greater Noida. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 04:38 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Weekend rain gives city wettest Jan in 27 yrs, season’s lowest max temperature

  • The day saw the city receive 5.4mm of rainfall between 8.30am and 5.30pm, after 41mm rain the previous day, taking the total precipitation in Delhi for the month to 63.6mm -- the most in January since 1995.
At the Delhi-Gurugram expressway on Sunday.(PArveen Kumar/HT Photo)
At the Delhi-Gurugram expressway on Sunday.(PArveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 04:27 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi plans mesh of sensors to monitor pollution air hot spots

Pollution is one of the biggest problems dogging Delhi, and the city experiences a public health emergency every winter with the air quality deteriorating to hazardous levels
Vehicles drive through smog on Thursday morning on NH-24 near Akshardham temple in Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Vehicles drive through smog on Thursday morning on NH-24 near Akshardham temple in Delhi. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 06:24 AM IST
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Delhi shivers at season’s lowest max temperature

The rain, coupled with low clouds also created a haze that prevailed during the day, keeping visibility between 400 and 1,200 metres, which led to a slight deterioration in air quality, despite the rain, IMD scientists said.
Light rain persisted throughout the day, and maximum temperature fell to 15.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Light rain persisted throughout the day, and maximum temperature fell to 15.7 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 05:14 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Fourth runway, T1 upgrades: 2022 a crucial year for Delhi airport

The revamped T1, which is currently undergoing work to double its capacity from 20 million passengers per annum to 40 million passengers, will integrate the departure and arrival terminals under one roof.
The revamped T1, which is currently undergoing work to double its capacity from 20 million passengers per annum to 40 million passengers, will integrate the departure and arrival terminals under one roof. (HT archive)
The revamped T1, which is currently undergoing work to double its capacity from 20 million passengers per annum to 40 million passengers, will integrate the departure and arrival terminals under one roof. (HT archive)
Updated on Jan 03, 2022 04:38 AM IST
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Post-stubble burning, why Delhi sees a second spike in pollution in December

  • It is the second spell that is more worrying in the pollution fight as it occurs due to high background emissions in the region
Delhi is not the only contributor to this second spell, with pollution from NCR floating towards Delhi just as much(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Delhi is not the only contributor to this second spell, with pollution from NCR floating towards Delhi just as much(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2022 05:38 PM IST
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Chain-link fencing replaces barbed wires in Delhi’s Sanjay Van

In 2019, activists had filed a complaint with the forest department about animals, such as nilgai, getting stuck in the barbed wires, causing them to get grievously injured or die in the process.
The chain-link fencing has been used in the plantation areas of Sanjay Van to protect them from being trampled over. (Sourced)
The chain-link fencing has been used in the plantation areas of Sanjay Van to protect them from being trampled over. (Sourced)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 10:12 PM IST
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Cold wave returns: Temp falls to 3.4°C, Delhi may be cooler today

Met officials it was the sharpest drop in the minimum temperature this season so far since the mercury dropped to 3.4°C from 8.4°C recorded on Wednesday.
IMD also issued a yellow alert for December 31 and January 1, asking the city residents to beware of a weather situation, referring to the dropping temperatures. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
IMD also issued a yellow alert for December 31 and January 1, asking the city residents to beware of a weather situation, referring to the dropping temperatures. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 01:21 AM IST
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Delhi met national PM2.5 standards for only half of 2021

In an analysis released by the System of Air Quality of Weather Forecasting And Research (Safar) on Thursday, Delhi recorded a total of 49 ‘good’ air days – when the 24-hour average PM 2.5 concentration was below 30 micrograms per cubic metre
According to Safar’s analysis, Delhi met the ambient air standards for 193 days (51 good and 142 satisfactory days) last year. Delhi saw its cleanest year last year due to Covid-19 induced lockdowns bringing activities to a halt in 2020, the agency said. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
According to Safar’s analysis, Delhi met the ambient air standards for 193 days (51 good and 142 satisfactory days) last year. Delhi saw its cleanest year last year due to Covid-19 induced lockdowns bringing activities to a halt in 2020, the agency said. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 31, 2021 01:14 AM IST
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2021: The year when Delhi broke a weather record every month

Not only did Delhi see extreme cold waves at the start and end of the year, it witnessed an intense monsoon that continued well into late October as the city recorded 1,512.4mm of rainfall till December 29, the second highest ever
Delhi recorded extreme weather during 2021, when each month a new weather record was set with city witnessing sizzling heat as well as a bumper monsoon. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Delhi recorded extreme weather during 2021, when each month a new weather record was set with city witnessing sizzling heat as well as a bumper monsoon. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 12:14 AM IST
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Delhi govt plans to phase out single-use plastic in 2022

Senior environment department officials involved in framing the policy said the document will be shared with all government departments “within the next fortnight” for suggestions and comments before being tabled in the cabinet meeting.
According to the policy, the first phase was to be implemented on January 1. However, that seems unlikely since the policy is yet to be approved by the Cabinet. (HT Archive)
According to the policy, the first phase was to be implemented on January 1. However, that seems unlikely since the policy is yet to be approved by the Cabinet. (HT Archive)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 11:30 PM IST
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Best of times, worst of times: Delhi’s air see-sawed in 2021

The city may have got some control over its air in non-winter months, but the annual November-January smog build-up remains a major problem area
A view of a bridge engulfed in thick smog at ITO Yamuna river in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
A view of a bridge engulfed in thick smog at ITO Yamuna river in New Delhi. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 03:17 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Worst December air spell holds Delhi in vice grip

Delhi recorded an average Air Quality Index (AQI) of 459 on Sunday, the worst since November 12, when the index had a reading of 471.
Visitors on a boat amid poor visibility due to dense fog, near Yamuna Bazaar, on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Visitors on a boat amid poor visibility due to dense fog, near Yamuna Bazaar, on Sunday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 02:45 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi: Experts call for steps to sustain wildlife at Asola Bhatti sanctuary

With striped hyenas and leopards, the natural park not only has top predators and scavengers, but a variety of herbivores, largely fulfilling a complete foodchain and ecosystem
Three leopards have been captured on camera traps at the Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary. (Sourced)
Three leopards have been captured on camera traps at the Asola Bhatti wildlife sanctuary. (Sourced)
Updated on Dec 27, 2021 03:11 AM IST
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BySoumya Pillai and Jasjeev Gandhiok, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Power plants around Delhi are far from meeting norms to reduce air pollution

While Delhi may have shut down its last thermal power plant in Badarpur in 2018, experts say air quality in the National Capital Region cannot improve until coal-based thermal power plants are phased out
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution, at Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi. (Amal KS/ HT photo)
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution, at Kashmiri Gate in New Delhi. (Amal KS/ HT photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 05:21 PM IST
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Delhi’s air pollution levels in ‘severe’ zone for 3rd consecutive day

Weather and environment experts have said that a mix of factors may have led to the worsening of air quality, including lower-than-expected wind speed and a poor assessment of the impact of lifting restrictions
Despite three consecutive “severe” days, no restrictions were reimposed by CAQM on Thursday, however an official, on condition of anonymity, said that situation was being “closely monitored”. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Despite three consecutive “severe” days, no restrictions were reimposed by CAQM on Thursday, however an official, on condition of anonymity, said that situation was being “closely monitored”. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2021 03:23 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Delhi pollution body hires 50 environmental engineers, to train them via 3-week module

Officials of DPCC said this training module, which HT has had a look at, will be the guiding tool for all future recruitments for technical positions, with particular focus on air pollution
The Delhi government also inducted 28 “green fellows” last month to fill vacant seats in the environment and forest departments. (HT Photo)
The Delhi government also inducted 28 “green fellows” last month to fill vacant seats in the environment and forest departments. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 12:36 AM IST
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Designated feeding spots latest sticking point in conflict over stray dogs

Many are opposed to multiple feeding spots; some even want them to be fixed outside colony boundaries
A designated dog feeding site in Vasant Kunj. (HT)
A designated dog feeding site in Vasant Kunj. (HT)
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 05:15 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

NCR resolved 50% pollution-related complaints: CPCB

Among the NCR states, Delhi is faring best, having resolved nearly 63% (761) of the 1,214 complaints filed during this period.
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution in New Delhi. A senior CPCB official, on the condition of anonymity, said most complaints were related to dust violations, construction and demolition waste and instances of open waste burning. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
A truck mounted with an anti-smog gun is being used to spray water droplets to curb air pollution in New Delhi. A senior CPCB official, on the condition of anonymity, said most complaints were related to dust violations, construction and demolition waste and instances of open waste burning. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 22, 2021 01:48 AM IST
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Delhi airport records lowest carbon emissions: Study

Delhi airport is followed by the Kuala Lumpur airport (5.83 million tonnes), Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (6.53 million tonnes) and Dallas’s Fort Worth airport (7 million tonnes)
The airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), said the airport has adopted the globally recognised Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation framework which helps airports to manage their greenhouse gases effectively. (Representational image/HT Photo)
The airport operator, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), said the airport has adopted the globally recognised Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Carbon Accreditation framework which helps airports to manage their greenhouse gases effectively. (Representational image/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 10:59 PM IST
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Delhi experiences coldest morning of season, mercury dips to 2.9°C

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast that cold wave conditions will continue across Delhi on Tuesday. On Monday, the mercury dipped to 2.9 degrees Celsius at the Jafarpur weather station in south-west Delhi.
People sit around a bonfire in Delhi on Monday when the city experienced the coldest morning of the season so far. At the Jafarpur station, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.9 degrees Celsius. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
People sit around a bonfire in Delhi on Monday when the city experienced the coldest morning of the season so far. At the Jafarpur station, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.9 degrees Celsius. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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Why real-time source apportionment data could help Delhi combat air pollution

In its MoU, which was signed with IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, TERI and IISER Delhi, the government specified the need to identify real-time sources of pollution
Experts say once daily reports begin, this could not only indicate how successful corrective measures have been, but also which sectors require the most action in the long-term(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Experts say once daily reports begin, this could not only indicate how successful corrective measures have been, but also which sectors require the most action in the long-term(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Published on Dec 20, 2021 08:33 PM IST
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As air quality improves, CAQM lifts construction ban in Delhi-NCR

CAQM said construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR can resume immediately since air quality in Delhi has improved from the ‘very poor’ category and has been in the ‘poor’ category consistently for the last three days
The Air Quality Index (AQI) across NCR was hovering between the higher end of the ‘poor’ and the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Monday. Delhi’s AQI was recorded as 332 (very poor) at 12 noon, Faridabad, Gurugram, Greater Noida were in the ‘poor’ category with readings below 300. (HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
The Air Quality Index (AQI) across NCR was hovering between the higher end of the ‘poor’ and the lower end of the ‘very poor’ category on Monday. Delhi’s AQI was recorded as 332 (very poor) at 12 noon, Faridabad, Gurugram, Greater Noida were in the ‘poor’ category with readings below 300. (HT Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 02:17 PM IST
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Trees and robots in NCRPB plan to combat pollution

The plan suggests creating green corridors, green barriers along highways and a dense biodiversity park network, along with implementing technologies such as smog towers and floating water drones/robots.
The plan by the NCR Planning Board suggests use of green barriers along the highways and implementation of technologies such as smog towers and water drones for clean air and water in the region. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
The plan by the NCR Planning Board suggests use of green barriers along the highways and implementation of technologies such as smog towers and water drones for clean air and water in the region. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 01:14 AM IST
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