Like many other States, Andhra Pradesh is known for indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to the extent that residues found their way into mothers’ milk in a few villages in Guntur. As Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) takes root in Andhra Pradesh, promising to move away from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and rejuvenate … Continued
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World Bank report estimates how changes in temperature and monsoon patterns will affect GDP and living standards in India and region. What are the findings, and what can policymakers make of them? A World Bank report has found that rising temperatures and changing monsoon rainfall patterns from climate change could cost India 2.8% of … Continued
What is the allegation against CBD? It’s a case of a “cure that kills”: an international conservation treaty is hampering conservation research, claim scientists. In a communication published on June 28 in the journal Science , an international team of scientists — including professors at India’s Kerala Agricultural University and Ashoka Trust for Research in … Continued
As an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic does not exist yet, and plastic is too ubiquitous and useful, the country has to move towards a regime where plastic waste is treated and recycled rather than engage in rhetoric about banning the product. The Rules lay down the procedure to do that. Plastic waste management … Continued
Higher uranium contamination in groundwater Reports of widespread uranium contamination in groundwater across India demand an urgent response. A study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, has found over 30 micrograms per litre (mcg/l) of the heavy metal in parts of northwestern, southern and southeastern India. Drinking such water can damage one’s kidneys, and … Continued
Why do thousands of trees in the heart of polluted, dust-choked Delhi have to be cut? How many trees are being felled in Delhi, where, and why? Buildings in seven residential colonies cutting a swathe from south-central to south-east Delhi — Sarojini Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Mohammadpur, Kasturba Nagar, Sriniwaspuri, and Tyagaraj Nagar — … Continued
A proposed greenfield highway between Chennai and Salem has run into opposition. This is the latest in a series of protests against major projects in Tamil Nadu, including the Kudankulam nuclear plant and the Tuticorin copper smelter plant. At look at why the state government wants the highway, and why the protesters are opposing it: … Continued
On Saturday, the Maharashtra government began enforcing a ban on plastic, a decision it announced in March. On World Environment Day, June 5, India was the host nation, with the theme for this year being ‘Beat plastic pollution.’ What is the plan? On March 23, the government issued a notification banning the manufacture, use, transport, … Continued
IN THE first such case of inter-state relocation, MB2, a 195-kg tiger, was shifted from the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha. What is the overall plan? This is part of an ambitious project conceived by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) … Continued
Ban on plastic use in Maharashtra The Maharashtra government’s state-wide ban on the use of plastic items, including carry-bags and thermocol, came into effect. What are the penalties on plastic use? For the first time offenders, the fine will be Rs5,000. For second time offenders, the fine will be Rs10,000. Those who violate it for … Continued