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Science or habit? Study examines effectiveness of Green India Mission (Relevant for Prelims and Mains Paper III; Environment)

The Green India Mission is one of eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change and aims at “protecting, restoring and enhancing India’s diminishing forest cover and responding to climate change by a combination of adaptation and mitigation measures”. The $7billion environmental intervention, laid out in 2011, seeks to put a third of … Continued

6 महीने के अंदर कूड़े घर को सिटी फॉरेस्ट बना दिया (प्रारंभिक परीक्षा तथा मुख्य परीक्षा प्रश्न पत्र- III के लिए प्रासंगिक; पर्यावरण)

इंदौर को 2018 में लगातार दूसरी बार सबसे स्वच्छ शहर का अवॉर्ड दिया गया। इंदौर के लोग स्वच्छता के मामले में सबसे आगे रहते हैं। इसी बीच आईएएस ऑफिसर आशीष सिंह ने कुछ ऐसा किया, जिसके लिए उनकी खूब तारीफ हो रही है। उन्होंने 6 महीने के अंदर कूड़े घर को सिटी फॉरेस्ट बना दिया … Continued

Clean Air Programme: how Centre plans to wage a ‘war against pollution’ (Relevant for GS Prelims & GS Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity)

Recently, the Centre launched what it described as a “war against pollution” across the country — a Rs 300-crore National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). It proposes a “tentative national target” of 20%-30% reduction in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations by 2024, with 2017 as the base year for comparison. NCAP will be rolled out in 102 … Continued

Cleaner air, Ganga, dam safety, Rules: What will matter in 2019, and why (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment)

With the India Meteorological Department stating that the Kerala disaster was a consequence of climate change, there needs to be holistic policy focus on the management of water bodies, bringing down emissions, cleaning up the air across the country, and committing to stricter reforms to protect the environment in 2019 and beyond. Global commitments India … Continued

Analysis of new Coastal Regulation Zone Notification (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment)

What changes will the notification bring? The Cabinet has approved a significant relaxation of development controls along the coastline through the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2018, as part of a plan to encourage construction of buildings and launch tourism activities in areas that are closer to the high tide line. State governments and others … Continued

NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index: Baseline Report 2018 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity)

A single measurable Index to map progress of States & UTs towards 2030 SDGs The NITI Aayog today released the Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories towards implementing the 2030 SDG targets. Who developed the index? The SDG India … Continued

In death on fence, a reminder: no easy solution to human-elephant conflict (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity)

The elephant that died had been on its way back to the forests after raiding the cropland adjacent to the tiger reserves’s Veeranahosalli range. Last week, an elephant died while trying to scale an iron fence in Nagarhole, Karnataka. When the fence was meant to separate elephants from human habitation, the tusker’s death underlined the … Continued

What’s in climate change rules (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment & Biodiversity)

Katowice conference finalises rulebook for implementing 2015 Paris Agreement. A look at what was finalised in the effort to restrict rise in global temperature, and where ground remains to be covered. During the weekend, the global fight against climate change reached another milestone when negotiators from 196 countries finalised a rulebook for the 2015 Paris … Continued

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