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Where does India stand on plastic waste? What is the protocol that needs to be in place before a ban on single-use plastic items comes into force? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

Source: The Hindu On August 15, in his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a movement to eliminate single-use plastic in India, beginning on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2). Where does India stand on plastic waste? In spite of the notification of the Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules, 2016, and amendments made two years later, … Continued

Centre releases Rs. 47,436 crore to 27 States for afforestation (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

Source: The Hindu The Union Environment Ministry on Thursday transferred Rs. 47,436 crore to 27 States for afforestation. These are long-pending dues part of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF), a Rs. 54,000 crore tranche that has been collected for nearly a decade as environmental compensation from industry, which has razed forest land for its business … Continued

Man-made fires in Amazon forest have sent smoke to populated cities and the Atlantic coast. Why does it bring focus on President Bolsonaro’s policies? What impact can it have on the environment? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

Over the last several days, the Amazon rainforest has been burning at a rate that has alarmed environmentalists and governments worldwide. Mostly caused by farmers clearing land, the fires have thrown the spotlight on Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro’s policies and anti-environment stance. Where are the Amazon fires happening? Started in the Amazonian rainforests, the fires … Continued

Supreme Court orders committee to review ecological aspects of Chardham project (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

What does SC ask? The Supreme Court has ordered the setting up of an independent committee take a view on whether the Centre’s ambitious 900 kilometre, ₹12,000 crore ambitious Char Dham project to improve road network connecting pilgrimage spots in Uttarakhand, needs to be “revised” to minimise its ecological damage. What is the chardham project? … Continued

Relocation of wild buffaloes from Assam to Chhattisgarh (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

In October, five female wild buffaloes will be translocated for more than 1,500 km from Assam to the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Raipur district, to revive the waning population of Chhattisgarh’s State animal. Endangered species The estimated population of the wild buffaloes (Bubalus arnee) in the Northeast is around 3,000-4,000, the largest in the country … Continued

What the new IPCC report says on land and climate change (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Environment)

 A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released presents the most recent evidence on how the different uses of land — forests, agriculture, urbanisation — are affecting and getting affected by climate change. The Geneva-based IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was … Continued




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