With many high-temperature cities in India set to only get hotter, the requirement for cooling is being recognised as key to health and well-being. To assess the requirement and plan ahead, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has released a draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP). The draft by the MoEF Ozone Cell … Continued
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Increase in number of polluted stretchs The number of polluted stretches in India’s rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control … Continued
The debate over the fate of a tigress in Yavatmal, blamed for a series of human killings since June 2016, continues even as the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the hunt by the Maharashtra Forest Department to capture or kill the animal. While villagers lived in fear, a group of activists and NGOs … Continued
The conference of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bangkok last week, that was to draft a rulebook for the Paris Agreement ahead of a crucial international conference in Poland in December, ran into predictable difficulties over the issue of raising funds to help poorer nations. What is the stand of US? Some … Continued
The National Forest Policy will be an overarching policy for forest management, with the aim of bringing a minimum of one-third of India’s total geographical area under forest or tree cover What are the provisions of draft new National Forest policy? India’s environment ministry has unveiled a draft of the new National Forest Policy (NFP) … Continued
What is the problem? It’s a land-starved State, and between 1990 and 2016, West Bengal lost more to erosion. A report by the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, released recently said West Bengal recorded the maximum erosion of 63%, followed by Puducherry 57%, Kerala 45%, and Tamil Nadu … Continued
‘Archived’ heat trapped below the surface of the Arctic has the potential to melt the entire region’s sea ice, scientists warn. The study, published in the journal Science Advances , shows that Arctic sea ice is not just threatened by the melting of ice around its edges. Warm water stored inside Warmer water that originated … Continued
What has been the damage? As Kerala struggles to come to grips with the worst floods in its history, the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure and restoration of livelihoods pose a daunting challenge for the State government. Initial estimates put the loss at ₹20,000 crore but officials feel the extent of the damage could be more … Continued
With several incidents of tropical cyclones and severe weather events striking over Kerala and Karnataka coasts in the recent times, the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences is proposing to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. The Ministry is planning to set up the Centre in another one month. At present, IMD has cyclone … Continued
The floods in Kerala have brought the focus back on an almost forgotten 2011 report on the Western Ghats that had made a set of recommendations for preserving the ecology and biodiversity of the fragile region along the Arabian Sea coast. Its lead author, Pune-based ecologist Madhav Gadgil, has publicly argued that had the report’s … Continued