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India Calls for Judicious Use of Resources at 4th Brics Ministerial Meeting in Durban (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Environment)

India has called for a judicious use of resources amidst concerns over resource depletion and scarcity.  Addressing the 4th BRICS Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that a decrease in global materials, or at least stabilization at present levels, demand major reductions … Continued

Centre proposes relaxation of coastal regulation zone norms (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III)

States to get leeway in developing tourism, industrial infrastructure The Centre has allowed India’s coasts to be made more accessible to tourism and industrial infrastructure and given individual States considerable leeway to decide how they should plan such development, according to a draft version of the proposed modification to India’s coastal regulation zone plan made … Continued

Environment Ministry notifies Plastic Waste Management (amendment) rules (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III- Environment)

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.  The amended Rules lay down that the phasing out of Plastics is now applicable to Multilayered Plastic (MLP), which are “non-recyclable, or non-energy recoverable, or with no alternate use.” Central Registration system The amended Rules also prescribe a … Continued

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