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Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act empowers Central Pollution Control Board to set standards for the quality of air. Current NAAQS were notified by CPCB in the year 2009. Pollutants  covered under NAAQS are Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Particulate Matter PM 10, Particulate Matter PM 2.5,… Continue reading Air Pollution Indexes, Standards, Reports and Fly Ash

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Ease of getting power: India’s rank up by 73

HIGHLIGHTS India moved up to the 26th spot in global electricity accessibility ranking It moved up from 99th rank in 2014 aided largely by govt's rural electrification programme Total power capacity increased by nearly a third (31%) from 243GW in March 2014 to 320 GW in March 2017. In spite of the present government's plan… Continue reading Ease of getting power: India’s rank up by 73

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Water crisis: Tapping water from deepest depths

The proposal, mooted by the company WaterQuest, involves tapping “distillate” that is generated when seawater enters the continental crust and gets converted to steam. The steam then condenses in pockets, which are between 300m to 800m below the earth’s surface, claims the company. What is fossil water? The term fossil water, or paleowater, refers to… Continue reading Water crisis: Tapping water from deepest depths

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Putting a global price on carbon: Carbon Tax

WHAT’S A CARBON TAX, AND HOW DOES IT REDUCE EMISSIONS? A carbon dioxide tax is a tax on businesses and industries that produce carbon dioxide through their operations. The tax is designed to reduce the output of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide, a colorless and odorless incombustible gas, into the atmosphere. The tax is imposed with… Continue reading Putting a global price on carbon: Carbon Tax

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Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

About Coastal Regulation Zone Under the Environmental Protection Act 1986, notification was issued in 1991 for regulation of activities in the coastal area by Ministry of Environment and Forests. These notification known as Coastal Regulation Zone Notification defined the Coastal Regulation Zone or CRZ as coastal land up to 500m from the High Tide Line… Continue reading Coastal Regulation Zone & Sailesh Nayak Committee

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Environment Digest – 3 July- 10 July 2016

1]Remote Pacific nation threatened by rising seas Issue Impact of climate change on Kiribati. Key points Pacific island nations are among the world’s most physically and economically vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events like floods, earthquakes and tropical cyclones. While world powers have summit meetings to negotiate treaties on how to reduce and… Continue reading Environment Digest – 3 July- 10 July 2016

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Environment Digest – 26 June- 2 July 2016

[1]A station in Himalayas to study climate change What happened? A team of glaciologists from the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research is  studying Himalayan glaciers to understand the impacts of climate change in the polar climate and its connection to the Indian monsoon. Key points:- The newly established station would be one of… Continue reading Environment Digest – 26 June- 2 July 2016

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Environment Digest – 19 June- 25 June 2016

[1]Letting them off easy Issue Critical analysis of  a draft notification seeking to amend the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) of 2006. Importance of EIA The EIA process has its origins in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit where over 170 countries committed to balancing environmental concerns and economic needs. The EIA was a tool to do… Continue reading Environment Digest – 19 June- 25 June 2016

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Environment Digest – 12 June- 18 June 2016

[1]Nurture waterbodies, keep floods at bay this monsoon Issue For effective steps, communities have a definite role in their localities to mitigate floods. Role of the communities There is a need for communities to understand the significance of waterbodies in their neighbourhoods and protect them. Residents have to be aware of the lakes and ponds… Continue reading Environment Digest – 12 June- 18 June 2016

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Environment Digest – 5 June- 11 June 2016

[1]Nature’s answer to climate risk News Gaumukh, the snout of the Gangotri glacier, named after its shape like the mouth of a cow, has retreated by over 3 kilometres since 1817. Analysis Though a three-kilometre retreat over a period of two centuries might seem insignificant at first glance, but study shows that the rate of… Continue reading Environment Digest – 5 June- 11 June 2016