Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

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

GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

India signs agreement with IBRD

The Government of India and the World Bank have signed a US$ 9.2 million grant agreement under the World Bank-Global Environment Facility (GEF) Program for the Efficient and Sustainable City Bus Service Project to improve the efficiency and attractiveness of bus services in select Indian cities. Key facts: The project will demonstrate low cost high… Continue reading India signs agreement with IBRD

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Renewables are not enough

Article Link Summary: World leaders, on April 22, ratified the global climate agreement reached in Paris last December. The agreement requires 195 countries to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, with the goal of not exceeding 1.5°C. The countries have also committed to “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) to limit or… Continue reading Renewables are not enough

Agriculture, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Insure farmers against climate change

The Hindu Issue How India’s agricultural policy has made us structurally vulnerable to climate change? India, a climate change hotspot India is uniquely vulnerable to rising temperatures — it ranks in the top 20 in the Climate Change Vulnerability Index. Our average surface temperature, over the past four decades, has risen by 0.3° Celsius, accompanied… Continue reading Insure farmers against climate change

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Uttarakhand forest fires

Often unquantified, the social and economic impacts of forest fires are considerable: lives are lost, health problems occur, animals are killed and the environment suffers The disaster: Lives lost: 5 Land gutted by forest fire: Almost 1,600 acres of land (hundreds of villages/clusters) Forest Fire in India: Almost 50-55% of the total forest cover in… Continue reading Uttarakhand forest fires

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Cooling the earth down

Article Link “Climate engineering” has been a buzzword in recent years. Environmentalists believe that climate engineering, along with reduction in carbon emissions, can greatly reduce global warming. What is climate engineering? Climate engineering, also known as geoengineering, describes a diverse and largely hypothetical array of technologies and techniques for intentionally manipulating the global climate, in… Continue reading Cooling the earth down

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Indian Economy, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Budget’s Impact on Renewable Energy

Article Link This Budget has laid down the roadmap for taking India to the next level of growth. We not only see a clear direction in which the economy is going to be steered but also the key milestones that we need to cross on the way. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has identified 9… Continue reading Budget’s Impact on Renewable Energy

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Decoding Emission Norms

Article Link The Centre’s decision to adopt Bharat Stage VI automotive fuels nationwide by April 1, 2020 is a key measure that can, if implemented properly, vastly improve air quality. It also fits in with commitments made at the Paris climate change conference. In November, the government had put in public domain a draft notification… Continue reading Decoding Emission Norms

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Building the International Solar Alliance

Article Link India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the recently concluded CoP21 Climate Conference in Paris. The alliance brings together developed and developing countries, governments and industries, laboratories and institutions in a common enterprise. While launching the alliance, PM Modi announced that the revolution in the field would bring power to all citizens,… Continue reading Building the International Solar Alliance

Environment, Geography, GS-1, GS-3, Uncategorized

El Niño, the ‘Godzilla’ warming the winter?

More than half the winter is gone and most of India has hardly even noticed the cold. Temperatures are 4-5 degrees Celsius above the normal for this time of the year. This could turn out to be the warmest winter in India in several years. Scientists are blaming both global and regional/local factors. Globally, it… Continue reading El Niño, the ‘Godzilla’ warming the winter?