GS-2, Uncategorized

Stubble Burning

Recently, the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre to prepare a comprehensive national scheme, in consultation with the States, within three months to wean small and marginal farmers away from stubble burning. Air pollution in Delhi NCR has now become a familiar story, repeated with minor variations every year, mainly aggravated by stubble burning in Punjab and… Continue reading Stubble Burning

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Tackling the Air Pollution

Recently, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority- EPCA declared a public health emergency in New Delhi as pollution levels entered the ‘severe plus’ category. Air Pollution as Public Health Emergency Air pollution is now the third-highest cause of death among all health risks, ranking just above smoking, in India. An environment think tank Centre for Science and Environment in its report “At… Continue reading Tackling the Air Pollution

Environment, GS-3

Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

India is home to 17% of the world’s population but has only 4% of the world’s freshwater resources. At present, 75% of Indian households do not have access to drinking water, and close to 90% of rural households have no access to piped water. In this context, the government resolved to provide piped water to all rural households by 2024 under the .… Continue reading Natural Sources of Unpolluted Water

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

A Plastic Emergency (ban on single-use plastic)

Context: Before a ban on single-use plastic items comes into force, it is crucial to formulate a protocol that will identify the functional roles of different stakeholders. A Movement to Eliminate Single-Use Plastic The government is said to be working on a ban on certain plastic items of common use under the Environment (Protection) Act. This may be… Continue reading A Plastic Emergency (ban on single-use plastic)

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

CHAPTER 1- WHY BIODIVERSITY MATTERS? The importance of nature in our lives Humans have evolved, grown and thrived, in nature. Modern human society needs the resources of nature to thrive. Perception that nature is ‘nice to have’ and its protection is secondary to the more important tasks of increasing economic growth, creating jobs, enhancing the… Continue reading Living Planet Report 2018: by WWF

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

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

Editorials, GS-3

India’s e-waste problem

The Union environment ministry in March 2016 had notified the E-Waste Management Rules 2016 replacing the 2011 version. With this, the Indian government has taken a key step to combat this most lethal form of pollution. The earlier rules issued five years ago were quite inadequate. Why worry about e-waste? Organic and easily recyclable metal,… Continue reading India’s e-waste problem

Editorials, GS-3, Science & Tech

Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP)

The road transport and highways minister, in May 2016, released the first draft of the proposed Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP). The programme proposes to offer tax benefits and discounts to people who junk old vehicles and replace them with new ones. Its primary intention is to reduce emissions and the priority is to… Continue reading Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernization Programme (V-VMP)

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

According to a statement issued by ICRA Ratings, “Indian government’s decision to leapfrog the Bharat Stage (BS)-V Emission Standards and implement the BS-VI norms by April 2020, four years ahead of the earlier schedule, will make diesel vehicles costlier by Rs.70,000 to Rs.1,50,000.” The diesel segment is likely to witness a sizeable price increase due… Continue reading ‘Adopting BS-VI norms will make diesel vehicles costlier’

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities

India’s 41 tier-II cities, including Tezpur, Rishikesh, Vapi, Angul, Sangrur and Gajraula, too are facing severe air and water pollution. Starting this financial year, the government will spend Rs.553 crore across five years to bring down pollution. While onlyRs.70 crore is allocated for the abatement of pollution in 2016-17, it is anticipated to more than… Continue reading High air and water pollution in India’s 41 tier-II cities