Government allows 100% FDI in telecom sector

What is the news?  The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has recently allowed 100 % FDI across all kinds of telecom services and infrastructure providers.  Earlier status of Telecom sector Earlier 100 % of FDI was allowed, of which 49 % of investment was permitted through automatic route.  About the recent… Continue reading Government allows 100% FDI in telecom sector

Climate change: 14% coral reefs lost since 2010, says study 

What is the news?  As per a report, world lost its 14% coral reefs in last 10 years. The reason being ocean-acidification, warmer sea temperatures and local stressors such as overfishing, pollution, unsustainable tourism and poor coastal management.  The report by Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) was drawn from a global dataset gathered by… Continue reading Climate change: 14% coral reefs lost since 2010, says study 

Govt proposes changes to Forest Conservation Act 

What is the news?  The Centre has proposed an amendment to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, to liberalize forest laws. The ministry sent all states a copy of the proposed amendments on October 2, seeking their objections and suggestions within 15 days. Sources said a draft proposal will be drawn and placed before Parliament once… Continue reading Govt proposes changes to Forest Conservation Act 

Taproots to help restore India’s fading green cover 

Synopsis: Forest restoration activities and why they are important. Various challenges associated with forest restoration and solutions to deal with it.  Introduction  Forest covers nearly 30% land surface of the earth. They provide a wide variety of ecosystem services and support countless and diverse species around the globe. They also stabilise the climate, sequester carbon and regulate the water regime.   What is the… Continue reading Taproots to help restore India’s fading green cover 

Govt. moots changes to Forest Conservation Act 

What is the news?  The Union Government has proposed that agencies involved in national security projects and border infrastructure projects will not have to obtain prior forest clearance from the Centre as part of amendments to the existing Forest Conservation Act (FCA). The FCA, which first came in 1980 and was amended in 1988, requires such permission.  What is the draft amendment by the government?  First, to exempt land acquired before 1980 (before… Continue reading Govt. moots changes to Forest Conservation Act 

India extends support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

What is the news? Recently, India has extended its support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for co-sponsoring the proposal of the European Union for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). About the proposal to designate East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as MPAs The proposal to designate East… Continue reading India extends support for protecting the Antarctic environment and for designating East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Two more Indian Beaches get coveted International Blue Flag Certification

What is the News? The two more Indian beaches namely Kovalam beach in Chennai and Eden beach in Puducherry have been awarded the Blue Flag certification. What is Blue Flag Certification? ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification that can be obtained by a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism operator, and serves as an eco-label.  The… Continue reading Two more Indian Beaches get coveted International Blue Flag Certification

The world’s coral reefs have suffered terribly in 30 years, but are resilient: Study

What is the News? Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network along with the Australian government has released a report titled “Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020”. Purpose of the Report: To highlight the main trends and recommendations to inform decision-making and strengthen ambition for the protection of coral reef ecosystems. Key Highlights from the… Continue reading The world’s coral reefs have suffered terribly in 30 years, but are resilient: Study

Four new Ramsar wetland sites recognised in India

Source: PIB What is the News? Four more wetlands from India – two from Haryana and two from Gujarat – have been recognised as Ramsar sites of international importance. With this, the number of Ramsar sites in India are 46. The wetlands that have received the Ramsar Site tag are Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary and Sultanpur… Continue reading Four new Ramsar wetland sites recognised in India

How to save Banni Grasslandsfrom invasive species? Here’s what a new study suggests

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: To analyze the findings of the report by ATREE to study the impact on Banni grasslands. Synopsis: A study by ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & Environment) & Sahjeevan (Volunteer Organisation) to study the impact of Prosopis Juliflora on Banni Grasslands Context: Prosopis Juliflora, a non-native tree species,… Continue reading How to save Banni Grasslandsfrom invasive species? Here’s what a new study suggests