Children and Digital Dumpsites Report Highlights impacts of E-waste

What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has released a report titled “Children and Digital Dumpsites”. About Children and Digital Dumpsites Report: The report summarizes the latest scientific knowledge on the links between informal e-waste recycling activities and the health impact among children. The report also underlined the risk faced by children working in… Continue reading Children and Digital Dumpsites Report Highlights impacts of E-waste

“Oil Spill” at Sri Lanka’s Coast

What is the News? Sri Lanka is preparing for a major oil spill. A burnt-out container ship is sinking outside Colombo’s harbor with nearly 350 tonnes of oil in its fuel tanks. This ship was burning for the last 13 days, causing Sri Lanka’s worst maritime environmental disaster. What is an Oil Spill? Oil Spill… Continue reading “Oil Spill” at Sri Lanka’s Coast

Biomedical Waste Management during pandemic – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Prior to the pandemic, India’s biomedical waste management capacity was already limited. Now, with the advent of the pandemic, biomedical waste generation has increased manifold. CPCB has given guidelines to discard the biomedical waste generated in Covid-19 camps and Covid-related material such as gloves and masks in households. However, the implementation of the guidelines… Continue reading Biomedical Waste Management during pandemic – Explained, Pointwise

Long-term “nitrogen dioxide”(NO2) exposure affects lungs: Study

What is the News? According to a study, Long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide(NO2) pollution can affect lung function. Also, NO2 can increase the risk of pulmonary disease. Key Findings: The annual maximum NO2 exposure recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 21.3 parts per billion. The study found that air pollution exposures in some… Continue reading Long-term “nitrogen dioxide”(NO2) exposure affects lungs: Study

Issue of Nuclear Waste pollution – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction The establishment of nuclear plants happened as an alternative to thermal power stations due to their low carbon footprint. However, a particular issue associated with their functioning is the generation of nuclear waste (or radioactive waste). This waste is highly contaminated and requires proper processing and treatment before its release into the environment. The… Continue reading Issue of Nuclear Waste pollution – Explained, Pointwise

Japan to release “Fukushima Radioactive Water” into sea

What is the News? Japan is planning to release more than 1 million metric tons of Fukushima radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japanese government planned to release this water into the ocean after two years. About Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant: Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is located in the town of… Continue reading Japan to release “Fukushima Radioactive Water” into sea

Why India should adopt Net-Zero Emission Target?

Synopsis: India should adopt the net-zero emission target like others. It will lead to simultaneous attainment of net-zero emission and economic growth. Some temporary challenges may arise, but they can be tackled with robust policy measures.    Background: Recently 58 countries have made a commitment to attain net-zero emission by 2050. They currently emit more than… Continue reading Why India should adopt Net-Zero Emission Target?

Initiatives under ‘Namami Gange Programme’

What is the News? The Government of India is currently implementing several initiatives under the Namami Gange Programme to clean the polluted rivers of Ganga. Namami Gange Programme: Launched in: The Programme was launched in 2014. It is an Integrated Conservation Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti. Aim: To achieve effective abatement of pollution,… Continue reading Initiatives under ‘Namami Gange Programme’

Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Challenges and Suggestions

Synopsis: Vehicle Scrappage policy will work if incentives are aimed at increasing fuel-efficiency. Introduction  The Transport Ministry announced the Vehicle Scrappage policy, after the move for a green tax on ageing and polluting automobiles. This step promises economic benefits, a cleaner environment, and thousands of jobs. Vehicles belonging to the government and the public sector… Continue reading Vehicle Scrappage Policy: Challenges and Suggestions

Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme

What is the news? The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister announces the Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme. It is also known as the Vehicle scrapping policy. Aim of the Policy: The policy aims to create an ecosystem to phase out unfit and polluting vehicles. It will reduce pollution, improve fuel efficiency, and increase the government’s… Continue reading Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme