Visualising the Himalaya with other coordinates

Source: The Hindu Relevance: The countries in the Himalayas has to look beyond geopolitics and security to protect the interest of humanity Synopsis: Looking at the Himalayas only through the prism of geopolitics and security concerns ignores its other crucial frameworks. Introduction: India and other countries lying in the Himalayas is so far has been examining the… Continue reading Visualising the Himalaya with other coordinates

Leveraging traditional lo-tech innovations to fight climate change

Source: TOI Relevance: Understanding the role of traditional ecological practices as a sustainable solution to climate change problem. Synopsis: Indigenous technological innovations backed by traditional ecological knowledge is the way forward to fight climate change. Problem with high-tech High-tech solutions to climate change are based on an idea of abundance of resources, money and unrestricted… Continue reading Leveraging traditional lo-tech innovations to fight climate change

Climate change has raised tricky questions over policy responses

Source: Livemint Relevance: Mitigation of climate change and its effect is an important topic in the Environment. Synopsis: The G20 environment ministers can speak of ambitious goals. But to succeed in mitigation measures towards Climate change, the world has to take some drastic steps. About the G20 environment ministers meet: In the recent G20 environment ministers… Continue reading Climate change has raised tricky questions over policy responses

Digging up the ocean floor for metals could prove disastrous

Source: Livemint Relevance: Marine life will be endangered if seafloor mining got commercialised. Synopsis: The seafloor contains potato-sized rocks that contain many metals needed to make electric-car batteries. Many perceive that seabed mining as a green alternative to land-based mineral extraction—and potentially a hugely lucrative business. But it is not completely true. Introduction: A startup, The… Continue reading Digging up the ocean floor for metals could prove disastrous

The Ganga’s message

Source: The Hindu Relevance: India must take its laws on waste seriously to stop microplastics pollution. Synopsis: Microplastic pollution around the world demands the proper implementation of existing laws and global collaboration. Introduction: The Ganga might have stood witness to many stages of India’s civilisation. But in recent decades it has become a conduit for sewage,… Continue reading The Ganga’s message

Significance of biocentric jurisprudence for nature – Explained, pointwise

Introduction In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court of India has sought to move away from an anthropocentric basis of law and stressed the importance of biocentrism. The anthropocentric perception is widespread and is considered to be responsible for severe environmental crises ranging from global warming, ozone depletion, and water scarcity to the loss of… Continue reading Significance of biocentric jurisprudence for nature – Explained, pointwise

Gudalur’s Gene Pool Garden is an example of participatory forest management

Source: Down To Earth Relevance: The success of Gene Pool Garden highlights the need for Participatory forest management. Introduction: The Gene Pool Garden was established in 1989 under the Hill Area Development Programme at the Gudalur forest division in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. About the Gene pool garden: It is located in the Western Ghats,… Continue reading Gudalur’s Gene Pool Garden is an example of participatory forest management

EU’s carbon border tax – Explained, pointwise

Introduction In March 2021, the EU Parliament had adopted a resolution to implement a ‘Carbon Border Adjusted Mechanism’ (CBAM), pertaining to which proposed that goods entering the EU would be taxed at the borders. The E.U. proposal still needs to be negotiated among the 27 member countries and the European Parliament before becoming law. If… Continue reading EU’s carbon border tax – Explained, pointwise

The many paths to a greener future

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Different strategies to lower India’s carbon emissions Synopsis: Peaking of carbon emissions and the time when de-carbonsation begins are important considerations on road to a greener economy. Background Researchers and policymakers are exploring various pathways for Indian carbon emissions over time. These pathways range from Business-As-Usual (BAU) to Low-Carbon to Net-Zero. In each… Continue reading The many paths to a greener future

India needs an economic stimulus that can also aid green energy transition

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Areas where India can direct its economic stimulus for maximum effect. Synopsis: Some innovative and affordable pathways for a green stimulus which would create dispersed demand and jobs with large multiplier effects. Background A large demand stimulus seems necessary in getting the V-shaped economic recovery that India need right now. A… Continue reading India needs an economic stimulus that can also aid green energy transition

Why the Amazon forests are no longer acting as a carbon sink

Source – The Indian Express Relevance – It can be major development because Amazon is the biggest rainforest and should have been the biggest source of oxygen as well. Synopsis – The Amazon forest goes from absorbing carbon dioxide to emitting it. The emissions are produced by fires, higher temperatures, and climate change, resulting in… Continue reading Why the Amazon forests are no longer acting as a carbon sink

Do Tigers Have a Right to Privacy? Yes: Uttarakhand keeping wildlife reserves always open is problematic at many levels

Source: Times of India Relevance: The time has come to grant the right to privacy to animals. Synopsis:  The Uttarakhand government has decided to keep the Jim Corbett National Park and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve open all year round to boost tourism. This raises an important question, has the time come to grant the right… Continue reading Do Tigers Have a Right to Privacy? Yes: Uttarakhand keeping wildlife reserves always open is problematic at many levels

How our detergent footprint is polluting aquatic ecosystems

Source: Down To Earth Relevance: Detergents not only pollute the environment but also devastate the aquatic ecosystem. Introduction: Water pollution caused by detergents is now a big concern in the global context. The per capita detergent consumption in India is around 2.7 kilograms per year. It is around 3.7 kg in the Philippines and Malaysia and… Continue reading How our detergent footprint is polluting aquatic ecosystems

Climate crisis: Is Earth destabilising?

Source: Down To Earth Relevance: This article explains the Planetary boundaries and its impact on Environment. Synopsis: Professor Johan Rockstrom, an internationally recognized scientist working on global sustainability issues, is looking into much broader questions like Do our planets have boundaries? Can it be defined? What is a planetary boundary? The planetary boundary is a novel concept developed… Continue reading Climate crisis: Is Earth destabilising?

Human-wildlife conflict among greatest threats to animal species: WWF and UNEP report

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have released a new report titled – A future for all – the need for human-wildlife coexistence.  Key findings Conflict between humans and animals is one of the main threats to the long-term survival of some… Continue reading Human-wildlife conflict among greatest threats to animal species: WWF and UNEP report

What is a heat dome? – Explained

Source: Indian Express, Hindustantimes, Livemint Relevance: Important weather phenomenon impacting the climate and the people. Synopsis: Parts of Canada and USA are reeling under severe heatwave caused due to a heat dome. Possible causes and likely impact are discussed. Why in news? High temperatures are being reported from the Pacific northwest (in USA) and some… Continue reading What is a heat dome? – Explained

Rare pygmy hogs released in Assam’s Manas National Park

Synopsis: Around Eight captive-bred pygmy hogs were released in the Manas National Park of Assam.   About Pygmy Hog:  Pygmy Hog is the smallest member of the pig family. It is native to alluvial grasslands in the foothills of the Himalayas at elevations of up to 300 m.  Habitat: The only known population of Pygmy Hog lives in Assam, India, and possibly southern Bhutan.  Features: The pygmy hog is one… Continue reading Rare pygmy hogs released in Assam’s Manas National Park

Lakshadweep could face major coastal erosion due to rising sea levels: study

Context: Environmental impact of climate change on sea-level rise in Lakshadweep Islands.  News: A group of scientists carried out a study to gauge the impact of climate change on sea-level rise in Lakshadweep islands.   What are the findings of the study?  Some key findings:  Sea levels around Lakshadweep are estimated to rise between 0.4 mm and 0.9 mm annually, causing coastal erosion in… Continue reading Lakshadweep could face major coastal erosion due to rising sea levels: study

Further stressed by thermal power

Further stressed by thermal power News: The article discusses about the water shortages in India and ways to mitigate it. Important Facts: The Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) by the NITI Aayog, shows that 600 million people face high to extreme water stress in India. In the projections that the Central Water Commission (CWC) released… Continue reading Further stressed by thermal power

Explainer: Protecting the tiger’s habitat

Explainer: Protecting the tiger’s habitat News: The article discusses about the man-animal conflict in light of recent instances of killing and casualties attributed to tigers. Important Facts: Background: Since 2016, 13 people have died in the Pandharkawda divisional forest of Maharashtra which has been attributed to tigers and at least five of them to Avni,… Continue reading Explainer: Protecting the tiger’s habitat

Report sees climate risk from rise in Indian AC units

Report sees climate risk from rise in Indian AC units News: According to the report Solving the Global Cooling Challenge, by 2022, India is expected to have a fourth of the world’s air conditioning units. Important facts About the Report: The report was released by environment minister of India at the Global Cooling Innovation Summit… Continue reading Report sees climate risk from rise in Indian AC units

Protect the little helpers

Protect the little helpers Article: The article discusses the growing concern over declining population of different species of pollinators Important analysis Importance of pollinators: In 2015, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) established that pollinators lead to huge agricultural economic gains. According to the report, estimated pollinator contribution in India to… Continue reading Protect the little helpers

Don’t compare air pollution to smoking’

Don’t compare air pollution to smoking’ News: Anti-tobacco activists are expressing concern that comparing the ill-effects of air pollution to that of smoking will result in trivialising the catastrophic effects of smoking. Important Facts: Comparing air pollution to smoking is based on a formula proposed by a Berkeley Earth study that draws an equivalence between… Continue reading Don’t compare air pollution to smoking’

The ozone hole is recovering

The ozone hole is recovering News: A recent study by NASA has confirmed the recovery of the ozone layer due to the absence of chlorine from Chlorofluorocarbon(CFC) in the atmosphere. Important Facts: Findings of UN study: The study published in Geophysical Research Letters journal has confirmed the phenomenon by mapping the chemical composition of the… Continue reading The ozone hole is recovering

Forest Department orders to shut tiger reserves during Monsoons

Context Tourism zones falling in the national park areas of Ranthambhore and Sariska tiger reserves in Rajasthan will remain closed during monsoon in 2017. Key Facts Following a meeting of the State Wildlife Board’s standing committee and Ranthambhore Tiger Conservation Foundation on June 9th, the Forest Department had issued orders to keep the tiger reserves… Continue reading Forest Department orders to shut tiger reserves during Monsoons