Sand and dust storms impact over 500 million in India: Study

Source: This post is based on the article “Sand and dust storms impact over 500 million in India: Study” published in Down to Earth on 1st September 2021. Relevance: Impact of sand and dust storm. Synopsis: More than 500 million people in India and more than 80 per cent of the populations of Turkmenistan, Pakistan,… Continue reading Sand and dust storms impact over 500 million in India: Study

Managing natural resources

Source: This post is based on the article “Managing natural resources” published in “The Hindu” on 1st September 2021. What is the News? Meghalaya Government is implementing the Meghalaya Community-Led Landscape Management Project(MCLLMP) to manage its natural resources. Background: Meghalaya is a state with almost 70% of the geographical area under forest cover. However, around… Continue reading Managing natural resources

Land degradation in India hurts farmers and forest dwellers the most

Source: Down to Earth1, Down to Earth2 What is the news? The findings of ISRO’s “Land Degradation and Desertification Atlas” has highlighted that, the impact of desertification in India is not uniform throughout the country. It varies across irrigation system, region etc. Must read: Despite PM Modi’s assurance, land degradation, desertification increasing Impact Based on… Continue reading Land degradation in India hurts farmers and forest dwellers the most

A Five-Year Plan To Restore About 1.4k Acres Of Aravalis

Source: Times of India What is the news? The Forest department is planning a conservation programme to restore the natural habitat of Gurugram Aravalis. Around 1400 acres of forest land between Gaurangpur and Gairatpur Bas will be restored over five years. What will be done under the 5-year project? Assessment study- An assessment of local… Continue reading A Five-Year Plan To Restore About 1.4k Acres Of Aravalis

Despite PM Modi’s assurance, land degradation, desertification increasing

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Causes behind increase in land degradation and desertification Synopsis: Problem of land degradation and desertification is increasing in India. A brief look at the findings of ISRO’s report on the issue and causes behind it. Context Recently, ISRO released the Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India, which highlighted that… Continue reading Despite PM Modi’s assurance, land degradation, desertification increasing

Single-use plastic ban: Reading the fine print reveals ominous loopholes

Source: Down to Earth   Relevance: New Plastic Waste Management Rules 2021 and issues associated with it Synopsis: The recently announced Plastic Waste Management Rule 2021 prohibits 20 identified single-use plastic items by 2022 to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. However, civil societies have raised some concerns with the new provisions. Must read: Beating… Continue reading Single-use plastic ban: Reading the fine print reveals ominous loopholes

A third of India’s coastline underwent erosion in 28 years, Bengal worst affected

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? According to a recent technical report by the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), between 1990 and 2018 nearly 32% of India’s coastline underwent sea erosion and 27% of it experienced expansion. NCCR carried out a national shoreline change assessment mapping for Indian coast using 28 years… Continue reading A third of India’s coastline underwent erosion in 28 years, Bengal worst affected

Investing in degraded forest land for the health of our economic system

Source: Down to Earth Relevance: Importance of effective management of land resources. Synopsis: Arresting forest land degradation can help India achieve its SDG targets in a most cost-effective manner. Significance of a healthy forest ecosystem and its benefits. Context Speaking at the high-level virtual dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought organised by the United Nations… Continue reading Investing in degraded forest land for the health of our economic system