NITI Aayog and World Resources Institute India Jointly Launch ‘Forum for Decarbonizing Transport’

Source: PIB What is the News? NITI Aayog and World Resources Institute(WRI), India jointly launched the ‘Forum for Decarbonizing Transport’ in India as part of the NDC-Transport Initiative for Asia (NDC-TIA) project. About Forum for Decarbonizing Transport: The forum will be a one-stop platform for initiating dialogues between the stakeholders and partners that will help… Continue reading NITI Aayog and World Resources Institute India Jointly Launch ‘Forum for Decarbonizing Transport’

Delhi’s new smog tower: the technology, the impact, the evidence

Source: Indian Express What is the news? Ahead of its infamous smog season, Delhi has installed a ‘smog tower’, a technological aid to help combat air pollution. Background In 2019, the Supreme Court directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Delhi government to come up with a plan to install smog towers to… Continue reading Delhi’s new smog tower: the technology, the impact, the evidence

How transparent are India’s pollution control boards?

Source: Down To Earth What is the News? The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has released the report titled ‘Transparency Index — Rating of Pollution Control Boards on Public Disclosure’. About CSE Transparency Index: The index assessed the data disclosure performance of 29 state pollution control boards and six pollution control committees from across… Continue reading How transparent are India’s pollution control boards?

EVs are the future but a premature transition through bad policy is undesirable

Source: TOI Relevance: India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) policy Synopsis: An EV policy that is biased towards a premature transition to EVs can have unintended consequences. A look at the consequences and a way forward. Background Around 81% of the 18.6 million vehicles sold in 2020 were two-wheelers. Hence, the transition from an industry dominated by… Continue reading EVs are the future but a premature transition through bad policy is undesirable

Beating plastic pollution (On plastic waste management rules)

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Issue of Plastic waste management Synopsis: Effective implementation of New Plastic Waste Management Amendment rules offers a solution to address plastic pollution Context Central government on 12th of August notified The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules which acknowledges the gravity of pollution caused by plastic articles of everyday use. The decisions… Continue reading Beating plastic pollution (On plastic waste management rules)

India to recalibrate air quality norms next year

Source: Times of India What is the news? India is likely to have new national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in 2022, which will consist of more pollutants including ultra fine particulate matter of less than PM2.5. CPCB has awarded the work of updating NAAQS to the IIT Kanpur led team of experts. The team… Continue reading India to recalibrate air quality norms next year

The temptation of a sunscreen to cool the planet

Source: Mint Relevance: Fighting climate change and its impacts. Synopsis: Analysis of Solar-Geo engineering as a possible solution against effects of global warming. An analysis. Context In the background of the latest IPCC report on climate change, expectations from 26th United Nation Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) have increased. However, as the effects of global warming… Continue reading The temptation of a sunscreen to cool the planet

Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

Source: Indian Express, The Hindu and PIB What is the News? The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021.  Main Purpose of the Rules: The rules aim to prohibit the use of specific single-use plastic items which have “low utility and high littering potential” by 2022.… Continue reading Candy sticks to earbuds: Govt bans single-use plastic from 2022

A circular economy for plastic

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Dealing with plastic waste Synopsis: The Plastic pact model to address plastic pollution is now being brought to India by CII and WWF India. An analysis of the plastic waste issue and solutions offered by plastic pact model. Why plastic waste needs to be managed? A 2019 report by the Center… Continue reading A circular economy for plastic

Sunscreens damage corals; and this should bother India too

Source: Down to Earth Context: Recently, Thailand banned the use of sunscreen to protect its corals from their adverse impacts. Palau and Hawaii have also imposed similar restrictions in the past. This highlights the harmful impacts the chemicals in these creams have on the environment. Why sunscreen is considered harmful for corals It contains various… Continue reading Sunscreens damage corals; and this should bother India too

Air Quality Commission Bill for National Capital Region cleared

Source: The Hindu What is the News? Lok Sabha has passed the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021. About Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021: The Bill provides for the constitution of a Commission for better coordination, research, identification,… Continue reading Air Quality Commission Bill for National Capital Region cleared

Tesla is unlikely to launch its vehicles in India anytime soon

Source: Live Mint   Relevance:  Electric vehicles are necessary for pollution control and import substitution.    Synopsis: India needs to ease its restrictive policies towards the import of electric vehicles.   Introduction  Last month, Elon Musk complain about India’s restrictive policies for the import of electric vehicles. India’s restrictive policies are aimed at the Make in India campaign for… Continue reading Tesla is unlikely to launch its vehicles in India anytime soon

Why switching to electric vehicles is fiscally imprudent

Source: Indian Express  Relevance: Electric vehicles are necessary for pollution control and import substitution.    Synopsis: The government is promoting Electric vehicles in India at a good pace. However, there are issues attached to government policies towards EVs.    Introduction  E-vehicles or EVs are becoming increasingly popular in India. It is evident in the increasing sales of TATA Nexons EVs.   The most important… Continue reading Why switching to electric vehicles is fiscally imprudent

Building sites could be fined, shut under new dust rules

Source: Times of India  Relevance: Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in India. Controlling pollution in Delhi will result in less pollution in surrounding regions as well. Synopsis: All new large construction sites in Delhi may soon have to install at least three real-time air quality monitoring stations and adhere to strict dust… Continue reading Building sites could be fined, shut under new dust rules

Ozone levels exceeding permitted levels: study

Source: The Hindu What is the News? A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study has found that ozone levels are exceeding the permitted levels even during winter in Delhi-NCR. It is making the smog more “toxic”. Key Findings of the Study: Ozone is becoming more widespread in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR)… Continue reading Ozone levels exceeding permitted levels: study