Tarballs on India’s west coast: A tale of shifting responsibilities

Synopsis: Tarballs, how they are formed, their impact on environment and judicial & legal provisions dealing with such issues. Introduction Tarballs hit the news headlines recently when they started appearing on well-known beaches of Mumbai and Goa. These aquatic pollutants have flooded Anjuna, Morjim, Colva and Mandrem beaches in Goa as well as Juhu, Versova,… Continue reading Tarballs on India’s west coast: A tale of shifting responsibilities

Researchers develop super-hydrophobic cotton for oil-spill cleanup

What is the news?  Recently, researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, have developed a new class of super-hydrophobic cotton composite with Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) that promise marine oil-spill clean-up in near future.  What are the features of the new cotton material developed?  First, this is a novel, highly porous and water-repellent super-hydrophobic cotton composite material containing… Continue reading Researchers develop super-hydrophobic cotton for oil-spill cleanup

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

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

Preventive steps taken to check Marine Pollution

Minister of State for Shipping(I/C) and Chemical & Fertilizers has informed Lok Sabha about the various preventive steps taken by the Government of India to check marine pollution. The Minister informed that India is a signatory to MARPOL(International Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution).  In addition,the Prevention of Marine Pollution is also dealt with… Continue reading Preventive steps taken to check Marine Pollution

India and Norway launch initiative to combat Marine Pollution

India and Norway has signed a letter of intent establishing the India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative. The initiative aims to combat marine pollution- one of the fastest growing environmental concerns in 21st century. It envisages a) support to local governments in implementing sustainable waste management practices, b) develop systems for examining sources and scope of marine… Continue reading India and Norway launch initiative to combat Marine Pollution