Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

Synopsis: Co-firing policy floated by the government for the thermal plants is a win-win solution for farmers and environment. Introduction India’s economy is on the path to recovery since the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The first half of October saw a 4.9% increase in electricity consumption compared to September. However, coal… Continue reading Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

It’s not fossil fuel: Coal, biomass and degraded land are main contributors to India’s air pollution

Synopsis: Instead of announcing various schemes, there is a need to understand the root cause behind increasing pollution. Introduction As air pollution became more prominent in Delhi, various political parties have made commitments and release action plans to solve this problem. Recently, the Union road transport minister promised to make Delhi free of air, water, and… Continue reading It’s not fossil fuel: Coal, biomass and degraded land are main contributors to India’s air pollution

Govt announces Plastic Waste recycling targets

What is the news? Recently the Environment Ministry has issued draft guidelines for controlling the use of plastic. The notification was expected to come into force by December 6 and, as of now, was open to public feedback. What are the various categories under it? These divide the guidelines into three categories. Rigid plastics: These… Continue reading Govt announces Plastic Waste recycling targets

Are Smog towers effective? – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Two new smog towers have been recently inaugurated in Delhi. Bengaluru and Chandigarh have also installed smog towers this year. Further, Mumbai’s clean air plan also indicates a financial requirement of ₹25 crore for installing air filtration units at major traffic intersections in the city. While these efforts indicate that governments… Continue reading Are Smog towers effective? – Explained, pointwise

New Evidence Led To WHO’s New Air Quality Standard

What is the news? The World Health Organization(WHO) released the Global Air Quality Guidelines(AQGs) recently. Why was a higher standard necessary? Since the last global update in 2005, there has been a marked increase in quality and quantity of evidence that shows how air pollution affects different aspects of human health. The evidence also shows… Continue reading New Evidence Led To WHO’s New Air Quality Standard

WHO’s new air quality standards underline the health-pollution link. It’s time policies take a holistic approach

Synopsis: India’s air quality standards were way short of WHO norms even before. The new thresholds will sharpen these differences. Introduction The World Health Organization (WHO) has released the Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs). These guidelines are not legally binding but advise to policymakers to shape their policies by prioritizing the health of the people. Read… Continue reading WHO’s new air quality standards underline the health-pollution link. It’s time policies take a holistic approach

Ozone layer recovery may take several lifetimes. But Montreal Protocol saved the Earth

  What is the news? Sep 16th is celebrated as World Ozone Day every year since 1994 to commemorate the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol in 1987. It has been the most successful global environmental treaty so far and the only United Nations environmental agreement to be ratified by every country in… Continue reading Ozone layer recovery may take several lifetimes. But Montreal Protocol saved the Earth

Centre should direct States to use bio-decomposer: CM

What is the News? Delhi Chief Minister has said that a third-party audit conducted by WAPCOS — a PSU under the Union Jal Shakti Ministry — has found the Pusa bio-decomposer, a microbial solution to turn crop stubble into manure is “highly effective”. Note: In 2020, the Delhi government had given Pusa bio-decompose for free… Continue reading Centre should direct States to use bio-decomposer: CM

PRANA portal for air pollution launched

What is the News? The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has launched ‘PRANA’ (prana.cpcb.gov.in) Portal. About PRANA Portal: Developed by: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in partnership with Knowledge Lens (a B2B product company) Full Form: PRANA stands for Portal for Regulation of Air-pollution in Non-Attainment cities. Purpose: It is a portal for… Continue reading PRANA portal for air pollution launched

Scientists develop bio-methanation technology for integrated treatment of sewage, organic solid waste

What is the News? Indian Scientists have developed a high rate biomethanation technology for the integrated treatment of sewage and organic solid waste. What is Biomethanation Technology? Biomethanation is a process by which organic material is microbiologically converted under anaerobic conditions to biogas.  About High Rate Biomethanation Technology: High Rate Biomethanation Technology has been developed… Continue reading Scientists develop bio-methanation technology for integrated treatment of sewage, organic solid waste