Legacy Waste management in India – Explained Pointwise

Introduction India produces 277 million tonnes of municipal solid waste annually, according to a 2016 estimate. This amount is equal to 13% of the global waste. At present, India only has 1604 solid waste treatment plants to treat this waste. They too, are not operating at their maximum capacity. So on an average, India recycles… Continue reading Legacy Waste management in India – Explained Pointwise

A CSE study on Pollution Levels in Cities and Towns

What is the news? Centre for Science and Environment(CSE) has released a study analysing the difference in winter air pollution levels in cities and towns. It compares data of 2020-21 winter and the previous winters. About the study: The study analysed 99 cities. 75% of data completeness for two consecutive winters is the minimum criteria.… Continue reading A CSE study on Pollution Levels in Cities and Towns

Transport Minister launches ‘Go Electric Campaign’

What is the News? The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways launches the “Go Electric” Campaign. Go Electric Campaign: It is a campaign of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to promote and spread awareness on electric mobility. Objectives: It will boost the confidence of electric vehicle manufacturers. Furthermore, it will spread awareness about… Continue reading Transport Minister launches ‘Go Electric Campaign’

Pollution kills 54,000 people in Delhi in 2020: Greenpeace Southeast Asia Report

What is the News? Greenpeace, an environmental NGO released a report titled “Greenpeace Southeast Asia analysis of the cost to the economy due to air pollution”. About the report: The report is based on a Cost Estimator. It is an online tool that estimates the real-time health impact and economic cost of fine particulate matters… Continue reading Pollution kills 54,000 people in Delhi in 2020: Greenpeace Southeast Asia Report

“Vehicle Scrappage Policy” to phase out old and unfit vehicles

What is the news? The Finance Minister has announced the voluntary vehicle scrappage policy. It aims at phasing out old and unfit vehicles. About vehicle scrappage policy Aim of the Policy: Scrappage policy will encourage fuel-efficient, environment-friendly vehicles on the road. Thereby It will reduce vehicular pollution and the oil import bill. Key Features :… Continue reading “Vehicle Scrappage Policy” to phase out old and unfit vehicles

Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the associated challenges: Explained

Recently, The Finance Minister announced the “Vehicle Scrapping Policy” in her Budget speech. The policy will phase out older, inefficient and polluting vehicles. Apart from that, the policy will also promote the use of more environment-friendly vehicles and reduce the oil import bill. But it is not an easy task and has a few challenges… Continue reading Vehicle Scrappage Policy and the associated challenges: Explained

Green tax on vehicles older than 15 years

Why in News? The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways has approved a proposal to levy a ‘green tax’ on old vehicles. The policy will come into effect on April 1, 2022.  What is Green Tax? Green tax is also called pollution tax or environmental tax. It is the tax levied on goods that… Continue reading Green tax on vehicles older than 15 years

PCRA launches ‘SAKSHAM’ campaign for green and clean energy awareness

News: Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) has launched a month-long campaign “SAKSHAM”. Facts: SAKSHAM: It is a people-centric fuel conservation mega campaign that aims to highlight the adverse health and environmental impacts of increasing carbon footprints. The idea is to convince consumers to switch to cleaner fuels and bring in behavioral change to use fossil… Continue reading PCRA launches ‘SAKSHAM’ campaign for green and clean energy awareness

Effect of air pollution on Pregnancy loss : Lancet study

News: Lancet has released a first of its kind study to estimate the effect of air pollution on pregnancy loss across the South Asia region. Facts: About the Study: The study combined data from household surveys on health from 1998-2016 (from women who reported at least one pregnancy loss and one or more live births) and estimated… Continue reading Effect of air pollution on Pregnancy loss : Lancet study