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Reports Description “CITES Rosewoods: The Global Picture" Report Launched by CITES The report, details characteristics, ecosystem roles, regeneration rates, and threats of CITES-listed rosewood species. This information aids CITES parties in making informed non-detriment findings (NDFs), a mandatory analysis ensuring exports of Appendix I and II species do not threaten their survival. About Rosewood: Rosewood …

Green war room

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE   Context: The Delhi government has launched a ‘green war room’ to combat air pollution in the city by implementing the Winter Action Plan and monitoring pollution 24×7. Delhi faces severe air pollution, particularly during the winter months, due to various sources such as vehicles, industry, construction activities, …

Issues with the air pollution control measures in India

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environmental Pollution    Source: DTE  Context: According to a CSE analysis, air pollution impacts villages and cities almost equally but pollution control measures target only urban India.   Findings of the analysis: Particulate matter (PM) 5 is an extremely potent air pollutant that can penetrate deep into the lungs and trigger …

TEMPO

Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: IE  Context:  The Tropospheric Emissions Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument is a new device launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will enable scientists to track air pollution over North America comprehensively from space, down to the neighbourhood level (i.e. 10sq KM range)   Other features: Coverage area: Greater North …

World Bank Report: Air Pollution and Public Health in South Asia

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: WB  Context: According to the World Bank’s ‘Striving for Clean Air: Air Pollution and Public Health in South Asia’ report, 9 out of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution are in South Asia.   Highlights of the report: This report quantifies particulate matter (PM) …

India ranks fifth in national contribution to warming: Study

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation   Source: DTE  Context: According to a new study, India is responsible for 0.08 degrees Celsius of warming from the 1850s through 2021.    Overall findings: Contribution to warming: Ranking Of Countries as per their contribution to the Rise in temperature:   India-specific findings: Overall, India …

National Clean Air Programme

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Environment Pollution, Geography Source: The Hindu Context: Four years since the Centre launched the National Clean Air Campaign (NCAP), analysts found that progress has been slow and pollution has only incrementally reduced in most cities.    The Launch: In January 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched the National Clean Air …

WB report on Curbing air pollution in India

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment   Source: TH  Direction: The article attempts to demonstrate that air pollution is a regional problem that requires regional efforts to control.  Context: According to a World Bank report, India has six large airsheds, some of them shared with Pakistan, between which air …

Behind Mumbai’s unusually foul air, changes in wind patterns

GS Paper 1 Syllabus: Geographical phenomenon and their environmental impacts   Source: IE  Direction: The article mainly highlights how local winds like sea breezes could influence the pollution level of a place.  Context: Over the last month, air quality in India’s financial hub, Mumbai, has been noticeably worse than in prior years, giving Mumbaikars a …

Air pollution in Delhi-NCR

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment   Source: Indian Express, Indian Express, DTE, Indian Express Context: Delhi pollution: From late October onwards, meteorological factors and ‘stubble’ burning to add to the already high pollution base in the Indo-Gangetic basin, particularly the pollution due to the  Particulate Matter (PM), Haze …

The process of burning farm residue is one of the major causes of air pollution in parts of north India, deteriorating the air quality. Moreover, the inability to convert stubble as fodder leads to economic losses as well. Examine.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. The process of burning farm residue is one of the major causes of air pollution in parts of north India, deteriorating the air quality. Moreover, the inability to convert stubble as fodder leads to economic losses as well. Examine. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: …

How is air pollution measured and tracked in India? What are the recent changes introduced to air pollution measurement?

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. How is air pollution measured and tracked in India? What are the recent changes introduced to air pollution measurement?  (250 words) Difficulty level: Tough Reference: Down to Earth , India Times ,Insights on India Why the question: Worsening air pollution is robbing a decade of the …

Evaluate the various measures taken by the government to reduce the growing air pollution and improve the quality of air.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. Evaluate the various measures taken by the government to reduce the growing air pollution and improve the quality of air. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Down to Earth Why the question: Some 22 of the 30 most polluted cities in the world are in …

SANSAD TV: NATURE AND YOU- AIR POLLUTION

      Increasing Air Pollution: It is clear that the problem of air pollution has increased very seriously and over the years its intensity and seriousness has grown. In many places there is no proper air quality measurement mechanism. The main constituent of the pollutants are the particulate matter which breaches the standard prescribed by Central Pollution Control …

To ensure that air pollution in the NCR region does not turn into a ‘pollution emergency’ urgent measures should be put in place to tackle it as well as end the policy paralysis in the existing mechanisms. Comment.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. To ensure that air pollution in the NCR region does not turn into a ‘pollution emergency’ urgent measures should be put in place to tackle it as well as end the policy paralysis in the existing mechanisms. Comment. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The …

Bio-decomposer to tackle stubble burning:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   stubble burning: Context: The Delhi government has started spraying bio-decomposer solution in farmlands to decompose the stubble left after the harvest.   Background: The Delhi government sees the bio-decomposer as a solution to stubble burning and has been urging other States to …

Stubble burning has been a major cause of air pollution and many efforts to tackle it have yielded mixed results. Examine the potential of bio-decomposers to address this issue.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. Stubble burning has been a major cause of air pollution and many efforts to tackle it have yielded mixed results. Examine the potential of bio-decomposers to address this issue. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: The Hindu Why the question: The Delhi government, in a …

Enumerate the policy measures taken in India to tackle air pollution. With the World Health Organisation (WHO) releasing updated air pollution standards, analyse the further steps that are required to improve the quality of air.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment. 6. Enumerate the policy measures taken in India to tackle air pollution. With the World Health Organisation (WHO) releasing updated air pollution standards, analyse the further steps that are required to improve the quality of air. (250 words) Difficulty level: Moderate Reference: Live Mint, Down to Earth …

RSTV: DISCUSSION TODAY- TACKLING AIR POLLUTION: THE NEW LAW

Increasing Air Pollution: It is clear that the problem of air pollution has increased very seriously and over the years its intensity and seriousness has grown. In many places there is no proper air quality measurement mechanism. The main constituent of the pollutants are the particulate matter which breaches the standard prescribed by Central Pollution …