‘Prakriti’ green initiatives for effective plastic waste management:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.   Context: In another step toward eliminating single-use plastic, the Union Environment Ministry has launched “Prakriti”, a mascot to spread greater awareness about small changes that can be sustainably adopted in the lifestyle for a better environment.   During the event, following green initiatives were launched for …

GAIL starts India’s maiden project of blending hydrogen into natural gas system in Indore: Context:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Infrastructure- Energy.   Context: In line with National Hydrogen Mission, GAIL has commenced India’s first-of-its-kind project of mixing hydrogen into the natural gas system to establish the techno-commercial feasibility of blending hydrogen in City Gas Distribution (CGD) network. The project has been initiated in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. GAIL has started …

4th Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.   Context: 4th Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation was recently organised by the Government of Malaysia and Global Tiger Forum (GTF). The conference is an important event for reviewing progress towards the Global Tiger Recovery Programme and commitments to tiger conservation.   Outcome: The Kuala Lumpur …

Substitute for single-use plastics:

GS Paper 3: Topics Covered: Conservation and Pollution related issues.   Context: IISc researchers find a way to substitute for single-use plastics. By combining non-edible oils and cellulose extracted from agricultural stubble, the researchers made biodegradable, multi use polymer sheets.   Significance: This can make a substitute for single-use plastic that can, in principle, help mitigate …

International Blue Flag Certification:

GS Paper 2   Context: Two more Indian Beaches (Kovalam in Tamil Nadu and Eden in Puducherry) get coveted International Blue Flag Certification. India now has 10 Blue Flag beaches. This is another recognition of India’s commitment to protect and conserve the pristine coastal and marine ecosystems through holistic management of the resources.  8 nominated …

Groundswell report on climate change

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.   Context: The Report was recently released by the World Bank. It examined how the impacts of slow-onset climate change, such as water scarcity, decreasing crop productivity and rising sea levels, could lead to millions of what it describes as “climate migrants” by 2050.   Highlights and key …

Oil palm plan is a recipe for disaster

GS Paper 3: Topics covered: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment.   Context: Environmental activists and politicians have expressed concerns over the centre’s proposal to promote oil palm cultivation in the Northeastern states and in the Andaman and Nicobar islands More on this: The concerns are primarily expressed on the ground that promotion …

‘SUJALAM’ Campaign:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.   Context: The Ministry of Jal Shakti has begun (From 25th August) ‘SUJALAM’, a ‘100 days campaign’ as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.   About the campaign: The objective is to create more and more ODF Plus villages by undertaking waste water management at village level. …

National Hydrogen Mission

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.    National Hydrogen Mission:  Context:  The launch of the National Hydrogen Mission was announced by PM Modi. The aim is to make India a global hub for the production and export of green hydrogen.    Background:  The proposal for the National Hydrogen Mission was made in the Budget …

Why ‘net zero’ carbon targets may not be enough to tackle climate change? 

GS Paper 3   Topics Covered: Conservation related issues.  Context:  Independent charitable organisation Oxfam has said that ‘net zero’ carbon targets that many countries have announced may be a “dangerous distraction” from the priority of cutting carbon emissions.    Why so?  The report says that if the challenge of change is tackled only by way of …