PESA has boosted forest conservation in India

Syllabus: Environment and Ecology/ Legislations to protect vulnerable sections/ Indian Society: Tribals Source: TH   Context: The Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) empowered Scheduled Tribes by mandating political representation in local governance, thereby linking their livelihood needs with forest conservation.   What is PESA? The Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act (PESA) of …

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 …

[Mission 2023] INSIGHTS DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS + PIB SUMMARY 7 January 2023

  InstaLinks :  help you think beyond the issue but relevant to the issue from UPSC prelims and Mains exam point of view. These linkages provided in this ‘hint’ format help you frame possible questions in your mind that might arise(or an examiner might imagine) from each current event. InstaLinks also connect every issue to …

EU’s Carbon Border Tax

GS Paper 3 Syllabus:  Environment and Conservation   Source: DTE Direction: The article discusses carbon border tax, its stated goal, concerns, possible impacts and way ahead.   Context: The European Union (EU) agreed on a preliminary deal for an EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on imported goods such as iron and steel, cement, aluminium, …

What are carbon markets and how do they operate?

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Environment and Conservation   Source: TH  Direction: The article tries to explain carbon markets, their types, significance and challenges to carbon markets. For details about the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, kindly visit this page.  Context: The Parliament passed the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, declining the Opposition’s demands to send …

Who should pay for climate damage?

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Environmental Conservation: Climate Finance   Source: TH Direction: This article will help to understand why developed countries are bound to compensate poor countries for climate damage and whether India is eligible to get this compensation. Do understand the ‘Carbon border tax’ and why India opposed it.   Context: While rich countries …

The wind sector in India needs an overhaul

GS Paper 3: Syllabus: Science & Technology   Source: Down to Earth Direction: In this article, it is important to know about the capacity potential and challenges to generating wind energy in India. Context: Globally, India has the fourth-highest installed capacity to generate wind energy. However, the potential is higher and can be accelerated with …

UNEP@50:

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Important International institutions.   Context: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2022.   About UNEP: Founded in 1972 following the landmark UN Conference on the Human Environment. UNEP was conceived to monitor the state of the environment, inform policy making with science and coordinate …

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 …

Assam wetland at risk till dumping stops: activists

GS Paper 3: Topic covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation;   Context: Degradation of Assam’s Deepor Beel due to anthropogenic forces More on this: Human activities which have caused this destruction– dumping of garbage, construction of roads and railways, construction of warehouses, tourism activities This degradation has caused death of elephants in railway accidents, fewer …

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 …

Eco-sensitive zone of the Deepar Beel Wildlife Sanctuary notified:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.   Context: Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the eco-sensitive zone of the Deepar Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the south-western edge of Guwahati. The notification specified an area “to an extent varying from 294 metres to 16.32 km” as the …