Environment & Ecology

EIA

3rd August – Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has published the draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020, with the intention of replacing the existing EIA Notification, 2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The government wants to incorporate modifications made to the regulations through amendments in the interim period. …

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GM Crops

31st July – GM Crops

Cotton controversy – A clear view on GM Crops India’s cotton growers are keen to buy ‘illegal’ herbicide-tolerant Bt cotton seed varieties at black market rates, much to the dismay of the organised seed industry and the anti-GM groups who fear its environmental effects. An increased demand – A moratorium was imposed in 2009 on …

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Waste

23rd July – Plastic and biomedical waste

Plastic and biomedical waste With the onset of COVID-19, the exponential spike in the use of plastic — that too, of the single-use variety, exemplified by personal protection equipment — has created a mammoth crisis of plastic waste all over the world. It has rendered redundant the ban on single-use plastic in many parts of …

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Solar

14th July – India’s solar energy

Sure power : On India’s solar strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stated resolve to tap the energy of the sun to substantially power the economy and everyday life needs to be welcomed, because it could help chart a green deal for the future. He restated the case for greater reliance on solar power, for energy …

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Nuclear Power

4th March – Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power Recently, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump encouraged the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Westinghouse Electric Company to finalise the techno-commercial offer for the construction of six nuclear reactors in India at the earliest date. Concerns – It has been clear for years that electricity from American reactors would be more …

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21st February – Pesticides Management Bill, 2020

The Pesticides Management Bill, 2020, approved by the Cabinet for introduction in Parliament, is unlikely to live up to the expectations of stakeholders in the agro-chemicals sector despite having been drafted after prolonged deliberations over 12 years, and inputs from the parliamentary standing committee. Need for legislation – The need for putting in place an …

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15th February – Towards a new world order

Issues in new world – Social inequalities and the grim problems of stark and continuing poverty are at the epicentre of the new world.  The latest Oxfam Report presented at Davos points out that 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than 4.6 billion people.  The emergence of billionaires and oligarchs in different parts of the world …

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23rd January – Role of Gram Sabhas in sustainable growth

More than 300 million people including tribals live in and around forest areas in India, depending on forests for their sustenance and livelihood. Ecological security is the prime objective of National Forest Policy, 1988, but forest-dwelling communities cannot be separated from forests. Background – The involvement of communities in forest management was initiated in 1990 …

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17th January – Blue Flag Certification

Recently, the Centre issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification declaring a list of activities and facilities that would be permissible in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas of certain beaches, which have been identified for obtaining the ‘Blue Flag’ certification. Context – In July 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had identified …

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7th January – State of the Forest Report

India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest with a canopy density of over 70%, and Moderately Dense Forest …

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