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Environment & Ecology

20th October – National Green Tribunal

National Green Tribunal This October 18 marked the 10th anniversary of the National Green Tribunal, or NGT. Few ministries can boast of as varied, diverse, and challenging a mandate as the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The downside to this vast and all-encompassing scope, which covers forests, wildlife, environment, climate change and coastal protection, is …

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29th September – Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax One way to cut carbon effluents while earning revenues is to price the carbon content of domestic production and imports, be it energy or transport. With the International Monetary Fund endorsing the European Union’s plan to impose carbon levies on imports, India can be among the first movers in the developing world in …

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Welfare of animals

19th September – Welfare of animals

For the welfare of animals For a country that claims adherence to ahimsa, India’s treatment of its animals betrays a moral failure. Over the past year alone, there have been reports of animals being subjected to sexual abuse, acid attacks, being thrown off rooftops, and being burnt alive. A major factor that enables such violence …

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Battery swapping

29th August – Battery swapping

Should the government promote EV battery swapping? Recently, the government allowed electric vehicles to be sold and registered without batteries. The rationale behind the move, it explained, was to de-link the cost of the battery from the vehicle cost. Battery accounts for 30-40 per cent of an electric vehicle’s cost and this move would bring …

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Tiger Conservation

14th August – Tiger conservation

Tiger Conservation – How the tiger can regain its stripes? On International Tiger Day, July 29, authorities proudly declared that India should “celebrate” the increase in tigers from about 2,000 in 1970 to about 3,000 now. This is an annual growth rate lower than 1% after 50 years of incredible, sometimes heroic, efforts. Clearly, India …

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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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