India and UNSC

Context: On 1st December, India assumed the monthly rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the second time in its two-year tenure as an elected member of the Council in 2021-22. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology, GS-II: International Relations Dimensions of the Article: United Nations Security Council Membership Functions and Powers of UNSC […]

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Context: Recently, a joint report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre (WHC) expressed concern about the status of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia, recommending that it “be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger.” Relevance: Environment and Ecology (Conservation of Environment and Ecology, […]

India’s Transition to Green Energy

Context Relevance GS Paper – 3: Issues Relating to Development, Growth & Development, Renewable Energy, Environmental Pollution & Degradation Mains Question Examine the current state of India’s energy sector and propose novel ways for the country to transition to green energy. (150 Words) What exactly is Green Energy? What are the Energy Sector Challenges in India? […]

Severe Climate Disasters of 2022 and COP27

Context: While the developing and vulnerable nations continue to demand climate finance at COP27, it is important to realise that the lives have also been severely affected by global catastrophes, especially in the year 2022. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What were the major global catastrophic events witnessed this year? […]

Rooftop Solar Installations Fell 29%

Context: Rooftop solar capacity installations in India fell 29% to 320 megawatt (MW) in July-September 2022, according to Mercom Research India.  Relevance: GS III- Environment Dimensions of the Article: What is India’s solar policy? Since 2011, India’s solar sector has grown at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 59% from 0.5GW in 2011 […]

CITES CoP19

Context: The 19th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is being held at Panama City. CoP19 is also known as the World Wildlife Conference. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Highlights of the Conference CITES […]

Great Nicobar Development and Environmental Issues

Context The ambitious Rs 72,000 crore development project on the strategically important Great Nicobar Island has received environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change. Over the next 30 years, the project will be implemented in three phases. Relevance GS Paper 3: Internal security, Ecology, Environment protection & EIA Mains Question India has […]

Climate Change Performance Index 2023

Focus: GS III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation Why in News? India jumps 2 spots higher, and  now ranks 8th as per Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI, 2023) About Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI): India’s Performance:

Biodiversity Heritage Site

Context: The Tamil Nadu government issued a notification declaring Arittapatti and Meenakshipuram villages in Madurai district the first biodiversity heritage site in the State. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Arittapatti and Meenakshipuram villages: About Biodiversity heritage site As per Section 37 of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002, State Biodiversity Boards […]

What is CITES Agreement?

Context: India’s decision not to vote against a proposal to re-open the international trade in ivory at the ongoing conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) surprised many. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Details: CITES agreement Tussle over ivory India and ivory trade […]