Odisha Mo Bus Service

Context: Mo Bus, the bus service of Odisha’s Capital Region Urban Transport (CRUT) authority, has been recognised by the United Nations as one of 10 global recipients of its annual Public Service Awards for 2022. The public transport service has been recognised for its role in “promoting gender-responsive public services to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable […]

What Are Wetlands Conservation?

Context: According to a new report, wetland conservation should feature as an independent topic of discussion in the negotiations at the upcoming biodiversity and climate change conferences for effective carbon sequestration. Carbon sequestration is the long-term storage of carbon in plants, soils, geologic formations, and the ocean. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Conservation of Environment, Conventions regarding conservation of ecology) Dimensions of the […]

What are Eco-Sensitive Zones?

Eco-Sensitive Zones

Context: Farmers in Kerala continue to protest across several high ranges of the state against the Supreme Court’s recent order to establish 1-km Eco-Sensitive Zones around all protected areas, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What are Eco-Sensitive Zones? How are they demarcated? Recent SC judgment […]

Keibul Lamjao National Park

Context: Activists surrounding the Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) in Manipur have now taken up the cudgels to ensure that the government does not shift the proposed heritage park from the approved site. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) Key details Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) […]

Four New Corals Recorded From Indian Waters

Four New Corals Recorded From Indian Waters

Context: Scientists have recorded four species of corals for the first time from Indian waters. Relevance: GS-III: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment. Dimensions in the Article: Key Points What are Coral Reefs? How do they feed themselves? Significance of Corals Key Points: New species of Corals were found off Andaman and Nicobar […]

Burmagomphus Chaukulensis

Burmagomphus Chaukulensis

Context: Recently, a rare dragonfly, Burmagomphus chaukulensis was spotted in Kerala. Relevance: GS II- Species in News Key Findings This is a dragonfly of genus Burmagomphus, which is represented by three species – B. Cauvericus, B. Pyramidalis and B. Laidlawi.  While B. laidlawi is found throughout the Western Ghats, B. cauvericus is more restricted in its distribution. B. pyramidalis is found in the Western […]

Chambal River

Chambal River

Context: Recently, the Madhya Pradesh government has proposed to open 292 hectares for mining in five stretches on Chambal and its tributary Parvati rivers. The decision was made to relieve the forest department of the burden of spending too much time, money, and effort battling illegal mining in the National Chambal Sanctuary. Since 2006, sand mining has been […]

Renewables 2022 Global Status Report

Context: Recently the Renewables 2022 Global Status Report (GSR 2022) was released by REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century). Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Renewables 2022 Global Status Report (GSR 2022) Global Overview of the report India’s Performance About Renewables 2022 Global Status Report (GSR 2022) […]

About Single Use Plastic

Context: The Centre has banned the use of ‘single-use plastic’ from July 1. The Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change had issued a gazette notification last year announcing the ban, and has now defined a list of items that will be banned from next month. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the […]

Single Use Plastic

Focus: GS III- Environment and Ecology Why in News? CPCB has undertaken comprehensive measures to give effect to India’s commitment to ban identified Single Use Plastic items by 30th June, 2022, to realise Hon’ble PM’s clarion call to phase out SUP. CPCB’s multi-pronged approach as part of its Comprehensive Action Plan encompasses measures To reduce […]