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Study Highlights Worsening Heat Stress in India’s Megacities

Context: A study by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment reveals that India’s major cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Hyderabad—are facing increasing heat stress. This is attributed to rising relative humidity over the past two decades. Additionally, the study indicates that these cities are experiencing warmer nights due to the urban heat island […]

What Are Microplastics?

Context: Recently, a study revealed the widespread occurrence of microplastics in the testicles of both humans and canines, potentially associated with decreased sperm count, with polyethene emerging as the predominant microplastic followed by PVC. Relevance: GS III- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: What are Microplastics? Microplastics are tiny plastic debris that are smaller than 5 mm in […]

Mitigating the e-waste Crisis

Context: Today, with advancements in science and technology, computers and mobile devices have become essential to our work and personal lives, making it difficult to imagine life without them. However, this widespread usage leads to a growing problem of e-waste, as consumers frequently upgrade their gadgets, resulting in a high turnover of electronic devices. Relevance: GS3- […]

World Bank Report Highlights Global Water Crisis

Context: The World Bank’s new report, “Water for Shared Prosperity,” unveiled at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, underscores the severe global water crisis and its significant impact on human and economic development worldwide. Relevance: GS I: Water Resources Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of the Report on Water and Sanitation Global […]

Critical Challenges of Combating Oil Spills at Sea

Focus: GS-III Environment and Ecology Why in News? Recently, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) organised a ‘Pollution Response Seminar and Mock Drill’ in Haldia, West Bengal. How dangerous are oil spills? How are oil spills cleaned? There are a few ways to clean up oil spills. including skimming, in situ burning and by releasing chemical […]

Supreme Court Orders Closure of Mines Near Sariska Tiger Reserve

Context: Recently, the Supreme Court directed the Rajasthan government to close 68 mines operating within a 1-kilometre radius of the critical tiger habitat (CTH) in the Sariska reserve. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) Key Facts about Sariska Tiger Reserve Project Tiger Introduction: Objectives: Implementation: Success […]

Analysing Local Environmental Footprints

Context: While climate change is a global issue, problems like water scarcity and air pollution are often localized or regional. For instance, excessive water usage in one area may not directly impact water scarcity in another. Therefore, focusing on local environmental issues is vital, emphasizing the importance of understanding household environmental footprints. Relevance: Mains Question: What is the […]

UNODC Releases World Wildlife Crime Report 2024

Context: The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has published the third edition of the World Wildlife Crime Report 2024. This report offers a comprehensive analysis of the illegal wildlife trade, covering the period from 2015 to 2021. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Key Highlights of the Report Most […]

Supreme Court Halts New Mining Licenses in Aravalli Ranges

Context: In response to a report by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), the Supreme Court has ordered a halt to the issuance of new mining licenses and renewals for existing ones in the Aravalli ranges and hills. This decision reflects concerns about the environmental impact of mining activities in the region and aims to […]

GRAP Reviews Air Quality Scenario of Delhi-NCR

Focus: GS III: Environment and Ecology Why in News? Delhi-NCR has been witnessing  increase in the average air quality of Delhi-NCR over past few days. What is the Graded Response Action Plan? Other Details: