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Green Credits Initiative by Prime Minister Modi at COP28

Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an initiative at COP28 in Dubai, focusing on generating Green Credits through plantation on degraded wasteland. The initiative, highlighted during a high-level event, is emphasized to surpass the commercial nature of traditional carbon credits. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Understanding Carbon Credits: Measurement: Awarding […]

Finding Funds- On the Loss and Damage Fund

Context: A vital manifestation of climate justice, the long-standing call for a robust Loss and Damage (L&D) fund has finally been addressed at the COP28 climate talks in the United Arab Emirates. While its launch marks a diplomatic triumph for the Emirati president and brings optimism to COP28, challenges persist in ensuring the effective utilization of the fund. Relevance: […]

Sustainable Ways of Improving Indoor Air Quality

Context: Amidst the sepia-toned haze enveloping the sky, the concerning decline in the Air Quality Index (AQI) persists. While individuals strive to shield themselves from the alarming outdoor air pollution, it comes as a surprise that Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is equally susceptible to contamination. Relevance: GS3- Environmental Pollution and Degradation Mains Question: Highlighting the growing concern […]

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)

Context: Recently, experts from research and academia highlighted the need for investment both from the government and industry in Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and the importance of leading experts in the field to work collaboratively towards India’s net zero targets through CCUS. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Carbon Capture, Utilization, […]

Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Context: Researchers have discovered a new plant species in the genus ‘Impatiens’ (Balsaminaceae) in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Discovery of ‘Impatiens Karuppusamyi’ in Agasthyamalai Region Impatiens Genus Overview: Key Facts about Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve: -Source: The Times of India  

Time for Action On COP 28

Context: In the upcoming two weeks, global leaders, industrialists, activists, and indigenous communities will gather at the 28th instalment of the Conference of the Parties (COP). This annual event aims to make progress in persuading all 190 member countries of the United Nations climate framework to take action in transitioning their economies away from fossil fuels. […]

Carbon Dioxide Removal

Context: According to the Emissions Gap report, delaying greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction will further increase the future dependence on carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere. Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Significance: Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Methods: A Comprehensive Overview Biochar: Bioenergy with Carbon Capture […]

 Conference of the Parties (COP)

Context: Tens of thousands will descend on Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), next week to attend the world’s biggest climate negotiation — Conference of the Parties, better known as COP. The 28thedition of COP is scheduled to be held in Dubai.Relevance: GS III: Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: Conference of the Parties (COP) […]

Moulding the Himalayas Needs Caution

Context: As efforts to rescue 41 workers trapped in a tunnel near Silkyara in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, remain weeks away from completion, concerns arise once again about the trajectory of infrastructure development in the Himalayas. The question arises whether the current approach of expanding roads, extensive construction of hydropower projects, and an unchecked emphasis on tourism […]

Fleet Electrification to Tackle Urban Pollution 

Context: The air quality index (AQI) in numerous cities across India has consistently reached the red zone on multiple occasions this year. This has posed significant health risks to millions of individuals, highlighting the urgent need to prioritize mitigation strategies. Relevance: GS3- Environment- Environmental Pollution and Degradation Mains Question: Discuss the need for truck fleet electrification in […]