Context: The fourth edition of the virtual Ministerial on Climate Action witnessed countries exchanging views on how countries are aligning economic recovery plans with the Paris Agreement. More on the news: The meeting was co-chaired by European Union, China and Canada to Advance discussions on the full implementation of the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Demonstrate continued poli... .
Updated on 8 July, 2020
Context: Stalking the efforts to revive the economy in the time of pandemic are two dangers to people’s health — air pollution and greenhouse gases — and a weak public health system. More on the news: The current respite from the air pollution due to COVID-19 associated lockdowns, that blankets Indian cities is surely a transitory phase. Therefore, India must heed scientists’ warnings tying health disasters to air pollution as well as ... .
Updated on 7 July, 2020
Context: Single-use plastic (SUP) is thriving and proliferating on an unprecedented scale due to the global pandemic. An increasing number of COVID-specific, SUP-based products: Our hyper-hygienic way of life has resulted in increased dependence on non-recyclable items such as plastic-lined masks, gloves, hand sanitiser bottles etc. In 2018, a report by McKinsey estimated that, globally, we generate 350 million tonnes of plastic waste a year o... .
Updated on 4 July, 2020
Context: The Ministry of Environment has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist. More on the news: New people included in the authority are The Director, School of Planning and Architecture, and Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB). Recent guidelines issued by CZA relate... .
Updated on 2 July, 2020
Context: NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released Towards a Clean Energy Economy: Post-Covid-19 Opportunities for India’s Energy and Mobility Sectors report. More on the news: The report advocates for stimulus and recovery efforts that work towards building a clean, resilient, and least-cost energy future for India. New report highlights emerging challenges and opportunities for India’s transition to clean mobility and power ... .
Updated on 1 July, 2020
Context: The Environment Ministry’s wildlife division has introduced new rules to regulate the import and export of ‘exotic wildlife species’. More on news: Directorate-General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce oversees such trade. According to World Wildlife Crime Report 2016 of the UN, criminals are illegally trading products derived from over 7,000 species of wild animals and plants across the world. In its first global report on... .
Updated on 29 June, 2020