Environment

Schemes of Ministry of Environment, Government of India

May 12, 2016

The major schemes of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change are as follows: National Coastal Zone Management Programme Ministry is implementing a reengineered Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 2011 to ensure livelihood security to fishing and other local community to conserve and protect coastal stretches...

Environmental and Health Effects of Microbeads

May 4, 2016

Microbeads are tiny pieces of non-biodegradable plastic measuring less than 1mm. These are widely used in face washes, body scrubs, soaps, toothpastes and other such toiletries. They are mainly made up of polyethylene (PE). It may also contain polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and nylon....

New Color Code for Industries in India

May 3, 2016

In February 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) unveiled a new categorization of industries based on their pollution load. The new classification is for entire industrial sectors and not for individual units. Pollution Index Pollution Index forms the criteria for categorization of industrial...

National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031

May 3, 2016

In the first week of February 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFCC) had come up with a draft third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031. This plan was drafted by a 12 member committee chaired by JC Kala, a former secretary to the...

River Regulation Zones (RRZs)

April 16, 2016

In the first week of February 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF & CC) has come out with a draft notification for River Regulation Zones where it proposes to prohibit or regulate developmental activities on riverfronts and floodplains. The draft notification has been...

Blue Economy: Concept, Elements and Evolution

April 16, 2016

Blue economy refers to marine-based sustainable economic development which leads to improved human wellbeing and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Blue Economy versus Green Economy Green Economy is the traditional approach to sustainable development which revolves around the idea of controlling environmental...

National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA)

April 16, 2016

National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA) was launched by UPA Government in 2013 by merging two erstwhile schemes viz. National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) and National Wetlands Conservation Programme (NWCP) to run a single integrated programme for 12th plan. The idea was that a single...

Draft Wetland Rules, 2016

April 16, 2016

On 31 March 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFF & CC) has released the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016. The government has invited comments of all stakeholders by June 6, 2016. Once notified, the draft rules will supersede the 2010 Wetland Rules....

International Solar Alliance

January 17, 2016

The COP-21 Climate Conference was held in Paris, France from 30 November to 12 December 2015. During this conference, India and France have launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which has been creating buzz in the international media. Here is a brief backgrounder on this new Indian...

Madden-Julian Oscillation

January 12, 2016

Madden-Julian Oscillation is a major fluctuation in tropical weather on weekly to monthly timescales of 30-60 days or 40-50 days. The MJO can be characterized as an eastward moving “pulse” of cloud and rainfall near the equator that typically recurs every 30 to 60 days and is...

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