Environment

May 12, 2016

Schemes of Ministry of Environment, Government of India

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…

May 4, 2016

Environmental and Health Effects of Microbeads

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…

May 3, 2016

New Color Code for Industries in India

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…

May 3, 2016

National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031

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…

April 16, 2016

River Regulation Zones (RRZs)

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…

April 16, 2016

Blue Economy: Concept, Elements and Evolution

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…

April 16, 2016

National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems (NPCA)

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…

April 16, 2016

Draft Wetland Rules, 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…

January 17, 2016

International Solar Alliance

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…

January 12, 2016

Madden-Julian Oscillation

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…