India’s Climate Imperative

India’s Climate Imperative The current issue The rise in number of climate related calamities such as heatwaves that scorched Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and New Delhi this year; torrential downpours in south India have again shifted the focus towards Climate Change from pandemic. The warning […]

Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA)

Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) Context:  The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) had issued a draft notification which demarcated large parts of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra and as eco-sensitive areas. About ESA:  A report from the Kasturirangan committee from 2013 recommended classifying […]

Forest Conservation Rules

Forest Conservation Rules Context: The political parties have sparred earlier this week on the latest version of the Forest Conservation Rules. Congress spokesperson, Jairam Ramesh, alleged that the latest version of the rules, updated last month, allowed forest land to be diverted to industry without […]

Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

Environmental Performance Index (EPI) Context: The latest Environmental Performance Index (EPI) carried out by Yale and Columbia Universities has placed India at the last position among the 180 countries. Background: The study, which was conducted by Yale and Columbia Universities with a focus on climate change […]

Manas National Park

Manas National Park Context: The one-horned rhinos of western Assam’s Manas National Park, bordering Bhutan, are expected to have high life expectancy and significant growth in population, the 14th Assam rhino estimation census has revealed. The report has also revealed that it requires immediate conservation […]