Ground Water Extraction

Ground Water Extraction

The revised guidelines for Ground Water Extraction has been notified. About: • The Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 12th December 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction. • They will be effective from 1st June 2019. These have been released in order to comply with…

Hydel Project in Arunachal Pradesh

Hydel Project in Arunachal Pradesh

Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has cleared the way for two proposed mega hydel power projects in Lohit districts and Dibang Valley of Arunachal Pradesh. About: • Deviating from recommendations made by statutory panels under the Environment Ministry, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has virtually cleared the Etalin hydel project in Dibang Valley and…

ECO Niwas Samhita

ECO Niwas Samhita

Recently, Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R) has been launched. About: • Ministry of Power and Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has launched ECBC-R on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018. • The implementation of this Code will give a fillip to energy efficiency in residential sector. ECO Niwas Samhita…

Blue Economy

Blue Economy

Kenya, along with Canada and Japan, hosted the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi. About: • Sustainable Blue Economy Conference represents a unique opportunity for stakeholders at all levels, public and private to take stock of both the opportunities – and the challenges – which the Blue Economy concept presents, in the context of Sustainable…

Water Conservation Fee

Water Conservation Fee

The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has decided to levy a Water conservation Fee (WCF) on Ground water extracted by Industries and some sections of domestic users. About: • In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a Water Conservation Fee (WCF). • Industries will need to…

COP24 at Katowice

COP24 at Katowice

With the Paris climate deal set to come into effect in 2020, nearly 200 countries at Katowice in Poland adopted a set of rules to limit global warming. About: • At Katowice (Poland), a rulebook for the 2015 Paris Agreement was finalised. The finalisation paves the way for implementation of the Paris Agreement, which is…

Beach Pollution due to Plastic

Beach Pollution due to Plastic

According to NCCR study, the beaches are heavily polluted due to the bulk of plastic litter coming from tourism and fishing sector. “We Made Plastic. We Depend On It. Now We’re Drowning In It.” About: • The National Centre of Coastal Research (NCCR) conducted a qualitative analysis of the litter on six different beaches on…

Biofuels in India

Biofuels in India

In August 2018, Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to implement the National Policy on Biofuels in India. Implementation of the National Policy by Rajasthan: • The Rajasthan government has set up a biodiesel (manufactured from vegetable oils, inedible oilseeds, used cooking oil, crop waste, recycled grease, algae, and animal fat) plant…

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Water Crisis: A Complete Picture

Multiple incidences of water shortage coupled with chronic water stress observed in different parts of India have raised alarms about the impending water crisis. Recently in News: • The NITI Aayog Report on Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) said India is facing its worst water crisis in the history. • CWMI found that nearly 600 million…

PET coke (Petroleum coke) imports allowed

PET coke (Petroleum coke) imports allowed

PET coke also known as Petroleum coke, has been allowed to import for selective use. This move will benefit many manufacturing industries. About: Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has allowed petcoke import of only for use as feedstock in some select industries such as cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries. These industries were earlier affected…