Ecology & Environment

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change, Disaster Management, Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation, Environmental Impact Assessment

How Bats Are Increasing Chances Of People Getting Infected With Novel Viruses

It’s no coincidence that some of the worst viral disease outbreaks in recent years — SARS, MERS, Ebola, Marburg originated in bats. And Bats are the most likely reservoir of the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 as well. A study published in the Science Daily finds that bats’ fierce immune response to viruses could drive viruses to …

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Can Low Carbon Lifestyles Save The Environment?

Development is often pitted against environment. Increase rate of human consumption and rapid pace of industrialization have damaged our environment beyond repair. The consequences are: Turbulent climate behaviour More extreme weather events Global warming Habitat loss Depleted energy resources Ocean warming Air Pollution There is an unprecedented demand for entertainment products. This trend had started …

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Why Some Forest Lands Have No Forest At All, And What Threat They Pose To Local Ecosystem?

General Studies Contemporary Issues 07; UPSC 2020/IAS2020/Ecology & Environment: In India, 29.5% of land classified as forests, does not have any forest cover. This is the finding of the official data on India’s forest cover. According to the India State of Forest Report 2019, some of the officially classified forest lands are either agricultural land …

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Locusts Attack In Winter And Its Links With Climate Change

General Studies Contemporary Issues 07; UPSC 2020/IAS2020/Ecology & Environment: We have enough evidences that suggest that recent Australian bush fires has a clear link with climate change and global warming. Although, bush fires are common in Australia, but increasing level of heat has increased its intensity. Prolonged drought is another factor responsible for uncommon bush …

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Environmental Aspects Of Water Resources Development Activities

General Studies Contemporary Issues 01: According to the ‘Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India’ by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), 96.40 Mha area of the country is undergoing process of land degradation i.e., 29.32% of the Total Geographic Area (TGA) of the country during 2011-13, while during 2003-05 the area undergoing process of land …

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Prakash Javadekar at COP 25 representing India

General Studies (Environment): What the COP25 Has Achieved, And What It Has Not

General Studies Environment 02, Prelims And Mains; GS Paper III:  The 25th annual talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as the Conference of Parties (Cop25), concluded on December 15 in Madrid, Spain. However, the conference failed to live up to the expectations, raised by the the tagline for …

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India’s Poor Forest Governance And What Needs To Be Done

Like anywhere in the world, forests in India is not just an environmental resource. It is a valuable social resource as well. Many households from vulnerable sections, derive their full or potential livelihood support from forest. But, more often, forest dwelling communities end up harvesting forest at unsustainable pace. India’s poor forest governance should also …

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Why Sustainable Agriculture Is Good Not Just For Climate

In India, 43% of workforce is employed by agriculture, which is significantly higher than the global level of 28%. But at the same, agriculture sector is also responsible for global warming and climate change as it emits ranges of greenhouse gases, which include: burning of crop residues, soil carbon loss, manure left on pasture, production …

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Agriculture’s Contribution to Pollution And Climate Change And What India Is Doing To Prevent It

According to a report, titled Agriculture’s Contribution To Air Pollution And Climate Change, released by the FAO, following are the major sources of agricultural pollution: Pollution from Biomass Burning Soot, dust and race gases are released by biomass burning during forest, bush or rangeland clearance for agriculture. Greenhouse Gas Emissions For some countries, the contribution …

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What Is Air Pollution? What Is India Doing To Combat It?

Air pollution release into the atmosphere of various gases that are detrimental to human health and the planet as a whole. It is a finely divided solids, or finely dispersed liquid aerosols at rates that exceed the natural capacity of the environment to dissipate and dilute or absorb them. What Is Clean Air? It consists …

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