Three River Bills and Issue of Federalism

Reading Time: 8 mins With water issues getting special attention since the beginning of the 17th Lok Sabha, there have been many initiatives and policies for water resources and their management. The three bills concerned with river water and its management are in line with the current emphasis. The three bills brought to bring much-needed reorientation in the river dispute and dam safety regime have been under the scanner due to an important constitutional value-Federalism.

Drinking Water Supply in India and Draft BIS Standards- Highlights, Challenges, Way Forward

Reading Time: 9 mins Recently, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) released a draft standard for drinking water supply for inviting comments from water utilities. This comes in the aftermath of the 2019 BIS study that threw light on the poor quality of piped drinking water in major cities like Delhi. In a period when good hygiene is becoming increasingly vital- even a matter of life and death- it is high time for bringing in uniformity in drinking water supply system in India.

Bio-Medical Waste Management in India

Reading Time: 9 mins Based on the data shared by the Central Pollution Control Board and state pollution control boards of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) submitted a report to the Supreme Court recently, stating that a rise in COVID 19 cases caused a “drastic increase” in bio-medical waste in these four states.

Beirut Explosion- Need for Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

Reading Time: 9 mins The Beirut explosion has triggered widespread public anger in Lebanon leading to violent protests and resignation of the government. The explosion is one of the worst in several years and has resulted in casualties in a time when the healthcare system is stressed to its limits. In the context of such an incident, there is a need to look at India’s preparedness to handle a disaster on such a scale.

Tiger Conservation in India and the World – All You Need to Know

Reading Time: 9 mins A Report on Tiger census ahead of International Tiger Day on July 29 was released by the Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar and as per the report the country “has 70 percent of world’s tiger population”. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the tiger population across the world dropped sharply and it is for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the rise.

The increased number of big cats in India reflects equilibrium in nature as Tiger is an incredible part of it. The awe-inspiring tiger can be seen as one of the most iconic animals on Earth. Let’s look at a detailed analysis of Tiger conservation efforts of the world in general and India in particular in this context.

REDD+ : Features, Significance, Issues

Reading Time: 6 mins Recently, Uganda became the first African country to submit Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) results to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to Food and Agriculture Organization, the result submission paved the way for result based payments to the country. In this context, it is important to study REDD+ and its role in climate action.

Mangrove Ecosystem in India- Importance, Threats and Way Forward

Reading Time: 7 mins Cyclone Amphan caused large scale damages to the state of West Bengal. One of the major loss incurred by the state was the damages to the Sundarban forests. The damage to Sundarbans is not merely an ecological and economic loss. These forests play a key role in protecting the region from the impacts of frequent cyclones. Also, a PIL has challenged the diversion of reserve mangrove forests in Maharashtra for construction activities. In this light, the importance of mangroves in India is to be examined.