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Fly Ash

Fly Ash The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has emphasised the urgent need for Chhattisgarh to increase the use and disposal of fly ash. ??????? About 15 state, national, and privately owned electricity generating units are concentrated in Korba, Chhattisgarh, makes the situation much more dire. What is Fly Ash? Burning pulverised coal in thermal power plants produces fly ash as a byproduct. Clay, feldspar, quartz, and shale, mineral impurities in coal, fuse in sus

Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022

Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022 The UN Climate Change High-Level Champions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have launched The Breakthrough Agenda Report 2022, which focuses on international cooperation to accelerate greenhouse gas emission reductions. What are the Report's Key Points? It evaluates the status of efforts to cut emissions in five important industries: steel, agriculture, road transportation, hydro

Asiatic Caracal

Asiatic Caracal The Caracal is struggling to survive, although both species (Cheetahs and Caracal) had a similar distribution in the past. The caracal is on the verge of extinction in India and it is essential to find suitable areas to conserve it. About Asiatic caracal: Scientific Name: Caracall caracal schmitzi It is an elusive medium-sized and locally threatened felid (cat) species, which has been widely reported to be on the brink of extinc

Green Fins Hub

Green Fins Hub Recently, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), along with the UK-based charity Reef-World Foundation, launched the Green Fins Hub. Green Fins Hub is a global digital platform for diving and snorkeling operators worldwide. About : The Green Fins Hub is the world's first platform for the marine tourism sector. It would "significantly promote" environmentally conscious sea travel. From roughly 700 operators spread over 14 count

World Ozone Day 2022

World Ozone Day In December 1994, the UN General Assembly declared September 16 to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Since then, it has been observed with the aim of raising awareness of the Ozone layer's deteriorating state. On September 16, 1995, the globe observed the first International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. Theme: Global Cooperation Protecting Life on Earth is the theme for the 2022 International Day

Eco-Sensitive Zone

Eco-Sensitive Zone Recently, Supreme Court quashed a plea against Gadgil, Kasturirangan reports. Details about the news Public interest litigation (PIL): The Western Ghats Ecologically Sensitive Area was defined as a 56,825 square kilometer area across six states by the Madhav Gadgil and K. Kasturirangan Committees (ESA). Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu are the six states. The petitioner had prayed with the Supreme Court to not put the Western Gha

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies 2022

International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies To create awareness and encourage efforts to enhance air quality under the National Clean Air Programme, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&C) recently held the 3rd International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies called "Swachh Vayu Diwas ("Swachh Vayu Neel Gagan") today (NCAP). 20 of the 131 cities chosen for its National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) have surpassed their 2017 levels of the National Ambi

Red-eared Slider Turtle

Red-eared Slider Turtle Concern has been raised over the red-eared slider turtle, an invasive species, showing up in Kerala's public water bodies. Image Source - Scroll About The main issue is that it not only devastates the aquatic habitat (leading to the extinction of native species), but it also harbours bacteria that are dangerous to humans. It is therefore recognized as a significant invasive alien species. Of the 356 turtle species recognized worldwide, 29 freshwat

Green hydrogen's benefits as fuel for India

Green hydrogen's benefits as fuel for India Long-term storage: The intermittent nature of renewable energy, particularly wind energy, causes grid instability. Green hydrogen has a high energy storage capacity. Fuel cells can be used to generate energy utilizing the hydrogen that has been stored. Grid stability: Hydrogen gas interacts with oxygen to produce electricity and water vapour in a fuel cell, a device that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. As a result, hydr

Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber Recent Chinese investment in a Sea cucumber farm has raised concerns among northern Sri Lankan fishermen. Image Source - Youtube About Sea Cucumber Marine creatures known as sea cucumbers have leathery skin and an elongated body with a single, branching gonad. They can be found in both tropical and temperate oceans, living in both deeper water and the intertidal zone. Sea cucumbers can be found in India in the waters surrounding the Lakshadweep and Andaman Nic

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