SDG Index is prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).
The SDG index frames the implementation of 17 SDG goals among UN member states in terms of six broad transformations:
Education and skills,
Health and wellbeing,
Clean energy and industry,
Sustainable land use,
According to recent report, Sweden is placed at the top of the index with an overa
In reverse gear: on draft EIA notification
In April, Environment Minister used a virtual conference to ensure that the National Board for Wildlife’s Standing Committee stamped its approval on several projects, with serious implications for conservation.
He now wants to hurriedly make a fundamental change to the process of project approvals, by introducing a new Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification.
EIA draft rules,2020
The draft seeks to replace
Draft Environmental Impact Assessment ,2020
The draft notification is issued under the powers vested in the central government under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to take all such measures for “protecting and improving the quality of the environment.
According to the government, the new notification is being brought in order to make the process more transparent and expedient by the implementation of an online system, further delegation, rationalisation and standardisation
Environmental Performance Index:
The global Environmental Performance Index report has consistently put India at the bottom of its rankings.
India ranked 168th in the 12th edition of the Environment Performance Index (EPI) 2020.
It was ranked 177th out of 180 countries in 2018.
EPI is a biennial index prepared by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.
The index considers 32 indicators of environmental performance and includes 10-yea
The environment is a national issue
Given the mainstreaming of environment issues in recent times, the author Jayanthi Natarajan, a former Environment Minister discusses the issues and suggests policy measures to ensure better environmental conservation.
How India fares
India secured the 168th rank out of 180 countries in the 12th edition of the biennial Environment Performance Index (EPI 2020). India’s rank was 177 in 2018.
The EPI Index 2020 measures the en
The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released the 16th edition of the Global Risk Report, 2021 based on the Global Risks Perception Survey (GRPS). The Report states that environmental risks continue to threaten the global economy.
The top 5 risks it mentions are:
climate action failure
human environmental damage
where infectious diseases top the list in terms of impact.
Towards sustainable growth
Economic importance of preventing pandemics
The pandemic has resulted in huge economic losses.
Globally GDP is expected to contract 2.4% to 8% in 2020.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) estimates that the global cost of dealing with the pandemic could be from $8.1 trillion to $15.8 trillion.
Preventing such pandemics will cost only a fraction of this amount, estimated at $22.2 billion to $30.7 billion a year, and this is without factoring in the human su
Under the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme, Oil and Gas Marketing Companies (OGMCs) invited entrepreneurs to procure Compressed Bio Gas (CBG).
Under this scheme, provisions are,
Assured price for offtake of CBG with long term agreements by OGMCs;
Inclusion of bio manures produced from CBG plants as Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) under Fertilizer Control Order 1985;
Inclusion of CBG projects under Priority Sector Lending by RBI.
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UNEP’S 2020 YOUNG CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH AWARD
The United Nations Environment Programme recently named seven dynamic Environmentalists as its Young Champions of the Earth.
The following seven people won the UNEP 2020 Young Championships of the Earth Award
Nzambi Matee of Kenya. He is a material engineer and is receiving the award for producing low-cost construction materials from recycled plastic waste and sand.
Xiaoyuan Ren of China. He leads MyH20 organizat
GOLDEN PEACOCK ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT AWARD
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has been awarded with the Golden Peacock Environment Management award for the year 2020 in the steel sector.
The award was given for its efforts in adopting various environmental measures like upgrading pollution control facilities, treatment and recirculation of wastewater from individual units and outfalls, enhancement in green cover and efficient solid waste management.
SAIL has received the award
NITI Aayog vision for Great Nicobar
Great Nicobar Island is the southernmost island in the Andaman and Nicobar group.
More than 150 sq. km. of land is being made available for this. This amounts to nearly 18% of the 910 sq. km. island, and will cover nearly a quarter of its coastline.
The overall plan envisages the use of about 244 sq. km. — a major portion being pristine forest and coastal systems.
Projects to be executed in Phase I include a 22 sq. km. air