Environment News: India

  • National Green Tribunal (NGT) slams the Ministry of and Forests (MoEF) over its report on Clean Air Programme. They say that the report was against the constitutional mandate under Article 21. It denies the fundamental Right to Life and has no supportive data.
  • People in Visakhapatnam celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly way. They make their own idols out of clay and biodegradable substances instead of buying large festival items and idols from crowded and not so eco-friendly markets.
  • This year’s carbon emissions are predicted to fall down by approximately 8% due to the COVID-19 lockdown across India, a senior official of the environment ministry has said.
  • The incidents of hunting and poaching of wild animals and birds, including the endangered chinkara, have seen a high rise in some districts of Rajasthan during the COVID-19 lockdown. The hunters are taking advantage of lesser or no monitoring and less public movement in the remote areas.
  • Experts welcome UN secretary general António Guterres’s advice to India for phasing out fossil fuel usage to fight climate change. Environmentalist and founder of NGO Social Action for Forest and Environment (SAFE) Vikrant Tongad, said that our leaders should take it seriously and the UN should help the developing countries like India and provide technological solutions and funding for the same.
  • Amidst COVID-19, the northeastern state of Assam is now fighting with the Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD). LSD is an infectious viral disease in cattle transmitted by arthropod vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. The LSD cannot transmit from cattle to humans.