Tag Archive | Environment Mains

Green Technology


Green Technology refers to a new branch of science that has green purpose. Here, we do not mean the colour but the technology which is environment friendly. This is very important to know why we are moving towards green technology, the answer is our technology is more inclined towards convenience rather than concern for the planets i.e. Earth.

green tech

Again we have another question that why do we need to concern for our planet because the world has a fixed amount of natural resources, some of which are rapidly decreasing. So, if we are to save our planet, we must focus on inventing ways to conserve our natural environment and resources. In other words, we must promote green technology. Read More…

Current Events Chronology: Environment Compilation Jan-July 2014


Dear friends,

The importance of current affairs has increased in the recent years. As a result, we spend a lot of time reading and researching the newpapers and magazines. We have compiled important news and current events for the months of January to mid-July, to help the fellow aspirants prepare for the exams.

This is the Environment section of the news and events for the months of January to mid-July. We will update and cover the coming months soon.

Hope it will be helpful for the fellow aspirants in their jouney to the UPSC.

Thank you for your support and appreaciation.

All the material related to the current events have been placed, in a revised form in a chronological order. This will help you know about the events in a systematic order.

Here is a sample of events that the file would cover: Read More…

Danger from Zoonotic Diseases


Infectious diseases take the life of thousands world-over, every year, particularly in the developing countries. Researchers have found that three diseases have been creating a havoc in the developing world. These are- Anthrax, Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis. Other such diseases are- Taemoa Solium Cycticercosis, Cystic Echinococcosis, Leishmaniasis rabies, and Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT or Sleeping sickness). Read More…

THE POLITICS OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY


Environmental Policy-making

Numerous models have been suggested for how scientific knowledge affects policy-making. A case study of environmental policy in the Himalayan region illustrates two such models.

In the so-called rationalist model, the “truth” about the environment (often scientifically produced) talks to “power” (policymakers in government), who then act rationally upon the information given to them and enact policy accordingly. This has also been called the expert-led policy model, since it largely relies on authoritative technical and scientific knowledge rather than on a wider range of other perspectives from society at large.

The other model, which could be labeled “political and discursive,” is much more complex: Not only scientists, bureaucrats, and politicians have leverage in the policy-making process, but also the media, industrialists, trade unions, social movements, and many others. Competing representations of what is important and relevant constitute a range of competing “truths.”

Both models can be examined in terms of how well they correspond to the process by which policy is actually made and should be made. Interesting lessons can be drawn, using these models, when a significant “truth” upon which policy is based falls from favor— as in the case of a theory which helped to underwrite environmental policy in the Himalayan region for many years, and then was shown to be substantially incorrect. Each model also suggests different styles of policy-making and different policy outcomes.

 

Two Approaches to Environmental Policy

Both models have a descriptive purpose (“this is how policy is made”) and a normative one (“this is how policy should be made”). Read More…

Sethusamudram Project: The contentious one!


Tamil Nadu government reiterated that the Supreme Court should direct the centre to scrap the Sethusamudram project, as the Gulf of Mannar and surrounding areas are extremely eco-fragile and economically nonviable. The state also said that Ram Setu or Adam’s Bridge fulfills the natural and cultural criteria fixed by UNESCO, and implementation of the project would be a potential threat to this world renowned and unique structure. The Centre had earlier rejected the recommendations of the Pachauri Committee on the alternate plan. Pachauri Committee had concluded that the plan was nonviable.

In its report, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has raised questions over the commercial viability of the project. According to the CAG, the traffic projections of the official data are not realistic.

Background:

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