Environment

Environment

 


Conservation
Previous year questions

  1. The Namami Gange and National mission for clean Ganga (NMCG) programmes and causes of mixed results from the previous schemes. What quantum leaps can help preserve the river Ganga better than incremental inputs? (2015)

RAG Topics

 

Quick bytes

  1. Chanakya arthashastra: gaja vana ( idea of protected forest is not new to India)

Practice questions

  1. What is a ecological sensitive zone? How it differs from other conservative setups like national parks and sanctuaries? What are the benefits of declaring western ghats as ecologically sensitive zone
  2. Namami Gange focuses on cleaning of river Ganga in short term as well as a comprehensive vision with 7 main thrust areas – that include maintenance of flow, River Front Development, Capacity Building, Research & Monitoring, Biodiversity Conservation and communication & public outreach.
  3. What are invasive species? Give few examples of invasive species in India. Discuss conservation and well being challenges posed by invasive species in India.

 


Climate Change
Previous year questions

  1. Should the pursuit of carbon credit and clean development mechanism set up under UNFCCC be maintained even through there has been a massive slide in the value of carbon credit? Discuss with respect to India’s energy needs for economic growth. (2014)
  2. Explain briefly the “Clean Development Mechanism” as provided under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). (2012)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Kigali HFC freeze
  2. Paris agreement: Equity and Common But Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC)
  3. Climate funding

 

  1. Carbon sequestration

 

Quick bytes

  1. I = PAT is the lettering of a formula put forward to describe the impact of human activity on the environment. I = P × A × T. In words: Human Impact on the environment equals the product of Population, Affluence, and Technology.

 


Pollution
Previous year questions

  1. Enumerate the National Water Policy of India. Taking river Ganges as an example, discuss the strategies which may be adopted for river water pollution control and management. What are the legal provisions for management and handling of hazardous wastes in India? (2013)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Colour Code Classification for Polluting Industries
  2. FAME India – faster adoption and manufacturing of hybrid and electric vehicles
  3. Waste to wealth strategies

 

Quick bytes

  1. Swachh Bharat needs Investment, Technology, Expertise, behavioural changes & Community Participation.
  2. Eutrophication: excessive richness of nutrients in a lake or other body of water, frequently due to run-off from the land, which causes a dense growth of plant life.

Practice Questions

  1. What are the causes of alarming air pollution in Indian cities? Suggest measures to mitigate the same.

 


Degradation & Environmental Impact
Previous year questions

  1. Rehabilitation of human settlements is one of the important environmental impacts which always attracts controversy while planning major projects. Discuss the measures suggested for mitigation of this impact while proposing major developmental projects. (2016)
  2. Environmental impact assessment studies are increasingly undertaken before project is cleared by the government. Discuss the environmental impacts of coal-fired thermal plants located at Pitheads. (2014)
  3. What are the consequences of illegal mining? Discuss the ministry of environment and forests’ concept of “GO AND NO GO” zones for coal mining. (2013)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Environment Impact Assesment
  2. Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY)

 

Quick Bytes

  1. Vicious cycle of land degradation

 


Clean Energy
Previous year questions

  1. To what factors can the recent dramatic fall in equipment costs and tariff of solar energy be attributed? What implications does the trend have for the thermal power producers and the related industry? (2015)
  2. Write a note on India’s green energy corridor to alleviate the problems of conventional energy. (2013)

RAG Topics

 

 

  1. Environment Impact Assesment
  2. Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY)

 

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