Environment Current Affairs For UPSC IAS Mains 2024 Examination

On this page you will find articles that fall under subject Environment for UPSC IAS Mains 2024 examination.

Environment Current Affairs For UPSC IAS Mains 2024 Examination


India’s renewable energy (RE) status-Renewable power, when it isn’t sunny or windy

Source: The post India’s renewable energy (RE) status has been created, based on the article “Renewable power, when it isn’t sunny or windy” published in “The Hindu” on 10th February 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper3-infrastructure- Energy News: The article discusses India’s efforts to increase its renewable energy capacity to 500 GW by 2030, focusing… Continue reading India’s renewable energy (RE) status-Renewable power, when it isn’t sunny or windy

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Phasing out fossil fuels equitably – Equity concerns in banning fossil fuel extraction

Source: The post phasing out fossil fuels equitably has been created, based on the article “Equity concerns in banning fossil fuel extraction” published in “The Hindu” on 8th February 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Environment – Environmental pollution and degradation, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) News: The article discusses the challenges and debates… Continue reading Phasing out fossil fuels equitably – Equity concerns in banning fossil fuel extraction

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Issues with EVs, and possible hybrid solution

Source: This post has been created based on the article “Issues with EVs, and possible hybrid solution” published in “Indian Express” on 31st January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Energy – Environment – Conservation News: The article discusses the benefits of hybrid vehicles in India’s decarbonisation journey. It also highlights the challenges… Continue reading Issues with EVs, and possible hybrid solution

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On the Issues with Climate Change Treaties

Source: This post on the Issues with Climate Change Treaties has been created based on the article “How to enforce climate agreements with trade measures” published in “Business Standard” on 27th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Environmental pollution and degradation. On the Issues with Climate Change Treaties, The article discusses… Continue reading On the Issues with Climate Change Treaties

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

A Detailed Air Quality Management Plan in India in 2024

  Source: The post need for a detailed air quality management plan in India has been created, based on the article “Why pollution control needs localised data, grounded in science” published in “Indian express” on 20th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Environment – Environmental Pollution and Degradation A Detailed Air Quality… Continue reading A Detailed Air Quality Management Plan in India in 2024

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On the Role of Political Decision-making and Public in curbing Air Pollution

Source: This post on the Role of Political Decision-making in curbing Air Pollution has been created based on the article “To combat climate change, citizens and government must join hands” published in “Indian Express” on 15th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation. News: The article discusses how the problem of… Continue reading On the Role of Political Decision-making and Public in curbing Air Pollution

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Challenges to India’s Climate Goals

Source: This post on the Challenges to India’s Climate Goals has been created based on the article “India’s climate goals: Navigating a complex dilemma” published in “Business Standard” on 13th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation. News: The article discusses the challenges in front of India, especially its electricity policies,… Continue reading Challenges to India’s Climate Goals

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Finance Commission support forest conservation in India

Source: The post Finance Commission support forest conservation in India has been created, based on the article “To combat climate challenges, the Finance Commission needs to step up” published in “Indian Express” on 13th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper 3- environment – conservation and GS paper 2- polity- devolution of powers and finances… Continue reading Finance Commission support forest conservation in India

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, Environment & Ecology, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Evolution of wildlife laws and its impact- A look at Project Tiger, 50 years on

Source: The post Evolution of wildlife laws and its impact has been created, based on the article “A look at Project Tiger, 50 years on” published in “The Hindu” on 10th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper3- ecology and environment- Conservation News: The article discusses how India’s Project Tiger, started in 1973, has expanded… Continue reading Evolution of wildlife laws and its impact- A look at Project Tiger, 50 years on

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Conservation efforts at India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve – Revival of the tiger: A joint effort, a cultural renaissance

Source: The post conservation efforts at India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve has been created, based on the article “Revival of the tiger: A joint effort, a cultural renaissance” published in “Indian express” on 6th January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper 3- ecology and environment- Conservation News: The article highlights the successful conservation efforts at India’s… Continue reading Conservation efforts at India’s Corbett Tiger Reserve – Revival of the tiger: A joint effort, a cultural renaissance

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Climate Change induced Temperature Rise – IMD’s 2023 report is a wake-up call

Source: The post climate change going to impact India has been created, based on the article “Rising temperature-IMD’s 2023 report is a wake-up call” published in Business standard on 3rd January 2024. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper3- environment- climate change News: The article discusses how 2023 was India’s second-warmest year, causing various weather issues and… Continue reading Climate Change induced Temperature Rise – IMD’s 2023 report is a wake-up call

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Global Goal on Adaptation and the road from Dubai

Source: The post Global goal on adaptation (GGA) has been created on the article “Global Goal on Adaptation and the road from Dubai” published in “The Hindu” on 26th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 – Environment – Ecology and Environment – Climate Change News: COP28 in Dubai marked a significant moment in… Continue reading Global Goal on Adaptation and the road from Dubai

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On Emissions by the Military

Source: This post on Emissions by the Military has been created based on the article “If military emissions worldwide were a country, it would be the fourth largest emitter on Earth’” published in “Times of India” on 16th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The… Continue reading On Emissions by the Military

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, Environment & Ecology, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On Increasing Coal-based Power Generation

Source: This post on Increasing Coal-based Power Generation has been created based on the article “Why India’s green push needs balancing, why COP28 coal breather is important” published in “Indian Express” on 16th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses India’s plans of… Continue reading On Increasing Coal-based Power Generation

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, Environment & Ecology, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Circular economy

Source: This post on Circular economy has been created based on the article “Circular economy” published in “Business Standard” on 14th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses the importance of adopting Circular Economy for India in the context of the recently released… Continue reading Circular economy

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Benefits of Underground Mining in India

Source: This post on Underground Mining has been created based on the article “The safe bet of underground mining” published in “Business Standard” on 12th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, Environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses the importance of coal for India’s energy needs. It discusses the… Continue reading Benefits of Underground Mining in India

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, Environment & Ecology, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On the Challenges of Reducing Emissions – Why climate efforts fail to cut emissions

Source: This post on the Challenges of Reducing Emissions has been created based on the article “Why climate efforts fail to cut emissions” published in “Business Standard” on 12th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, Environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses the challenges in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.… Continue reading On the Challenges of Reducing Emissions – Why climate efforts fail to cut emissions

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, Environment & Ecology, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Synthetic Petrol – Flight to sustainability

Source: This post on Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Synthetic Petrol has been created based on the article “Flight to sustainability” published in “Business Standard” on 6th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses the utility as well as challenges in transitioning to cleaner… Continue reading On Sustainable Aviation Fuel and Synthetic Petrol – Flight to sustainability

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On Phasing Out Coal – Honest reckoning

Source: This post on Phasing Out Coal has been created based on the article “Honest reckoning” published in “The Hindu” on 6th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses India’s apprehensions in endorsing the pledge on tripling renewable energy due to its mention… Continue reading On Phasing Out Coal – Honest reckoning

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On the utility of Nuclear Power – Embracing nuclear power

Source: This post on the utility of Nuclear Power has been created based on the article “Embracing nuclear power” published in “Business Standard” on 5th December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation. News: The article discusses the importance of nuclear power in achieving renewable energy targets as… Continue reading On the utility of Nuclear Power – Embracing nuclear power

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On Loss and damage(L&D) Fund-Finding funds-The ‘loss and damage’ fund is finally online but more needs to be done

Source: The post on loss and damage(L&D) Fund has been created based on the article “Finding funds-The ‘loss and damage’ fund is finally online but more needs to be done” published in “The Hindu” on 2nd December 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper3– environment – climate change News: The article talks about the L&D fund… Continue reading On Loss and damage(L&D) Fund-Finding funds-The ‘loss and damage’ fund is finally online but more needs to be done

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Transition to electric trucks- Fleet electrification to tackle urban pollution

Source: The post transition to electric trucks has been created on the article “Fleet electrification to tackle urban pollution” published in “The Hindu” on 27th November 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper3- Environment– environmental pollution News: This article discusses the severe air pollution problem in Indian cities, mainly caused by PM2.5 and PM10 pollution from… Continue reading Transition to electric trucks- Fleet electrification to tackle urban pollution

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA)- Need for climate-smart agriculture in India

Source: The post Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) has been created on the article “Need for climate-smart agriculture in India” published in “The Hindu” on 25th November 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS paper 3– Environment – climate change News: The article discusses climate-smart agriculture (CSA) as a way to address climate change and improve farming. CSA helps… Continue reading Climate-smart agriculture (CSA)- Need for climate-smart agriculture in India

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On solving the Air Pollution problem – Who is in charge of my ‘air’?

Source: The post on solving the Air Pollution problem has been created based on the article “Who is in charge of my ‘air’?” published in “Business Standard” on 24th November 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Environmental pollution and degradation News: The article discusses the various steps that can be taken to… Continue reading On solving the Air Pollution problem – Who is in charge of my ‘air’?

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

On the Impact of Climate Change on Health – Recognising the impact of climate change on health

Source: The post on Impact of climate change on health, has been created on the article “Recognising the impact of climate change on health” published in “The Hindu” on 22nd November 2023. UPSC Syllabus Topic: GS Paper 3 Environment – Climate change News: The article discusses how climate change negatively impacts health in India, emphasizing… Continue reading On the Impact of Climate Change on Health – Recognising the impact of climate change on health

Posted in 9 PM Daily Articles, PUBLIC|Tagged , , |Leave a comment

How to Read Environment for UPSC?

Environment is part of UPSC IAS Prelims and Mains examination. In Prelims, it is part of General Studies (Paper I) and in Mains, it is part of General Studies Paper III. Every year around 15 to 20% questions are asked from this subject in Prelims and around 2-3 questions are asked in Mains. After 2013, when Prelims for Indian Forest Service got combined with the UPSC Civil Services, the weightage of Environment and Ecology has increased. So, it is very important for the students to prepare well Environment for UPSC.

In this article, we will discuss about How to Read Environment for UPSC. First of all, we will see the past 8 years’ trend of number of questions asked in UPSC Prelims from Environment and Ecology.

2021- 15

2022- 19

2023- 20

YearNumber of questions asked  
202017
201921
201813
201715
201610
201513
201431
201322

Overview of the syllabus of Environment and Ecology:

ExaminationSyllabus
UPSC Prelims- General Studies –Paper IGeneral issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – (do not require subject specialization)
UPSC Mains- General Studies -Paper IIITechnology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management, EIA

Strategy to read Environment for UPSC: Before starting the preparation for Environment and Ecology, it is important for the students to keep in mind that this topic is not a separate topic. It is interlinked with other subjects like Geography, Science, Economy, Government Schemes, Current affairs (National and International). In this era of 21st century, when climate change and sustainable development have become important topics, it is important to pay attention to Environment for UPSC.

  • Start with the syllabus: It is important to start your preparation after going through the syllabus of Environment and Ecology. It will help students when they will read the topics from books, magazines and most importantly newspapers. It will help them to always remain in right track.
  • Selection of reading materials:For good knowledge and content, it is important to select your materials very specifically and revise them again and again rather than referring too many sources. Here we will discuss some important sources for Environment and Ecology:
    • Study material of good institutions and revise them multiple times.
    • Last 4 chapters of Class XII Biology NCERT textbook.
    • One Newspaper which one needs to ready daily to cover current affairs related to Environment and Ecology. It will help in both UPSC Prelims and Mains preparation.
    • One monthly current affairs magazine.
    • One can also refer Down to Earth magazine for enriching their content in Mains.
  • Reading the same sourcing multiple times:If you want to win the race and not fall behind others, then it is important that you read the same materials again and again. This is very important practice for a UPSC aspirants as the sources for UPSC preparation are never ending. So, one needs to stick to the same source to build their command over the subject.
  • Connect and update the static knowledge with the current affairs: If you will keep reading the same static source without updating it with current events, then your materials and notes will become outdated. So, co-relation is very important in this subject as most of the topics are current events based. For example, Ramsar Sites in India.
  • Make a list of important topics: Students need to make a note of important topics for the exam and should go through them multiple times. Some important topics are:
    • International Institutions
    • National and International initiatives
    • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
    • Protected Areas
    • Climate change and pollution
    • Sustainable development
  • Refer previous UPSC Papers: To get the proper idea about which kind of questions are asked in UPSC Prelims and Mains, Past Year UPSC papers are very useful. Through this, one can also analyze from which topic most of the questions are asked. And accordingly, one can continue to their preparation. It will also provide the basic understanding of the level of the UPSC Prelims and Mains exam.
  • Solve multiple MCQs and practice answer writing daily:It is important for the students to solve MCQs just after they complete one chapter. And after completing the whole syllabus, they should solve MCQs on a daily basis at least 20 MCQs. In case of Mains, one should start their answer writing practice after completing the whole UPSC Syllabus for Mains related to Environment and Ecology. Daily answer writing will enhance their writing capability and will also enrich their content. It will help them when they will write the answer finally in Mains exam.

Environment and Ecology is one of the most interesting and important subjects in UPSC syllabus. It has both static as well as dynamic linkage. Students should prepare it well.

 

Print Friendly and PDF
Blog
Academy
Community