A plateau? Global CO2 emissions rose less than initially feared in 2022, says IEA

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment, Conservation, Pollution   Source: DTE   Context: According to the IEA’s ‘CO2 Emissions in 2022’ report, global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rose by under 1% in 2022.   Background: The report is the first in a new series, the Global Energy Transitions Stocktake, which will bring together the IEA’s …

Our forests are under threat – here’s how they are certified

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment, Conservation   Source: IE  Context: The certification industry offers a multi-layer audit system that seeks to authenticate the origin, legality, and sustainability of forest-based products such as timber, etc. Background: With climate change, deforestation has become a critically sensitive issue globally. Forests absorb large amounts of CO2, keeping a check …

Clean-tech as the next big thing in rural India

GS Paper 2/3 Syllabus: S&T/Government Programmes/Role of Women and Women’s Organization   Source: TH  Context: Women from rural India are adopting clean energy-based livelihood technologies (from solar refrigerators to silk-reeling machines) to catalyse their businesses and transform women’s livelihoods at the grassroots.   Highlights of a study (by CEEW): Out of the 13,000 early adopters …