State of Forest Report 2019

Context India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, the biennial State of Forest Report (SFR) recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest with a canopy density of over 70%, Read More …

Delhi gets its first smog tower

Context In November, the Supreme Court had directed the Centre and the Delhi government to prepare a plan to install ‘smog towers’ across the capital to deal with air pollution. What is a ‘smog tower’, how does the one at Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar work? Smog towers are structures designed to work as Read More …

Five places in Iran you must know about

Context US President Donald Trump Sunday (January 5) threatened to target 52 Iranian sites, “important to Iran & the Iranian culture”, if Tehran attacked America and its assets to avenge the killing of military commander Qassem Soleimani.  Iran, or Persia, has been home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world, Read More …

What is Protecting Power?

Context Switzerland represents the interests of the US in Iran. This is because the US itself does not have an embassy there. Iran’s interests in the United States, on the other hand, are represented by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington. In an arrangement such as this, Switzerland is the “Protecting Read More …

What carbon numbers mean for climate target

Context The State of Forest Report (SFR) 2019, while showing an increase in the carbon stock trapped in Indian forests in the last two years, also shows why it is going to be an uphill task for India in meeting one of its international obligations on climate change. India, as part Read More …