22nd September 2021

Confidant Classes

Competitors' very first choice

Home | Edu NEWS | NASA data puts Russia and China next on polluter list

NASA data puts Russia and China next on polluter list

NASA data puts Russia and China next on polluter list

For the first time in four years, India’s sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions have fallen significantly by around 6 % in 2019 compared to 2018, the biggest drop in four years, according to a report by Greenpeace India and the Energy and Clean Air Research Center (CREA).

  • However, India remains at the top of issuers for the fifth consecutive year. The report ranks the world’s largest emitters of SO2, a toxic air pollutant that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and premature death.
  • In 2019, India emitted 21% of the world’s anthropogenic SO2 emissions (of human origin), or about 5,953 kilotons per year, or nearly double that of the world’s second-largest emitter, Russia, at 3,362 kt / year. China was third with 2,156 kt per year.

Thermal power plants

  • According to the report, the biggest emission hot spots in India are thermal power plants (or groups of power plants) at Singrauli, Neyveli, Sipat, Mundra, Korba, Bonda, Tamnar, Talcher, Jharsuguda, Kutch, Surat , Chennai , Ramagundam, Chandrapur, Visakhapatnam and Koradi. Renewable energy capacity has increased in India’s electricity sector, providing more than two-thirds of the subcontinent’s new capacity additions in fiscal year 2019-2020.
  • But most coal-fired power plants in India do not have flue gas desulfurization (FGD) technology, which is required to clean up sulfur emissions.
  • “We are seeing a reduction in SO2 emissions in the three main emitting countries. In India, we are seeing how reduced use of coal can affect air quality and health. In 2019, renewable energy capacity increased, reliance on coal decreased and we saw a corresponding improvement in air quality, ”Avinash Chanchal, climate activist at Greenpeace India, said in a statement.
  • “But our air is still far from sure. We must accelerate the energy transition from coal to renewable energies, for our health and our economy. As we ensure a just energy transition, with the help of decentralized renewable sources, we must prioritize access to electricity for the poor, ”he added.

Missed deadlines

  • In 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) introduced SO2 emission limits for coal-fired power plants. But the plants missed the original deadline of December 2017 for the installation of the FGD units.
  • Although the deadline has been extended to 2022, as of June 2020, most power plants are operating in non-compliance. The sulfur emissions data were obtained from NASA’s Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), a satellite device, which has been monitoring air quality from space since 2004.
  • The Device provides the geographic location and emission rate of hot spots for each calendar year.
  • The catalog makes it possible to group the sources detected into four categories; a natural category (volcanoes) and three anthropogenic categories; power stations, oil and gas, and foundries.
Judiciary FAQ’s Download

Judiciary FAQ’s Download

WWW.CONFIDANTCLASSES.IN-1Download
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 19-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 19-09-2021

Charanjit Singh Channi to be Punjab’s next chief minister Daily NEWS Summary | 19-09-2021; The All India Congress Committee (AICC)…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 18-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 18-09-2021

The captain goes down Daily NEWS Summary | 18-09-2021; The Chief Minister, Captain (retired) Amarinder Singh, resigned his post and…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 17-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 17-09-2021

Supreme Court Collegium  in mission mode; fill vacancies at breakneck speed Daily NEWS Summary | 17-09-2021; Supreme Court Collegium, led…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 16-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 16-09-2021

The Center agrees to reinstate Justice Cheema as Acting President of the NCLAT after the Supreme Court threatened to suspend…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 15-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 15-09-2021

Supreme Court gives government two weeks to appoint all courts, accuses Center of cherry picking Daily NEWS Summary | 15-09-2021;…
Read More
What is the bill to eliminate NEETs in Tamil Nadu?

What is the bill to eliminate NEETs in Tamil Nadu?

The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a bill to waive the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET). A look at…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 14-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 14-09-2021

GST Council May Consider Including Gasoline and Diesel in GST Daily NEWS Summary | 14-09-2021; The GST Council could consider…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021

Govt. stops funding for 10 NGOs linked to climate change and child labor Daily NEWS Summary | 13-09-2021; Five years…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 12-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 12-09-2021

Bhupendra Patel becomes the new Chief Minister of Gujarat Daily NEWS Summary | 12-09-2021; Bhupendra Patel, a protégé of UP…
Read More
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-09-2021

Daily NEWS Summary | 11-09-2021

Rupani resigns before legislative elections in Gujarat Daily NEWS Summary | 11-09-2021; Whether this is a sign of the BJP’s…
Read More
error

Enjoy this? Please spread the word :)