Recently, Mysuru Zoo in Karnataka has acquired 3 African hunting Cheetah from Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Centre at Johannesburg, South Africa as part of the Animal Exchange Programme.
Mysuru zoo is the second zoo in the country to house hunting cheetahs after Hyderabad zoo which has a pair of big cats.
The .... Read More
A new study identified priority actions and locations for conserving population of the endangered Asiatic wild dog or dhole in India.
The paper titled ‘A strategic road map for conserving the endangered dhole Cuonalpinus in India’ was published recently.
Karnataka, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradeshare adequately equipped for consolidating forest habitats and .... Read More
In an attempt to decipher changes in the monsoon patterns and other climate conditions, the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) along with the Indian Institute of Remote Sending (IIRS) has begun a study on the migration of the pied cuckoo, which will entail tracing the path taken by the bird .... Read More
One of the largest freshwater Chinese paddlefish (Psephurusgladius) fish has been declared extinct in a study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.
The Chinese paddlefish was an iconic species, measuring up to 7 m in length, dating back from 200 million years ago, and therefore swimming the .... Read More
A lone endangered steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) has been sighted by a group of birdwatchers in a paddy field at Velagaleru near Vijayawada.
Steppe eagle is believed to be the second-largest migratory eagle species to India.
In winter, steppe eagle breeds in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia.
Throughout its migratory range it .... Read More
A new snake eel species residing in the Bay of Bengal has been discovered and documented this month (January) by the Estuarine Biology Regional Centre (EBRC) of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) at Gopalpur-on-sea in Odisha.
Naming:This new marine species has been named Ophichthuskailashchandrai to honour the vast contributions .... Read More
Every summer, the Forest Department of Gujarat conducts an Herbivore Census in Gir forest. This year’s exercise is of particular significance because it is the last Herbivore Census ahead of next year’s Lion Census, which is a once-in-five-years exercise.
The Herbivore Census covers ungulates such as spotted deer, blue bulls (nilgais), .... Read More
For the first time, researchers have sighted nests of the grizzled giant squirrel, an endangered species listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 at Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee, Tamil Nadu in the Eastern Ghats.
A team of researchers and wildlife activists from Indigenous Biodiversity Foundation (IBF), .... Read More
An intriguing frog species, listed as endangered on the red list of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), could soon be designated as Kerala’s state amphibian – a title that researchers hope would go a long way in protecting its fragile habitat and knowing more about its rich .... Read More
Bajirao, the last captive white tiger at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali, Maharashtra died at the age of 18.
The white tiger or bleached tiger is a pigmentation variant of the Bengal tiger, which is reported in the wild from time to time in the Indian states .... Read More
A group of researchers has discovered a tenth species of the vine snake of genus Ahaetulla after a gap of more than a century. Before this discovery, there were nine species of vine snakes reported from the country. The Ahaetulla laudankia, the newly-discovered snake, was first spotted by researchers in .... Read More
India now has a fifth brown pit viper but with a reddish tinge. A team of herpetologists have described a new species of reddish-brown pit viper — a venomous snake with a unique heat-sensing system — from a forest in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The discovery, makes the .... Read More
A new study has suggested that protection of coral cover along the existing protected marine areas in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is necessary for the conservation of the endangered bumphead parrotfish.
Commercial significance: A commercial fishery exists for some of the larger species, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, but also .... Read More
For the first time in the areca nut sector, ‘Sirsi Supari’ grown in Uttara Kannada has received the Geographic Indication (GI) tag.
It is cultivated in Yellapura, Siddapura and Sirsi taluks.
Totgars’ Cooperative Sale Society Ltd., Sirsi, is the registered proprietor of the GI.
Unique features: The arecanut grown in these .... Read More
Erode turmeric on March 7th got a Geographical Indication (GI) tag from the Geographical Indication Registry.
The Erode Manjal Vanigargal Matrum Kidangu Urimaiyalargal Sangham had applied for the GI tag on January 4, 2011, at the office of the Deputy Registrar of GI Registry in Chennai.
Erode turmeric was a traditional cultivar .... Read More
The five rhino range nations signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting on March 4th in New Delhi.
India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase .... Read More
The hump-backed mahseer, found in the waters of the Cauvery, has been added to the Red List as 'Critically Endangered'.
The hump-backed mahseer—a large freshwater fish also called the tiger of the water is now “Critically Endangered”.
The fish is one of the 229 species added to the Red List last .... Read More
On the occasion of World Water Day (March 22) , Prime Minister launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain campaign.
Catch the Rain
Catch the Rain is a Jan Andolan campaign which aims to take water conservation at the grass-roots level through people’s participation and intends to accelerate water conservation across .... Read More
A fire which started in the Similipal biosphere reserve area in February was brought under control in March.
The Similipal forest reserve area frequently witnesses forest fires during dry weather conditions.
Forest fire is the uncontrolled fire that destroys the biodiversity and the ecology of large parts of the forest. It .... Read More
A recent report of IMD on weather patterns shows that Peninsular India has recorded the warmest January in 121 years with a mean temperature of 22.33 degrees Celsius. The country also experienced the warmest January in 62 years.
According to the report Peninsular India has also recorded unusually high rainfall in .... Read More
There are several studies conducted by various scientific institutes in the country with regard to the impact of western disturbances during winter season on Indian climate.
The studies show that:
30% of annual precipitation over North West Indian region (J & K, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh &Uttarakhand) is received during winter and .... Read More
The U.S., under new President Joe Biden, has officially rejoined the Paris climate change agreement on February 19, 2021.
This puts environmental policy at the centre of his agenda and prepares to work with world leaders to cut global greenhouse gas emissions.
It would be 107 days after US’s withdrawal under the .... Read More
On 5th January 2021, the 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA) departed for the South Pole from Mormugao Port, Goa.
The expedition, apart from its scientific mission, shall carry out the humanitarian responsibility of relieving the winter crew, while resupplying the bases with food, fuel, provisions and spares for operations .... Read More
According to a new study titled ’ Zonally Contrasting Shifts Of The Tropical Rain Belt In Response To Climate Change,’ published on 18 January, researchers have found that monsoon rainfall over the course of the century will get even more severe for southern India due to global heating.
The intertropical .... Read More
The largest and deepest ever ozone hole over Antarctic has closed down recently.
Antarctic Ozone Hole
The annually occurring ozone hole over the Antarctic had rapidly grown from mid-August and peaked at around 24 million square kilometres, one of the largest so far, in early October 2020.
The expansion of the hole .... Read More
According to a first-of-its-kind independent study released today by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW),more than 75 per cent of the Indian districts are hotspots of extreme climate events.
Over 75 per cent districts in India, home to more than 63.8 crore people, are hotspots of extreme .... Read More
According to the latest State of the Global Climate provisional report by World Meteorological Organization released on December 1, 2020, the year 2020 is set to be among the three warmest on record. Also, the decade 2011-2020 would be the warmest ever.
The global mean surface temperature for January-October 2020 .... Read More
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual Emissions Gap Report 2020 recently. The report is direct in its observation that there is no decrease in human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the year 2020 would be one of the warmest years on record.
Emissions Gap report is the annual .... Read More
India retained a spot in the top 10 in the latest global Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI 2021) released recently.
The CCPI 2021, covering the year 2020, shows that though India slid one position down from ninth in 2019 to 10th this year, the country’s journey towards climate protection has .... Read More
According to a study by Climate Change researchers from McGill University, the world will cross the dangerous warming levels at 2027-2042 – 25 years earlier than previous modelling anticipated. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had estimated that breach to occur between now and 2052.
As per .... Read More
Recently, Prime Minister laid the foundation for the world’s largest hybrid renewable energy park to generate 30,000 MW power through solar panels and windmills along the India-Pakistan border in Gujarat’s Kutch district. He also laid the foundation for a desalination plant at Mandvi in Kutch district.
Hybrid Renewable Energy Park
The park .... Read More
The Government of India has constituted the Apex Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (AIPA) on November 27, 2020, through a gazette notification.
AIPA has been constituted with the purpose of ensuring a coordinated response on climate change matters that protects the country’s interests and ensures that India is .... Read More
Recently a team of scientists from Zhejiang University detected tarballs in the air samples taken at a remote, high-altitude research station in the Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau on the northern slope of the Himalayas.
The researchers found that nearly 28 per cent of the particles collected from the air samples were tarballs.
The .... Read More
A recent study on the Himalayan brown bear (Ursus arctos isabellinus) titled ‘Adaptive spatial planning of protected area network for conserving the Himalayan brown bear’, has predicted a significant reduction in suitable habitat and biological corridors of the species in the climate change scenario.
This has prompted scientists to suggest an .... Read More
Rising average temperatures in the Himalayan region have driven several dozen species of butterfly and moth to habitats higher up the mountains, as per a new study commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and carried out by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).
The findings of the .... Read More
Recently, India and Denmark have elevated their relations to a “green strategic partnership”. It will focus on expanding economic ties, green growth and cooperation on global challenges such as climate change.
Green Strategic Partnership
The green strategic partnership will build on an existing Joint Commission for Cooperation, created in 2009, for cooperation .... Read More
Recently, World-Wide Fund for Nature has released its biennial report the Living Planet Report 2020 (LPR). The Report is a comprehensive study of trends in global biodiversity and the health of the planet.
By providing an overview of the state of the natural world, human impacts and potential solutions, it .... Read More
According to a recent study published by a team of researchers from the Ohio State University, the world’s second largest body of ice, the Greenland Ice Sheet, is melting at an unprecedented rate due to rising temperatures induced by climate change, and may now be past the point of no .... Read More
On 27th august, 2020, NITI Aayog virtually launched the India Component of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia (TIA).
It is a joint programme, supported by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and implemented by a consortium .... Read More
The fourth edition of the virtual Ministerial on Climate Action, which took place on 7th July, 2020, witnessed countries exchanging views on how countries are aligning economic recovery plans with the Paris Agreement.
Key Highlights of the Meeting
The meeting was co-chaired by European Union, China and Canada to-
Advance discussions on the .... Read More
For the first time, India has released its own national report on the state of the climate crisis. Prepared under the aegis of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), the report, Assessment of Climate Change Over the Indian Region, takes a close look at where we stand regarding long-term changes .... Read More
Researchers at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital have found aerosol radiative forcing larger than the global averages, implying some amount of radiative effects, despite the clean atmosphere over the trans-Himalayas.
They found that monthly-mean atmospheric radiative forcing of aerosols leads to heating rates of 0.04 to 0.13 .... Read More
Russia declared a state of emergency after a power plant fuel leak in its Arctic region. It caused 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil to escape into a local river, turning its surface crimson red. The Ambarnaya river, into which the oil has been discharged, is part of a network that .... Read More
According to the 12th edition of the Environment Performance Index (EPI 2020)—released by Yale University—India has performed poorly. Out of the 180 countries analysed, India stood at 168—behind all South Asian nations, except Afghanistan—with a score of 27.6.
The Environmental Performance Index (EPI) provides a data-driven summary of the state .... Read More
According to a new research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), the ongoing sixth mass extinction may become one of the most serious environmental threats to the persistence of civilisation, because it is irreversible. The research also claims .... Read More
Scientists at the British Geological Survey (BGS) reported a change in the Earth’s seismic noise and vibrations amid the coronavirus lockdown. The findings have come two weeks after seismologists at the Royal Observatory in Belgium observed a 30-50 per cent fall in levels of ambient seismic noise since schools and .... Read More
Amidst the pandemic, one of the silver linings that has been reported from across the world is that people are breathing cleaner air and are witness to clearer, more blue skies as human movement has been restricted due to lockdowns imposed by various countries. But while the air may be .... Read More
Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra have been experiencing severe to very severe heatwave conditions. In its very first spell this summer, this heatwave pushed day temperatures significantly above normal, with Churu in Rajasthan reporting 50 degrees.
What is a heatwave and when is it declared?
Heatwaves occur over India .... Read More
Black carbon concentrations near the Gangotri glacier rose 400 times in summer due to forest fires and stubble burning from agricultural waste, and triggered glacial melt, says a study by scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG).The team of scientists from WIHG measured variations of black carbon concentration .... Read More
A recent study from IIT Kharagpur called “Anthropogenic forcing exacerbating the urban heat islands in India” noted that the relatively warmer temperature in urban areas, compared to suburbs, may contain potential health hazards due to heat waves apart from pollution.
Findings of the Study
Evidence have been found of mean daytime temperature .... Read More
“The Future of Earth, 2020”, was released by the South Asia Future Earth Regional Office, Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science recently.The report was prepared with the aim of reducing carbon footprint and halting global warming below 2 degree Celsius by 2050.
Key Findings in the Report
It has .... Read More
Venice witnessed worst flooding the city has experienced in 50 years. The floods penetrated Saint Mark’s Basilica, a 1,000 year old church that is considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world and one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
Reasons of Venice Floods
Venice is situated on .... Read More
Australia has declared a state of emergency for the state of New South Wales (NSW) along with a catastrophic fire warning — the highest level of bush fire danger — in light of widespread bushfires.
Bushfires are a routine occurrence in the country, but this bushfire season is believed to .... Read More
The Ministry of Coal will set up a sustainable development cell to aid “environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country” and also to address concerns around mine closures.
Sustainable Development Cell
The sustainable development cell (SDC) will comprise expert individuals and organizations to advice and plan on issues of land amelioration and .... Read More
According to a report released by Environment think tank, Germanwatch, India is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate change. Germanwatch, based in Bonn and Berlin (Germany), is an independent development and environmental organisation which works for sustainable global development.
Highlights of the Report
In the Climate Risk Index 2020, India’s rank .... Read More
Northeast India, one of the wettest places on the Earth has been experiencing rapid drying, especially in the last 30 years. Some places which used to get as high as 3,000 mm of rain during the monsoon season have seen a drop of about 25-30%. A team of researchers from .... Read More
The United States East Coast and Midwest battled record-breaking low temperatures as cold Arctic air continues to sweep through the region followed by the freezing winter storm — bomb cyclone or bombogenesis.
The process of a storm undergoing such rapid intensification is known as “bombogenesis.” The term comes from the merging .... Read More
According to a UN report released on March 11th, Countries will not meet the internationally agreed goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste by 2020, meaning that urgent action is required to reduce further damage to human health and economies.
Chemical production on the rise: The second .... Read More
Indian scientists have developed a common framework for assessment of climate change vulnerability in all the states in the Himalayan region - Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and hilly districts of West Bengal.
Parameters of the Index
Index has been developed based .... Read More
The Indian Department of Post has released a ‘special stamp cover on Ice Stupa’. The special stamps aim to create awareness about depleting glaciers and their effect on the ecology around the Himalayas. Over 12 villages in Ladakh have built ice Stupas this year in various villages.
Why Ice Stupas are .... Read More
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared that weak El Nino conditions are prevalent in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. In a March 29 press release, the IMD said “these conditions are likely to persist in early part of the summer season and likely to weaken thereafter.”
Causes of El Nino
The tropical .... Read More
A global study released on February 11 found that China and India are contributing significantly to the greening of the planet.
Green Cover: The world now has about 5.5 million square kilometres of extra green leaf area round the year compared to 2000. A bulk of this increase is due .... Read More
According to a research done by the U.S journal Science and Chinese Academy of Sciences, the world’s oceans are heating up at an accelerating pace as global warming threatens a diverse range of marine life and a major food supply for the planet.
Remember This: Ocean heating is a very important .... Read More
Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said 2018 was the sixth warmest year on record, with the average temperature over India being “significantly above normal”.
The five warmest years on record (nationwide records began in 1901) were, in order: 2016 (+0.720°C above the 1981-2010 average), 2009 (+0.560°C), 2017 (+0.550°C), 2010 (+0.540°C), .... Read More
The amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have hit yet another record high, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said in its latest Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The WMO is the weather agency of the United Nations, and publishes its Greenhouse Gas Bulletin each year; this year’s report covers data for .... Read More
A UN-backed report released recently titled Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018, authored by an
expert panel working with the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme, has stated that the collaborative efforts of signatory countries of the Montreal Protocol have helped heal the ozone layer.
While the .... Read More
Indian policy makers must take a series of initiatives to mitigate the increased risks to health, and the loss of labour hours due to a surge in exposure to heatwave events in the country over the 2012-2016 period, the Lancet Countdown 2018 report recommends.
Average Length of Heatwave in India
From 2014-2017, .... Read More
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved Submission of India’s second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change towards fulfilment of the reporting obligation under the Convention.Salient FeaturesThe scope of BUR is to provide an update to India’s first .... Read More
In a new study, researchers have found that because of climate change, extreme El Niño events are likely to become more frequent. The study was done by a team of international climate researchers led by Bin Wang of the University of Hawaii at Manoa International Pacific Research Center (IPRC).
Highlights of .... Read More
Districts with sizeable tribal populations saw several protests and demonstrations, organised by the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan.
There were two issues that the demonstrators were decrying:
One, the proposed amendments to the Indian Forest Act (IFA), 1927; the concerned amendments to the IFA have been sent to states for consultation.
Two, a move to .... Read More
Europe went through a heat wave that lasted six days, smashed temperature records, left two people dead in France and another two in Spain, and caused huge fires to break out, including one that spanned 10,000 acres in France.
Why is it so Hot?
Warm air is rising across Europe from North .... Read More
The United Nations celebrates March 21 as the International Day of Forests , commemorating the green cover around the world and reiterating its importance.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012.
The Day is celebrated by the United Nations Forum on Forests .... Read More
The Prime Minister recently addressed the third edition of the annual conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
Highlights of the Conference
The Prime Minister elaborated on following key priority areas:
First, CDRI must embody the central promise of the Sustainable Development Goals, that is, "leave no one behind". This .... Read More
National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) has established seven Regional Cum Facilitation Centres (RCFCs) in different regions of the country.
Government Initiatives for Promoting Herbal Cultivation
Ministry of Finance has announced Rs. 4000 crore package under Atma Nirbhar Bharat for Promotion of Herbal Cultivation.
The Ministry of AYUSH has prepared a draft scheme namely .... Read More
Sundari, a tigress shifted as part of India’s first inter-state translocation project in 2018 from Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh) to Satkosia Tiger Reserve (Odisha) has returned home.
Tiger Relocation Project
The tiger relocation project was initiated in 2018 wherein two big cats, a male (Mahavir) from Kanha Tiger Reserve and a female (Sundari) .... Read More
Uttarakhand is all set to develop India’s first Snow Leopard Conservation Centre in Uttarkashi forests.
It will be built at the entry point of Gangotri National Park above 2800 meters sea level.
The centre will be developed by the Uttarakhand forest department along with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and .... Read More
On 9th July, 2020, the Assam government decided to upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park.
The announcement comes just months after the National Board of Wildlife’s (NBWL) conditional clearance to a coal mining project by Coal India Limited (CIL) in the DehingPatkai Elephant Reservesparked a spate of virtual .... Read More
On 17th July, 2020, the union environment ministry approved the zonal master plan(ZMP) for the Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) notification that stretches from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi covering an area of 4179.59 sqkm to help expedite the Chaardhaam road project.
On December 18, 2012, the Centre declared 100-km stretch of the Bhagirathi .... Read More
Under Jal Marg Vikas Pariyojana, a fish pass has been envisaged for the free movement of Hilsa at Farakka Navigation Lock.
Remember This: Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is implementing the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 on the Haldia – Varanasi stretch .... Read More
The Phase 2 of the River Information System on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) between Farakka and Patna (410 km) was inaugurated in Prayagraj on February 7, 2019.
River Information System (Farakka -Patna)
Swift Electronic Data Transfer: The inauguration of 2nd phase of RIS on National Waterway-1 on the 410 km Farakka-Patna stretch, .... Read More
The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme, will be hosted by India during 15th to 22nd February, 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
Remember This: The 12th Session of .... Read More
India has designated Sundarban Wetland (Sundarban Reserve Forest) as a Wetland of International Importance.
Sunderbans, which is one of the largest contiguous mangrove forests in the world, was conferred the Ramsar site status on January 30, 2019, exactly three days before the World Wetland Day which is observed on February .... Read More
The Bhitarkanika National Park has become the largest habitat of endangered estuarine crocodiles in the country with a record number of their nesting sites spotted, a recent survey done by the Odisha’s Forest Department has revealed.
Reasons for This Increase in Numbers
The increase in population was primarily due to the far-sighted .... Read More
After a span of 120 long years, researchers at the Sikkim University in Gangtok have rediscovered the Small Woodbrown butterfly species from Bakhim in Khanchendzonga National Park.
Remember This: The Small Woodbrown (Lethe nicetella) butterfly was discovered in Sikkim in 1887 by a scientist named de Nicéville. But at that time, .... Read More
A survey done by Forest department of Madhya Pradesh government, conducted on January 12, 2019 has found that there are now 7,906 vultures in Madhya Pradesh, an increase of 864 vultures from the last count done in 2016.Survey AreaForest department personnel conducted the survey in 1,275 locations across the state, .... Read More
The government of Arunachal Pradesh on January 20 declared the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) –the state’s only conservation festival, as a “state festival”.
Main Objectives of the Fest
To recognise the role played by the resident Nyishi tribe in conserving hornbills in the Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR).
To devise alternative sources of .... Read More
A joint initiative between the Wildlife Trust of India and the Bihar Forest Department released captive bred gharials into the Gandak in 2014. Based on three surveys done by Wildlife Trust of India between 2017 and 2018, around 211 gharials of different age-groups are present in the river as compared .... Read More
Tripura launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at Hatipara in West Tripura on January 16. The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India.
Highlights of the Project
The objective of the Project is to manage and enhance forest area ecosystems in the .... Read More
The 3rd edition of the Stock Taking Conference on Tiger Conservation was held in New Delhi from January 28-29.
The conference was the latest collective step in the process that began at the 2010 St Petersburg Tiger Summit – where 13 tiger-range governments committed to Tx2 – an ambitious goal to .... Read More
Eight captive-reared critically endangered white-backed vultures are set to take wings early next year for the first time in India since the vulture conservation centre near Pinjore was set up in September 2001.
Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre
The Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre on the edge of the Bir Shikargaha Wildlife Sanctuary is .... Read More
Six different sub-species of tigers exist today, scientists confirmed recently, amid hopes the findings will boost efforts to save the fewer than 4,000 free-range big cats that remain in the world, said the report in the journal Current Biology.
Highlights of the Report
The six include the Bengal tiger, Amur tiger, South .... Read More
According to the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvanathapuram (IISER-TVM), the spot-necked day gecko and the Anaimudi day gecko, both very distinctly-patterned lizards found only in the higher reaches of the Agasthyamalai and Anamalai hill ranges in the Western Ghats, are the latest additions to India’s reptile fauna.
Red .... Read More
Moths are widely considered as pests, but a recent study by scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), under the project titled “Assessment of Moths (Lepidoptera) As Significant Pollinators in the Himalayan Ecosystem of North Eastern India”, has revealed that these group of insects are pollinators to a number of .... Read More
Researchers at Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun have discovered in India an endangered sub-species of hog deer (Axis porcinus annamiticus), earlier believed to be confined to the eastern part of central Thailand.
The research reported the presence of a small population of hog deer in Keibul Lamjao National Park .... Read More
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Union Environment Ministry to declare 10 km area around 21 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the country as ‘eco-sensitive zones’.Areas to be DeclaredThe parks and sanctuaries are the Pobitora sanctuary in Assam; Hemis High Altitude and Kishtewar national parks, Changthang, Hokersar, Trikuta .... Read More
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” with an aim to protect and conserve the world’s last ranging free population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem.
The Asiatic lion is a Panthera leo leo population in India. Its range .... Read More
Following a plea challenging the environmental clearance granted to mines within 10 km of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the National Green Tribunal has banned all mining activity around the area. Any further activity is subject to the clearance of leases by the National Board of Wildlife.
A Bench, headed by NGT .... Read More
A recent study covering 100 km of rivers and channels around the Sunderbans have revealed that the national aquatic animal is no longer sighted in the central and eastern parts of the archipelago. Only in the western part of Sunderbans, where the salinity is lower, could researchers find some evidence .... Read More
Cyclone Nivar originating in Bay of Bengal , barrelled through Tamil Nadu with windspeeds close to 125-145 kmph recently.April-June and October-December are India’s cyclone seasons.
Nivar was named by Iran according to the tropical cyclone naming convention.
Another cyclone named ‘Burevi’ (suggested by Maldives), brewing in the southeast region of the Bay .... Read More
Typhoon Goni, known as Rolly in the Phillipines, made landfall in the eastern Philippines recently almost a week after the Typhoon Molave which barrelled through the same region. Typhoon Goni was the strongest storm to have occurred anywhere in the world so far this year with wind speeds of up .... Read More
Recently the State of Global Air 2020 (SOGA 2020) report was released by US-based Health Effects Institute and Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project.
India recorded the highest annual average PM 2.5 concentration exposure in the world last year.
India was followed by Nepal, Niger, Qatar and Nigeria in high PM .... Read More
The National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) has developed an eco-friendly crude oil bioremediation mechanism technology using consortia of marine microbes wheat bran (WB) immobilized on agro-residue bacterial cells.
Bioremediation can be defined as any process that uses microorganisms or their enzymes to remove and or neutralize contaminants within the environment .... Read More
The environmental clearance, granted to the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) on December 22, 2017 by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, was cancelled by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on October 12.
The NGT has held that environmental clearance (EC) to KLIPwas granted ex post facto, after completion .... Read More
The India Meteorological Department (IMD)recently launched the South Asian Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS), which is aimed at helping disaster management teams and governments make timely evacuation plans ahead of the actual event of flooding.
South Asian FFGS
A dedicated FFGS centre will be established in New Delhi, where weather modelling and .... Read More
Typhoon Haishen made landfall over southern Japan on 6th September. It has been categorised as a Category 4 storm which means well-built framed houses can suffer severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and exterior walls.
The damage associated with strong typhoons include wind damage, water damage, .... Read More
Recently, due to heavy rainfall, landslides occurred in different parts of India like in Kerala, Karnataka, Assam, etc.
A landslide is the gravitational movement of a mass of rock, or mass of earth or debris, downwards on a slope. It generally occurs when a hilly slope becomes unstable due to natural .... Read More
On 7th August, 2020, two coastal villages of Odisha- Venkatraipur village in Ganjam district and Noliasahi village in Jagatsingpur district were declared “Tsunami Ready” by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (UNESCO-IOC) for their overall preparedness to face the calamity.
With this recognition, India became the first country to implement the .... Read More
The ecological disaster at Baghjan in Tinsukia district of Assam was precipitated by a blowout at well number 5, reported on May 27.
On June 9, the well—located close to the Dibru-SaikhowaNational Park (DSNP)—caught fire, leading to irreparable loss to the entire biodiversity of the region and loss of lives and .... Read More
Recently IFLOWS- Mumbai was launched making Mumbaionly the second city in the country after Chennai to get this system.
IFLOWS (Integrated Flood Warning System) is a monitoring and flood warning system that will be able to relay alerts of possible flood-prone areas anywhere between six to 72 hours in advance.
The .... Read More
India's 1.3 billion people are under complete lockdown in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, that has claimed over 3million lives across the world so far. During the lockdown, Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code has been widely invoked against those not following it. Persons violating the .... Read More
Cyclone Amphan, hit West Bengal on May 20 claiming 86 lives so far and affecting over 10 million people in the eastern Indian state. The powerful storm ripped through eastern India and neighbouring Bangladesh. The storm in West Bengal caused massive damage to standing crops, thousands of trees were uprooted, .... Read More
Vice-President of India unveiled the ‘Red Atlas Action Plan Map,’ a first of its kind ready reckoner, prepared by the Ministry of Earth Sciences to aid Tamil Nadu government in effective flood mitigation in Chennai which witnessed the worst deluge in 2015.
Red Atlas Action Map
The over 200-page atlas was prepared .... Read More
Odisha has come out with a unique flood hazard atlas on the basis of historic flood inundation captured through satellite imagery over the period from 2001 to 2018, which is expected to help the State manage floods more efficiently.
The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the ISRO, Hyderabad had taken .... Read More
Just over a month after the powerful cyclone Fani devastated large areas of Odisha, another cyclone Vayu was in news, that was heading towards Gujarat coast. Vayu was much weaker than Fani. At its strongest, it generated winds of speed 110-120 km per hour.
Delay of Monsoon: While Vayu did not .... Read More
There is a bit of a traffic problem on Mount Everest lately — one that has led to pollution and death of 11 hikers so far this year, the most killed since 2014-15, when over 28 climbers and Sherpas were killed in avalanches.
What Caused this?
Poor governance: The cause of the .... Read More
The Fourth edition of the World Reconstruction Conference (WRC4) took place in Geneva on May 13-14, 2019. The WRC4 theme is “Inclusion for Resilient Recovery”. WRC4 will be held in conjunction with the sixth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR, May 13-17, 2019).
World Reconstruction Conference
The World Reconstruction Conference is .... Read More
The Face of Disasters 2019 report was recently published by Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) as part of its 25th anniversary. It analyses past trends, looking at disasters from a broader perspective to capture their varied facets.
Key areas Outlined by the Report that will be critical to consider
(i) .... Read More
The two-day workshop was organised by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi, India from 4th to 6th February, 2019.
Main .... Read More
On January 16th, Forest Survey of India (FSI) launched the beta-version of the Large Forest Fire Monitoring Programme.
The programme is a part of the Fire Alert System (FAST) Version 3.0, where the FSI will monitor forest fire events using real time data from the SNPP-VIIRS satellite.
The FAST 3.0 is .... Read More
A recent study published in the Journal of Hydrology found that while all the four districts of Sikkim are resilient to drought, making the state absolutely prepared to tackle the calamity, no district in Rajasthan or Chhattisgarh is tough enough to face a drought.
Best and Worst Prepared States
If a drought .... Read More
After two years of relatively good rains, large parts of Maharashtra (especially the Marathwada region and the adjoining districts of Jalgaon, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Sholapur, Amravati and Yavatmal), North Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch and North Karnataka are reeling under drought.
What is different this time is that it has been induced by the .... Read More
The collapse of a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, trapping at least 15 workers who were still missing and are feared dead, has thrown the spotlight on a procedure known as “rat-hole mining”. Although banned, it remains the prevalent procedure for coal mining in Meghalaya. A look at .... Read More
The International Day for Disaster Reduction is observed on 13 October annually to raise awareness about disaster reduction.
2019 Theme: Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.
The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centered on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. .... Read More
For the first time, a report- Mid- Monsoon 2019 Lightning Report- has mapped lightning strikes across the country, and the lives they have claimed. It has been prepared by Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC), a non-profit organisation that works closely with India Meteorological Department (IMD).
Highlights of the Report
It .... Read More
Hoolock Gibbons, the only species of apes found in India, are threatened with extinction in the Ukhrul and Kamjong districts of Manipur.
Rampant deforestation for timber, forest fires and indiscriminate hunting has led to the decline in their population.
Without the tree canopies, the gibbons cannot swing from branch to branch and .... Read More
The Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing has surpassed the Southern Birdwing after 88 years to become the largest butterfly in India.
The female Golden Birdwing was recorded from Didihat in Uttarakhand, the largest male was from the Wankhar Butterfly Museum in Meghalaya.
The only measurement used in the study of Lepidoptera is .... Read More
The government has issued an advisory to streamline the process of importing and possessing live exotic animals while also asking owners of exotic species to voluntarily disclose information on their pets within six months.
It proposes developing an inventory of exotic live species in India through voluntary disclosure, registration and declaration .... Read More
A newly discovered bright green pit viper discovered in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh has been named after Salazar Slytherin, one of the founding fathers of Hogwarts school from the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The name of the snake is Trimeresurus Salazar, meaning Salazar's pit viper.
Why is the snake .... Read More
Scientists from Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and few other institutions, after an extensive study spanning eight years, have discovered three new fish species in Western Ghats.
The researchers employed an integrative approach of evidence-gathering and used morphological and genetic analyses. The study was based on a fresh collection of Dawkinsia, .... Read More
Velankanni in Tamil Nadu has thrown up a new species of small freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae. The silver-hued fish has been christened Puntius sanctus — ‘sanctus’ is Latin for holy — after the popular pilgrim town.
Encountered in a small waterbody in Venlankanni, Puntius sanctus is small, it .... Read More
Bihar government is setting up India’s first observatory for the mammals in Bhagalpur district. Construction at the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary (VGDS) in the state’s Bhagalpur district is scheduled to be completed by early next year.
Features of the Observatory
The observatory is being built on the Sultanganj-Aguwani Ghat bridge over the .... Read More
The ‘State of India’s Birds 2020’ report, the first comprehensive assessment of range, abundance and conservation status of birds in India, has underlined concerns about some bird species and good news about a few others.
Highlights of the Report
The report was prepared as a partnership among 10 organisations including the World .... Read More
According to the most comprehensive genetic study to date on these endangered mammals, Red pandas, the bushy-tailed and russet-furred bamboo munchers that dwell in Asian high forests, are not a single species but rather two distinct ones.
Scientists said they found substantial divergences between the two species - Chinese red .... Read More
The ‘State of India’s Birds 2020’ report, the first comprehensive assessment of range, abundance and conservation status of birds in India, has underlined concerns about some bird species and good news about a few others.
Highlights of the Report
The report was prepared as a partnership among 10 organisations including the World .... Read More
According to the most comprehensive genetic study to date on these endangered mammals, Red pandas, the bushy-tailed and russet-furred bamboo munchers that dwell in Asian high forests, are not a single species but rather two distinct ones.
Scientists said they found substantial divergences between the two species - Chinese red .... Read More
The Arunachal Pradesh State government plans to build a 692.7 km highway through the 862 sq km Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR) in East Kameng district. After cutting through the Namdapha National Park, India’s easternmost tiger reserve, a new highway project has been cleared through yet another big cat reserve in .... Read More
Recently, major locust attacks have been observed in several countries in western and southern Asia and in eastern Africa. Pakistan and Somalia have declared locust emergencies.
Countries Affected by the Global Crisis
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has currently identified three hotspots of threatening locust activity, where .... Read More
According to a study published in the Journal of Biogeography, Himalayan wolves, also called as Tibetan wolves, which live at more than 4,000 metres altitudes are genetically distinct from grey wolves. The divergence of Himalayan wolves relates to past uplift of the region.
The genetic analysis revealed a clear divergence .... Read More
Pangolins could be responsible for the spread of the deadly coronavirus in China, scientists said after they found the genome sequence separated from the endangered mammals 99 per cent identical to that from infected people, according to a study led by scientists at the South China Agricultural University.
Pangolins are .... Read More
The Supreme Court on January 28, allowed the Centre to introduce the African cheetah to a suitable habitat in India. With India’s own cheetahs vanishing, a plea for this had been filed by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), seeking permission to introduce the African cheetah from Namibia.
In May 2012, .... Read More
Scientists at the National Centre for Microbial Resource — National Centre for Cell Science (NCMR-NCCS) in Pune have reported a new archaeon (a kind of microorganism). It was discovered in Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan. The new archaeon has been named Natrialbaswarupiae, after Dr Renu Swarup, secretary, Department of Biotechnology, .... Read More
The Wildlife Department in eastern Sabah state on Borneo Island, Malaysia announced that the Sumatran rhino, named Iman, died of natural causes on 23rd November due to shock in her system. She had uterine tumors since her capture in March 2014.
Sumatran rhinos are the smallest of the five living .... Read More
Scientists have given the name Idris Elba to a species of wasp that is a protector of crops. The wasp, recently discovered in Mexico, was found living as a parasite in the eggs of another insect, known as the bagrada bug, which is a major pest of cruciferous vegetables.
Features of .... Read More
Dhruv Prajapati, a PhD research scholar in spider taxonomy with the Gujarat Ecological Education & Research (GEER) Foundation, recently discovered two new species of spiders. He named one after Sachin and the other after Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who played an important role in creating awareness about education in Kerala.
There .... Read More
A new frog species named Polypedates bengalensis has been found in a residential area of West Bengal. The frog was found in two places in the neighbouring state of West Bengal — Badu, North 24 Parganas District and Khordanahala, South 24 Parganas District.
The location has inspired the name of the .... Read More
The International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) 10th Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AsESG) Meeting was held on December 5, 2019, at Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.
Discussions in the Meeting
More than 130 elephant conservationists, partner organisations and experts gathered at the meeting. They discussed the threats and challenges faced by .... Read More
Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change) along with assistance from the Central Bureau of Investigation and various state police and forest departments under Operation Clean Art conducted raids across multiple factories and warehouses.
Need for the Raid
This was the 28th operation .... Read More
A team of scientists from University of Delhi and Wildlife Institute of India, in collaboration with researchers from Indonesia and USA, have discovered a remarkably beautiful new frog belonging to the microhylid genus Micryletta from the Northeast of India.
Genus: Commonly known as paddy frogs, the first known species of .... Read More
A joint expedition of the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department, Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance/ Wildlife Conservation Society-India turned lucky when they chanced upon two tortoises (a male and a female) of the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in June 2019 near Yazali of Lower Subansari District of Arunachal Pradesh.
Genus: .... Read More
Odisha has renewed its effort to revive the population of gharials, a “critically endangered” species of crocodile, in their natural habitat by releasing five reptiles into the Satkosia gorge of Mahanadi — the southernmost limit of gharials’ home range in India. Odisha is the only State in India having all .... Read More
A rare snail found at only three spots in the Indian Ocean has become the first species to be officially declared threatened due to deep-sea mining.
About Scaly Foot Snail
The scaly-foot snail (Chrysomallon squamiferum) is found at three hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.
It was added by the .... Read More
Researchers have discovered a new vine snake species, believed to have evolved around 26 million years ago, in the southern Western Ghats.
About the Snake
Researchers from IIS found that the genus Proahaetulla resides within the family Ahaetuliinae, is a close relative of all the other vine snakes belonging to the genus .... Read More
The four-year tiger census report, Status of Tigers in India, 2018, shows numbers of the big cat have increased across all landscapes. The total count has risen to 2,967 from 2,226 in 2014 — an increase of 741 individuals (aged more than one year), or 33%, in four years.
Where has .... Read More
Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroathais), a butterfly species endemic to Western Ghats, has been declared as the state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. The tawny coloured creature with a dark brown outer ring is among the 32 butterfly species found in Western Ghats. Also known as Tamil Maravan, which means warrior, these butterflies .... Read More
Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India have discovered two new species of freshwater fish from the north-eastern and northern parts of the country.
Region of Discovery: While Glyptothorax gopii, a new species of catfish was found in Mizoram’s Kaladan river, Garra simbalbaraensis was found in Himachal Pradesh’s Simbalbara river.
Features: .... Read More
India is one of the world’s largest shark fishing nations and Maharashtra and Gujarat together contribute more than 50% of the harvest. But recently there has been a drop in the size of the sharks and their numbers. This has affected the fisheries sector and traders.
Highlights of the Studies
A study .... Read More
A new species of burrowing frog has been confirmed in Jharkhand’s Chhota Nagpur Plateau. The frog was first discovered in 2015. Its existence was verified and confirmed recently and published in the journal records of the Zoological Survey of India.
Name: It has been named as Spahaerotheca Magadha and will .... Read More
A researcher has discovered a new species of marmoset, a type of primate in the Brazillian Amazon, even as its habitat is facing a flood of ‘developmental’ activities.
Habitat: The new marmoset was discovered by Rodrigo Costa Araújo of the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil’s Pará state, which lies .... Read More
India’s proposal to upgrade the protection of star tortoises (Geochelone elegans), the smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) and small-clawed otters (Anoyx cinereus) in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora) have been approved. These species have been listed under Appendix I of CITES and will .... Read More
The recently discovered Cnemaspis anandani (Anandan’s day gecko), is the most recent day gecko found in the Nilgiris and is endemic to the Western Ghats. The Nilgiris district itself was home to three other Cnemaspis species.Significance of the Discovery
The discovery of the 35th species of day gecko highlights the rich .... Read More
Researchers warned at the 14th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) that at least three to four species of animals, such as the Indian Cheetah, pink-headed duck, and the Great Indian Bustard, have become extinct due to desertification in .... Read More
Scientists have reported the discovery of a new species of frog from the northeastern State of Arunachal Pradesh, highlighting India’s amphibian diversity amid rising concerns over biodiversity loss.
Name: The new species is named eos, after the mythological Greek goddess of dawn, personifying its habitat in Arunachal Pradesh which is .... Read More
The UN environmental programme has released a report warning that fishing trawlers, seaweed farming, and tourism is threatening the survival of seagrasses.
These are angiosperm or flowering plants that hold a vital role in the complex coastal ecosystem, and are one of the most productive coastal habitats.
There are .... Read More
Botanists have rediscovered a rare and critically endangered plant species called Globbaandersonii from the Sikkim Himalayas near the Teesta river valley region after a gap of nearly 136 years. It was thought to have been extinct until its "re-collection", for the first time since 1875.
It is commonly known .... Read More
Eulophiaobtusa, a rare orchid species, also known as ‘ground orchid’, has been rediscovered after 118 years in the forests of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.In India, this species was last sighted in Pilibhit in 1902 and there is a documented record in Kew Herbarium in England.
It is a rare orchid .... Read More
A report published by TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network with WWF India support, indicated that despite consistent efforts of the law enforcement agencies, wild animal populations in India are under “additional threat” during the lockdown period. A "significant increase" of around 151% is reported in wildlife poaching according to .... Read More
Recently, the Gujarat Forest Department announced the population of Asiatic lions in the state — 674, up from 523 in a Lion Census five years ago. Unlike in previous years, this count was estimated not from a Census, but from a population “observation” exercise called Poonam Avlokan.
The first Lion Census .... Read More
A team of scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have reported the discovery of three new plant species from the evergreen forest patches of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. According to Scientists, with climate change and forest fires hampering their spread, .... Read More
The Forest Advisory Committee, an apex body tasked with adjudicating requests by the industry to divert forest land for commercial ends, has approved a scheme that could allow “forests” to be traded as a commodity. If implemented, it allows the Forest Department to outsource one of its responsibilities of reforesting .... Read More
A chemical in plant that is traditionally known to repel herbivores is now found to have medicinal use for humans. A botanical study conducted by four plant specialists from India found that the volatile chemicals found in the leaves of six species of Garcinia plants are good for human consumption.
Findings .... Read More
Scientists from the University of Kerala have decoded the genetic make-up of Arogyapacha (Trichopus zeylanicus), a highly potent medicinal plantendemic to the Agasthya hills. This ‘miracle plant’ is known for its traditional use by the Kani tribal community to combat fatigue.
Significance of the Discovery
Studies have proved its varied spectrum of .... Read More
The invasive Kappaphycus alvarezii seaweed, which smothers and kills coral reefs, has spread its wings to coral reef areas in Valai island in the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) and is set to invade new coral colonies in the marine national park.
Area of Influence
After invading Shingle, Kurusadai and Mulli islands in .... Read More
Scientists have discovered an antibiotic produced by a soil bacterium from a Mexican tropical forest that may help lead to a ‘plant probiotic,’ more robust plants and other antibiotics. The new antibiotic, known as phazolicin, prevents harmful bacteria from getting into the root systems of bean plants.
The bacterium that produces .... Read More
Assam has added to India’s botanical wealth with a plant that yields dragon’s blood — a bright red resin used since ancient times as medicine, body oil, varnish, incense and dye.
About the Plant
Dracaena cambodiana, a dragon tree species was discovered in the Dongka .... Read More
According to data shared in Parliament by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, a quarter of India’s geographical area (24.49 per cent) is under forest and tree cover.These assessments are done by the Forest Survey of India, whose findings are published in the India State of Forest Report .... Read More
Chennai has been lit for a couple of days now over the bright blue waves that are washing up on its beaches. The phenomenon is called sea sparkle.
Cause of this Phenomenon
This was caused by sea algae called Noctiluca scintillans, commonly referred to as sea sparkle. These are organisms that live .... Read More
The new assessments by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has put African elephants living in forests in the critically endangered category and the African savanna elephant as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Previously, African elephants were treated as a single species, listed as Vulnerable; .... Read More
Nearly 70 years after the cheetah was declared locally extinct or extirpated, India will receive its first batch of the large cats from Africa by the end of this year.
This is the first time in the world that a large carnivore will be relocated from one continent to another.
Time Line .... Read More
According to a recent study published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, contemporary International wildlife trade is causing declines of over 60% in the abundance of species on the planet, and scientists call for more research on the impacts of this severe threat across the world.
The scientists found .... Read More
On 7th February, the Chief minister of Himachal Pradesh inaugurated a nutrition garden at the Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur.
The garden is spread over an area of 3,250 square meters and saplings of apple, peach, plum, apricot, pomegranate and persimmon will be planted this winter. .... Read More
Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth—a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed. Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar.
The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body of just 13.5mm. This makes it the .... Read More
A group of Indian scientists from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi, have found a way to improve crops by reducing wastage of nitrogen fertilisers applied to them.
Scientists were able to identify phenotypes, or visibly identifiable features that determine the efficiency with which cultivated rice varieties (cultivars) use nitrogen. .... Read More
As per a recent report of WWF, more than 43 million hectares of forest—an area bigger than Germany—have been lost in a little over a decade in just a handful of deforestation hotspots.
Swathes of forest continue to be flattened each year—mainly due to industrial-scale agriculture—as biodiversity-rich areas are cleared to .... Read More
According to a recent publication “Birds of the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve”, of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Indian Sundarbans, which is part of the largest mangrove forest in the world, is home to 428 species of birds.
The Indian Sundarbans, a world heritage site and a Ramsar Site, covers 4,200 .... Read More
On 5th January, the Standing Committee of National Board of Wildlife(SC-NBWL) approved the advisory for management of Human-Wildlife Conflict(HWC) in the country.
HWC occurs when animals pose a direct and recurring threat to the livelihood or safety of people, leading to the killing of that species.
Standing Committee also approved inclusion of .... Read More
On 11th January, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, released the Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across 29 states and Union territories in the country.
It also announced that this year onwards, 10 best national parks, five coastal and marine parks and top five .... Read More
A scientific expedition high in the Bolivian Andes revealed 20 species new to science, including “lilliputian frog” along with four rediscovered species including the “devil-eyed frog” previously thought to be extinct recently.
The expedition was led by the Conservation International and the government of capital city La Paz in the Chawi .... Read More
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the status of biological diversity of species, has released an updated Red List of Threatened Species recently.
The IUCN categorises species according to population numbers with ‘Extinct’ describing a complete disappearance and the category ‘Least Concern’ on the opposite .... Read More
The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) along with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India has come up with a unique initiative — a “firefly bird diverter” for overhead power lines in areas where Great Indian Bustard (GIB) populations are found in the wild.
The power lines, especially high-voltage .... Read More
The population of leopard in India has increased by 60 per cent, according to ‘Status of Leopard in India 2018’ report released by the government on 21st December. Leopards are among the most adaptable carnivores, and are known to exist very close to human habitations.
A study earlier this year had .... Read More
The Himalayan trillium (Trillium govanianum), a common herb of the Himalayas was declared ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently.
Himalayan trillium (Nagchatri)
Found in temperate and sub-alpine zones of the Himalayas, at an altitude from 2,400-4,000 metres above sea level, the existence of the plant has been .... Read More
Scientists and researchers from the University of Delhi and the Zoological Survey of India, Indonesia, Thailand and China have discovered a genus of tree frog found in the Andaman islands and the northeast.
The new genus ‘Rohanixalus’ is named after Sri Lankan taxonomist Rohan Pethiyagoda.
This finding uncovers an interesting .... Read More
A team of researchers from the Centre for Ecological Sciences (CES) of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) recently discovered five new species of vine snakes during their study in various parts of peninsular India.
The team discovered that the common green vine snake (Ahaetullanasuta) in India was a complex .... Read More
Scientists have identified the fossil of a giant bird called Pelagornithids that lived about 50 million years ago, with wingspans of up to 21 feet that would dwarf today’s largest bird, the wandering albatross. The wandering albatross has a wingspan of 11 and-a-half-foot.
The fossils recovered from Antarctica in the 1980s .... Read More
Amur falcons, locally known as ‘Akhoipuina’ have recently arrived in Manipur’s Tamenglong district from their summer breeding grounds in southeast Russia and northeast China. They are also known as Ra Ruai or Birds of God in Manipur.
Amur falcons are pigeon-sized migratory birds originating in Siberia where they breed in .... Read More
Researchers at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) at Palode in Kerala have rediscovered an endangered tree species of Western Ghats, long believed extinct, after 184 years from a sacred grove in Kollam district.
The lone mature tree identified as Madhucadiplostemon, was located at the KoonayilAyiravilli Siva .... Read More
The CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, has started cultivating heeng for the first time in the state as well as in the country.The first sapling has been planted in Himachal Pradesh’s Kwaring village in Lahaul valley
Asafoetida, or Heeng a common ingredient in Indian Kitchens is not .... Read More
Maharashtra has announced that a 600-acre land parcel in the Aarey Milk Colony near Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) would be reserved as a forest.
The area of the reserved forest excludes the land on which the controversial car shed for the 33.5-km-long underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro Line 1 corridor will be .... Read More
Amidst the ongoing India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the double-humped camels will now be used for transportation and patrolling by the Indian Army in eastern Ladakh's treacherous terrain where armies of both countries have mobilized in great numbers.
It was planned three years ago and will come .... Read More
In a first-of-its-kind, a biodiversity map of the city of Mumbai has been prepared to showcase the wildlife hotspots, mangrove forests, urban green spaces and over 90 species that can be spotted in the city.
It is an attempt to visually empower Mumbai’s citizens with the resources they share with the .... Read More
Kerala has become the first state to institutionalise snake handling in the country. It has framed guidelines for rescuing snakes from human dominated places and releasing them in uninhabited areas.
Key Features of the Guidelines
The guidelines make it mandatory for snake handlers to seek certification. Each district will prepare a .... Read More
Union Environment Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a people’s campaign #SelfiewithSapling on June 4th, urging all to join and plant a sapling and post the selfie with the sapling on social media.
World Environment Day 2019
World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action and takes place every .... Read More
Recently central government’s flagship scheme Jal Jeevan Mission rolled out a framework and guidelines for testing, monitoring and surveillance of drinking water quality as well as a Water Quality Information Management System (WQMIS), an online portal that provides detailed information on laboratories for this purpose.
The guidelines have been prepared in .... Read More
Recently NITI Aayog has released a plan for the sustainable and holistic development of the Little Andaman Island in the Andaman and Nicobar group.
The ‘Sustainable Development of Little Andaman Island – Vision Document’, is the NITI Aayog’s proposal to leverage the strategic location and natural features of the Little Andaman .... Read More
After successful pilot projects, India has decided to go in for largescale cultivation of 60 varieties of seaweeds or macroalgae, which have multiple commercial applications in medicine, fertilizer, animal feed and food, being a rich source of amino acid and several micronutrients.
Also, in the budget 2021, government proposed a multipurpose .... Read More
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a public interest research and advocacy organisation based in New Delhi, has claimed that honey marketed by prominent brands failed a key test of purity called ‘Nuclear Magnetic Resonance’, in an investigation it conducted on various brands of Indian honey.
However, most companies have .... Read More
According to a report by International Energy Agency (IEA), global progress on the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology from 2010-2020 was not on track to effectively control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and achieve net zero emissions to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2050. CCS .... Read More
A study regarding the mangrove coverage was recently published in Environmental Research Letters which revealed that mangroves forests, their large biodiversity and the coastal protection they provide are under pressure from three distinct threats -- sea-level rise, lack of mud and squeezed habitatsbut still there is hope to salvage them.
The .... Read More
On October 28, the President of India signed ‘The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020’. The Ordinance came within days of the hearing in ‘Aditya Dubey vs Union of India’ in the court of the Chief Justice of India, seeking directions to .... Read More
With the term of completion approaching for the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) or Namami Gange, government has initiated a slew of interventions under it.
It ranges from organic farming to creation of river fronts, Ghats and sewerage treatment plants (STPs).
Four-Dimensional Push Under NMCG
Under Namami Gange, projects worth 30 .... Read More
A new study published in Nature Communications has estimated nearly 11.6-21.1 million tonnes of microplastic pollution in the Atlantic Ocean, indicating that the inputs and stocks of ocean plastics are much higher than determined previously.
Scientists studied pollution of the Atlantic Ocean caused by three types of plastics: polyethylene, polypropylene, .... Read More
On 13th July, 2020, NITI Aayog presented India‘s second voluntary national review of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) report titled as ‘Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local’ to the United Nations High-level Political Forum.The first voluntary national review of SDGs was presented in 2017.
Key Highlights of VNR
Taking SGDs .... Read More
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a Guideline Document for the “Uniform Framework for Extended Producers Responsibility” under the provisions of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
Salient Features of the Guideline
Introduction of a system of plastic credit, establishing Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) and setting up a .... Read More
As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds across the globe, threatening lives and upending the world economy, it’s also had a profound impact on the environment. If we pay a close eye to all that is happening around us owing to the spread of this virus, we will notice that all the .... Read More
A gas leak, reminiscent of the 1984 Bhopal tragedy, has claimed at least 11 lives and affected thousands of residents in five villages in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The source of the leak was a styrene plant owned by South Korean electronics giant LG, located at RRV Puram near Gopalapatnam, .... Read More
India is gearing up for what could be one of its worst locust invasions in decades. Outbreaks of the insect attack have been reported from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Many State governments have issued an advisory to farmers to spray pesticides and keep a .... Read More
The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive body to implement projects for linking rivers. To be called the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA), the proposed body is expected to take up both inter-State and intra-State projects. It will also make arrangements for generating up funds, .... Read More
According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations report released recently, Peatlands, play crucial role in regulating global climate by acting as carbon sinks. They are now facing degradation and need to be urgently monitored. The report comprised information as well as recommendations to countries on .... Read More
On 16th February India hosted the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP13), a major United Nations wildlife conference, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The theme of the conference was “Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home”.
Highlights of the Conference
The Conference kicked .... Read More
According to the biennial India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2019, India’s forest cover has increased by 3,976 sq km or 0.56% since 2017. For the second successive time since 2007, Forest Report recorded a gain — an impressive 1,275 sq km — in dense forest (including Very Dense Forest .... Read More
Over 18,500 birds were found dead recently at the Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan, which is known for migratory birds. A report of Indian Veterinary Research Institute of Bareilly confirmed avian botulism as the cause of the death of domestic and migratory birds in the Sambhar Lake.
Cause of Death
Avian botulism, a .... Read More
The National Ganga Council (NGC), headed by Prime Minister met for the first time at Kanpur with the proposal to save and enhance the population of the Gangetic Dolphin. They also discussed the concept of “River Cities” and an action plan to provide sewer connection to every household in towns .... Read More
The annual climate talks ended in Madrid, Spain with a disappointing outcome. The talks were unable to define the rules of a new carbon market to be set up under the Paris Agreement, the only major agenda before it.
The failure of the talks underlined starkly the massive gap between .... Read More
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) unveiled the State of the Global Climate in 2018 Report. This publication marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate, which was first issued in 1994. The 2019 edition treating data for 2018, marks sustained international efforts dedicated .... Read More
Gujarat is facing a severe water crisis this year with 96 of the state’s 250 tehsils, spanning 17 districts, having been declared either drought-affected or scarcity-hit, a majority of these in Saurashtra and North Gujarat. The Gujarat government has declared that there is enough water for drinking until July 31, .... Read More
On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, Environment Minister announced that India will be hosting the fourteenth session of Conference of Parties (COP - 14) from 29th August – 14th September 2019.
The Union Minister also launched a flagship project on enhancing capacity on forest landscape restoration .... Read More
Recently, Tokyo has hosted the second U20 Mayors Summit. The summit took place one month ahead of the G20 Osaka Summit. Mayors from the world’s largest economies urged their national leaders to work together to “leverage the tremendous potential of our cities as hubs of diversity and innovation for the .... Read More
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom Parliament have declared “an environment and climate emergency,” making it the first country in the world to do so. Republic of Ireland is the second country to do so.
What is a climate emergency?
While there is no precise definition of what constitutes action to meet such .... Read More
On February 4, 2019, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a regional intergovernmental body – released the Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment, the first-ever assessment of impacts of climate change on the ecologically important but fragile region. More than 300 researchers participated in the study who took over four .... Read More
At a time when the world grapples with the menace of air pollution killing 7 million people prematurely every year, Sri Lanka, with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), convened a two-day event at which member states came together to adopt the “Colombo Declaration” with an ambition to halve .... Read More
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs adopted by World leaders in 2015 presents a road map for future development trajectory to all nations with focus on poverty eradication, environmental sustainability, peace and prosperity.
India’s development agenda has for long been based on principles that are closely related .... Read More
Palau has signed the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement, lauding India for its efforts in promoting sustainable development projects through South-South Cooperation.
International Solar Alliance (ISA)
The ISA was jointly launched by Prime Minister Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November .... Read More
Record fires are raging in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, with more than 2,500 fires currently burning. They are collectively emitting huge amounts of carbon, with smoke plumes visible thousands of kilometers away.
Why does the amazon matter?
Biodiversity hot spot: The Amazon - 60% of which is in Brazil - is the world’s .... Read More
Concerns over resource depletion have soared in India because of rising factory output, urbanization and population putting pressure on existing resources. Against this backdrop, the Union Environment Ministry has drafted a National Resource Efficiency Policy, aiming to double the recycling rate of key materials to 50% in the next five .... Read More
On 26th March, representatives of state pollution control boards, urban local bodies and Institutes of Repute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 132 identified cities to implement city-specific action plans under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).
The NCAP is a long-term, time-bound, national level strategy to tackle air pollution .... Read More
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) recently informed the parliament that over Rs 1,000 crore has been released for the conservation of 157 wetlands in the country under the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Eco-systems (NPCA).
Threats to Water Bodies
The NPCA is .... Read More
Flamingos, pelicans and some other species are yet to leave the Chilika lake in Odisha despite the early onset of summer in the state, even as most waterfowl have left the area.
The flamingos and pelicans generally come to Chilika during late winter. While pelicans start their journey with the onset .... Read More
Beijing was shrouded in thick brown dust in mid-March. Pollution levels were sent soaring as heavy winds blew in from the Gobi desert and parts of north-western China. The meteorological department called it the biggest sandstorm in a decade.
Heavy winds brought in sand from Inner Mongolia to the provinces of .... Read More
According to the latest report of the Central Pollution Control Board, there are 112 sites in India contaminated by toxic and hazardous substances.
Besides, there are 168 Probably Contaminated sites that may be contaminated but require investigation and confirmation
Odisha tops the list with 23 contaminated sites, followed by Uttar Pradesh (21) .... Read More
On 4th March, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the Food Waste Index Report 2021.
The report looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes – counting both food and inedible parts and presents the most comprehensive food waste data collection, analysis and modelling.
The index was .... Read More
On 7th February 2021, a massive flood has been reported from Uttarakhand's Chamoli district, where the water level in Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers suddenly rose, following an avalanche near Rishiganga Power Project at Raini village.
Some scientists believe that the flood was triggered by a glacial lake outburst in India’s second-highest .... Read More
On 16th February 2021, Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and development work of Chittaura Lake to promote tourism and the history of Suheldev and the battle of Bahraich.
The event in Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh marks the birth anniversary of Maharaja Suheldev.
The complete project will .... Read More
Recently, a beautiful Mandarin duck was spotted at Maguri-Motapung beel (wetland) in Tinsukia district, Assam after a century. It was a historic moment, as the bird has shown up after 120 years at the same location. It was last spotted at Dibru river in Tinsukia in 1902.
Naturalists suspect that climate .... Read More
Recently, six elephants died in just 14 days at Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Kalahandi district, and the government has asked the authorities to take immediate measures to stop the fatalities.
Expressing concern over the series of pachyderm deaths, the government has also directed the departments of Forest and Environment and .... Read More
Recently, a new species of alpine plant in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district has been discovered.
It belongs to the Himalayan sunflower family.
It is named as Cremanthodium indicum, and the plant species which generally flowers from July to August, is endemic to Penga-Teng Tso Lake of Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.
It is .... Read More
In his Mann Ki Baat programme, Prime Minister hailed the commitment of N.S. Rajappan, a differently abled man from Kottayam, towards cleaning up Vembanad Lake by collecting plastic bottles floating on the lake and the streams linked to it. Vembanad Lake is also known as Vembanad Kayal, Vembanad Kol, Punnamada .... Read More
From 10th to 12th February 2021, the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2021 was held on the theme- 'Redefining our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All.' The World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Instituted in 2001, the .... Read More
A new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder in the U.S has pointed out that the mixed layer of the ocean which blankets the top 20 to 200 metres is becoming thinner each year.
It warns that the continued loss of this buffer may lead to more frequent .... Read More
The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) recently clarified that the rooftop solar scheme is being implemented in the states only by power distribution companies (DISCOMS) that have empanelled vendors through the bidding process and decided rates for setting up a rooftop solar plant. It added that domestic consumers .... Read More
In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists have assessed the influence of human activities on extreme fire weather risk, and found that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution have distinct regional impacts on wildfire outbreaks.
The research analysed the climate under various combinations of human influences since 1920, isolating individual effects and .... Read More
India has added Tso Kar Wetland Complex in Ladakh as its 42nd Ramsar site, the second one in the Union Territory of Ladakh (first is Tso Moriri or Lake Moriri).
The aim of the Ramsar list is to develop and maintain an international network of wetlands which are important for the .... Read More
A first-of-its-kind study by the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has projected that numbers of the Malayan Giant Squirrel (Ratufa bicolor), a “forest health indicator species”, could decline by 90 per cent in India by 2050, and if urgent steps are not taken, the species could be extinct in the .... Read More
A team of researchers from NIT Rourkela, Leipzig Institute for Meteorology, Germany, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur supported by the Department of Science & Technology (India) under DST Climate Change program have highlighted the crucial role of the aerosols like black carbon and dust, in increasing the incidents of high rainfall .... Read More
Minister of Environment,Forest and Climate Change launched the India Climate Change Knowledge Portal on 28th November. The portal will have all the major steps the Government is taking at both national and international levels to address the climate change issues.It will be a single-point information resource that provides information on .... Read More
Tamil Nadu was adjudged the best state in water conservation effort by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, at the 2019 National Water Awards.Maharashtrawas the second best state in water conservation efforts, whereas Rajasthan settled for third position. In the same category, .... Read More
The Karnataka Biodiversity Board has decided to declare four more areas in the State as biodiversity heritage sites.
Biodiversity heritage sites are considered unique and fragile ecosystems that can be marine ecosystems, coastal and inland waters, or terrestrial areas.
Notifying an area as biodiversity heritage site will help protect the rich and .... Read More
The first ever moss garden in the country, spread across an area of around 10 hectares, was recently inaugurated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The garden was approved in July 2019 under the CAMPA (State Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority) scheme by the Research Advisory Committee of .... Read More
Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) in Madhya Pradeshhas been included in the global network of biosphere reserves by UNESCO under its Man and Biosphere Programme recently.The UNESCO’s recognition cited PTR as a critical tiger habitat. The area has undergone substantial ecosystem restoration in the buffer zone. With only three urban centres .... Read More
India has launched its first ever census of the rare and elusive snow leopard population that mainly inhabits the higher reaches of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand but is also found in Jammu & Kashmir, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
The scientific estimate is being carried out by the Uttarakhand Forest department .... Read More
Britain’s Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, recently launched a new 50-million pound Earthshot Prize, aimed at funding the most innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Every year from 2021 until 2030, Prince William, alongside the Earthshot Prize Council which covers six continents, will award the .... Read More
Scientists from India, Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland have discovered a new family of bony fish from the Western Ghats, and named it Aenigmachannidae Gollum, after the dark and conflicted character of JRR Tolkien’s epic saga ‘Lord of the Rings’.
The Gollum snakehead was first identified as a new species and .... Read More
Eight beaches in India have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification. The Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded by "Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark" based on 33 stringent criteria under four major heads -- environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environment management and conservation, and .... Read More
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has launched a dynamic, impact-based cyclone warning system aimed at minimising economic losses and damage to property from cyclones that hit the country’s coasts every year.
Impact Based Cyclone Warning System
The system will use meteorological data in combination with geospatial and population data to assess the .... Read More
Kochi has become the first city in in Kerala and the second in the country after Hyderabad, to have a biodiversity index map.
The index has considered 18 biodiversity indicators that measure the city’s native biodiversity, the ecosystem services provided and biodiversity governance. It has a score of 45 out of .... Read More
Scientists at the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital have evaluated the near surface ozone in the Brahmaputra River Valley (BRV) and found relatively low concentration of Ozone over Guwahati compared to the other urban locations in India.
During the daylight hours, the site is in or .... Read More
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the health commission of Lanzhou City in China announced that a leak in a biopharmaceutical company last year caused an outbreak of brucellosis disease. Without any reported fatalities, more than 3,000 people had been infected with the disease.
It said that in the process of producing a .... Read More
Indian scientists have reported a first-of-its-kind discovery of morphological phenotypic plasticity (MPP) in the Kalinga cricket frog.
MPP is the ability of an organism to show drastic morphological (physical features) variations in response to natural environmental variations or stimuli.
The recent study has indicated that the frog species being endemic to .... Read More
Encouraged by germination and subsequent growth in bamboo plantations, Odisha’s Athagarh Forest Division has begun casting seed balls inside different reserve forest areas to enrich food stock for wild elephants.
The prime objective is to meet the needs of the elephants, thus avoiding man-animal conflict since Athagarh Forest Division is one .... Read More
The World Elephant Day is celebrated on 12th August every year to spread awareness for the conservation and protection of the largest mammal on land.
It creates awareness of elephant conservation and shares knowledge and positive solutions for the better protection and management of wild and captive elephants.
The day was launched .... Read More
On 10th August, 2020, India and Maldives signed a contract for development of five eco-tourism zones in Addu atoll of the island nation.
These eco-tourism zones are part of grant projects being implemented under the High-Impact Community Development project (HICDP) scheme which involves a total grant assistance of 5.5 million .... Read More
Kerala is preparing to host the first-ever State Dragonfly Festival- Thumbimahotsavam 2020.
The Dragonfly Festival started in 2018 to educate and inform the public about the integral role that dragonflies, and their lesser known siblings damselflies, play in our environment.
This is part of a National dragonfly festival being organised by .... Read More
On 2nd July, 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist.
It is a statutory body of MOEF &CC constituted in 1992 under the Wildlife (Protection) .... Read More
On 9th July, 2020, Himalayan Viagra (Ophiocordyceps sinensis) has entered the IUCN’sRed List of Threatened Species under ‘vulnerable’ category.
It is an entomopathogenic fungus (a fungus that grows on insects) in the family Ophiocordycipitaceae.
It parasitizes larvae of ghost moths and produces a fruiting body which used to be valued as .... Read More
The Tigers orchids (Grammatophyllum speciosum) which flower in alternate years, are in full bloom at the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Kerala. The bloom of Tiger orchids flowers resembles the tiger skin. It is endemic to South East Asia (countries like Indonesia, Philippines etc) and is .... Read More
On 19th, 2020, the government hailed “KURMA” application to track and report Indian turtle.
The app is developed by the Indian Turtle Conservation Action Network (ITCAN) in collaboration with the Turtle Survival Alliance-India and Wildlife Conservation Society-India
Itprovides users a database to identify a species and the location of the nearest rescue .... Read More
A very rare Golden Tiger or Golden Tabby Tiger, which is a very rare morph of a Royal Bengal tiger has been spotted in Kaziranga National Park in Assam. This is the only sighting of a Golden tiger in India. The occurrence of Golden hue is believed to be caused .... Read More
The government has given approval to a proposal to allow individuals and institutions to contribute directly to the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The NDRF was set up in accordance with Section 46 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. It is meant to meet the expenses for emergency response, relief .... Read More
The first population estimation exercise of the Indian gaurcarried out in the Nilgiris Forest Division in recent yearshas revealed that more than an estimated 2,000 Indian gaurs inhabit the entire division.
Worryingly, the exercise has also revealed that most of the animals are in “conflict-prone” areas in the division and live .... Read More
As the world continues to grapple with the devastating consequences of COVID-19, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called for urgent global action to address the key drivers which may cause future zoonotic disease outbreaks.
Environmental Factors Driving Zoonotic Diseases
The WWF asserted that the environmental factors driving the emergence .... Read More
Severe Cyclonic Storm Nisarga was the strongest tropical cyclone to strike the Indian state of Maharashtra in the month of June since 1891. It was also the first cyclone impact to Mumbai since Cyclone Phyan of 2009. Nisarga was the second cyclone to strike the Indian subcontinent within two weeks, .... Read More
Earth Day, was celebrated around the world on April 22nd to pledge support for environmental protection. The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the annual celebrations. This year’s theme for Earth Day is ‘climate action’. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 as ‘International Mother Earth Day’.
Earth .... Read More
A new study conducted by the University of Manchester, UK and Mahavir Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Phulwarisharif in Patna has found uranium contaminating the groundwater in 10 districts of Bihar.
Uranium concentrations are elevated mostly in the North West-South East band along and to the east of Gandak river .... Read More
The National Green Tribunal directed a team, comprising the Centre and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), to supervise handling and scientific disposal of COVID-19 waste in accordance with the guidelines.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson directed the Chief Secretary of States and Union Territories to closely monitor the .... Read More
To address unprecedented situation arising from global outbreak of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), and to ramp up availability or production of various drugs, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 27th March 2020, has made an amendment to EIA Notification 2006.
All projects or activities in respect of bulk .... Read More
A new species has just been discovered — on Twitter. It’s a type of parasitic fungus, which researchers have described in the journal MycoKeys. Its name: Troglomyces twitteri.
Troglomyces twitteri belongs to an order called Laboulbeniales — tiny fungal parasites that attack insects and millipedes and look like tiny larvae.
These .... Read More
The sal forest tortoise is widely distributed over eastern and northern India and Southeast Asia. However, it is not common in any of this terrain. A recent study by ecologists in the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, finds that the area designated as a protected area network has only a .... Read More
World Tuna Day was observed on 2nd May 2020 with an aim to raise awareness about the importance of Tuna, a saltwater fish.
World Tuna Day aims to spread information about the possible impact of drastically declining tuna stocks. The day also highlights the economic and social benefits of establishing .... Read More
Environmental experts and fisheries organisations have flagged a serious threat to the ecology of the Indian Sundarbans due to recent incidents of fly ash-filled barges capsizing and sinking in the Hooghly river.
Two fly ash-filled barges sank on April 9, 2020, within a range of 30 kilometres — one on .... Read More
For the first time in four decades, emissions of toxic carbon dioxide have declined in the country — thanks to an economic slowdown, growth of clean energy and the ongoing lockdown. This was revealed in the latest analysis done by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).
Key .... Read More
On 9 May 2020, people around the world celebrated World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) – a global campaign dedicated to raising awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was .... Read More
The UK was confirmed as the first co-chair of the Governing Council on the India-led global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
The coalition established by Indian Prime Minister is a voluntary international grouping, linking governments, UN agencies, banks, private sector groups, and academia to develop the resilience of infrastructure .... Read More
As part of its initiative to prevent decline in the area under paddy cultivation, the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences(UAHS), Shivamogga, Karnataka, has developed ‘Sahyadri Megha’, a new red variety of paddy that is resistant to blast disease and rich in nutrients.
The new variety has been approved by .... Read More
The European Commission (EC) launched the ‘United for Biodiversity’ coalition made up of zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, national parks, and natural history and science museums from around the world, on World Wildlife Day 2020 (3rd March).
The coalition offered the opportunity for all such institutions to “join forces and boost .... Read More
The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has brought back the Model Guidelines for Conservation, Management and sustainable use of Community Forest Resources (CFR Guideline) under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA), four years after it went into cold storage.
The CFR right under the FRA empowers Gram Sabhas to .... Read More
Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out. Thus, recognising the importance of this day, recycling day is celebrated on March 18th.
Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to .... Read More
UN Secretary-General warned that without further efforts, between 3.5 and 4.4 billion people in the world will live with limited access to water, with more than 1 billion of them in major cities.
World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of .... Read More
The Maharashtra government has scrapped the Jalyukta Shivar , a water conservation project citing ‘substandard’ work carried out under Jalyukta Shivar.
Launched in December 2014 after Maharashtra experienced consecutive droughts, the project aimed at rolling out measures that could potentially mitigate water scarcity in the most drought-prone villages in a .... Read More
A group of citizen scientists working together with scientists from Taxon Expeditions, which organises field trips of taxonomic experts and lay people to discover unknown species, has identified a new species of land snail. They have named it Craspedotropis gretathunbergae, in honour of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
The new .... Read More
Decks have been cleared to notify the Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve. The approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is expected any time now.
Once notified, Chamarajanagar district will have the rare distinction in the country of harbouring three tiger reserves. It already has Bandipur .... Read More
The Punjab Agri Export Corporation recently launched the ‘Punjab Kinnow’ brand at the kinnow festival in Abohar.
This brand of kinnow, which is considered the ‘king fruit’ of Punjab, is also said to be “pesticide-free”. However, the kinnow is a year-long crop, often attacked by pests including mites at various .... Read More
A new species of lizard, named the “urban bent-toed gecko” has been discovered in Guwahati.
The new species of lizard, zoologically named Cyrtodactylus urbanus, is markedly different in molecular structure, blotch and colour from the Cyrtodactylus guwahatiensis, or the Guwahati bent-toed gecko, that was discovered two years ago.
Though the urban .... Read More
Pavan Sukhdev, an environmental economist, and Gretchen C Daily, a conservation biologist, will share this year’s ‘Nobel Prize for the Environment’ i.e. Tyler Award.Pavan Sukhdev, an international banker by training, was the lead expert on the first report of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) published in 2008 as .... Read More
The flame-throated bulbul, also called the Rubigula, was chosen as the mascot of the 36th National Games to be held in Goa because it is the state bird.
The flame-throated bulbul (Pycnonotus gularis) is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds.
Formerly included as a subspecies of Pycnonotus .... Read More
Each year 2nd February is celebrated as World Wetlands Day to raise global awareness about the vital role of wetlands for people and our planet. This day also marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on .... Read More
A first-of-its-kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles will be inaugurated in Bihar’s Bhagalpur forest division in January 2020. The rehab centre, spread over half a hectare, will be able to shelter 500 turtles at a time.
This center will play a significant role in treating severely injured, sick or dead, .... Read More
Indian Navy on January 28 launched ‘Operation Vanilla’ in support of the national disaster in flood-hit Madagascar and diverted a large amphibious ship to provide assistance.
Madagascar has been hit by Cyclone Diane and there has been heavy flooding and landslips causing loss of lives and displacement of large number .... Read More
The Kerala Government is planning to arrest the rampant growth of Senna spectabilis, in the forest areas of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR), including the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary.
The spread of invasive plants, especially Sennaspectabilis, is posing a major threat to the forest areas of the reserve, owing to its .... Read More
The Supreme Court has recently declared that the Government has no right to transfer “invaluable” community resources like village water ponds to a few powerful people and industrialists for commercialisation of the property, when many areas of the country perennially face water crisis and access to drinking water is woefully .... Read More
India has ranked 5th among the countries surveyed for corporate commitments to science-based targets (SBT), ahead of Germany and Sweden, according to a report by a non-profit organization Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India report.
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) India annual report, examines carbon reduction activities of companies, showed that .... Read More
The Supreme Court upheld the Kerala High Court order to demolish 59 villas and other constructions in Nediyathuruthu, a small island in the backwaters of Alappuzha in Kerala.
The villas are constructed in the Vembanad backwaters -- a Ramsar site. The wetland is of international importance and protected by the .... Read More
Recently, Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana conducted experiments on Conservation Agriculture.
Conservation Agriculture (CA)
Definition: As per FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), CA utilize soils for the production of crops with the aim of reducing excessive mixing of soil and maintaining crop residues on the soil surface in order to .... Read More
Proper precaution and timely management by the state agriculture department and awareness among farmers have succeeded in thwarting an attack by the Fall Armyworm (FAW) on maize crop in Odisha.
Fall Armyworm (FAW), or Spodoptera frugiperda, is an insect that is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.
In .... Read More
International Conference on Soil and Water Resources Management for Climate Smart Agriculture and Global Food and Livelihood Security was inaugurated at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex in New Delhi on 5th November 2019.
The international conference deliberated upon the various issues and challenges of soil and water conservation.
It also aimed .... Read More
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), in coordination with the Jal Shakti Ministry, organised ‘Ganga Utsav’ in the Major Dhyanchand stadium in the national capital to mark the 11th anniversary of Ganga being declared as the national river.
It is celebrated every year on 4 November because Ganga was .... Read More
The 7th International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Conservation Forum – one of Asia’s most important nature conservation events - was hold in Islamabad, Pakistan with a strong focus on convening a broad range of sectors and actors to develop solutions to tackle the region’s environment and .... Read More
Spain will host the United Nations’ COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, following Chile’s withdrawal as host amid raging street protests in the South American nation. The summit is aimed at fleshing out details of the implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement climate pact, amid calls for urgent action from .... Read More
New Zealand’s Parliament passed The Zero-Carbon Act, which will push New Zealand to zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner, as part of the country’s attempts to meet its Paris climate accord commitments.
The idea for the bill was first proposed by the youth-led climate organisation Generation Zero, who proposed .... Read More
World Soil Day is observed on December 5 every year across the world to bring the focus to the soil that nurtures us.
The theme of World Soil Day 2019 was “Stop soil erosion, save our future”. The idea was to raise awareness on the importance of soil for healthy .... Read More
The Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) led by IIT-Kanpur organised the fourth India Water Impact Summit to discuss water-related issues and steps taken to save the planet’s most precious resource.
The summit focused on integrated management of water resources in .... Read More
Scientists have discovered the world’s oldest forest in an abandoned quarry near the town of Cairo, New York.
Previously, scientists thought a fossilized forest in Gilboa, New York, was the earliest, but the one in Cairo is two or three million years older and dramatically different.
The 385-million-year-old rocks contain the .... Read More
Already facing the threat of habitat destruction, hundreds of plant and animal species are now under further pressure from man-made climate change, the IUCN said in its updated 'Red List of Threatened Spaces' released to the Cop25 Madrid.
The IUCN added 1,840 new species to its catalogue of plants and .... Read More
The Army’s Eastern Command headquarters at Fort William will play an important role in monitoring the air quality in Kolkata. On June 4th, the sixth Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS) was commissioned there .The CAAQMS is special as it will be the ‘control station’ and its readings will .... Read More
The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, a religious pilgrimage atop a hilltop that attracts lakhs of devotees from across the world every year, will get a dedicated in-house disaster response force by September 2020.
Nearly 86 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine, atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu region, .... Read More
Between 2010 and 2019, botanists and taxonomists working on Impatiens -- a group of plants commonly known as Balsams or jewel-weeds -- discovered 23 new species from the eastern Himalayas.
Consisting of both annual and perennial herbs, balsams are succulent plants with high endemism and sensitivity to climate change. Most .... Read More
A team of scientists at Delhi-based National Institute of Plant Genome Research has unraveled the genomic diversity associated with aggressiveness of two Indian strains of Rhizoctonia solani, the fungal pathogen that causes the dreaded Sheath Blight disease in rice.
The researchers have identified several genes and gene families in the .... Read More
The Government of Bihar recently banned felling of trees, citing increasing pollution as well as a fatal heatwave.
Bihar government has repeatedly announced that it will increase green cover in the state to 17 per cent. Till now, Bihar has been able to increase its green cover from 7 to .... Read More
Towards achieving the goal of Clean and Green Navy, Indian Navy has formulated a plan - Indian Navy Environment Conservation Roadmap (INECR) with specific action plans covering the entire gamut of operations, maintenance, administration and infrastructure/ community living.
The Roadmap envisions ‘Reduction in Energy Consumption’ and ‘Diversification of Energy Supply’ .... Read More
El Salvador has, in a historic move, recognised forests as living entities. Its citizens, will now be required to preserve forests. The pronouncement was made on World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5 every year, by the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador.
El Salvador has lost about 85 .... Read More
A new species of wasp from the genus Kudakrumia has been recently identified by scientists in Goa. The wasp, Kudakrumia rangnekari, was named after Goa-based researcher Parag Rangnekar. The new species was collected in the forests of Western Ghats.
He is the author of a book “Butterflies of Goa”, which .... Read More
In India, one of the smallest orchids in terms of size and duration of bloom to be recorded botanically has been recently discovered.
About the Orchid
The orchid ‘Lecanorchis taiwaniana’ discovered accidentally is a variant of a Japanese orchid and is India’s one of the smallest orchids in term of size and .... Read More
Fall Armyworm (FAW) or Spodoptera frugiperda has become a major problem for farmers this year, with the pest hitting the production of the crop. Ahead of the new kharif season, FAW poses a serious challenge before farmers due to lack of knowledge about the pest and lack of clarity on .... Read More
About 1,400 participants took part in the Conference, which was held from 29 April to 10 May 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland. Back-to-back ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (RC COP-9) and the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention .... Read More
The Goldman Environmental Foundation recognized six environmental activists. They are winners of the 2019 Goldman Environmental Prize, also known as the “Green Nobel”.
It honors ordinary men and women who take great risks to protect the natural environment. They are often community leaders from small villages or areas that lack .... Read More
India is now the lowest-cost producer of solar power globally, according to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The IRENA report titled ‘Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018’, revealed that the total installed costs of utility-scale solar PV in India is as low as $793 per kilowatt .... Read More
United Nations (UN) has adopted May 22 as the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Objective of observing this day is to spread awareness about species turning endangered or going to extinct.
Year 2019 theme is - “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our .... Read More
For the first time, Uttar Pradesh is taking a census of otters in its protected areas. The exercise that began in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR), will be completed by the end of March.
Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae.
The 13 extant otter species are all semiaquatic, aquatic .... Read More
The “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy” list is comprised of seven Indian names who took important measures to combat climate change. The list is prepared by Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments. The list has been topped by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Congresswoman, US Congress).
7 Names from .... Read More
The United Nations Environment Assembly, held on March 11-15, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya observed that the world needed to move faster towards a new development model vis-à-vis the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Environment ministers of more than 170 countries adopted a blueprint for change.
Apart from ministers, the 4,700-plus delegates .... Read More
According to a new study by Swiss-based Company IQAir AirVisual and non-profit organisation Greenpeace, Gurugram in the National Capital Region was the most polluted city in the world in 2018. The report said Delhi was the most polluted capital in the world.
The main objective behind the report was to measure .... Read More
India generates 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day. Taking an important step towards tackling the menace of plastic waste in India, the government has completely banned import of solid plastic waste/scrap into the country.
The ministry made a provision where white category (practically non-polluting or very less polluting) of .... Read More
According to a study conducted by Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical research (PCIGR),Honey from urban areas can be used as biomarker to identify polluted localities. The study was conducted in Vancouver, Canada, and has been published in the journal Nature Sustainability, March 12, 2019.
A biomarker is defined as .... Read More
European lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for an EU-wide ban on single-use plastic products such as the straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are clogging the world’s oceans.
Aside from the ban on a dozen kinds of disposable products for which alternatives exist, the EU will encourage member states to reduce the .... Read More
The recent death of the last known surviving female Yangtze giant soft shell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) means that the species is now walking into the sunset.
With the passing of the female, only three known individuals of this species remain in the world. One is the 100-year-old male in Suzhou. .... Read More
The idyllic Kalam Island off the Odisha coast has become lively with lakhs of baby Olive Ridley turtles crawling towards the Bay of Bengal after emerging from eggshells. As per the Odisha Forest and Environment Department baby turtles had emerged from approximately 1.25 lakh nests.
The olive ridley sea turtle .... Read More
There are 150 Great Indian Bustards (GIB) in Rajasthan’s Desert National Park (DNP).The claim doesn’t completely align with a previous report of 150 birds of the species for the whole of India, put forward by the Wildlie Institute of India.
It is also found in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra .... Read More
Two new species of birds have been spotted in North Kerala’s Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary during a recent bird survey in the district.The new species spotted were Woolly-necked Stork and White-bellied Drongo, both dry-land species.New species of Arachnid found in Mumbai’s Aarey ColonyA new species of jumping spider has been discovered .... Read More
The Eurasian Lynx, found currently only in Ladakh and some parts of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, may have found its way into the Kashmir Valley.
The Eurasian Lynx or Ee in Ladakhi is one of the medium-sized wild cats which roam the high and cold snow-covered mountains of Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir.
The .... Read More
Odisha had registered a sudden jump in forest fires across the State resulting in massive damage to flora and fauna. As many as 5,332 fire spots had been noticed since November 1, 2018, the beginning of forest fire season, in the State.The month of April started with 11 fires as .... Read More
Mount Agung on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali erupted again early on 21st April, spewing volcanic ash into the sky to a height of 2km.
Indonesia sits along the Ring of Fire region, an area where most of the world’s volcanic eruptions occur. The Ring of Fire has seen a .... Read More
Indian bullfrogs introduced in the Andaman islands are invasive, and eat native wildlife including fish and lizards. The Indian bullfrog Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (native to the Indian subcontinent) has rapidly invaded the Andaman islands after it was introduced there in the early 2000s.
Experiments reveal that the frogs take to this .... Read More
Q.Consider the following statement vis-à-vis Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC):
GEAC is constituted under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
GEAC is chaired by the Environment Minister.
Which of the above statements is/are true?
(a) Only 1 (b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2
GEAC is constituted under the .... Read More
A committee, chaired by the Union Environment Minister, has accorded wildlife clearance to the project which will encroach upon the TCFS and the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, home to leopards, in Mumbai.
The proposal involves diverting 3.2 hectares of forestland from the TCFS and 97.5 hectares of land close to .... Read More
Forest officials and experts have decided to set up a vulture safe zone across the states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The decision was taken at a recent vulture conservation workshop held at Waynad, Kerala by the state forest department, according to a news report.
As part of the .... Read More
Climate change induced by human beings has claimed its first victim in ‘Class Mammalia’ of the ‘Animal Kingdom’: the Bramble Cay melomys — a ‘little brown rat’ found in Australia.
The Melomys rubicola, also referred to as the Bramble Cay Mosaic-tailed rat, was found in Bramble Cay, a small vegetable .... Read More
A water-repelling, biodegradable material inspired by lotus leaves has been developed by a joint team of researchers from India, Switzerland and Italy.
The newly developed material is fully organic and biodegradable. It is inspired by lotus leaves that are composed of cellulose as base substance and utilize naturally formed wax .... Read More
National Wildlife Board (NWB) has given clearance to Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Tripura Asset to extract natural gas from Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary in Belonia subdivision of Gomati district.
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary
Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary was establishedin 1988 in South Tripura District.
This sanctuary has a number of perennial water rivulets, water .... Read More
The two new species were discovered from Badami hills in Bagalkot district of Karnataka by botanists from the Shivaji University in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.Key FactsThe species have been named Portulaca badamica and Portulaca lakshminarasimhaniana.Portulaca badamica is named after the site of its discovery that is, the Badami hills, while the second .... Read More
Fourteen start-ups have been selected for this year’s SEED awards. This year’s categories includes SEED Low Carbon, SEED Africa Awards, SEED South Africa Climate Adaptation Awards and SEED Gender equality award.
About the Seed Awards
The awards, an annual affair, are granted to organisations working on sustainable development. The award highlights the .... Read More
Senior Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey has been selected for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award by the United Nations Environment Programme. The 1996-batch IFS officer, posted as Chief Conservator of Forest in Lucknow and Secretary, UP State Bio-diversity Board, is known for his investigation and intelligence gathering on .... Read More
An iceberg, dubbed D28, broke away from the Amery ice shelf according to observations from European and American satellites.
It is about 210 metres thick and contains 315 billion tonnes of ice.
The east of Antarctica — where D28 broke off — is different from the west of the continent and Greenland, .... Read More
A tiny new species of beetle that was found more than 50 years ago has been named after environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg as Nelloptodes gretae.
Scientists at the Natural History Museum in London have officially called the insect Nelloptodes gretae to honour the 16-year-old Swedish activist’s “outstanding contribution” in raising .... Read More
More than 28,000 species around the world are threatened, according to the Red List of Threatened Species compiled by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This Red List update doesn’t hold a lot .... Read More
The farmers of three northern districts of Haryana including Ambala, Kurukshetra and Yamunanagar have shown a keen interest in crop diversification scheme called ‘Jal Hi Jeevan Hai’ of the Haryana government which promotes to diversify paddy area into maize, arhar dal (pigeon pea) and soybean.
Under this pilot scheme, the .... Read More
A unique strategy adopted by the Northeast Frontier Railway to keep wild elephants away from train tracks has won the ‘Best Innovation Award’. The prize, awarded by the Indian Railways, comprise a citation and a cash award of Rs 3 lakh.
With a large portion of rail tracks passing through forested .... Read More
Tropical Storm ‘Barry’ buffeted the US state of Louisiana, bringing more heavy rain and possible tornadoes to the region.
Hurricane Barry will affect the environment of the Gulf Coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries.
Tropical .... Read More
Student activist Greta Thunberg’s school strike movement marked its first anniversary on 20TH August after a year that has seen the schoolgirl rise from a solitary protester to a leading figure in the fight against climate change. After a two-week sail across the Atlantic, youth climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived .... Read More
Gogabeel, an ox-bow lake in Bihar’s Katihar district, has been declared as the state’s first ‘Community Reserve’. The water body was notified as a 57 hectare Community Reserve and a 30 hectare ‘Conservation Reserve’ on August 2, 2019.
Gogabeel is formed from the flow of the rivers Mahananda and Kankhar .... Read More
World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlight the various efforts made by Government in the biofuel sector.
This year the theme of the World Biofuel Day is “Production .... Read More
A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presents the most recent evidence on how the different uses of land — forests, agriculture, urbanisation — are affecting and getting affected by climate change.
The Land-Climate Link
Land use, and changes in land use, have always been an integral part .... Read More
The Ministries of Earth Sciences and Agriculture have launched a mobile application that will provide location, crop and livestock-specific weather-based agro advisories to farmers in local languages. It has been developed by experts from the India Meteorological Department and Indian Institute of Tropical meteorology and the Indian Council of Agricultural .... Read More
Scientists recently unveiled a new species of pterosaur, which is among the largest ever flying animals, according to a study from the Queen Mary University of London.Key Features
Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs (often incorrectly called ‘pterodactyls’), was a flying reptile with a wingspan of up to 10 .... Read More
The 1995 Basel Ban Amendment, a global waste dumping prohibition, has become an international law after Croatia ratified it on September 6, 2019.Key Features
Croatia became the 97th country to ratify the ban, which was adopted by the parties to the Basel Convention in 1995, to protect human health and the .... Read More
Every year on 16 September, the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated across the globe. On this day 32 years ago, 197 countries signed a treaty to phase out the use of the substances that harm or deplete the ozone layer.
“The Montreal Protocol on Substances .... Read More
The Uttarakhand government has decided to form a Special Tiger Force for Corbett Tiger Reserve, a move which will help serve as the much needed second layer of protection for the big cat. The force will have 85 posts.Key Features
The STPF will be effective in checking illegal human intrusion into .... Read More
On 25th September, 2019 Prime Minister of India inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the Headquarters of the United Nations (UN).Key Features
The World leaders also launched a UN postage stamp of Mahatma Gandhi, at the programme ‘Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ at the UN headquarters.
The .... Read More
In line with the vision of Prime Minister, Angikaar has been launched for social behaviour change, focusing on issues such as water & energy conservation, waste management, health, tree plantation, sanitation and hygiene. It is for the beneficiaries of completed houses under PMAY (U), through community mobilisation and IEC activities.Key .... Read More
Contributing to the Prime Minister’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign in a unique way, Khadi India has launched a designer carry bag made from a mix of plastic waste and paper pulp.Key Features
In its project called REPLAN (Reducing Plastic in Nature), the waste plastic from nature is collected, de-structured and de-gradated .... Read More
Nag River Pollution Abatement Project Recently government approved the Nag River Pollution Abatement Project in order to treat the sewage and industrial waste flowing into the river in Nagpur, the city named after the river. The project has been approved under the National River Conservation .... Read More
Waste to Energy Waste-to-Energy plants burn household and similar waste that could not be prevented or recycled. From this waste the plants generate energy. This can be in the form of steam, electricity or hot water. It is a hygienic method of treating waste, .... Read More
Dzukou Valley The Dzukou Valley or the Valley of flowers in Manipur reported a major wildfire few days ago. The 80-90-sq km green valley, spread across northern Manipur and southern Nagaland, has been prone to forest fires for decades. It is home to rare and .... Read More
World Energy Transitions Outlook
The World Energy Transitions Outlook report has been brought out by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
The report proposes energy transition solutions for the narrow pathway available to contain the rise of temperature to 1.5°C and halt global warming.
The window of opportunity to achieve the 1.5°C Paris .... Read More
Arka Shubha is a new variety of marigold developed by the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR), Bengaluru with highest carotene (mainly used in pharmaceutical sector) content from plant source and could be used for ornamental purpose as well in poultry sector (petals could be used as poultry feed .... Read More
Karnataka’s First Wolf Sanctuary
Karnataka will soon get its first Indian Grey Wolf sanctuary in Koppal district of Kalyana-Karnataka region. Besides wolves, the area will also provide conservation of striped hyena, Indian fox, golden jackal and other fauna, the agenda copy added.
About Indian Grey Wolf
It is a subspecies of grey wolf .... Read More
Conservation Outlook of Western Ghats Grim: IUCN Report
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Heritage Outlook 3 published recently, builds on previous reports from 2014 and 2017 to track whether the conservation of the World’s 252 natural world heritage sites is sufficient to protect them in the long .... Read More
Roridomycesphyllostachydis: A New Species of Bioluminescent Mushrooms
A mushroom documentation project in the forests of Northeast India led to a new discovery: a bioluminescentor light emitting variety of mushroom.
The new species named Roridomycesphyllostachydis was first sighted in August in Meghalaya's Mawlynnong in East Khasi Hills district and later at Krang .... Read More
A German Research Vessel ‘Polarstern’ has recently completed a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean under the project Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC).
It was launched to recreate the historic voyage of Norwegian polar researcher Fridtjof Nansen, who undertook the first ice drift through the Arctic .... Read More
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed on 16 September.
This day commemorates the drafting of ‘The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer’.
On 16th September 2009, the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol became the first .... Read More
Fire in World's Largest Wetland ‘Pantanal’
Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland is burning with the worst fires in last 15 years.
It sprawls across three South American countries—Bolivia, Brazil and Paraguay.
The region is a vast flood plain that normally fills with water during the rainy season, roughly from November to March. .... Read More
NGT Directives on Ground Water Extraction
On 20th July, while hearing a plea seeking direction to check the depleting groundwater level in the country, a Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued a slew of directions.
The green panel refused to review its order disallowing grant of ''No Objection Certificate'' to .... Read More
Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation Behind India’s 5-Decade Long Rainfall DeclineIn novel approach to understand natural variability factors behind five-decade long rainfall decline till the year 2000 in India, a group of scientists has now examined the differing trends in pre- and post-2000 Indian summer monsoon, its decline and recovery.The variability manifested .... Read More
Carbon as old as 8,000 Years Found in Deepest Blue Hole
Carbon more than 8,000 years old has been found inside the world's deepest blue hole — the Yongle Blue Hole (YBH) — which was recently discovered in the South China Sea.
This finding will help in studying carbon cycling and .... Read More
The Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is the oldest known asteroid crater on Earth, according to a new study.At 2.229 billion years old, the Yarrabubba crater is older than both the Vredefort Dome in South Africa (2.023 billion years old) and Canada’s Sudbury Basin (1.850 billion years old).Researchers suspect .... Read More
The World Economic Forum along with various partners has launched 1t.org, a multi-stakeholder effort to support efforts to grow, restore and conserve one trillion trees around the world.1t.org is a platform for leading governments, businesses, civil society and ecopreneurs committed to restoring and reforesting the .... Read More
A new species of meat-eating dinosaur Allosaurus jimmadseni has been unveiled at the Natural History Museum of Utah.The huge carnivore inhabited the flood plains of western North America during the Late Jurassic Period, between 157-152 million years ago, making it the geologically oldest species of Allosaurus, predating the more well-known .... Read More
India Climate Collaborative (ICC) is a first-of-its kind India-focused collaboration launched by philanthropic arms of top Indian corporates to minimise the climate change impact.The new entity aims to identify India-specific solutions and mainly focus on air, water, land and energy sectors. ICC also plans to engage at the 26th session .... Read More
In a first, Arunachal Pradesh government has collaborated with the IUCN to prepare the IUCN’s Red List Assessment for all orchids in the State.The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s .... Read More
India’s first ‘Snow Leopard Conservation Center’ will be set up in Gangotri National Park under the project ‘Secure Himalaya’ of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included snow leopard in the threatened species .... Read More
GRAF is a new weather forecasting system launched by IBM and its subsidiary the weather Company.Running on a GPU-accelerated IBM supercomputer, IBM GRAF is the world’s first operational high-resolution, hourly-updating model that covers the entire .... Read More
A new species of signal fish named Pteropsaronindicum has been found in deep waters of the Lakshadweep Sea off the Kerala coast.Pteropsaronindicum is one of the distinctly larger species of signal fish.The species communicates with others of the same species by flipping its highly specialised dorsal fins.The species sports three .... Read More
For the first time, ‘Geochemical Baseline Atlas of India’ has been prepared. It is developed by CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI). The atlas consists of 45 maps of metals, oxides and elements present in top and bottom soils across India. It will help policy makers as a reference to assess .... Read More
The government has approved setting up of six plastic parks in different parts of the country.These parks are located in Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.Out of them, the plastic park at Tamot in Madhya Pradesh is .... Read More
The Chhattisgarh government has decided to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park in the state's Korea district as a tiger reserve.Presently the state has three tiger reserves- Indravati in Bijapur district, Udanti-Sitanadi in Gariaband and Achanakmar in .... Read More
Aiming to control the human-elephant conflicts, the Assam government launched Anti-Depredation Squads of the state forest department which would be stationed at 15 major human-wildlife conflict districts in order to mitigate the problem and to ensure safety of both humans and wildlife.HighlightsThe state forest department engaged specially trained 50 frontline .... Read More
The three day ‘International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems’ for BIMSTEC countries organized by the Department of Agricultural Research & Education, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare and Indian Council of Agricultural Research was held in New Delhi.HighlightsParticipants from all the Seven BIMSTEC Countries viz. Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, .... Read More
Beaches in Maharashtra are more polluted with microplastics and macroplastics than those in Goa and Karnataka, according to a study conducted by Goa-based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). The study has blamed plastic industries located near the shore and increased tourism activities for the pollution. Plastics less than five .... Read More
It was an exercise conducted at sea off Vadinar in Gulf of Kutch by the Indian Coast Guard to reinforce the response mechanism for oil spill/pollution incidents and to fine-tune the actions required in such eventualities.The Gulf of Kutch (GoK) region handles 70 per cent of the oil imported by .... Read More
The Uttarakhand State Wildlife Board has cleared a proposal by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to introduce rhinoceroses in the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR) to boost tourism and revive the habits of species that survive on low-height grass. Rhinos were once found in the Terai grassland in the state .... Read More
MoRTH’s Draft Notification on Battery Operated VehiclesIn order to give a boost to Battery-Operated or Electric Vehicles in the country, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has initiated steps for providing for differential registration fees under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.For this, the Ministry has issued a draft .... Read More
‘Not all animals migrate by choice’ Campaign LaunchedCampaign launched by Wildlife Crime Control Bureau of India and UN Environment aimed at airports across India.Key FactsTiger, Pangolin, Star Tortoise and Tokay Gecko featured in the campaign. In India, illegal trade in wildlife has seen a sharp rise in recent years.Ahead of .... Read More
Conclave of the Himalayan StatesThe first conclave of 10 Himalayan states was held at Mussoorie.Representatives from 10 Himalayan states (Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, J&K, Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Mizoram) of India met at a conclave in Mussoorie on Sunday and raised the demand for ‘Green Bonus’.Key Issues .... Read More
International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval for the establishment of an International Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) along with its supporting Secretariat Office in New Delhi.
The CDRI will serve as a platform where knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of .... Read More
A Green Wall to Prevent Desertification
It is a 1,400km-long and 5km-wide green corridor all the way from Panipat in Haryana to Porbandar in Gujarat, at its conception stage.
The corridor will act as a barrier against the heat and dust that blows in from the west.
The Aravalli range, which separates .... Read More
Indians in the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy List:The “100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy” list is comprised of seven Indian names who took important measures to combat climate change. The list is prepared by Apolitical, a peer to peer learning platform for governments. The list has .... Read More
National workshop on climate related Loss and Damage in India
A one-day National Consultation on Loss and Damage was organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) on April 16th in New Delhi.
Two technical sessions were conducted in this workshop: ‘Strengthening response to address loss and damage’ and ‘Approaches .... Read More
South China Salamander: World’s Biggest AmphibianUsing DNA from museum specimens, researchers have found that South China Salamander (Andrias sligoi) is the largest amphibian. Chinese giant salamanders, which are critically endangered and can grow to nearly 2m long, were previously thought to be of a single species until new research revealed .... Read More
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change undertook a mass cleanliness- cum-awareness drive in 50 identified beaches under the programme called ‘Swachh- Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan’, from 11 -17 November 2019.
Aim of the Mission
To strive to make coastal areas across the country clean.
To create awareness amongst citizens about the importance .... Read More
Union HRD Minister launched ‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ drive on 9th August 2019 to create awareness about Water Conservation among all school students in the country.
Five Major Objectives
1.To educate students learn about conservation of water
2.To sensitize Students about the impact of scarcity of water
3.To empower Students to learn to protect the .... Read More
The Environment Ministry has unveiled a draft plan that will dictate how prospective infrastructure projects situated along the coast ought to be assessed before they can apply for clearance. The draft Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) is part of a World Bank-funded project.
Highlights of the Project
Guidelines for Coastal States: .... Read More
A research paper from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, has shown that the river Yamuna sheltered some of the critical group, multidrug-resistant bacteria that a World Health Organisation (WHO) report had red-flagged in 2017.
The team found bacteria that produces Extended-spectrum Beta-lactamases - enzymes that help bacteria resist many commonly-used .... Read More
World Biofuel Day is observed annually on August 10 to raise awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels.
In India, a webinar was organizedon the occasion of the World Biofuel day, with the theme “Biofuels towards Atmanirbhar Bharat”.
The day is being celebrated .... Read More
On 20th July, 2020, the power ministry a joint initiative - Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve indoor air quality for safety and efficiency (RAISE) initiative.
Poor air quality has been a concern in India for quite some time and has become more important in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
As people .... Read More
The European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced that a hole in the Arctic ozone layer, believed to be the biggest reported, has closed. The hole formed earlier this year and reached its maximum size in March some 11 miles above the surface of the Earth.It was the largest .... Read More
Scientists have warned that the Great Barrier Reef will face a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks, following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural world has ever endured.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, which covers an area of 344,400 sq km makes up roughly .... Read More
India has successfully completed the phasing out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141b, used by foam manufacturing companies and one of the most potent ozone-depleting chemicals.
About HCFC- 141 b
It is a chemical used by foam manufacturing enterprises.
HCFC-141b is not produced in the country and all the domestic requirements are met through imports.
It is .... Read More
Indian Air quality Interactive Repository or IndAIR, CSIR-Neeri’s web facility has been launched. It has archived approximately 700 scanned materials from pre-internet era, 1,215 research articles, 170 reports and case studies, 100 cases and over 2,000 statutes to provide the history of air pollution research and legislation in the country.
Importance .... Read More
The flow of Victoria Falls, with a width of 1.7 km and a height of roughly 108 metres, has been reduced to a trickle due to the severe droughts in the southern African region since October 2018. The falls are fed by the Zambezi Riverand define the boundary between Zambia .... Read More
The Supreme Court on December 17th,granted three months’ time to the Centre and Delhi government to set up the first smog tower in the capital as part of measures to deal with air pollution. The first tower will be set up in Connaught Place in the heart of the city.
What .... Read More
In a nationwide survey of river water quality by the Central Water Commission (CWC), two-thirds of the samples from water quality stations across India’s major rivers showed one or more heavy metal contaminants, at levels that exceed the safe limits set by the Bureau of Indian Standards.
Highlights of the Report
As .... Read More
According to scientists, global carbon emissions are expected to hit an all-time high in 2019, smashing a previous record set in 2018. The estimates were released in a new report from the Global Carbon Project, an international research consortium dedicated to tracking the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Highlights of the Report
According .... Read More
In a bid to encourage the use of eco-friendly materials in electioneering and to address all related queries, the District Suchitwa Mission opened a stall at the Kollam, Kerela collectorate on March 20th.
Earlier, the Kerala High Court had prohibited use of flex materials and other non-biodegradable materials for election campaigning .... Read More
The annual Frontiers report 2019published by the United Nations (UN) on March 4, has included a chapter on nitrogen pollution in its latest edition.It is a sign that pollution caused by the reactive forms of nitrogen is now being recognised as a grave environmental concern on a global level.
Sharp .... Read More
Ministry of Power has expanded its ambitious Standards & Labelling (Star Rating) program for Energy Efficient Appliances to cover the Microwave Ovens and Washing Machines (with revised parameters) in the country.
The Star Labelling Programs has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency.
About the Programme
Initially, the program for above two .... Read More
To check river pollution, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a central monitoring committee to undertake a national initiative to make rivers pollution free.
Need of the Committee
In Himachal Pradesh, Sukhna, Markanda, Sirsa, Ashwani, stretches of Beas, Giri and Pabbar are found to be polluted and identified as ‘critically polluted’, .... Read More
According to a new study done by the Institute of Science, Banaras Hindu University, the excessive amounts of human waste and toxic effluents that find their way into the Ganga river are not only polluting the water but also causing deficit of dissolved oxygen in the riverbeds in some of .... Read More
Scientists from five European countries have joined forces to develop next-generation Chemical noses to remove industrial pollutants from the environment.
Dealing with pollutants in the environment is becoming an ever-increasing problem. One relatively unknown reason for this is that many agricultural pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs that enter the environment are .... Read More
According to the research by environmental experts at Radboud University, levels of the antibiotic ciprofloxacin have reached the point of potentially causing damaging ecological effects.
Remember This: The research is the first to examine the risks of two particular medicines in global freshwater sources, and is being published in Environmental Research .... Read More
In a recent study in Himachal Pradesh, scientists from the CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), screened 26 species along the 243 km stretch of National Highway-21, from plains to high altitude passes including the tourist favourite Rohtang Pass. The Study was aimed at finding air pollutant-gobbling plant species
How Plant .... Read More
On the closing of the three-day global conference on air pollution and health by the World Health Organization, WHO on November 2 said that the every human is entitled to breathe clean air.
First WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution
TheFirst WHO Global Conference on Air Pollution and Healththat ended in Geneva .... Read More
‘A new circular vision for electronics’, a report on e-waste, was released at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Jan 24.
Remember This: The organisations which supported the preparation of the report included International Labour Organization (ILO); International Telecommunication Union (ITU); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); United Nations Industrial Development .... Read More
The South Asian Nitrogen Hub, a partnership led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) and comprising around 50 organisations from across the UK and South Asia, will be established with funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under its Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
About Partnership Programme
It will .... Read More
An alliance of global companies from the plastics and consumer goods value chain has launched a new organization on January 16 to advance solutions to eliminate plastic waste in the environment, especially in the ocean.
About the Alliance
The cross-value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), is currently made up of .... Read More
On 10th January, 2019, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change launched a five-year national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).
It proposes a tentative national target .... Read More
The Centre has fixed a target of reducing air pollution by 20-30% from the current level in 102 cities across the country by 2024. The target is part of the environment ministry’s National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) which is to be released in the next few days.
Besides Delhi, the cities .... Read More
Bioplastics — often promoted as a climate-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics — may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study.The study from the University of Bonn in Germany, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive .... Read More
In order to comply with various directions of the Hon’ble NGT and to address various shortcomings in the existing guidelines of ground water extraction, the Central Ground Water Authority, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on 12th December 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction vide .... Read More
NASA has shown that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is the smallest it has been in decades, but it has nothing to do with human efforts.
Reason for the Smaller Size this Year
During September and October, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has been the smallest observed since .... Read More
Defence Minister of India recently announced that the Siachen Glacier will be open for tourists, between the base camp and Kumar logistics base. The step has been taken to boost tourism in Ladakh and give people a window to appreciate the tough work done by army jawans and engineers in .... Read More
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has come up with new and improved formulations in the manufacture of sound-emitting crackers and other fireworks keeping in view the pollution hazard and health risks.
Traditionally, firecrackers have been made with barium nitrate, antimony and a range of metals that have .... Read More
The Union Environment Ministry has selected 12 beaches in India to vie for a ‘Blue Flag’ certification, an international recognition conferred on beaches that meet certain criteria of cleanliness and environmental propriety.
Name of the Beaches
These beaches are at Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Bhogave (Maharashtra), Ghoghla (Diu), Miramar (Goa), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), .... Read More
According to an analysis of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data released by environmental NGO Greenpeace, India has more than 15 percent of all anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) hotspots in the world detected by the OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite.
Major Hotspots in India
The major SO2 emission hotspots in India .... Read More
According to a new study, tiny particles of plastic, known as microplastics, have been found in the Arctic region and the Alps, carried by the wind. The study called for an urgent assessment of the risk of inhalation of the microplastics.
Microplastics are particles less than 5 mm in size butit .... Read More
Chief Minister of Delhi stated that pollution levels in Delhi, primarily the concentration of particulate matter, has reduced by 25% over a period of four years. Five years ago, in 2014, a global study on air quality trends by the World Health Organisation had declared Delhi the most polluted city .... Read More
The Gujarat government has launched country’s first ‘Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)’ which is being described as world’s first market for trading in Particulate Matter (PM) emissions. ETS was launched in Suratto encourage and incentivize the industrial units to cut air pollution.
Why Surat was Chosen?
In the last five years, the quality .... Read More
On the occasion of Global Tiger Day (29th July, 2020), the government released updated report on India’s Tiger Survey from 2018.
About the Report
It compares information obtained from the earlier three tiger surveys (2006, 2010, and 2014) with data obtained from the 2018-19 survey to estimate tiger population trends at country .... Read More
Every year, more people die from air pollution-related illnesses in the world than road traffic injuries or malaria. In India, over 1.2 million people lost their lives due to air pollution in 2017, according to a global report on air pollution released on 3rd April.
The State of the Global .... Read More
Italy has signed the International Solar Alliance under the amended ISA Framework Agreement. The amendments to the Framework Agreement of the ISA entered into force, opening its Membership to all Member States of the UN.
International Solar Alliance
The International Solar Alliance was launched jointly by the Indian Prime Minister and the .... Read More
The draft Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) has stoked a controversy in Goa after the draft met with criticism from locals, environmentalists and political parties.
Some of the issues with the draft are- 30 day duration to respond to the draft contrary to the 60-day limit provided by the Environment Protection .... Read More
On the occasion of World Water Day on March 22, a memorandum of agreement was signed between Union Minister of Jal Shakti and the chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to implement the Ken-Betwa Link Project (KBLP).
Ken-Betwa Link Project
It is the first project under the National Perspective Plan .... Read More
On March 11, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) issued the draft Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2021 for handling India’s plastic waste.
It has extended the applicability of the rules to brand-owner, plastic waste processor, including the recycler, co-processor, etc.
It will also include new .... Read More
Recently, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the ‘Making Peace with Nature’ report, ahead of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5).
The assembly will be held February 22-23, 2021 on the theme ‘Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’.
It calls for strengthened action .... Read More
On 3rd February 2021, the Ministry of Jal Shakti has launched a unified portal on the government’s GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) - DHAN scheme, which aims to effectively manage cattle and biodegradable waste in rural areas across the country.
The new portal will give information related to the scheme and .... Read More
On 2nd February 2021 the Union government has announced on the occasion of the World Wetland Day and as a part of its commitment towards conservation, restoration and management of India’s wetlands, the establishment of Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management (CWCM).
It has been set up under the Ministry of .... Read More
According to a report published by the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council (CROPC) — a non-profit organisation that works closely with India Meteorological Department, number of deaths due to lightning strikes have reduced in India.
According to the report, number of deaths due to lightning strikes reduced by nearly .... Read More
According to the 2020 Adaptation Gap Report, released on 14th January by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), as temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses.
Adaptation means reducing the fallout among .... Read More
The principal Bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently issued directions for the implementation of E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 after observing that there were huge gaps in the compliance by the State Pollution Control Boards and local authorities, breaching their obligation of ensuring pollution free environment.
Background of the Case
The NGT .... Read More
The Ministry of Power in consultation with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has notified the price of per metric tonne of oil equivalent, for compliance under Energy Consumption Norms and Standards of Designated Consumer notified under PAT scheme.
Pat scheme is a flagship programme of BEE under the National .... Read More
Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of the Ecosystem Services (NCAVES) India Forum 2021 was organised by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) recently.
Objectives of the NCAVES Forum 2021
To highlight the achievements in natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services and prospects of natural capital accounting in India.
To .... Read More
The Production Gap Report 2020 released on 2nd December, revealed that while the pandemic and resulting lockdowns led to short-term drops in fossil fuel production, pre-COVID plans and post-COVID stimulus measures point to a perpetuation of the growing global fossil fuel production gap, risking severe climate disruption.
To follow a .... Read More
According to the study titled "Record high levels of atmospheric ammonia over India: Spatial and temporal analyses" by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP) is the global hot-spot of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) due to intense agricultural activities and fertilizer production in the region.
Key .... Read More
The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in the second phase of its survey of the entire main stem of the Ganga river (the main river without its tributaries), has found that 49 per cent of the river has high biodiversity and that biodiversity sightings, including of the Gangetic Dolphin and .... Read More
A hundred cities worldwide, including 30 in India, face the risk of ‘severe water scarcity’ by 2050, according to a recent report by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The cities would face a ‘grave water risk’ by 2050 due to a dramatic increase in their population percentage to 51 .... Read More
Lonar Lake, the only crater lake of country in Maharashtra and Sur Sarovar, also known as Keetham Lake, in Agra, have been added to the list of recognised Ramsar sites.
Now India has 41 wetlands, the highest in South Asia.
About the Sites
Lonar Lake is an endorheic or closed basin, almost circular .... Read More
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has sought comments and feedback before November 28 on its concept note for the Scheme-Development of Wind Parks/Wind-Solar Hybrid Parks in the country.
Reason for New Proposal
The concept note aims to address a key issue faced by renewable energy projects, in particular .... Read More
Sustainably managing peatlands — peat-swamp forests found around the tropics — can protect humans from future pandemics, according to a new study titled ‘Tropical peatlands and their conservation are important in the context of COVID-19 and potential future (zoonotic) disease pandemics’.
Peatlands are rich in biodiversity, including many potential vertebrate .... Read More
About 1.2 billion people globally experienced very high levels of water stress, according to a flagship report ‘ State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2020’ published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on November 26, 2020.
Highlights of the Report
Some 520 million of the 1.2 billion people lived in rural .... Read More
Asan Conservation Reserve has become the first wetland from Uttarakhand to be included in the prestigious Ramsar sites list. Besides Asan, Kabartal Wetland from Bihar was the second new site to get included in this list.
With the naming of these two new Wetlands of International Importance, India’s total of number .... Read More
India and France were re-elected as the president and co- president respectively of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) for a two-year term at its third assembly held virtuallyfrom 14 to 16 October 2020.
Highlights of Third Assembly
Four new vice-presidents were also chosen to represent the four regions of the ISA.
The representatives .... Read More
On 10th October 2020, world migratory bird day, government launched the National Action Plan for the Conservation of Migratory Birds along the central Asian flyway.
There are 9 flyways in the world. The central Asian flyway is one among them.
The fly away is important to India because it provides critical stop .... Read More
The Union Cabinet recently ratified the ban on seven chemicals that are hazardous to health and environment listed under the Stockholm Convention.
Considering its commitment towards providing safe environment and addressing human health risks, the Environment Ministry had notified the Regulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants Rules, on March 5, 2018 under .... Read More
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0 (CSCAF 2.0), along with the ‘Streets for People Challenge’ to give a push to the Smart Cities Mission.
It intends to inculcate Climate-Sensitive Approach to Urban Planning and Development.
Key Features of CSAF 2.0
The objective of .... Read More
The Environment Ministerial Meeting (EMM) of the G20 countries has launched a global initiative to reduce Land Degradation and coral reef programme.
Salient Features of the Programme
The Global Initiative on Reducing Land Degradation aims to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks to prevent, halt, and reverse land degradation within G20 .... Read More
India has sent a formal request for consideration of its eight beaches by international jury for the coveted International eco-label called as the Blue Flag certification under Blue Flag Programme.
The Blue Flag beaches are considered the cleanest beaches of the world.
Blue Flag Programme
The Blue Flag Programme is operated by .... Read More
On 6th August, 2020, the Jal Shakti Ministry launched a new version of the India Water Resources Information System (India-WRIS) with new functionalities and features.
The first version of India-WRIS was launched in July, 2019 under the National Hydrology Project.
The portal contains information related to Water Resources through dashboards for .... Read More
In a major overhaul of regulations, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has set out stringent conditions for commercial use of groundwater .
In addition, NGT has also struck down the Central Ground Water Authority’s (CGWA) 2020 guidelines, pronouncing that they were against the law.
The 2018 version of the guidelines had .... Read More
On 28th July, 2020, the government launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram with the objective to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices.
It aims to support the achievement of national and global environmental benefits and conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes.
Further, it aims to cover 35 villages .... Read More
On July, 17, 2020, India and the USA have participated in a virtual ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) to review progress, highlight major accomplishments, and prioritize new areas for cooperation.
India and the U.S are leading joint research and development (R&D) through Partnership to Advance Clean Energy-Research .... Read More
Recently, in the joint working group meeting of the Sustainable Growth Pillar, an India Energy Modeling Forum(IEMF) was launched.In March, 2019, the NITI Aayog and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)organized the first workshop on development of the IEMF.It has been envisaged as a pan-stakeholder platform for debating .... Read More
United Nations General Assembly acknowledged June 17 as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The day was officially declared by the UN General Assembly in the year December 1994 as “World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought”.
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Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Changestates that as the world is unitedly engaged in finding a vaccine for novel Coronavirus, likewise it should have climate technology as open source which must be available at affordable cost.
The first virtual Climate Dialogue, was the eleventh session of Petersberg Climate Dialogue .... Read More
On May 22, 2020, to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity, 2020, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched five initiatives on conservation of biodiversity.
What are these Initiatives?
On the occasion, the Union Environment Minister launched the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ‘Biodiversity .... Read More
The Centre declared the National Chambal Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, home to gangetic dolphins and 75 per cent population of critically endangered species gharial, as eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).
About the Notification
In its notification, the government prohibited any new construction of hotels and resorts within one kilometre from the boundary of the .... Read More
Over the past few weeks, snow around Ukraine’s Vernadsky Research Base, located off the coast of Antarctica’s northernmost peninsula, has started to take on a red tinge, courtesy of an algae that thrives in freezing weather. Because of the red tinge, the snow is often dubbed “watermelon snow”.
Reasons for snow .... Read More
According to the Economic Survey 2019-20 released in January 2020, a sum of Rs 343.08 crore has been released under the Green India Mission (GIM) for undertaking afforestation activities over an area of 126,916.32 hectare (ha) in 13 states.
Green India Mission
Its objective is to increase green cover in India to .... Read More
The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the first time a process to restore coral reefs using biorock or mineral accretion technology. A biorock structure was installed one nautical mile off the Mithapur coast in the Gulf of Kachchh on January 19. .... Read More
In a major recognition towards Government of India’s effort towards conservation, restoration and rejuvenation of its wetlands, Ramsar has declared 10 more wetland sites from India as sites of international importance.
With this, the numbers of Ramsar sites in India are now 37 and the surface area covered by these .... Read More
The Environment Ministry has relaxed Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Rules 2018 that restrict construction near beaches to help States construct infrastructure and enable them to receive ‘Blue Flag’ certification.
What is ‘Blue Flag’ certification?
The ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification that can be obtained by a beach, marina, or sustainable boating tourism .... Read More
In a move that may positively impact over 10 million people living on the coastline, India kicked-off a USD 43 million project to boost climate resilience in three coastal states in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Highlights of the Project
The project is funded by the Green Climate Fund, .... Read More
Japan has resumed commercial whaling from July 1, after it announced in December 2018, that it would leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
How long Japan has been Whaling?
Some areas whaled in prehistory, and in modern times, eating whale meat is confined to specific regions only.
Though Japan’s government insists eating .... Read More
A new report by UN Environment reveals that aggregate extraction in rivers has led to pollution, flooding, lowering of water aquifers and worsening drought occurrence.
Findings of the Report
The report Sand and sustainability: Finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources presents how shifting consumption patterns, growing populations, increasing .... Read More
A new satellite-based study shows that China and India are leading the increase in “greening efforts” across the world. The study published in Nature Sustainability, shows that the change driving these efforts emerges from China’s ambitious tree-planting programmes and intensive agriculture practised in both countries.
A group of researchers from .... Read More
The first-ever Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has been released.
Highlights of the Report
The IPBES Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is the most comprehensive ever completed. It is the first intergovernmental report of its kind .... Read More
On March 4, 2019, the council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the international non-profit that provides independent third-party certification for sustainable forest management, took the decision to recognize India with a globally recognised forest-certification scheme through a postal ballot.
A Geneva-based non-profit had decided to endorse the Certification .... Read More
Union Environment Minister on March 8th, released the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) that seeks to provide an integrated approach towards cooling and related areas including reduction in the cooling demand, in order to reduce emissions.
Objectives of ICAP
Sustainable Cooling: The thrust of the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) is to .... Read More
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has finalised the first draft of the comprehensive amendments to the Indian Forest Act, 1927 (IFA). The 123-page draft provides definitions to important terms that were missing from the law. The amendments have been proposed based on the inputs of a .... Read More
The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, has put forth its recommendations in a report after the Supreme Court, on March 6, 2019 directed for a joint meeting of the EPCA, municipal bodies, secretaries of the transport department and Delhi Police, etc. to prepare a parking plan for the capital.
Key .... Read More
Cities around the world marked Earth Hour on 30th March by turning off lights in a call for global action on climate change.
Earth Hour is an annual tradition in which people switch off their lights to spread awareness about sustainability and climate change.
Started by the World Wildlife Fund, it .... Read More
The 4th Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific (RCAP) 2019 Congress was organised by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and hosted by South Delhi Municipal Corporation from April 15 to 17, 2019 in New Delhi.
About the Event
It offered cities and regions from Asia-Pacific a variety of innovative solutions that build resilience to .... Read More
The first-ever global coalition on clean and efficient cooling was launched at the First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement, which concluded on April 3rd, 2019, in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Need of Global Coalition for Clean Cooling
Throughout the world, 2018 was the fourth hottest year, preceded by .... Read More
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was awarded the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London on April 9th.
Global Water Awards
The Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the .... Read More
A National Seminar on “Greenery and Landscaping” was organized by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
The seminar focused on Green Urban Areas which play an important role in the social and natural sustainability and improve quality of life.
Recommendations in the Seminar
In order to maintain sustainable environment, pollution free clean air, .... Read More
Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have for the first time developed a process to turn CO2 into coal. The new process uses liquid metal as a catalyst to permanently and safely convert CO2 into a solid form for storing.
The team managed to engineer gaseous CO2 into solid .... Read More
The newly developed technology can convert more than 90 percent of polyolefin waste into many different products, including pure polymers, naphtha, fuels, or monomers.
How is it Made?
A new chemical conversion process could transform the world’s polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other .... Read More
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on January 30 circulated a preliminary assessment report of land degradation at the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 17) of UNCCD in Georgetown, Guyana.
While the rate of deforestation has slowed down after 2005, forests continue to shrink.
The world’s dominant .... Read More
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on January 10 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), kick starting cooperation in building energy efficiency.
According to the MoU, BEE and CPWD will cooperate on promoting designs and construction of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant .... Read More
The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in the past three years (2015-18) across India, according to the official data revealed by the Government in Parliament.
A total of 20,314.12 hectares .... Read More
In Meghalaya’s tough hill terrains, space technology is aiding the selection of areas that are suited for growing and expanding cultivation of boro rice which is sown in winter and harvested in spring/summer, the State Government announced recently.
Boro Rice Cultivation
Boro refers to a special type of rice cultivation on residual .... Read More
In a first, the largest agriculture associations in Africa and Asia met on January 13, 2019, in Hyderabad to sign an agreement for diversifying major food staples.
Smart Food Executive Council
Associations including the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), West and Central African .... Read More
The first-of-its-kind study by the United Nations Environment Programme regarding Environmental Rule of Law was published on January 24.
Highlights of the Report
The report has found weak enforcement of laws to be a global trend that is exacerbating environmental threats, despite prolific growth in environmental laws and agencies worldwide over the .... Read More
A study published in the journal Nature has revealed that 70 per cent of the world’s remaining untouched wilderness is in just five countries. In 2016, scientists charted the planet’s remaining terrestrial wilderness and in 2018 examined which parts of the world’s oceans remained free from the damaging impacts of .... Read More
Recently, Jal Shakti Minister launched the ‘Ganga Aamantran Abhiyan’, a month-long exploratory open-water rafting and kayaking expedition, covering nearly 2,500 kilometers from Devprayag in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal.
Features of the Project
This is the first ever effort by the National Mission for Clean Ganga to raft across the .... Read More
The C40 Summit took place in Copenhagen between 9th October and 12th October, 2019. The 2019 summit, in specific, aims to build global coalition of cities, citizens and businesses that rallies around ambitious climate action that the earth needs right now.
Highlights of the Summit
Fourteen global cities have pledged to promote .... Read More
The National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR) has proposed for dropping ‘melted plastic rocks or slabs’ on the seabed for growing coral reefs and address the problem of disposal of plastic waste. This has drawn criticism from the Gulf of Mannar (GoM) Marine National Park, which has been implementing coral .... Read More
Amid the water crisis in the country, the Meghalaya became the first state to approve a draft water policy to address water issues, conservation, and protection of water sources in the state.
‘State Water Policy’ of Meghalaya
To recognize water resources as a common pool resource (CPR) as these are susceptible to .... Read More
Nigeria became the fourth African country to join the Global Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators on July 25, 2019.
About the Organisation
The organisation was formed three years ago, to follow up on the findings of IPBES Assessment on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production, which found that many of the world’s .... Read More
According to the first-ever global assessment of forest biodiversity by World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), there has been a 53 per cent decline in the number of forest wildlife populations since 1970.
Highlights of the Report
The new findings were based on the Forest Specialist Index, developed following the Living Planet .... Read More
UN Secretary General convened a special Climate Action Summit on 23rd September, 2019, at the start of the annual General Assembly session, in a bid to nudge countries to do more to fight climate change. Indian Prime Minister also addressed the Climate Action Summit in the UN General Assembly chamber.
Why .... Read More
The 14th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 14) was held in New Delhi. The UNCCD meeting takes place every two years. A Framework for the Assessment of Benefits of Action/Cost of Inaction for Drought Preparedness report was released at .... Read More