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Punjab Government to create Beas Belt near Harike Patan as habitat for Gharials

Published on: 31-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the Indian Subcontinent.

Bangladesh part of Sundarbans witnessed rapid decline in tiger population between 2004 and 2015

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Royal Bengal tigers live mainly in India with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Out of 2226 Bengal tigers found in India, 74 live in Indian side of Sunderbans.

New fish species named Puntius Dolichopterus discovered in Kerala

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The fish has received Zoo bank register number from International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, the official body approving the new names of animals.

2 new plant species named Vellithumpa & Eriocaulon manoharanii discovered in Western Ghats

Published on: 20-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The findings of the discovery were published in the June 2015 issue of the international journal Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography.

NGT suggested variable office hours to cut pollution

Published on: 15-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The idea was mooted by an NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, who said that it needed to take everyone along and come up with an innovative approach to curb pollution.

Radiative impact of volcanic aerosol in lowermost stratosphere slowed global warming: Study

Published on: 14-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The volcanic aerosols have acted during the last one decade as a natural umbrella to slow down global temperature increase from greenhouse gases.

New species of butterfly called Banded Tit discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

Published on: 11-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The Banded tit is a resident of low-lying evergreen forests of Changlang and carries an interesting life cycle.

Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Okinawa island chain in Japan

Published on: 10-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

After Japan, the storm is due to pass northern Taiwan before making landfall on the east coast of mainland China on 11 July 2015.

Climate Change to be the theme of Science Express in 2015

Published on: 09-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Science Express is a unique science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train travelling across India since 2007.

China submitted climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

So far, including China, 43 parties to the UNFCCC, out of 192 member countries, have formally submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

USA, Brazil issued Joint Statement on Climate Change

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

In the joint statement, both the countries agreed to increase the share of renewable energy to 20 percent of their energy mix by 2030.

Cities, Regions committed cutting 1.5 bn tons in CO2 emissions at World Summit Climate & Territories

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

These commitments to cut CO2 emissions by regional and local actors were part of the Compact of States and Regions announced in Lyon, France in 2014.

Maldives submitted instrument of acceptance of Doha amendment to Kyoto Protocol to UNFCC

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The Doha amendment is for the period between 2013 and 2020 and will come into force once 3/4th of UNFCC members consent to it.

National Green Tribunal banned use of Plastic in Haridwar & Rishikesh

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar gave the direction on a complaint filed by environmentalist MC Mehta against pollution of the Ganga River.

ZSI monitoring climate change impact on Sundarban animals

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

For this purpose, monitoring bases were established at 25 plots in the five islands of Bali, Gosaba, Basanti, Sagar and Satjelia.

Elephant Census Report 2015 of Odisha released

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

In three Elephant Reserves (ERs), that is, Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur, a total of 1450 elephants (74.21%) were recorded. These areas have eight sanctuaries.

First species of Yeti Crab in Antarctica named Kiwa tyleri discovered

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Kiwa tyler is named after British deep-sea and polar biologist Professor Paul Tyler from the University of Southampton.

Taygan Lions Park, Skazka Zoo, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo inked animal exchange agreement

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

In exchange for three elephants from India, the Thiruvananthapuram zoo will receive two white lions, 15 coatis, two Siberian tigers, two llamas, and five squirrel monkeys.

Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application launched to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Bhuvan Mobile App will enable public to collect and report information on various pollution sources that affects the water quality of river Ganga.

Typhoon Kujira struck south China's Hainan Province

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The typhoon made its landfall in south China’s Hainan province with heavy rain in the drought hit island.

India, China can protect 1.4 million premature deaths by improving quality of Air: Study

Published on: 18-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The study also warned that if air pollution is not controlled or changed than in next 15 years deaths per capita due to air pollution would increase by 20 to 30 percent in these two countries.

Critically endangered Sangai deer found in Manipur’s Loktak Lake to be translocated

Published on: 17-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Sangai, also known as state animal of Manipur and once found across the Manipur Valley, now lives in Keibul Lamjao National Park (KLNP) situated inside the Loktak Lake.

Dromedary camels are key source of MERS Virus: Study

Published on: 13-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The research study was carried out by international team who had looked for evidence of current or past MERS infection in more than 800 dromedary camels or Arabian camels.

Illegal trapping of migratory songbird Yellow-Breasted Bunting leading to its extinction: Stu

Published on: 10-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The study claimed that the bird is being hunted to near extinction because of Chinese eating habits.

Denudation in mangrove vegetation of Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary

Published on: 09-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

Ecosystem of the Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary harbours the largest number of saltwater crocodile population in the Indian sub-continent.

NMCG, NYKS signed MoU for involvement of youth in restoring the health of Ganga river

Published on: 09-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The MoU aims to involve youth in creating awareness and outreaching public by carrying out afforestation drive for medicinal plants species, promoting sanitation and construction of toilets.

Union Government inaugurated Tier-I Oil Spill Response Centre for Mumbai and JNPT Harbour

Published on: 06-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The objective behind setting up the centre is to develop appropriate and effective systems for the detection and reporting of oil spillage.

Northern Railway rolled out India’s first rail coach lit by solar panels

Published on: 04-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

This is the first time in the history of Indian Railways, that a solar photovoltaic system has been used for power requirements of light and fan in a broad gauge coach.

Fishing ban of 61 days along the Western Coast became effective except in Kerala

Published on: 03-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Instead, the state will to stick to the 47-day ban, as in previous years, and allowed its fishermen to continue operating till June 15.

Himachal Pradesh set up satellite tracking system to check forest fire

Published on: 27-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The state has also launched an awareness campaign across the state to protect forests from fire in which local people will be involved to detect the fire incidents.

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