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India's first green rail corridor launched between Rameswaram and Manamadurai stretch

Published on: 26-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Trains on the stretch have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks, which will help in ensuring zero toilet discharge on rail tracks.

2016 set to be world's hottest year on record: WMO

Published on: 22-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The WMO stated that Arctic Sea ice melted early and fast, which is another indicator of climate change. In addition, Carbon dioxide levels have also reached new highs.

Rare Marbled Map butterfly sighted in Eastern Ghats

Published on: 15-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The butterfly was found by a group of green enthusiasts including N. Chandramohan Reddy, while they were exploring the thick forest of the Eastern Ghats of the region.

Kendrapara sheep gets registered breed status

Published on: 13-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The Kendrapara breed was identified as the second in India and sixth in the world to carry FecB mutation gene responsible for multiple births such as twins and triplets.

IUCN declares Bornean Orangutan as critically endangered

Published on: 11-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

As per the IUCN’s findings, the combined impacts of habitat loss, habitat degradation and illegal hunting equate to an 86% population reduction between 1973 and 2025. This finding qualifies the Bornean orangutan for listing as Critically Endangered.

New Tarantula species named after Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Published on: 07-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The species was discovered in large number in an isolated mountain range in Caribbean Colombia.  It was named after him as homage to the country where it was found.

231 Projects under Namami Gange launched all over country

Published on: 07-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

These projects involve modernization and redevelopment of Ghats and crematoriums, development of sewage infrastructure and treatment, afforestation, tree plantation, pilot drain project, interceptor drain project, trash skimmers and conservation of biodiversity.

SC-appointed Green Panel recommends high pollution cess of 20-22% on diesel vehicles

Published on: 06-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

An Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) of 10 percent of the vehicle's cost be imposed on diesel cars with engines up to 1200cc.

Ozone layer in Antarctic is healing: Study

Published on: 01-JUL-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The gains in the protective layer can be credited to the long term phasing out of ozone-destroying chemicals which was adopted in the 1989 Montreal Protocol.

Climate change impact on animals in Himalayas to be recorded by ZSI

Published on: 30-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Under the project, ZSI will monitor indicators in species like fish, butterflies, bees and other insects to find how their distribution has been affected by climate change.

Darjeeling Zoo to receive snow leopard from London’s Dudley Zoological Gardens

Published on: 24-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The leopard, named Makalu, is expected to make arrival at the Kolkata airport in an Emeritus Flight on the morning of 24 June 2016. Makalu will then be transported to the zoo.

North America to have its first sanctuary for dolphins

Published on: 17-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The aquarium will move its colony of eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to an outdoor facility with natural seawater by 2020, of which only one has ever lived in the open ocean.

Bramble Cay melomys is first mammal declared extinct from human-caused climate change

Published on: 16-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

It is the first recorded extinction of a mammal anywhere in the world thought to be primarily due to human-induced climate change.

Popcorn-like fossils give evidence of environmental influence on species richness

Published on: 13-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

According to new research led by the University of Southampton, the number of species that can exist on Earth depends on the changes in the Environment.

Norway becomes first country to prohibit deforestation

Published on: 13-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The step taken by the government means that the parliament will no longer award government contracts to any company that cuts down and destroys forests.

The Rise of Environmental Crime Report released by UNEP and INTERPOL

Published on: 13-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The report revealed that environmental crime grew up by 26 per cent larger than previous estimates of 2014. Environmental crime is the world's fourth-largest criminal enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016 released

Published on: 07-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The proposed legislation provides an overarching national legal framework with principles for protection, conservation, regulation and management of water as a vital and stressed natural resource.

Guwahati declares Gangetic River Dolphin as its ‘city animal’

Published on: 07-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Ganga Dolphins are also called as the ‘Tigers of Ganga’ are locally known as Sihu in Guwahati.

Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched

Published on: 04-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre.


India announces to Double Investment in Clean Energy Research in next five years

Published on: 03-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The announcement was made at the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) and the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Meet held at San Francisco, the US.

India, US signed MoU to Enhance Cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy & Climate Change

Published on: 03-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

This MoU will also provide momentum for cooperative work which needs to be done in fields of energy security, clean energy and climate change.

India-US MoU on enhancing cooperation in Wildlife Conservation approved

Published on: 02-JUN-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

It will help India to benefit from the expertise of the US Institutions in the field of wildlife conservation and management of wildlife areas.

Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh bagged India Biodiversity Award 2016

Published on: 28-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 34 people agreed

The Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme of the Pakke Tiger Reserve was awarded the prize under Conservation of threatened species category.

UNEP releases report titled Actions on Air Quality

Published on: 26-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

As per the report, with the decline of the global air quality, action in some air quality areas points to political will to tackle this global public health emergency although current efforts still fall short.

UNODC launches inaugural World Wildlife Crime Report

Published on: 25-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The report is a part of UNODC's ongoing Global Programme on Wildlife and Forest Crime.

40 million Indians at risk from rising sea levels: UNEP

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

In was revealed in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional assessment for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Environment Programme.

NGT bans over 10-year-old light, heavy diesel vehicles in six Kerala cities

Published on: 24-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

NGT directed the state government not to register any diesel vehicle in the capacity of 2000 CC and more, except public transport and local authority vehicles.

Cyclonic storm ROANU to strike Andhra Pradesh coast: IMD

Published on: 20-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Moving northeastwards, the system is likely to cross south Bangladesh coast between Khepupara and Cox’s Bazar on 22 May 2016.

JP Nadda launches Centre for Environmental Health to assess environmental impact on health

Published on: 20-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The centre was launched to assess the impact of environment-related problems like air pollution, climate change, pesticide use and sanitation on health.

Brown Bears sighted for the first time in Kargil after 1999 War

Published on: 18-MAY-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The eight beers comprised of three adult females and five grown-up cubs and were seen in Drass area of Ladakh with mountain ranges of 16000 to 21000 feet.

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