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NTCA released report on Status of Tigers in India, 2014

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 62 people agreed

The largest increase was recorded in the Western Ghats Landscape complex comprising Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Tamil Nadu  with 776 tigers (up from 402 in 2006).

Periyar Tiger Reserve won NTCA biennial award

Published on: 21-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

For encouraging local public participation in managing the reserve, Periyar Tiger Reserve of Kerala won the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) biennial award.

Scientists developed two new global maps to provide help in search for fresh farmland

Published on: 20-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

It offered two types of data that experts argue is essential for the search. Now, two new global maps may provide some help in the search for fresh farmland.

Year 2014 ranked as Earth's hottest year since 1880

Published on: 17-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The year 2014 was ranked as the Earth’s hottest year since 1880 as per the two separate analyses done by NASA scientists and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.

Critically endangered Forest Owlet sighted in Betul, Madhya Pradesh

Published on: 15-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Critically endangered forest owlet (Athene blewitti) sighted in a new location at Betul district of Madhya Pradesh by a Pune-based conservation society.

NGT gave directions to clean Yamuna under Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalization Plan 2017

Published on: 14-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The directions were given by the principal bench of NGT presided over by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The tribunal's judgment came on a petition by Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan against pollution in the Yamuna and covering of drains in Delhi.

Sultanpur National Park shut down after migratory birds found dead

Published on: 12-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The Sultanpur National Park was shut down for one week after 47 migratory birds were found dead in the park. The bird sanctuary is a seasonal wetland that attracts around 200 species of migratory birds.

Rare plant species Chlorophytum palghatense found in Palakkad district of Kerala

Published on: 07-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The Scientists at the Centre for Medicinal Plants Research in Kerala discovered a rare plant species named Chlorophytum palghatense at the Dhoni hills in Palakkad district of Kerala.

Tropical forests absorb more Carbon Dioxide than thought: NASA

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Tropical forests may absorb more Carbon Dioxide in response to rising atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases than earlier thought. This was claimed in a study conducted by scientists of NASA.

ICRISAT launched GreenPHABLET for small farmers

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Green PHABLET is a customised low-cost combination of phone and tablet computer. The device was powered by GreenSIM. The GreenPHABLET is dust- and shatter-proof, readable under bright sunlight; operates from -20°C to +60°C.

Excessive concentration of antibiotics found in three Chinese rivers

Published on: 06-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

An excessive amount of antibiotics was found in Chinese rivers namely Yangtze, Huangpu and Pearl Rivers. The situation threatens to cause widespread antibiotic resistance.

Chrysopelea taprobanica, the Sri Lankan flying snake, sighted in Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve

Published on: 02-JAN-2015
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

Sri Lankan flying snake, Chrysopelea taprobanica for first time sighted outside the island nation, it was sighted in AP’s Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve.

World's smallest goanna lizard species discovered in Australia

Published on: 31-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 55 people agreed

The goanna lizard weighs barely 16 grams. The Western Australia Museum announced the discovery of the new species of goanna lizard from the Kimberley region.

Pompadour Green Pigeon endemic to Western Ghats spotted in Barkheda in Rajasthan

Published on: 29-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Pompadour Green Pigeon, a native of the Western Ghats and Sri Lanka was spotted over a tree of Barkheda village, Rajasthan.

98 new species of beetle genus Trigonopterus discovered in Indonesia

Published on: 24-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The researchers discovered 98 new species of beetle genus Trigonopterus in Java, Bali and other Indonesian islands. One species is named after English naturalist Sir David Attenborough

United Nations sent team of international experts to clean up Sundarbans oil spill

Published on: 19-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

UN sent a team of international experts of UNDAC to Bangladesh to help clean up thousands of liters of fuel oil that spilled in Sundarbans region.

Lima Call for Climate Action put world on track to New Universal Climate Agreement

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Lima Accord issued at the conclusion of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (CoP) put the world on track to new universal climate agreement.

Complex pattern of Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics revealed

Published on: 18-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

A new study has revealed the Complex pattern of Greenland Ice Sheet dynamics and  provided the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland's glaciers have changed over the past decade.

WWF-India launched project Mobile Apps for Climate Change

Published on: 11-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

Three mobile apps launched as part of project, Mobile Apps for Climate Change: A Citizen Science Programme for Schools in Metros.

Nine species of bush frogs discovered in Western Ghats

Published on: 11-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Scientists from IISc, Bangalore discovered nine new species of bush frogs in mountainous region of Western Ghats.

UNEP released the First Adaptation Gap Report

Published on: 06-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 40 people agreed

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 5 December 2014 released the first Adaptation Gap Report. The Report was released during a crucial round of climate talks in Lima, Peru.

Median time between CO2 emission and the maximum warming caused by it is 10.1 years: Study

Published on: 05-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The median time it takes to cause maximum warming following a Carbon Dioxide emission is 10.1 years. This was revealed by study published in journal Environmental Research Letters on 2 December 2014.

Subramanian Committee on Review of Environmental Laws submitted report to the Union Government

Published on: 05-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The committee recommended formulating a new umbrella law to streamline the process of environment clearances for development projects in the country.

Singapore to adopt Euro VI emission standards for petrol vehicles from 2017

Published on: 02-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The announcement is a part of pledge of the nation to cut carbon emissions by 7 per cent to 11 per cent below 2020 business-as-usual (BAU) levels.

Human induced industrial waste causing Ocean acidification

Published on: 02-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

Over the last 100 years, the rate of deposition of reactive nitrogen from the atmosphere to the open ocean has more than doubled globally.

Global Warming to impact Polar Bear population in Canadian Arctic Archipelago by 2100

Published on: 02-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

A new study claimed that due to heavy loss of Arctic sea ice, Polar bears may face starvation and reproductive failure by 2100.

First bio-fuel powered bus became operational in UK

Published on: 01-DEC-2014
Important for Exam: 29 people agreed

The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath.

Forest Owlet spotted in Western Ghats

Published on: 29-NOV-2014
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The critically endangered Forest Owlet (Athene blewitti) spotted in Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary in Palghar District of Maharashtra.

New exotic carnivorous plant Nepenthes zygon discovered at Kew Gardens in London

Published on: 27-NOV-2014
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

An exotic carnivorous plant species Nepenthes zygon was on 25 November 2014 discovered at the Kew Gardens where it was helping to keep down cockroaches.

New species of bird Muscicapa flycatcher named after Indian ornithologist Navjot Sodhi

Published on: 26-NOV-2014
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The bird found in Sulawesi Island of Indonesia was named as Muscicapa sodhii.

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