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Ken-Betwa river linking project receives environment, forest & tribal clearances

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Of 6.35 lakh hectares of the project, 3.69 lakh hectares will be in MP’s Chattarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts and 2.65 lakh hectares in UP’s Mahoba, Banda and Jhansi districts.

New species of gibbon discovered in China

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

A completed genetic and physical comparison with other gibbons confirmed it to be a new species.

Environment Ministry invites comments on Draft Notification for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2016

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Rules make it mandatory for all dog breeders and the dog breeding establishments to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective State Governments.

Delhi’s Connaught Place to be vehicle-free from February

Jan 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

NDMC is planning to make the inner and middle circle of Connaught Place completely vehicle-free to ease congestion and reduce pollution.

Trash Skimmers to be introduced in six more Ganga cities

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

National Mission for Clean Ganga has extended its surface cleaning activity to six more Indian cities. Trash skimmers will be deployed in these cities to clear the river surface off its floating waste.

Ken-Betwa River linking project gets Wildlife Board clearance

Dec 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers project will transfer surplus water from the Ken River to the Betwa basin through a 231.45 km canal.

Delhi Government to slash bus fares by 75 per cent

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Delhi government has decided to cut down the fares of its public transport buses including DTC and cluster buses to encourage more people to opt for the service and in turn help reduce pollution.

China to levy environment tax to fight pollution

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

China has passed a law levying specific environmental protection taxes on heavy industries. The tax rate according to the new system will be determined by the rate of emissions by these industries.

Parliamentary Standing Committee: 55 percent rise in forest fires

Dec 24, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

A parliamentary standing committee report focussing on the prevention of forest fires reported that there has been an alarming rise in forest fires, especially in the Himalayan region, almost around 55 per cent.

NGT: Rs 50000 fine on aircrafts that empty human waste in air

Dec 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The NGT has directed the DGCA to issue notices to all the involved airlines to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation and to ensure that they do not release any waste from the tanks anywhere near the terminals of the IGI Airport.

Union Government notified Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016

Dec 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

These rules replace the Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 and seek to address the issues related to the conservation and development of wetlands in a comprehensive manner.

Scientists discover 163 new species in the Greater Mekong region

Dec 20, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

A rainbow-headed snake, a dragon-like lizard and a newt that looks like a Klingon from Star Trek were among the 163 new species that were found in the region.

Huge dead zone discovered in the Bay of Bengal

Dec 20, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Researchers have discovered a huge area covering about 60000 square km that has little or no oxygen in the Bay of Bengal. The zone is reported to host microorganisms, which are ready to remove all the nitrogen from the water but traces of oxygen stop them from doing so.

Assam’s Majuli to be India's first carbon neutral district

Dec 16, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The project titled ‘'Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli' was initiated by Assam’s department of Environment and Forest to fight against climate change and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

Green Panel imposes interim ban on Manja

Dec 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

A bench chaired by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar temporarily banned the use of glass-coated string for kite flying due to the danger it poses to humans and animals.

Cyclone Vardah struck coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh

Dec 13, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The cyclone severely damaged the public and private property including communication lines, electricity, roads, vehicles, etc. However, on the positive side, the accompanied rains got huge relief to the water deficit areas.

Narmada Seva Yatra launched in Madhya Pradesh

Dec 12, 2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The Narmada is a Sanskrit word that means the Giver of Pleasure. During British Raj, the River was called as the Nerbudda or Narbada.

Canada reaches carbon agreement with provinces

Dec 10, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Canada Government and its provinces had come to an agreement on a national carbon pricing plan.

Researchers discover hot hydrogen atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere

Dec 8, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The discovery significantly changes current understanding of the distribution of hot atomic hydrogen and its interaction with other atmospheric constituents.

Fisher, rare species of weasel, makes comeback in Washington

Dec 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Historically, fishers were found throughout much of the forested areas of the West Coast. However, they declined in numbers due to trapping in the 1800s and early 1900s, and also due to the loss of forest habitats.

Garbage from Ghazipur Dump to be used for Highway Construction

Dec 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

In the last decade, the dump at the site has turned into a mini mountain, reaching the height of almost 50 metres, much above the permissible limit of 15-20 metres. The ground exhausted its capacity to take in waste material way back in 2002.

United Nations launches strategy to minimise environmental footprint of its peace operations

Dec 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The aim of the strategy of DFS is to reduce overall demand through increased efficiency, increase the proportion of energy from renewable sources such as solar arrays and reduce the level of pollution.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers worst coral die-off on record

Nov 30, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Great Barrier Reef suffered its most severe bleaching in recorded history, due to warming sea temperatures during March 2016 and April 2016.

Melting of Arctic ice cap could trigger catastrophic climate change

Nov 28, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

While the overall temperature in the Arctic region has risen to around 20 degrees, much above the expected mark, the extent of sea ice too has reached its lowest level in comparison to previous years.

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan Triggering off Tsunami Warnings

Nov 22, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The quake was felt even in Tokyo, 150 miles southwest of the epicenter. Though there have been no report of death as yet, there have been reports of minor injuries and damage.

Climate Change Performance Index 2017 released

Nov 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The index suggests that emerging economies are performing well, while the European countries lost their loose speed. It mapped Japan, Australia and Canada among the worst performers of all industrialised countries.

Union Cabinet approves creation of 'Special committee for inter-linking rivers' project

Nov 16, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Inter-linking rivers’ is a proposed project that aims to link all Indian rivers by the creation of a network of canals and reservoirs in order to reduce the problem of continuous floods in some parts of India and water shortages in others.

2016 likely to be hottest year on record: World Meteorological Organization

Nov 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The temperatures from January 2016 to September 2016 have been around 0.88° Celsius higher than the 14°C baseline set from 1961 to 1990.

2 Lakh diesel vehicles go off road in Delhi

Nov 15, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The transport department has deregistered around 2 lakh heavy diesel vehicles in Delhi. The vehicles will be impounded by the traffic police effective immediately. Those found violating the rule will be issued challans.

1st International Agro-biodiversity Congress concluded with adoption of Delhi Declaration

Nov 10, 2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The congress was called to discuss the solution of problems on agricultural biodiversity, as at present the world is facing challenges, like global malnutrition, climate change, increasing agriculture productivity, increasing shrinking food security and many more.

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