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Union Environment Ministry released Draft National Wildlife Action Plan (2017-2031)

Published on: 11-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Draft National Wildlife Action Plan (2017-2031) prepared by the Committee under the chairmanship of JC Kala.

Marine Museum inaugrated at Marine Aquarium and Regional Centre in Digha

Published on: 11-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The newly constructed museum that is thrown open to the public contains Fish gallery, Coral gallery, and Molluscan gallery with more than 500 marine species display.

MoEF notified Wild Boar as Vermin for a year in Uttarakhand

Published on: 11-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

It will allow state authorities to carry out an extermination of wild pigs/boars on a large scale without attracting penal provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

World’s largest concentrated solar plant opened in Morocco

Published on: 10-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The plant could produce enough energy to power over one million homes by 2018 and reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 760000 tons per year.

Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection of ICAO proposed binding carbon emission standards for aviation industry

Published on: 10-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

CAEP has ensured that the full range of sizes and types of aircraft used in international aviation used in present times are covered while proposing the standards.

New species of Hydroid Polyps emitting green fluorescence discovered in Red Sea

Published on: 09-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

These hydroid polyps were found to be emitting light in the night in association with the gastropod Nassarius margaritifer along archipelago Farasan, south of the Red Sea.

Storm Imogen lashed parts of Britain

Published on: 09-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The storm forced the environment agency to issue multiple flood warnings requiring immediate action for parts of the south west, south east and Wales.

National Air Quality Indices for 24 cities released by Central Pollution Control Board

Published on: 08-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Muzzaffarpur in Bihar topped the list and were coded as severe in terms of air pollution during January with AQI value of 409 points each.

Snow Leopard spotted for the first time in North Sikkim

Published on: 28-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The elusive snow leopard was found during its pilot project in which they installed camera traps in the region to understand the occurrence of snow leopards in the region.

New bird species named Himalayan Forest Thrush found in India

Published on: 22-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The new species has been given scientific name Zoothera salimalii after famous ornithologist and naturalist Salim Ali who has made significant contributions to ornithology in India.

New tree frog genus discovered in forests of north-eastern India

Published on: 21-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The genus has been named Frankixalus after Professor Franky Bossuyt of Vrije Universiteit Brussel for his contribution to amphibian research.

2015 is Earth’s warmest year since 1880: NOAA

Published on: 21-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

During 2015, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.90°C) above the 20th century average.

World Bank to fund 20 million US dollar for reconstructing Indira Gandhi Zoological Park

Published on: 19-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The four coastal districts of Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and East Godavari are expected to get 20 million US dollar for forest restoration and disaster prevention measures.

Union Government decided to shift to BS-VI Emission norms directly from BS-IV in 2020

Published on: 08-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways decided to implement the Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms from 1 April 2020 to curb vehicular pollution.

Snowflake Corals growth off Thiruvananthapuram poses threat to Marine Ecology

Published on: 05-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Snowflake Coral’s existence off Indian coasts was first reported in May 2009 in Kundol Island in Nicobar.

Union Cabinet approved Raptor MoU for conservation of migratory birds of prey

Published on: 31-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The MoU is also in conformity with the provisions of the existing Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, wherein the birds have been accorded protection.

UN adopted resolution to observe 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day

Published on: 24-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The creation of the day is aimed at raising awareness among people in the world of the dangers of tsunami and stressing the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage.

Union Ministry of Environment notified norms for Coal-based Thermal Power Plants

Published on: 23-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The Ministry also made it mandatory for the existing plants to meet the new emission parameters within two years.

New Species of Eel, Gymnothorax mishrai discovered along West Bengal coast

Published on: 22-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

Gymnothorax mishrai is a 32.4 cm long marine species and is edible.

Australian Sea Snake species Aipysurus foliosquama and Aipysurus apraefrontalis rediscovered

Published on: 22-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The two snakes were listed as Critically Endangered in 2010 due to their restricted geographic ranges of Ashmore and Hibernia Reefs, Timor Sea.

Green Peace India released report on National Air Quality Index of 17 cities

Published on: 16-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 46 people agreed

As per the report, Delhi was listed as the most polluted city in the world.

SC banned registration of new diesel SUVs, luxury cars in Delhi till 31 March 2016

Published on: 16-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The landmark ruling was aimed at curbing the alarming pollution level in Delhi.

World Bank released Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty report

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

The report examines the interplay between climate change and poverty and suggests measures to contain impact of climate change.

Typhoon Melor struck the Philippines

Published on: 14-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The typhoon was ranked as a Category 3 storm by the US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center which is located at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.

COP 21 under UNFCCC adopted Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Published on: 14-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The agreement facilitates enforcement of global green house emission reduction measures in the post-2020 (post Kyoto Protocol) scenario.

Myanmar launched its first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Inle Lake

Published on: 12-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The wetland ecosystem of this freshwater lake is home to 267 species of birds, out of which 82 are wetland birds, 43 species of freshwater fishes, otters and turtles.

NGT gave directions to keep River Ganga Pollution Free

Published on: 11-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

There will be a complete ban on use of plastic of any kind from Gomukh to Haridwar along Ganga with effect from 1 February 2016.

Delhi Government announced vehicle rationing scheme to curb air pollution

Published on: 09-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

In the first phase of the scheme, vehicles with odd and even number plates would be allowed to run on alternate days between 1 January and 15 January 2016 in the capital city.

Yes Bank announced to mobilize 5 billion US dollars for climate action by 2020

Published on: 09-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The bank will mobilize 5 billion US dollars for climate action through lending, investing and raising capital towards mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

India launched I-LTEO programme to monitor 8 different biomes

Published on: 08-DEC-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

The primary purpose of the programme is to find out changes in flora and fauna due to climate change.

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