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National Board for Wildlife approves first phase of Ken-Betwa project

Sep 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

It will irrigate the drought-prone Bundelkhand region but will also submerge about 10 percent of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

Invasive Giant African Land Snails sighted at Goa University

Sep 21, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Achatina fulica is a species of large land snail that belong in the Achatinidae family. This snail is listed as one of the top 100 invasive species in the world.

India announces major initiative for R&D into Next Generation HFC refrigerant alternatives

Sep 17, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

India has a small carbon footprint at citizen level and its sustainable lifestyle results in low contribution of the country to overall emissions of greenhouse gases and ozone depleting substances, as compared with other developed countries.

Tenth of world's wild areas vanished since 1990s: Research

Sep 13, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The comparison showed that a total of 30.1 million km2 (around 20 percent of the world's land area) now remains as wilderness. The majority of the areas are located in North America, North Asia, North Africa, and the Australian continent.

Newly discovered fish of genus Tosanoides named after Barack Obama

Sep 6, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The fish is found only within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a World Heritage site encompassing 1510000 square kilometres of ocean waters.

Ghost snake species discovered in Madagascar

Sep 6, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The researchers from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Museum of Natural Science, the American Museum of Natural History in the US and the Universite de Mahajunga in Madagascar studied the snake’s physical characteristics and genetics.

IUCN lists Eastern Gorilla as Critically Endangered

Sep 5, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Four of the six great apes, Eastern Gorilla, Western Gorilla, Bornean Orangutan and Sumatran Orangutan, are now listed as Critically Endangered. The Chimpanzee and Bonobo are listed as Endangered.

CIL, ICFRE signs MoU to monitor Environment related issues in Coal Mining Projects

Sep 2, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The arrangement would help CIL in proper compliance and monitoring of the conditions that are laid down by the MoEF&CC for environment and forest clearances.

Water table rises in Ganga basin but so does salinity: Study

Sep 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The study also highlights the fact that unsustainable levels of groundwater extraction are largely limited to urban agglomerations in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

US President Obama expands world's largest protected marine area off Hawaii

Aug 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Now, the existing Marine National Monument will expand by 442781 square miles, bringing the total protected area of the expanded monument to 582578 square miles.

 

Humans have been causing global warming for almost two centuries: Study

Aug 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The results of the study suggest that global warming began during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. The warming was first detectable in the Arctic and tropical oceans around the 1830s.

Nine breeds of livestock and poultry registered with NBAGR

Aug 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The cataloguing of India's animal genetic resources by the ICAR and registration of breeds is aimed at creating a sense of ownership among local communities responsible for development of breeds.

Gymnothorax indicus, new species of eel found in Bay of Bengal

Aug 22, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The eel was studied by the scientists at Sankarpur fishing harbour in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. It was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast.

Shashi Shekhar Committee on World Culture Festival of AOL submitted report to NGT

Aug 17, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The 5-member committee was formed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the wake of allegations that the festival caused extensive damage to the biodiversity and aquatic life of Yamuna in March 2016.

India’s first bio-CNG plant inaugurated in Pune

Aug 17, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The technology involves treating the waste with a special bacterial solution, after which the gas so generated is cleaned and compressed for use in vehicles. It was set up as a Proof of Concept (PoC) which can be replicated elsewhere.

Rhino horn verification process begins in Assam

Aug 11, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

For this purpose, the state government has instituted a Rhino Horn Verification Committee headed by former forest officer Mohan Chandra Malakar.

Wildlife Institute of India to house India’s first tiger repository

Aug 9, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The Tiger Cell will assist in population assessment of tigers, law enforcement, wildlife forensics, infrastructural development and mitigation, smart patrolling and advisory role in policy formulation.

Typhoon Nida makes landfall in China’s Dapeng Peninsula; lashes Hong Kong

Aug 2, 2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The Hong Kong Observatory reported that Nida had generated winds up to 145 kilometers per hour as it moved toward Hong Kong but showed signs of weakening after it struck land.

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

Jul 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 11 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

Jul 22, 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

Jul 15, 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

Jul 13, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 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

Jul 11, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 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

Jul 7, 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

Jul 7, 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

Jul 6, 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

Jul 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 4 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

Jun 30, 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

Jun 24, 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

Jun 17, 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.

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