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New species of millipede found in Sequoia National Park, California

2 days ago
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The newly found millipede is recognised as the evolutionary cousin of the leggiest animal on the planet, Illacme plenipes.

Global CO2 concentration reaches 400 parts per million in 2015: WMO

3 days ago
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Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels has altered the natural balance and in 2015, globally averaged levels were 144% of pre-industrial levels.

Smooth-coated otter sighted for first time in Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary

Oct 24, 2016
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The forest authorities with the support of a local wetland researcher, A. Venkata Appa Rao, have documented the presence of the Smooth-coated otter in the mangrove forests and brackish water channels in Eelachetladibba and Lankevennedibba and other areas outside the sanctuary.

Union Government directs car makers to declare emission details of every vehicle

Oct 20, 2016
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The ministry has notified the amendment of Form 22 under the Central Motor Vehicles Act. It is used to provide the initial certification of compliance with pollution and safety standards at the time of sale to buyers.

Kashmir's Red Stag to get IUCN's Critically Endangered status

Oct 19, 2016
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As per Bombay Natural History Society, nearly 3000 to 5000 Hanguls existed around the 1940s. At present, only about 150 of them survive in the Greater Dachigam Landscape of 1000 square kilometeres.

Kigali Agreement to phase out HFCs reached

Oct 18, 2016
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This historic global climate agreement was reached at the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP28).

China successfully launches longest Manned Space Mission

Oct 18, 2016
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Success of the project will make China the only country to have a manned space station, as the present in-service International Space Station retires by 2024.

India decided to eliminate potent greenhouse gas HFC-23 by 2030

Oct 15, 2016
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HFC–23 gas, a potent greenhouse gas, with Global Warming Potential of 14800, is produced during the manufacture of a common refrigerant gas, HCFC-22.

HIMANSH, India’s remote and high-altitude station opened in Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Oct 13, 2016
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The researchers will use the station as a base for undertaking surveys using Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

New termite species named Chiraharitae discovered

Oct 10, 2016
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The species has been named Chiraharitae after the tropical evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, where it was discovered.

ASI protected historical monuments and archaeological sites declared polythene free zones

Oct 8, 2016
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The ASI has ranked top 25 Adarsh Monuments on the basis of cleanliness parameters such as amenities like toilets, green lawns, Polythene Free Zone, signage for awareness, disabilities access, drinking water and provision for garbage bins and more.

Hurricane Matthew Death toll mounts to 300 in Haiti

Oct 7, 2016
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President Barack Obama has declared a federal state of emergency in Florida as Hurricane Matthew's powerful winds lashed the state's southeast coast.

New frog species named Litoria Bella discovered in Australia

Oct 6, 2016
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The Cape York Graceful frogs have a near-immaculate green dorsum, bright orange digits, bluish purple thighs and white bones.

India ratifies historic Paris Climate Agreement

Oct 4, 2016
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India, the world's third biggest carbon emitter after China and the US which is responsible for around 40 per cent of the global carbon emissions, accounts for 4.1 per cent of global emissions.

New species of Pika discovered in the Sikkim Himalayas

Oct 3, 2016
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The Findings were published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution as a paper titled Genetics, morphology and ecology reveal a cryptic Pika lineage in the Sikkim Himalaya on 15 September 2016.

Tamil Nadu tops list of endemic flowering plants

Oct 3, 2016
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Among the most widely exploited endemic plants in country is Pterocarpus santalinus, commonly known as red sandal wood, which is found only in the southern parts of the Eastern Ghats. This plant is classified as critically endangered under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category.

92 percent of world’s population is breathing unhealthy air: WHO

Sep 28, 2016
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Maria Neira, head of the WHO's department of public health and environment, termed the report as a public health emergency and urged governments to take up measures like cutting the number of vehicles on the road and improving waste management.

Indira Gandhi International Airport becomes first in Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral status

Sep 28, 2016
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The Airport Carbon Accreditation has upgraded Delhi Airport to ‘Level 3+, Neutrality’, which is the highest level of achievement available to airports across the world.

New species of ground-dwelling lizard discovered in Mumbai

Sep 27, 2016
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Earlier, this new species was considered as Geckoella Collegalensis. However, based on morphological characters and DNA data, it has been described as a new species. This uncommon species is mostly seen moving among the leaf litter on the forest floor.

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

Sep 21, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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