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Ecologists found a new species of fish called Pethia striata in Western Ghats, Karnataka

Published on: 21-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The discovery of the new species was published in the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists.

Maria Elena South, driest place on earth, discovered in Atacama Desert

Published on: 20-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Maria Elena South (MES) is dry as Mars and has a mean atmospheric relative humidity (RH) of 17.3 percent. It has a soil RH of a constant 14 percent at a depth of one meter.

New Catfish Species Glyptothorax Senapatiensis discovered in Manipur

Published on: 19-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The discovery was published in the research paper titled Glyptothorax senapatiensis, a new species of catfish from Manipur, India.

Opah, the world’s first fully warm-blooded fish species, discovered by researchers

Published on: 16-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The Opah fish has developed an internal heat exchange system within its gills to conserve the warmth and it raises its temperature by flapping its fins.

IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted environmental section of Polar Code

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

The provisions are related to discharges of ships operating in the Waters surrounding the two poles.

Indian Scientists found a rare plant with anti-cancer properties in Western Ghats

Published on: 15-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The plant is a small climbing shrub producing anti-cancer alkaloid Camptothecine (CPT).

Union Cabinet Approved Namami Gange programme under National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA)

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

It tries to integrate the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga river in a comprehensive manner with an outlay of 20000 crore rupees over a period of five years.

Asiatic lion population in Gir sanctuary increased to 523: Lion Census report 2015

Published on: 12-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

This 14th lion census registered 27 percent increase in the number of Asiatic lions compared to 2010 census which had registered 411 Asiatic lions.

NGT imposed monthly tax on all households in Delhi

Published on: 09-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The decision was made by the NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar on a petition of environmental activist, Manoj Misra against severe pollution in Yamuna River.

India home to 48 of the 250 known species of bumblebees: Indian Bumblebees

Published on: 04-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

They are crucial for the very sustenance of vegetation in high-altitude regions of Himalayas because they are the only pollinators which can live in that adverse climate.

Global warming will lead to extinction of 1 in 6 species by end of century: Study

Published on: 02-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

Global extinction risks will increase from 2.8 percent at present to 5.2 percent at the international policy target of a 2°C post-industrial rise and thus there is urgent need to take strong action to limit further climate change.

Union Cabinet approved the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015

Published on: 01-MAY-2015
Important for Exam: 28 people agreed

The bill is aimed at providing for institutional mechanism, both at the Centre and in each State and Union Territory, to ensure expeditious utilization of amounts realised in lieu of forest land diverted for non-forest purpose.

Calbuco volcano of Chile erupted after 42 years

Published on: 28-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

Tonnes of ash rained down following two volcanic eruptions leading to declaration of state of emergency by President Michelle Bachelet.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.5 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan

Published on: 28-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The epicenter of the quake that jolted parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was in the Hindukush mountain ranges of the border area of Tajikistan-Pakistan at a depth of 144 kilometres.

Earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on the Richter scale struck Nepal

Published on: 25-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The tremors of the quake, which is the worst in the Himalayan nation in over 80 years, were felt in northern India Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Turrialba Volcano erupted in Costa Rica

Published on: 25-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

The blast from the Turrialba volcano in the east of the Central American country came after the Calbuco volcano in Chile erupted twice on 22 April and 24 April 2015.

Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand declared as India's 48th Tiger Reserve

Published on: 22-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 62 people agreed

With this notification of NTCA, Uttarakhand got its second tiger reserve after the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

New species of Geckos discovered at the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Karnataka

Published on: 21-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

The gecko has been named as Cnemaspis adii after a young herpetology researcher from Hyderabad, Aditya Srinivasulu.

TERI, FNI, INTASAVE-CARIBSAVE signed MOU to further Climate & Development Agenda

Published on: 18-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

The three institutes have identified cooperation in nine areas such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, low carbon strategies and global policy advocacy among others.

Haryana Government notified forests in Aravalli range are not a forest

Published on: 17-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

Mangarbani grove in Aravalli is often considered as the last remaining virgin forest in Delhi-NCR and held sacred by local villagers.

45-day long annual fishing ban on Eastern Coast of India started

Published on: 15-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The ban is imposed to safeguard fish in their breeding season and increase the fish catch. During this period of ban, the fishermen with mechanized boats are barred from venturing out into the sea for fishing till mid-night of 31 May 2015.

NGT banned construction activities causing air pollution in Delhi-Nation Capital Region (NCR)

Published on: 11-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 22 people agreed

The directive was delivered by a bench headed by the NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, in order to check growing menace of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Thane named as National Earth Hour Capital 2015 by WWF

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 71 people agreed

Pune received a special mention from the jury for its city mobility plan and solar and waste-to-energy initiatives while Rajkot was felicitated for the city’s performance in the field of renewable energy.

Seoul won WWF’s Earth Hour City Challenge to become the Global Earth Hour Capital 2015

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 65 people agreed

As part of the Earth Hour City Challenge 2015, the city of Balikpapan, Indonesia was recognized as the Most Loveable City for 2015.

Scientists detected rapid accumulation of anesthetic gases in atmosphere causing global warming

Published on: 10-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The study revealed that concentrations of potent global warmers Desflurane, Isoflurane and Sevoflurane reached an alarming level in the global atmosphere starting from crowed urban areas to pristine Antarctic environment.

Spiders belonging to Thomisidae family named after Telangana state

Published on: 09-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

These crabs were discovered by two researchers from the Zoology Department of Osmania University, namely, G.B. Pravalikha and Chelmala Srinivasulu during their expedition at Nagnur in Karimnagar district.

State Environment and Forest Ministers’ Conference adopted Resolution on Protecting Environment

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 23 people agreed

The two-day conference, which was participated by 30 ministers from different state looked upon a wide range of issues like waste management, TSR Subramanian committee recommendations, forest, wildlife, biodiversity and climate change.

Grey Hypocolius sighted at the Narara Marine National Park in Gujarat

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 30 people agreed

Grey Hypocolius a small passerine bird species is a sole member of the genus Hypocolius and is placed in the family of Hypocoliidae.

Union Government to re-classify industries in a three-coloured scheme based on pollution potential

Published on: 08-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 36 people agreed

The proposal to classify industries under red, orange and green was adopted during the state environment and forests ministers’ conference.

National Green Tribunal ruled 10-year old diesel vehicles cannot ply on Delhi roads

Published on: 07-APR-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

A number of countries in the world are in the process or have prohibited diesel vehicles or are in the process of doing away with them by imposing very heavy taxes.  Some of these countries include Denmark, Brazil, China and Sri Lanka.

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