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Garbage from Ghazipur Dump to be used for Highway Construction

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 2 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: 4 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: 1 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: 13 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: 2 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: 4 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.

SC asks government to devise Common Minimum Programme to deal with pollution

Nov 9, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The court asked the centre to apprise it about its policy to tackle the pollution situation in the city while hearing a report of EPCA.

Union Environment Ministry constitutes four-member team for conservation of Loktak Lake

Nov 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The team will review the implementation of works carried out with financial assistance provided by the Union and State governments so far for the conservation and management of Loktak Lake.

World's first zero-emissions hydrogen train, Coradia iLint, unveiled in Germany

Nov 7, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Coradia iLint is powered by a hydrogen fuel tank on its roof. The fuel cell is supplied with hydrogen and oxygen from the air, which it converts into electric power.

Paris Agreement on Climate Change officially enters into force

Nov 4, 2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

As of November 2016, 192 states and the European Union have signed the Agreement; 97 of those parties have ratified or acceded to the Agreement, most notably China, the United States and India.

World's largest Marine Protected Area declared in Antarctica

Nov 1, 2016
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The deal was reached after two weeks of discussions between delegates between 24 countries and the European Union at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia.

New species of millipede found in Sequoia National Park, California

Oct 26, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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

Oct 25, 2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

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
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

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.

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