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CSIRO, Imperial College warned 99% seabirds will ingest plastic by 2050

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The study found that nearly 60 percent of all seabird species including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins have plastic in their gut.

Study titled the Future of Forests: Emissions from Tropical Deforestation, 2016-2050 released

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The study says that in next 35 years, an area of tropical forest equivalent to the size of India will be deforested. It warns that the rate of deforestation will be faster than previously thought.

NGT directed civic authorities to impose 20000 rupees fine on polluters of Hindon River

Published on: 26-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

It is tributary of Yamuna River and one of the highly polluted rivers in the Ganges Basin as it flows through highly populated and polluted areas of Uttar Pradesh.

eBird India Taxonomists reclassified Indian bird species

Published on: 25-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The taxonomists gave out a list of species that includes all species, subspecies groups, hybrids, intergrades, spuhs, slashes, domestics, and forms.

UNFCCC, MSSRF to work for conservation of coastal resources of Andhra Pradesh

Published on: 24-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The two organisations will work together for the conservation of coastal resources, with focus on the restoration of the Sorlagondi mangrove forest cover in Krishna district.

Union Government issued final notification demarcating ESZ around Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Published on: 20-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The notification was issued via the Gazette of India vide S/o-2262 (E) after the National Board of Wild Life cleared the process of demarcating the ESZ.

India lost 41 tigers in 7 months: NTCA & Traffic India data

Published on: 12-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

It says that tigers are dying not just from natural causes, but are being shot to death by authorities in case of man-animal conflicts.

Union Government & Delhi Government agreed to prepare blueprint to Clean & Rejuvenate Yamuna River

Published on: 10-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The two governments agreed to prepare a blueprint for this purpose during the next 45 days. They also discussed the issues related to beautification of the Yamuna River Front.

Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan leaving four people dead & a trail of devastation

Published on: 08-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

After the landfall, the typhoon battered Taiwan with fierce winds (ranging 230km/h (142mph)) and rain leaving four people dead and a trail of devastation.

Southern states to set up Inter-State Coordination Council to resolve forest-related issues

Published on: 07-AUG-2015
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

A regional wildlife crime control bureau will be established in the line of the national wildlife crime control bureau.

Punjab Government to create Beas Belt near Harike Patan as habitat for Gharials

Published on: 31-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 33 people agreed

The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the Indian Subcontinent.

Bangladesh part of Sundarbans witnessed rapid decline in tiger population between 2004 and 2015

Published on: 28-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

Royal Bengal tigers live mainly in India with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. Out of 2226 Bengal tigers found in India, 74 live in Indian side of Sunderbans.

New fish species named Puntius Dolichopterus discovered in Kerala

Published on: 22-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The fish has received Zoo bank register number from International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature, the official body approving the new names of animals.

2 new plant species named Vellithumpa & Eriocaulon manoharanii discovered in Western Ghats

Published on: 20-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

The findings of the discovery were published in the June 2015 issue of the international journal Webbia: Journal of Plant Taxonomy and Phytogeography.

NGT suggested variable office hours to cut pollution

Published on: 15-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The idea was mooted by an NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, who said that it needed to take everyone along and come up with an innovative approach to curb pollution.

Radiative impact of volcanic aerosol in lowermost stratosphere slowed global warming: Study

Published on: 14-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The volcanic aerosols have acted during the last one decade as a natural umbrella to slow down global temperature increase from greenhouse gases.

New species of butterfly called Banded Tit discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

Published on: 11-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

The Banded tit is a resident of low-lying evergreen forests of Changlang and carries an interesting life cycle.

Typhoon Chan-hom lashed Okinawa island chain in Japan

Published on: 10-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 12 people agreed

After Japan, the storm is due to pass northern Taiwan before making landfall on the east coast of mainland China on 11 July 2015.

Climate Change to be the theme of Science Express in 2015

Published on: 09-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 27 people agreed

Science Express is a unique science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train travelling across India since 2007.

China submitted climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 20 people agreed

So far, including China, 43 parties to the UNFCCC, out of 192 member countries, have formally submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

USA, Brazil issued Joint Statement on Climate Change

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

In the joint statement, both the countries agreed to increase the share of renewable energy to 20 percent of their energy mix by 2030.

Cities, Regions committed cutting 1.5 bn tons in CO2 emissions at World Summit Climate & Territories

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

These commitments to cut CO2 emissions by regional and local actors were part of the Compact of States and Regions announced in Lyon, France in 2014.

Maldives submitted instrument of acceptance of Doha amendment to Kyoto Protocol to UNFCC

Published on: 07-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 32 people agreed

The Doha amendment is for the period between 2013 and 2020 and will come into force once 3/4th of UNFCC members consent to it.

National Green Tribunal banned use of Plastic in Haridwar & Rishikesh

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar gave the direction on a complaint filed by environmentalist MC Mehta against pollution of the Ganga River.

ZSI monitoring climate change impact on Sundarban animals

Published on: 03-JUL-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

For this purpose, monitoring bases were established at 25 plots in the five islands of Bali, Gosaba, Basanti, Sagar and Satjelia.

Elephant Census Report 2015 of Odisha released

Published on: 30-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 24 people agreed

In three Elephant Reserves (ERs), that is, Mayurbhanj, Mahanadi and Sambalpur, a total of 1450 elephants (74.21%) were recorded. These areas have eight sanctuaries.

First species of Yeti Crab in Antarctica named Kiwa tyleri discovered

Published on: 29-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

Kiwa tyler is named after British deep-sea and polar biologist Professor Paul Tyler from the University of Southampton.

Taygan Lions Park, Skazka Zoo, Thiruvananthapuram Zoo inked animal exchange agreement

Published on: 25-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 18 people agreed

In exchange for three elephants from India, the Thiruvananthapuram zoo will receive two white lions, 15 coatis, two Siberian tigers, two llamas, and five squirrel monkeys.

Bhuvan Ganga Mobile Application launched to aid National Mission for Clean Ganga

Published on: 24-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

Bhuvan Mobile App will enable public to collect and report information on various pollution sources that affects the water quality of river Ganga.

Typhoon Kujira struck south China's Hainan Province

Published on: 23-JUN-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The typhoon made its landfall in south China’s Hainan province with heavy rain in the drought hit island.

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