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Malaysia ordered shut down of schools due to choking smog

Published on: 05-OCT-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The smog was caused due to smoke from forest fires on Sumatra Island which started in mid-August 2015 and gradually became worse in September 2015.

India submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions to UNFCC

Published on: 03-OCT-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

In its submission, India committed to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 level.

NGT issued notice to Union Government on plea seeking stay on Lakhwar HEP

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

The 300-MW Lakhwar project is a gravity dam located in the Upper Yamuna River Basin in Dehradun district and is being built by Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL).

Union Environment Ministry notified Guidelines on Sustainable Sand and Minor Mineral Mining

Published on: 25-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The policy seeks forward to strike a balance between increasing demand of sand and sustainable sand mining practices. It may help in achieving the goal of sustainable development.

MoEF Committee gave environmental clearance for Ramagundam Urea plant

Published on: 24-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The gas-based plant will have the capacity to produce 1.1 million tonnes of urea per annum. It is expected to be commissioned in 2018-19.

Consultative workshop on Climate Change Mitigation in Urban Sector held in New Delhi

Published on: 23-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change made a detailed presentation on ‘Environmental Guidelines for Buildings’ containing about 30 parameters.

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare banned sale of Diclofenac in multidose vial for human use

Published on: 19-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 25 people agreed

The move is aimed at protecting vultures from extinction.

NGT passed directions to prevent pollution of Yamuna River

Published on: 17-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Idols made of bio-degradable material (not with plastic or plaster of Paris) and carrying environment-friendly colours will be allowed for immersion.

World's longest Continental Volcanic Chain discovered in Australia

Published on: 16-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The findings were published in the journal Nature on 14 September 2015 with the title Lithospheric controls on magma composition along Earth’s longest continental hotspot track.

Mount Aso, the largest volcano of Japan erupted

Published on: 14-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

Since 2014, the volcanic activity in Japan has intensified, especially after the eruption of the Mount Ontake in central Japan.

First-ever Census on India’s Leopard presented

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

The team shows availability of around 7910 of leopards across India, except the northeastern region of India. The figure excludes the northeastern region of India.

UNEP released Global Waste Management Outlook

Published on: 08-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

It was a first of its kind report on waste management at the global level.

Over 3 Trillion trees currently thrive on Earth: Study

Published on: 03-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

The study was published in the journal Nature on 2 September 2015 with a title Mapping tree density at a global scale. The study was conceived by TW Crowther and HB Glick.

NASA and USAID launched SERVIR-Mekong to monitor environment in Southeast Asia

Published on: 03-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

SERVIR-Mekong will serve the countries of the Mekong River Basin: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Low-cost device to monitor air quality unveiled by UNEP in Nairobi

Published on: 03-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

It is a low-cost device as it is expected to cost up to 100 times less than existing solutions.

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

Published on: 01-SEP-2015
Important for Exam: 7 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: 6 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: 2 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: 2 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: 22 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: 17 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: 13 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: 34 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: 20 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.

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