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Water Conservation may become part of syllabus

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Rajasthan River Basin and Water Resources Planning Authority has sent a proposal to Rajasthan state government to include water conservation lessons in the state syllabus.

Sea ice extent in Antarctica hits an all-time low

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The ice extent in the Antarctic sea has hit an all-time low, according to researchers after studying the data collected by the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

European Union issues final warning to Britain, France, Germany on air pollution

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Heavy smog has covered much of Europe this winter prompting emergency measures in several big cities including London, Berlin, Paris and so on.

January 2017 is third warmest month in 137 years: NASA

3 days ago
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The GISS team assembled the monthly analysis from publicly available data acquired by about 6300 meteorological stations around the world, ship- and buoy-based instruments measuring sea surface temperature, and Antarctic research stations.

INS Sarvekshak goes green

Feb 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Indian survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green. It has installed a solar powered system, first for any warship in India.

Mass whale stranding on New Zealand beach

Feb 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Around 400 pilot whales got themselves stranded on Farewell Spit on South Island, hundreds of which died overnight. Large-scale rescue operations are on to keep the remaining whales alive.

Scientists decode evolutionary pathway of pitcher plants

Feb 9, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The path to carnivory was remarkably similar for the three species examined. These specie are Cephalotus follicularis (Australian pitcher plant, related to starfruit), Nepenthes alata (Asian pitcher plant, related to buckweat) and Sarracenia purpurea (American pitcher plant, related to kiwifruit).

181 Irrawaddy dolphins counted in Odisha census

Feb 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The dolphin census in Odisha in 2016 was suspended because of lack of visibility due to cloudy weather, high wind speed and surging waves. However, the survey was conducted in the year 2017 by the government officials and wildlife enthusiasts.

Scientists confirm multiple therapeutic properties of Neurocalyx calycinus

Feb 7, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The scientists have now filed for a patent on a novel herbal drug formulation possessing wound-healing, burn-healing, anti-cancer, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immuno- enhancing, platelet-augmentation and anti-oxidant effects.

International collaboration on wheat rust can curb threat to global supplies: FAO

Feb 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The FAO-supported reports have been highlighted in the journal Nature following their publication by Aarhus University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

Scientists confirm existence of lost continent under the Indian Ocean

Feb 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Researchers after studying minerals found in rocks from lava in Mauritius confirmed that they belong to a lost continent that was initially a part of the ancient supercontinent, Gondwanaland.

Toxins in lychee fruit may kill children: Scientists

Feb 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Lychee is a tropical fruit tree native to the Guangdong and Fujian provinces of China. However, it is now cultivated in many parts of the world.

New species of songbird found

Feb 1, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The researchers while exploring sky lands in the Western Ghats have found two new genera and a new species of songbird.

BNHS launches climate change programme in Central Himalayas

Jan 31, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has launched climate change study, mainly focussing on the conservation of the globally threatened group of birds- finches and pheasants.

Karnataka set to celebrate Kambala festival

Jan 28, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The two-day celebration starts with a display of the participating buffaloes with their respective farmers.

2016 was the hottest year ever recorded: WMO

Jan 27, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

WMO used data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the UK’s Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit.

Union Cabinet approves ratification of the Second Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol

Jan 25, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 2012. Hitherto, 75 countries have ratified the Second Commitment Period.

Tamil Nadu Assembly passes bill replacing ordinance to revive Jallikattu

Jan 24, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The Bill labels Jallikattu as an event involving bulls conducted with a view to following tradition and culture from January to May. It also includes similar events like 'manjuviratu', 'vadamadu' and 'erudhuvidum' festivals.

Primates facing extinction crisis: Study

Jan 20, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The decline in the population of the primate species has been blamed on human activities including hunting, mining and oil drilling.

West Bengal to give legal protection to Hilsa Fish

Jan 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The fish is on the brink of extinction because of migration barriers, population and over-fishing.

2016 was India’s warmest year ever recorded: India Meteorological Department

Jan 19, 2017
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The announcement was made in IMD’s Statement on Climate of India during 2016.

Union Government empowers EPCA to implement plan to tackle air pollution

Jan 18, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Graded Response Action Plan will come into force when the intensity of pollution stays above the emergency level for 48-hours.

Ken-Betwa river linking project receives environment, forest & tribal clearances

Jan 13, 2017
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

Of 6.35 lakh hectares of the project, 3.69 lakh hectares will be in MP’s Chattarpur, Tikamgarh and Panna districts and 2.65 lakh hectares in UP’s Mahoba, Banda and Jhansi districts.

New species of gibbon discovered in China

Jan 12, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

A completed genetic and physical comparison with other gibbons confirmed it to be a new species.

Environment Ministry invites comments on Draft Notification for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing) Rules, 2016

Jan 11, 2017
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Rules make it mandatory for all dog breeders and the dog breeding establishments to register themselves with the State Animal Welfare Board of the respective State Governments.

Delhi’s Connaught Place to be vehicle-free from February

Jan 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

NDMC is planning to make the inner and middle circle of Connaught Place completely vehicle-free to ease congestion and reduce pollution.

Trash Skimmers to be introduced in six more Ganga cities

Jan 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

National Mission for Clean Ganga has extended its surface cleaning activity to six more Indian cities. Trash skimmers will be deployed in these cities to clear the river surface off its floating waste.

Ken-Betwa River linking project gets Wildlife Board clearance

Dec 29, 2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Ken-Betwa Inter-Linking of Rivers project will transfer surplus water from the Ken River to the Betwa basin through a 231.45 km canal.

Delhi Government to slash bus fares by 75 per cent

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Delhi government has decided to cut down the fares of its public transport buses including DTC and cluster buses to encourage more people to opt for the service and in turn help reduce pollution.

China to levy environment tax to fight pollution

Dec 27, 2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

China has passed a law levying specific environmental protection taxes on heavy industries. The tax rate according to the new system will be determined by the rate of emissions by these industries.

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