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Scientists: World’s deepest lake under threat!

2 days ago
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Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, according to experts. Holding one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water, the lake situated in Russia's Siberia region is a natural wonder of exceptional value to evolutionary science.

Pollution causes most premature deaths in India, says study

3 days ago
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A major study has revealed that people are most at risk of succumbing to pollution in continents of Asia and Africa with India topping the list of individual countries. The study reports that one out of every four premature deaths in India in 2015 was due to pollution. China's environment was reported to be the second deadliest, with more than 1.8 million premature deaths, attributed to pollution-related illness.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources

Oct 12, 2017
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The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources.

NMCG approves 8 Projects worth over Rs 700 Cr under Namami Gange Programme

Oct 10, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved eight projects worth Rs 700 Cr under Namami Gange Programme, among which four relate to sewage management in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, three relate to treatment of drains through bio-remediation and one relates to inventorization and surveillance of river Ganga.

President to Inaugurate 5th India Water Week 2017

Oct 8, 2017
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind would be inaugurating the India Water Week – 2017 in New Delhi. The 5-day international event would be attended by over 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries. The main theme of the event is ‘Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth’.

India's renewable energy capacity to double by 2022: IEA

Oct 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

India’s renewable energy capacity will be more than double by 2022, according to the latest renewables market analysis and forecast report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The increase, according to the report, would be enough for India to overtake renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time ever.

Turtle Sanctuary to be set up in Allahabad

Oct 4, 2017
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The Union government has approved the development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam under Namami Gange programme to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from growing anthropogenic pressures.

Government constitutes a High Level Committee for water resource management in NER

Oct 4, 2017
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The Union government has constituted a high-level committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER). The committee would mainly facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism.

India unveils 3rd National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031

Oct 4, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031 was unveiled by India spelling out the future road map for wildlife conservation. A road map to conserve wildlife of the country, in the form of an Action Plan was mooted in the 15th convention of Indian Board for Wildlife (NBWL) during 1982 and accordingly, the 1st National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP-1) was drafted and adopted in 1983.

UP tops all states by building 3.2 lakh toilets in 17 days

Oct 4, 2017
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The Uttar Pradesh government has stated that it has built over 3.52 lakh toilet units in 17 days under the Centre's Swachhta hi Seva campaign thereby, topping other states in the  effort. The toilets were constructed between 15 September and 2 October.

India, Nepal to conduct first joint tiger count

Oct 3, 2017
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Nepal and India for the first time will commence a joint tiger census next month in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries using a globally-recognised method.

All cities and towns in five more States declared Open Defecation Free

Oct 3, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The Union government has declared 5 more states- Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana , Jharkhand and Chattisgarh as ‘Open Defecation Free’ on the day when Swacch Bharat Mission completed three years.

New species of non-venomous aquatic snake discovered in Western Ghats

Sep 29, 2017
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The snake has been misidentified since 1863. The new species was earlier was considered as a variant of Olive Forest Snake, first described in 1863.

World’s smallest squirrel discovered in Indonesian forest

Sep 26, 2017
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The squirrel was found in Meratus mountain of South Kalimantan province of Indonesia. There are six subspecies of small squirrels in Asia, of which three are found in Kalimantan. Of these three, two of them are endemic to Kalimantan. The species was found on 16 September 2017 during an expedition. The species was discovered by the Barito River Expedition Team of the River Community (Melingai) and Rivers Center (BWS) II.

New underground water treatment plant inaugurated in Tripura

Sep 25, 2017
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A new underground water treatment plant was inaugurated at Sadhutilla, in southern part of Agartala, Tripura with the support of the state Urban Development department. The plant has been designed to treat surface water and deep tube wells and it will start by treating underground water collected through six deep tube wells of the Sadhutilla locality.

Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch electric bus service

Sep 22, 2017
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The Himachal Pradesh government has launched first-of-its-kind electric bus service in the ecologically fragile 51km-long stretch between Manali and Rohtang Pass. The move was made amidst concern over increasing environmental degradation in the Rohtang Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis.

Andhra Pradesh to be declared ODF by March 2018

Sep 21, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu announced that the state will be declared ODF by March 2018. In Madhya Pradesh, over 2 Lakh toilet pits were dug on 17 September with the intention of turning them into at least one lakh toilets by 2 October.

Environment Ministry to conduct five rounds of Quiz, ‘Prakriti Khoj’, across the Country

Sep 21, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The qualifying round will continue till 29 September 2017. The second round will be held from 30th October to 3rd of November, the third round from 20 to 24  November 2017; while the fourth round will be held from 4th to 6th of December and fifth round will be held from 18th to 20th of December.

IUCN declares Snow Leopard no longer endangered

Sep 18, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The IUCN moved the animal into the less urgent “vulnerable” category. Although, the species still remain at risk from a reduction in numbers of its prey and poaching for its fur and bones. It is interesting to note that the IUCN has reclassified snow leopard for the first time in 45 years.

President of India Launches ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ Campaign

Sep 16, 2017
Important for Exam: 26 people agreed

The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, on September 15, 2017, launched a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ (Cleanliness is Service), at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur. This campaign is a 15 days drive to promote sanitation and hygiene in entire country. This ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ will take the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at an another level,

India and Pakistan begin high-level talks on Indus Waters Treaty

Sep 15, 2017
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The two-day high-level talks on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) began between India and Pakistan in Washington, United States. The talks are a continuation of a discussion on how to safeguard the treaty for the benefit of the people in both the countries.

Harsh Vardhan launches 'Wood is Good' Campaign to promote climate-friendly resource

Sep 14, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan launched the ‘Wood is Good’ campaign to promote wood as a climate-friendly resource and substitute to materials like steel and plastic, as it is a renewable resource, having zero carbon footprint, unlike other materials that leave carbon footprint in their production.

Zoological Survey of India released first compendium of animal diversity in Indian Sundarbans

Sep 13, 2017
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The compendium is the first consolidated and updated information of the faunal diversity of the Sundarbans. It lists over 2600 species, including the new species described from the mangrove ecosystem as well as threats faced by them due to climate change. It catalogues the entire faunal diversity of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve covering 9630 square kilometres spread over 19 blocks in South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas of West Bengal.

New species of edible fish found in Pampa river in Kerala

Sep 9, 2017
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The Labeo filiferus was found to be distinct from the other species of the genus in its features including black coloured body and fins, prominent barbels, smaller eyes, longer snout and elongated dorsal and anal fins.

Gujarat Chief Minister flags off 'Narmada Mahotsav Yatra'

Sep 7, 2017
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

The 10-day long Narmada Mahotsav Yatra was flagged off by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani from Surendranagar district.  It would culminate at Dabhoi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be addressing the gathering.

Uninhabited Lakshadweep Island vanishes: study

Sep 7, 2017
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According to a new study, one of the biodiversity-rich islands in the Indian Union Territory of Lakshadweep has vanished. The islands were uninhabited.

Scientists develop artificial leaf that creates fuel from sunlight, water

Sep 6, 2017
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Scientists have developed an ultra-thin artificial leaf that absorbs sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel from water, similar to an actual plant leaf.

Solar storms may have caused beaching of whales: Scientists

Sep 6, 2017
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The research was published in August 2017 published in the International Journal of Astrobiology.

Environment Ministry launches environment awareness initiative, Prakriti Khoj, on Teachers’ Day

Sep 5, 2017
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

This quiz will provide a unique platform for students to measure their awareness level regarding environmental issues.

UP Government cannot justify felling of trees for Ramdev’s food park, says HC

Aug 30, 2017
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The Allahabad High Court has expressed strong dissatisfaction over possible felling of trees for the construction of Ramdev’s food park in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

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