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DBT, ICAR sign MoU for cooperation in agricultural biotechnology research and education

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The Department of Biotechnology and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to increase emphasis on multi-disciplinary research and development activities and nurturing innovations in agricultural biotechnology research and education.

Puducherry to ban single-use plastic from March 1

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Puducherry government has decided to ban the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products in the Union Territory from March 1, 2019. The neighbouring Tamil Nadu government had in June 2018 announced that it would ban the use of plastic items including non-biodegradable carry bags from January 1, 2019.

Environment Ministry launches National Clean Air Programme

Jan 11, 2019
The Union Environment Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched the National Clean Air Programme, a time-bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner.

India submits Sixth National Report to the Convention of Biological Diversity

Dec 31, 2018
India on December 29, 2018 submitted its Sixth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity. India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the biodiversity-rich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat.

Cabinet approves submission of India's Second Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC

Dec 29, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved Submission of India's second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) towards the fulfilment of the reporting obligation under the Convention.

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC to resume commercial whaling

Dec 26, 2018
Japan has announced its decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and said that it will resume commercial whaling from July 2019. The commercial whaling will be limited to Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zones.

Government launches Asiatic Lion Conservation Project to conserve their population

Dec 21, 2018
The last census of the year 2015 showed the population of 523 Asiatic Lions in Gir Protected Area Network of 1648.79 sq. km. that includes Gir National Park, Gir Sanctuary, Pania Sanctuary, Mitiyala Sanctuary adjoining reserved forests, Protected Forests, and Unclassed Forests.

Sonam Kapoor named PETA India's Person of the Year for 2018

Dec 18, 2018
Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018. The actress is known to be an advocate for animal rights. She keeps animal skin out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson, apart from taking other action for the welfare of animals.

COP24: Member countries finalise ‘Katowice package’ rules to implement 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

Dec 17, 2018
One of the key components is a detailed transparency framework to promote trust among nations. It sets out how countries will provide information about Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ground Water Extraction: Government notifies revised guidelines; to levy fee on water extraction from June 2019

Dec 14, 2018
The revised guidelines introduce the concept of Water Conservation Fee (WCF), the fee charged on extraction of ground water. The WCF payable varies with the category of the area, type of industry and the quantum of ground water extraction.

First International Conference on ‘Sustainable Water Management’ held in Mohali

Dec 10, 2018
The first International Conference on Sustainable Water Management began on December 10 at the Indian School of Business in Mohali, Punjab. The theme of the conference deals with promoting integrated and sustainable development and management of Water Resources.

World Soil Day observed globally with theme 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution'

Dec 5, 2018
The World Soil Day was observed across the world on December 5, 2018. The day is observed annually to highlight the importance of healthy soil and advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

COP24: UN Conference on Climate Change begins in Poland

Dec 3, 2018
The Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama declared the UN COP24 climate summit open and handed over the presidency of the talks to Michal Kurtyka, Poland's Deputy Environment Minister in the presence of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

EU aims to be first carbon neutral economy by 2050

Nov 29, 2018
The European Union on November 28, 2018 urged government, businesses, citizens and regions to join it in an ambitious plan to cut emissions and make the bloc carbon neutral by 2050. The EU’s strategic long-term vision relies on its member states to take action.

Shut down of Sterlite Copper plant: NGT Committee rules that closure is against natural justice

Nov 28, 2018
The Tamil Nadu government on May 28, 2018 ordered the permanent closure of the controversial Sterlite Copper factory in Thoothukudi or Tuticorin, following major protests against the operation of the plant that led to the killing of 13 people and left around 100 wounded.

India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau wins UN Environment award

Nov 23, 2018
The United Nations Environment has awarded India’s Wildlife Crime Control Bureau with the Asia Environment Enforcement Award, 2018 for the excellent work done by the Bureau in combating transboundary environmental crime.

World Toilet Day observed globally

Nov 20, 2018
The World Toilet Day was observed across the world on November 19, 2018. The day’s main focus is to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The 2018 theme of the International Day is ‘toilets and nature’.

Open Defecation in India: Rural Jharkhand declared ODF

Nov 19, 2018
The rural Jharkhand was declared Open Defecation Free on November 15 during a regional review meeting of the eastern states held in Kolkata, West Bengal. The West Bengal Government, on the occasion, shared the state’s commitment towards achieving open defecation free status by December 2018.

Delhi Air Pollution: NGT forms committee to check air quality during functions at hotels, banquets

Nov 14, 2018
The NGT was hearing a plea filed by Westend Green Farms Society alleging that banquets and marriage halls operating in Mahipalpur and Rajokri near Indira Gandhi International Airport were causing vehicular congestion and environment pollution.

Union Environment Minister launches Global Cooling Prize

Nov 13, 2018
The Global Cooling Innovation Summit was inaugurated by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on November 12 in New Delhi. The two-day summit is a first-of-its-kind solutions-focused event, which has been organised to explore concrete means to address the climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners.

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