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World's space agencies propose creation of a space climate observatory

21 hrs ago
According to a declaration that was adopted on 11 December, the heads of world space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe.

27th National Energy Conservation Day observed

1 day ago
The 27th National Energy Conservation Day was celebrated in New Delhi with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind being the chief guest at the event. The day is aimed at demonstrating India’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation.

International Mountain Day observed globally

Dec 11, 2017
International Mountain Day was observed across the world on 11 December 2017 with the theme ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger and migration’. More than half of the human population depends on the mountains for resources such as fresh water, food and clean energy, which are becoming increasingly scarce with time.

NGT forms panel to inspect hotels in Kullu Manali

Dec 8, 2017
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) formed a panel to look over over 1700 hotels, lodges and home stay accommodations in the pleasing Kullu and Manali towns of Himachal Pradesh. The NGT directed the panel to conduct joint inspection and give in a comprehensive report relating to management of solid waste, source of water, source of power, sewage treatment plant, and production of effluents.

ISA to become a treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization

Dec 6, 2017
India’s global initiative, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation on 6 December 2017, after ratification by Guinea, which will become the 15th nation to do so.

World Soil Day observed globally

Dec 5, 2017
The World Soil Day was observed across the world on 5 December 2017 with the theme ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’. The soil is a finite and non-renewable natural resource. It can help alleviate food insecurity. It is the source of 95 per cent of our food.

Researchers discover 300 fossilised pterosaur eggs

Dec 3, 2017
A team of Paleontologists have announced the discovery of hundreds of fossilised eggs laid by Pterosaurs, a group of extinct winged dinosaurs. The discovery, world’s first, has unveiled as many as 300 fossilised eggs and skeletons of pterosaurs.

India awarded for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade

Dec 2, 2017
India was awarded with the Certificate of Commendation for its exemplary enforcement action in its regional and global effort to combat illegal wildlife trade. The award was conferred to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) by the Secretary General of CITES at the 69th Standing Committee meeting of CITES at Geneva.

Indian Coast Guard conducts marine pollution response exercise ‘Clean Sea- 2017’

Nov 30, 2017
The Indian Coast Guard conducted a Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise 'Clean Sea - 2017' at sea off Port Blair, capital of Andaman and Nicobar Islands . The main objective of the exercise was to ascertain the preparedness of the Indian Coast Guard, resource agencies and other stakeholders in responding to a major oil spill in line with the provisions of the National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan.

Home Ministry to conduct mega mock exercise on tsunami preparedness

Nov 23, 2017
The Ministry of Home Affairs through National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) would be conducting a multi-State mega mock exercise on tsunami preparedness.

Union Government bans LED lights on mechanised fishing vessels

Nov 22, 2017
The Union Government has banned the use of LED lights and other artificial lights on mechanised fishing vessels in an attempt to protect the marine ecology. Besides this, the duration of fishing ban has been increased from 47 days to 61 days, with the consent of all coastal State Governments.

COP23: The Talanoa dialogue process and progress on pre-2020 climate actions

Nov 17, 2017
The UN climate conference (COP23) commenced in Bonn, Germany fetched a good result for developing countries, including India, as the developed nations, at last, agreed to budge on the issue of their pre-2020 actions as well world gets a new platform to discuss the issue, called Talanoa Dialogues. The contentious issue, which requires revisiting of greenhouse gas mitigation targets or the emission cut target by developed countries and provision of finance, technology know-how and capacity building support to developing countries, has now found a place in the draft decision text of the COP23.

NGT directs Delhi Government to seize 10-year-old diesel taxis

Nov 16, 2017
National Green Tribunal has directed the state government of Delhi to seize 10-year-old diesel taxis without any delay as they cause air pollution. The decision was taken by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

15,000 scientists warn that time is running out to save Earth

Nov 15, 2017
The largest-ever group of scientists from across the world have warned that time is running out to save the Earth and urgent action needs to be taken to avoid substantial and irreversible harm to the planet.

India becoming world's top emitter of Sulphur Dioxide: Study

Nov 13, 2017
The study, led by researchers at University of Maryland in the US, reveals that India's emissions of the air pollutant sulphur dioxide has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, while China's fell by 75 per cent.

Facebook to introduce disaster response tools in India

Nov 9, 2017
Social media giant, Facebook has teamed up with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an Indian non-profit body – SEEDS- to offer tools to these agencies in an attempt to help them respond more effectively to natural disasters.

Heat source under Antarctica melting its ice sheet, reports NASA study

Nov 9, 2017
A new study by NASA reveals that a geothermal heat source called a ‘mantle plume’ lies deep below West Antarctica, which explains some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet.

Fossils of oldest mammal ancestor discovered in UK

Nov 9, 2017
While going through the samples of earliest Cretaceous rocks, researchers came across two teeth which were later found out to be the remains of early Cretaceous mammals. The teeth are of a highly advanced type that can pierce, cut and crush food.

NASA: Ozone hole over Antarctica smallest in 30 years

Nov 8, 2017
The ozone hole that forms over Antarctica every year in September was found to be the smallest this year since 1988. This was revealed by the NASA satellite measurements from 2017.

EPCA: Cut metro fares, quadruple parking fees to tackle pollution crisis in Delhi

Nov 8, 2017
The Environment Pollution - Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has recommended a series of measures including slashing of Metro fares during off-peak hours and quadrupling of parking fees temporarily to tackle the severe pollution crisis in Delhi, the capital city of India.

NGT questions Delhi, UP, Haryana governments over severe air quality

Nov 7, 2017
The bench also noted that the ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breathe properly. It also directed the CPCB to state what emergency directions it has issued in exercise of its powers to tackle the situation.

Odisha imposes 7-month ban on fishing to protect endangered Sea turtles

Nov 2, 2017
The state government of Odisha has imposed a seven-month ban on sea fishing activity in order to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles.

Arctic sea ice declining faster than predicted- Study

Oct 31, 2017
A key indicator of climate change, Arctic sea ice, could be declining faster than predicted, as per a study done by the University of Calgary, Canada. The study found that satellite measurements over the years have overestimated the thickness of Arctic sea ice by as much as 25 percent because of the occurrence of salty snow.

NGT directs CPCB to take action against thermal plants with no emission monitoring system

Oct 30, 2017
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control boards to take action against 35 thermal power plants across the country that have failed to install online effluent and emission monitoring system, despite its earlier direction.

Global priority areas to protect mammals mapped

Oct 30, 2017
To protect thousands of mammal species, with a focus on species with few close relatives, the scientists have mapped priority areas across the world, including parts of India. This is the first ever mapping of these priority areas for preserving the diversity of mammal evolution along with minimum target areas for habitat protection.

Special centre for disaster research inaugurated at JNU

Oct 27, 2017
The Special Centre for Disaster Research (SCDR) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Underlining the fact that India is a disaster-prone country and disasters will only grow in intensity and frequency, the Minister said that the country should equip itself to face ‘severe’ disasters.

Indian Railways to get its first set of solar plants

Oct 27, 2017
Indian Railways’ first set of solar plants having a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) would be launched in New Delhi.

Environment Ministry issues stage-I forest clearance for Kaleswaram project construction

Oct 26, 2017
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has given its in-principle stage-I forest clearance for the construction of the Kaleswaram project stage-one.

TRAI recommends 40% reduction in carbon emissions in telecom network by 2023

Oct 24, 2017
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in telecom networks by 2022-23.

Scientists: World’s deepest lake under threat!

Oct 20, 2017
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.

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