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World's largest iceberg set to disappear after 18-year-long journey

Jun 17, 2018
The world’s largest iceberg, which broke away from Antarctica's Ross ice shelf 18 years ago, could be nearing the end of its voyage, as per NASA observation.

KVIC creates world record by distributing 2330 bee-boxes in one day

Jun 13, 2018
The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has created a world record of distributing maximum number of bee-boxes in one day under ‘Honey Mission’. Overall, 2330 bee-boxes were distributed among 233 beneficiaries in the Zangalee Army area.

NGT directs hill states to file report on forest fires

Jun 11, 2018
The National Green Tribunal has directed the hill states to file a report on the steps taken by them to control recurring forest fires. The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Friends that had alleged that a ‘nexus of timber mafia, villagers and officials’ was suspected to be behind the fire incidents.

Rural sanitation coverage crosses 85 per cent mark

Jun 9, 2018
The sanitation coverage in rural India has risen to 85 per cent under Swachh Bharat Mission, the largest cleanliness drive in the world. Through mobilisation of rural communities, around 7.4 crore toilets have been built across rural India.

World Bank approves funding for Atal Bhujal Yojana

Jun 7, 2018
The World Bank has approved Water Resources and River Development Ministry’s Rs 6000 crore worth central sector scheme, ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana’. The scheme has been formulated by the Water Resources Ministry to address the criticality of ground water resources in major country parts.

Uttarakhand to ban use of polythene from July 31

Jun 6, 2018
The Uttarakhand Government has decided to completely prohibit the use of polythene or plastic from July 31, 2018. All the polythene vendors in Uttarakhand have been asked to finish the polythene stock before the set deadline.

Gaj Yatra launched in Garo Hills of Meghalaya

May 30, 2018
The four-day Gaj Yatra will move the elephant mascot to Williamnagar via Siju and Rongara and will culminate at Baghmara in South Garo Hills district on June 1, 2018.

Researchers discover hidden mountain ranges, valleys under Antarctica

May 30, 2018
Researchers have discovered mountain ranges and three huge, deep subglacial valleys hidden beneath the Antarctica ice. The new data will enable new research into the geological processes that created the mountains and basins before the Antarctic ice sheet itself was born.

BCCI, UN Environment sign agreement to promote ‘green' Cricket in India

May 28, 2018
The BCCI and United Nations Environment have signed an agreement to promote 'green cricket' in India. The partnership will focus on phasing out single-use plastic across stadiums in the country.

Banned ozone-destroying chemical emissions on a rise: Study

May 20, 2018
According to a new study, emissions of one of the chemicals that can cause a hole in the ozone layer are on the rise, despite an international ban on the chemical by the 1987 Montreal Protocol.

Environment Ministry forms 19 Teams to undertake cleaning of beaches, river fronts

May 17, 2018
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has formed 19 teams to take up cleaning of beaches, river fronts and lakes in the country. The teams will involve school children, college students and local communities in the cleaning exercise.

Union Environment Ministry launches Green Skill Development Programme

May 16, 2018
The ministry will be open to any collaboration or partnership with national and international organisations to build a strong network which can be utilised for green skilling.

Renewable Energy Ministry issues national wind-solar hybrid policy

May 15, 2018
The main objective of the policy is to provide a framework for the promotion of large grid-connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilisation of transmission infrastructure and land. It also aims to reduce the variability in renewable power generation and achieve better grid stability.

Trump cuts funding to NASA system that monitors greenhouse gases

May 12, 2018
US President Donald Trump’s administration has cut off the funding for NASA system that monitors the flow of greenhouse gases. The move comes at a time when the world is struggling to combat climate change.

India develops model to forecast reach of Tsunami waves

May 7, 2018
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has developed a new model that would predict how far the sea water would travel after violating natural boundaries.

National workshop for creating disaster risk reduction database concludes

May 4, 2018
The National Workshop on Data Requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database has successfully concluded in New Delhi. The main aim of the two-day workshop was to develop a uniform and credible national-level disaster database.

India begins first organised census to estimate population of Indus dolphin

May 3, 2018
The Punjab government along with WWF-India would be conducting the first organised census of Indus Dolphins, one of the world's rarest mammals. The Indus river dolphins are one of the only four river dolphin species and subspecies in the world that spend all of their lives in freshwater.

Population of critically endangered river dolphin increases for first time

Apr 24, 2018
The population of critically endangered dolphins in Cambodia’s Mekong River has increased for the first time after years of constant decline that pushed the species almost to the brink of extinction. This is the first increase in the number of the Irrawaddy dolphins (Orcaella brevirostris), ever since the first census was published in 1997 when their population was 200.

Over 95 percent of world's population breathing unhealthy air: State of Global Air Report 2018

Apr 18, 2018
India and China were jointly responsible for over 50 percent of global deaths due to air pollution.

Union Environment Ministry releases the draft of National Clean Air Programme

Apr 18, 2018
The National Clean Air Programme lacks the mention of targets of achieving absolute pollution reduction of 35 per cent in three years and 50 per cent in five years.

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