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India to launch ocean pollution observation system

Jan 22, 2018
India is all set to have its own automated ocean pollution observation system this year that is expected to help monitor ocean pollution levels besides offering insights on the changes in the marine system.

Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban launches Smart Star-Rating for garbage-free cities

Jan 22, 2018
The SMART star-rating initiative, developed by the Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban would rate the cities on a 7-star rating system, which would be based on multiple cleanliness indicators for solid waste management.

Researchers discover tiny bird-like dinosaur with rainbow feathers

Jan 21, 2018
Researchers have discovered 161 million-year-old fossils of a tiny bird-like dinosaur named Caihong juji from China that sported flashy rainbow feathers and a bony crest on its snout to attract mates.

Archaeologists discover world's biggest flooded cave

Jan 19, 2018
A group of archaeologist has discovered the world’s biggest flooded cave in Mexico. The researchers connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet.

India announces $350 million Solar Development Fund

Jan 18, 2018
India announced setting up of a $350 million solar development fund for solar projects financing. The International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement entered into force on the 6th December, 2017, upon receipt of 15 ratifications. The ISA’s major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over US$ 1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.

China to fight pollution with world's largest air purifier

Jan 18, 2018
China has constructed an experimental air purifying tower called the Xian smog tower, which is touted to be the ‘world’s biggest air purifier’, to combat its severe smog and air pollution.

Chocolate likely to get extinct by 2050

Jan 6, 2018
Scientists have warned that the increase in warmer global temperatures and dryer weather conditions could pose a threat to the survival of the fragile cocoa plant, leading to the disappearance of chocolate as early as 2050.

Nation-wide cleanliness survey 'Swachh Survekshan' launched

Jan 4, 2018
The nation-wide cleanliness survey 'Swachh Survekshan' was launched across India on 4 January 2018. The announcement of the same was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation in the 39th edition of his monthly radio-address 'Mann Ki Baat'.

World to become drier, drought and wildfires to increase with global warming of 2°C

Jan 2, 2018
According to researchers, even a rise of just 2 degrees Celsius in global warming could make over a quarter of the world's land to become drier and desert-like. The change is expected to increase the threat of drought and wildfires.

Arunachal Pradesh becomes second ODF state in Northeast

Jan 2, 2018
The state of Arunachal Pradesh has become the second state in the Northeast, after Sikkim, to be declared Open Defecation Free. The feat was deemed completed after three remaining districts in the state - Upper Subansiri, Siang and Changlang - were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) on 31 December 2017.

New species of blind fish discovered in Meghalaya

Jan 1, 2018
A New Zealand-based science journal Zootaxa revealed that a new species of blind fish has been discovered inside a cave in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. The fish was named as Schistura larketensis. It got its name from Larket village, where the cave has been found, to encourage local people to take up biodiversity conservation.

Environment Ministry approves Rs 100 crore worth project to tackle Stubble Burning

Dec 29, 2017
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved a regional project on ‘Climate Resilience Building among Farmers through Crop Residue Management’ under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).

Union Government to launch 'Ganga Gram' project

Dec 23, 2017
The Union Government is going to formally launch the 'Ganga Gram' project at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan in New Delhi. The project, which is a part of the government’s clean Ganga mission - Namami Gange, is an integrated approach for the holistic development of villages situated on the banks of Ganga with the active participation of villagers.

Scientists discovered new frog species Odorrana Arunachalensis

Dec 21, 2017
The new species discovered from Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) is one of the five discovered in India in the recent times and the 59th in the world. There are over 50 species of frogs belonging to the genus Odorrana.

NGT bans plastic items in Haridwar, Rishikesh

Dec 16, 2017
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar banned the sale, manufacture and storage of such plastic items in the towns spreading till Uttarkashi. The Tribunal also imposed a fine of Rs 5000 on people violating the order and similar action will be taken against officials too, if they violate the order.

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

Dec 15, 2017
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

Dec 14, 2017
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.

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