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25 years of satellite data shows global sea level surging at faster rate

Feb 14, 2018
In the paper, a team of climate researchers shows evidence that global sea levels are rising at an accelerating rate. If the rate of change continues it could cause massive trouble for coastal cities.

Total forest and tree cover in India increases by over 8000 sq km: ISFR report

Feb 13, 2018
According to Union Environment Minister, India is among the top 10 countries of the world, both in terms of total forest area and the growth in the forest area. There has been an increase of 8, 021 sq km in the total forest and tree cover of the country.

Polar bears starving due to global warming: Study

Feb 10, 2018
A new study reveals that the population of the polar bear in the Arctic region is declining at a fast rate due to global warming and thinning of the Arctic ice. The study also shows that some of the bears are losing weight at a time when they should be gaining.

New study suggests that air pollution may lead to unethical behaviour

Feb 9, 2018
A new study on adults in India and US reveals that exposure to air pollution or living in polluted cities may lead to unethical behaviour such as cheating and crime besides having a negative impact on health.

India starts nationwide tiger census with more cameras and mobile app

Feb 8, 2018
India started the all-India tiger census 2018, the largest survey of wildlife anywhere in the world. In this national tiger census, India will use more technology, including a mobile app MSTrIPES, with more intensive ground coverage and a higher focus on the northeast to determine the country's tiger numbers. The last census, in 2014, had estimated India's tiger population at 2,226, up from 1,706 in 2010. Another big focus of the census will be to cover northeast India intensively

Flowering plants originated 250 million years ago, says Study

Feb 7, 2018
Flowering plants may have originated between 149 and 256 million years ago, says the findings of a study that was published on February 5, 2018. According to Jose Barba-Montoya, the lead author of the study, in order to uncover the key to solving the mystery of when flowers originated, they carefully analysed the genetic make-up of the flowering plants and the rate at which mutations accumulate in their genomes.

None of the cities in India meet air quality standards of WHO: Greenpeace

Feb 5, 2018
According to a report, Airpocalypse, released by Greenpeace India, people living in eight of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic dust particles, PM 10, at levels exceeding national safety limits. The report also reveals that bad air is not confined to big cities like Delhi-NCR alone and it is not seasonal.

Union Government approves new project to control pollution of River Sal at Navelin, Goa

Feb 5, 2018
In the year 2015, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had identified the Sal river stretch at Navelim as one of the 302 polluted river stretches across the country based on Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels. BOD level is a key indicator of organic pollution showing water quality.

Three nests of rare vulture species discovered in Cambodia

Feb 3, 2018
According to the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), three nests of the critically endangered red-headed vulture were found this month in Chhep Wildlife Sanctuary in Cambodia.

Union Budget 2018: Agriculture Sector

Feb 1, 2018
Under the Union Budget 2018, the government would be doubling the farmer’s income by 2022 and would be working with the states to ensure that all farmers get a fair price for their produce.

NHRC issues notice to Centre, states over pollution faced by traffic personnel

Jan 30, 2018
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to the Union Home Secretary and Chief Secretaries of all states and union territories over the health hazard faced by traffic police personnel due to high air pollution.

India, ASEAN member states release joint statement ‘Delhi Declaration’

Jan 27, 2018
India hosted the leaders of the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for two-day ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit that began on January 25, 2018 in New Delhi, under the theme of ‘Shared Values, Common Destiny’.

New group of walking fish found in Tasmania

Jan 26, 2018
A group of scientists have found a small population of fish that walk along the seabed off Australia's south coast in Tasmania. The fish species, the Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus) is only found in south-eastern Tasmania, an isolated island state.

NGT: No clearance to new power plants if they violate Environment Ministry norms

Jan 25, 2018
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Environment and Forest Ministry to not grant clearance to any new thermal power plant till they achieve the standards set out by its 2015 notification. The bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice U D Salvi stated that the failure of the thermal power plants to adopt techniques to reduce emissions would have an adverse impact on the environment.

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.

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