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Government unlocks green fund worth over Rs 66000 crore to increase country's forest cover

Aug 13, 2018
The Union Government has unlocked green funds worth over Rs 66,000 crore to increase the country’s forest cover. The fund is an accumulated amount of money, which user agencies have been depositing as compensation for diverting forest land for non-forest purposes.

NGT forms committee on natural conservation zones

Aug 12, 2018
The National Green Tribunal has formed a committee to look into whether sub regional plans for protection of Natural Conservation Zones (NCZs) were consistent with the regional plan prepared by the National Capital Region Planning Board.

Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve added to UNESCO list

Aug 9, 2018
India’s Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, one of the highest ecosystems in the world, has been added to UNESCO's list of World Network of Biosphere Reserve (WNBR). The reserve will be India's 11th internationally designated WNBR.

World’s first thermal battery plant to be inaugurated in Andhra Pradesh

Aug 6, 2018
The world's first-ever thermal battery plant will be unveiled in Andhra Pradesh by the state’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The technology, which will help in mitigating carbon emissions, is best suited for grid balancing and stabilisations.

NGT forms monitoring committee for Clean Yamuna Project

Jul 27, 2018
The National Green Tribunal has formed a monitoring committee on the cleaning of the Yamuna River. The tribunal has asked the state governments of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to assist the committee on Yamuna rejuvenation.

Supreme Court lifts ban on protests at Jantar Mantar

Jul 24, 2018
The Supreme Court of India on July 23 ruled that there cannot be a "complete ban" on holding protests at Jantar Mantar or India Gate. The apex court stated that there cannot be a complete ban on holding protests at places like Jantar Mantar and Boat Club, near India Gate.

Environment Minister inaugurates advanced system of air quality ‘SAFAR’

Jul 23, 2018
Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has unveiled a state-of-the-art Air Quality and Weather Forecast System– SAFAR in New Delhi. First of its kind in the country, the system was developed indigenously in record time by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune.

Top beverage companies launch buyback programme for PET bottles in Maharashtra

Jul 21, 2018
Top beverage companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Bisleri, have initiated a buyback programme for all PET bottles sold in Maharashtra. The companies are working with Gem Enviro to set up reverse vending machines, collection points and collection centres for PET waste bottles at several locations across the state.

NMCG organises ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in five Ganga Basin States

Jul 20, 2018
In order to implement the afforestation project in a scientific manner, Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun was assigned the project to prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on the basis of which the State Forest Departments would carry out their plantation activities.

Rising sea levels could cost world $14 trillion by 2100: Study

Jul 6, 2018
Flooding from rising sea levels could cost $14 trillion worldwide annually by 2100, if the target of holding global temperatures below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels is not achieved, as per a study led by the UK National Oceanographic Centre.

Re-development of 7 Delhi colonies to increase green coverage by 3 folds

Jun 22, 2018
The redevelopment of the seven government colonies in Delhi will lead to an increase the green area coverage by about 3 times from the existing green space area, as per Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs. The government colonies include Nauroji Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Mohammadpur, Sriniwaspuri, Kasturba Nagar and Thyagaraj Nagar.

Gujarat government launches Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018

Jun 21, 2018
The state government of Gujarat has announced its wind-solar hybrid power policy - 2018 to promote setting up of wind as well as solar power projects at one location. The policy aims to make optimum utilisation of land and grid lines.

Union Government collaborates with Google for flood forecasting

Jun 19, 2018
Under collaborative arrangement, Google will use high resolution Digital Elevation Model and vast computational resources and Artificial Intelligence to generate flood inundation maps utilising the input provided by CWC.

Union Cabinet approves proposal for enactment of Dam Safety Bill, 2018

Jun 18, 2018
The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in the Parliament. The bill will enable all states and union territories of India to adopt uniform dam safety procedures that will not only ensure the safety of the dams but will also safeguard their benefits.

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.

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