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Botanical Survey of India signs MoU with UK’s Natural History Museum

2 days ago
The esteemed Indian scientific research organisation, BSI has signed a MoU with UK’s Natural History Museum to boost up scientific exchanges between the two nations to enable them to learn from each other and work collaboratively to address important scientific questions.

Prime Minister inaugurateS World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

3 days ago
The World Sustainable Development Summit 2018 addressed several issues including combating land degradation, air pollution, facilitating a transition to clean energy and creating financial mechanisms to enable effective climate change mitigation.

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.

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.

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