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Explained: Bihar set to become the first Indian state to have two green energy towns - Rajgir and Bodh Gaya

Apr 7, 2021
Bihar would be having two energy efficient towns namely Rajgir and Bodh Gaya. This would be first of its kind move. Read all about it below 

World Air Quality Report 2020: Key Findings and situation pollution of India

Mar 22, 2021
World Air Quality Report 2020 has recently been released by Swiss Organization IQ Air. In the article below  know all about Delhi being the most polluted capital of the World, major polluted cities in India and other key findings of the report.

Explained: Carbon Watch- India's first Mobile App to assess individual carbon footprint

Feb 24, 2021
Explained below is the Carbon Watch which is India's first App to know one's own carbon footprint. Know about its structure, uses and other details here

Ocean Noise: What is the impact of Oceanic Noise Pollution on the Marine Ecosystem?

Feb 22, 2021
In the article below learn about Oceanic Noise Pollution, what is the impact of Noise Pollution on the Marine Ecosystem, its solutions and the latest updates

What is a Glacial Lake? Causes, reasons and risks associated with Glacial Lake Outburst

Feb 16, 2021
Listed in the article below is all about Glacial Lake, Glacial Lake Outburst,  the reason of its cause and the risks that are caused due to it.  Take a look below. 

What is Khazan Farming System? Know all about estuarine agriculture here

Jan 6, 2021
Know all about the estuarine farming type called Khazan Agriculture system here. Be aware of the benefits of Khazan farming, its issues, the location, community benefits etc here

India's first Pollinator Park opens in Uttarakhand's Haldwani: Here's all you need to know

Jan 5, 2021
In a bid to conserve pollinators, India's first 'Pollinator Park' opened in Uttarakhand's Haldwani (Nanital district) on 29 December 2020 and is spread over 4 acres of land.

GK Quiz on Ramsar Wetland Convention 1971 and related updates

Dec 28, 2020
Ramsar Wetland Convention is an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. Here is a quiz of 10 questions based on it with explanations and answers. Check your knowledge for UPSC Civil Services Exam and other exams for this topic here. Check it out below

What is the Paris Agreement? Five-year analysis, Climate Change and way ahead

Dec 14, 2020
It has been 5 years since the Paris Agreement and the impact of climate change was to be analysed now and implementation strategies are now under a microscope- Know the significance of Paris Agreement, its effect on Climate Change here

Compensation for Air Pollution: Know all about NGT’s directives here

Dec 8, 2020
Recently NGT released the directives for compensation for air pollution recently. The tribunal has also banned the use of firecrackers in Delhi NCR this time - Know the details of the directive issued here and its pros and cons

What is Smog Tower and how does it work?

Dec 3, 2019
Smog Tower: Clean air is a hot topic throughout the world. India is passing through the climate emergency. India is planning to install the smog tower in National Capital Delhi. Smog tower will be a 40 feet high and 20 feet wide structure to clean 32 million cubic metres of air per day.

Salient features of Bhitarkanika National Park

Apr 16, 2019
The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is one of India’s biggest estuarine crocodile habitats and a major coastal eco-system. It was declared as a National Park because of its ecological, faunal, floral, geomorphological and zoological association and importance and for the purpose of protection in 1998. In August 2002, it was designated as the second Ramsar site (i.e. Wetland of International importance).

National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC)

May 11, 2018
The Government of India formulated national plan on water, renewable energy, energy efficiency agriculture and others – bundled with additional ones – into a set of eight missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change. The Action Plan was released on 30th June 2008 to address the future policies and programs for the climate mitigation and adaptation.

Ocean Development Programmes in India

Apr 12, 2018
The Ocean Development Programme in India has been started to improve our understanding of the ocean, especially the Indian Ocean, for improving the livelihood, timely warning of coastal hazards and sustainable development of ocean resources. In this article, we are giving the names of various Ocean Development Programmes in India along with their components and objectives which will be helpful for the aspirants of the competitive exams like UPSC/PCS/SSC/CDS etc.

Ecology and Ecosystem: A Complete Overview

Feb 18, 2017
The Environment is our basic life support system which provides the air for breathing, the water for drinking, the food for eating and the land for a living. It is collectively portrayed all the external forces and conditions, which influences the life, nature, growth and maturity of living organism, whereas ‘Ecology’ is the scientific analysis and study of interactions among organisms and their environment.

UNEP's First Adaptation Gap Report

Sep 18, 2015
The first Adaptation Gap Report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released on December 5, 2014. The report says that even with emissions cut, climate change adaptation costs are likely to hit two to three times the current estimates of $70-100 Billion per year by 2050. Anne Olhoff, lead author of the report said that 29 experts from 19 leading institutions reviewed data for the report and it primarily looks at gaps concerned with long term global goals of adaptation. The Green Climate Fund could play a central role in bridging the future adaptation funding gap.

Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalization Plan 2017

Sep 18, 2015
National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 13 January 2015 gave directions to clean River Yamuna under Maily se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalization Plan 2017. The directions were given by the principal bench of NGT presided over by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar. The tribunal's judgment came on a petition by Manoj Misra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan against pollution in the Yamuna and covering of drains in Delhi.

ICRISAT Launched GreenPHABLET for Small Farmers

Sep 18, 2015
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) launched GreenPHABLET( for small farmers) on 29 December 2014. GreenPHABLET is a customized low-cost combination of phone and tablet computer. The device was powered by GreenSIM. The GreenPHABLET is dust- and shatter-proof, readable under bright sunlight; operates in -20°C to +60°C. The device has been developed by the ICRISAT Centre of Excellence in ICT Innovations for Agriculture in collaboration with NUNC Systems.

Tier-I Oil Spill Response Centre (Mumbai and JNPT Harbour)

Sep 7, 2015
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on 5 June 2015 inaugurated India’s first-of-its-kind Tier-I Oil Spill Response Centre (OSRC) for Mumbai Port Trust (MBT), Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and ONGC’s facilities at Nhava and Uran. The objective behind setting up the centre is to develop appropriate and effective systems for the detection and reporting of oil spillage in order to ensure adequate protection to the marine environment and public health.

National River Conservation Plan

Sep 7, 2015
The Ganga Action Plan (GAP) Phase - I which was taken up as 100% centrally funded scheme and aimed at preventing the pollution of river Ganga and to improve its water quality. The plan was started in June 1985. The program of river cleaning was extended to other major rivers of the country under two separate schemes of GAP Phase - II and the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). Yamuna and Gomati Action Plans were approved in April 1993 under Ganga Action Plan Phase - II.

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