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BIS’ Draft Standard For Drinking Water Supply

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has prepared a draft standard for the supply system of piped drinking water and has invited comments from water utilities, including the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), on it.

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Lakshadweep-Barn Owls

The Lakshadweep Administration had embarked on the ‘Pilot project on Biological Control of Rodents (Rats) by Using Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Kavaratti Island’ after studies revealed the shocking extent of damage caused by rats to the island’s coconut yield and economy.

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Papum Reserve Forest (RF)

Forest cover loss threatens hornbills in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Forest Ministry - Human-elephant Conflict

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has compiled the best practices of human-elephant conflict management in India.

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Barn Owls

The Lakshadweep government has initiated the Pilot project on Biological Control of Rodents (Rats) by Using Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Kavaratti Island.

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Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA)

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020 was recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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Blue Poppy

A recent comparative study of abundance of the species in alpine moraines at different elevations indicated that it is slowly depleting at lower altitudes and rocky moraines.

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Green-Ag Project

The Union government launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram, to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices.

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High Levels Of Ammonia In Yamuna Water

Delhi Jal Board(DJB) had to reduce water production capacity by 25% after high levels of ammonia were detected in the Yamuna river.

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Aerial Seeding

The Haryana Forest Department has employed aerial seeding technique to improve green cover in the Aravalli area of Faridabad.

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Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

Assam government has decided to upgrade the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park.

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Ophiocordyceps Sinensis

It has entered the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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India's 2018 Tiger Census: Guinness Record

India's tiger estimation for the year 2018 has entered the record books as it was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the largest camera-trap wildlife survey.

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Central Zoo Authority (CZA)

The Environment Ministry has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist.

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Two More Species Added To India’s List Of Butterflies

Lepidopterists in Arunachal Pradesh have helped add two species to India’s expanding list of butterflies.

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UNFCCC And Paris Agreement

The fourth edition of the virtual Ministerial on Climate Action witnessed countries exchanging views on how countries are aligning economic recovery plans with the Paris Agreement and the critical enabling conditions to ensure continued climate action.

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Himalayan Butterfly

A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is India’s largest, a record an unknown specimen had held for 88 years.

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Globba Andersonii

A team of researchers from Pune and Kerala have rediscovered a rare and plant species called Globba andersonii from the Sikkim Himalayas near the Teesta river valley region after a gap of nearly 136 years.

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UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020 Report

The third edition of the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 was launched in July 2020 by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, provides comprehensive insight to address the global e-waste challenge.

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Uganda To Submit Results Of REDD+ To UNFCCC

Uganda has become the first African country to submit results for Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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GYNANDROMORPH

Researchers have spotted a very rare biological phenomenon – ‘gynandromorphism’ – in dragonflies of the Puzhakkal area of the Kole wetlands in Thrissur, Kerala.

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India’s First Lichen Park

Uttarakhand Forest Department has developed India's 'first' lichen park in Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of the state.

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Golden Langurs

Primatologists have observed that the Gee’s golden langur (Trachypithecus geei), endemic to the semi-evergreen and mixed-deciduous forests straddling India and Bhutan, induce stillbirth of babies killed inside the womb of females, besides practising infanticide.

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Decarbonizing Transport Project

NITI Aayog and the International Transport Forum (ITF) of OECD jointly launched the ‘Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies’ (DTEE) project in India.

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India’s 1st Ever Climate Change Assessment

The Indian government has prepared the first ever national report on the climate crisis, Assessment Of Climate Change Over The Indian Region under the aegis of the ministry of earth sciences (MoES).

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Global Report On The Illegal Wildlife Trade

First global report on the illegal wildlife trade was recently released by FATF.

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Ozone Pollution

According to an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) while particulate matter and nitrous oxide levels fell during the lockdown, ozone (a harmful pollutant) increased in several cities.

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Tillari Conservation Reserve

The Maharashtra government declared 29.53 square kilometre (sq km) area, comprising 10 villages in Dodamarg taluka, Sindhudurg district, as the Tillari Conservation Reserve.

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Monkey Park

The Karnataka state government’s plan to establish a monkey park, on the uninhabited islands in the Sharavathi backwaters region.

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Band-tail Scorpionfish

Researchers have found a rare fish from Sethukarai coast in the Gulf of Mannar.

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Malabar Gliding Frog

It was recently spotted at Pullad, near Kozhencherry.

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Amery Ice Shelf (AIS)

The study clearly shows that the AIS is losing its stability owing to the impact of a downstream giant glacial drainage system over the past 19 years.

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Oil Spill In Russia's Arctic Region

Russia declared a state of emergency after a massive oil spill in the Arctic region.

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#iCommit Initiative

Power Minister initiated the ‘#iCommit’ campaign on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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Nagar Van Scheme

Union Environment Minister launched the Nagar Van or Urban Forests with 200 corporations and cities across India in next five years with a renewed focus on people’s participation and collaboration between Forest Department, Municipal bodies, NGOs, Corporates and local citizens.

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World Crocodile Day

World Crocodile Day is observed June 17 every year.

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Sundarbans

About 28% of the Sunderbans has been damaged by Cyclone Amphan.

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Environment Performance Index

12th edition of the biennial Environment Performance Index (EPI Index 2020) has been released.

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Lonar Lake

The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has sought reports on the environmental impact assessment of Lonar lake from National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and the Geological Survey of India.

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Asiatic Lion

The number of Asiatic lions in Gujarat's Gir forest has risen.

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Coral Triangle Day

The Coral Triangle Day is held every year on June 9.

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New Guidelines For Import Of Exotic Species

Government issues advisory to streamline the process for import and possession of exotic live species in India.

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GM Seeds

In the current kharif season, farmers would undertake mass sowing of GM seeds for maize, soyabean, mustard brinjal and herbicide tolerant (Ht) cotton, although these are not approved.

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Indian Gaur

The first population estimation exercise of Indian gaur carried out in the Nilgiris forest division in February has revealed that more than an estimated 2,000 Indian gaurs inhabit the 300 sq. km range.

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Indian Amphibians 2020

A comprehensive Checklist of Indian Amphibians has been updated and launched on the Zoological Survey of India website.

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Western Ghats

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change interacted with Chief Ministers, Cabinet Ministers & State Government Officers of six states through Video Conference to discuss issues relating to notification of Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) pertaining to Western Ghats.

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New Plant Species

A team of scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have reported the discovery of three new plant species from the evergreen forest patches of the southern end of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

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World Turtle Day 2020

This year is the 20th anniversary of World Turtle Day.

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Magallanodon Baikashkenke

Researchers from Chile and Argentine have discovered teeth of an extinct species of the lineage of Gondwanatheria.

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World Day To Combat Desertification And Drought

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on June 17 every year.

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Quinine Nongladew

Quinine Nongladew is a village named after the alkaloid quinine extracted from the bark of cinchona.

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Pinanga Andamanensis

A rare palm of South Andaman Island Pinanga andamanensis will be grown in Palode (Kerala) with the help of Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI).

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Elongated Tortoise

It is included in the Critically Endangered list Of IUCN Red list

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Troglomyces Twitteri

A new species has just been discovered using a Twitter image and thus has been named as Troglomyces twitteri.

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Sundarbans

The number of tigers in the Sunderbans reserve forest in West Bengal has increased to 96 from 88, according to the 2019-20 census by the West Bengal Forest Department'.

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Charru Mussel

In India, two species of marine mussels, green mussel (Perna viridis), and the brown mussel, (P. indica) are found in the coastal areas.

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World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

World Migratory Bird Day(WMBD) is an annual global celebration campaign to raise awareness of the needs for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

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Governor Modifies Law On Forest Rights

Maharashtra Governor has modified the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, allowing rightful claimants of forest rights to appeal against decisions of the district level committee (DLC).

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Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020

FRA 2020 examines the status of, and trends in, more than 60 forest related variables in 236 countries and territories in the period 1990–2020.

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First Known Aquatic Dinosaur

Scientists from various Universities of US(United States) have discovered a carnivorous (meat eating) swimming dinosaur named “Spinosaurus aegyptiacus” at the Kem Kem region of the Moroccan Sahara in North Africa.

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Tropical Cyclones

India Meteorological Department releases list of 169 names for upcoming tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean.

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Assam’s Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve

National Board for Wild Life (NBWL),the apex body to review all wildlife-related matters, has permitted the use of 98.59 hectares of land at Saleki, a part of the Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve in Assam for opencast coal mining project done by North-Easter Coal Field, a unit of Coal India Limited.

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Ozone Hole Closes

The European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced that the Arctic’s biggest ozone hole has closed.

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Earth Day

It is an annual event, organized to show support for environmental protection around the world on April 22.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue

The eleventh and first ever virtual Petersberg Climate Dialogue was held on April 28th 2020.

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Bangalore Blue Grapes

Bangalore Blue is a variety of fox grapes grown in districts around Bangalore.

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National Wildlife Board

National Wildlife Board issues final nod for Mumbai-Nagpur highway amid lockdown. The approval was given via video-conferencing.

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Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park has become the India’s 1st quarantine centre for animals with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Feeding Station For Vultures

It is a feeding station for vultures in the Pong Dam Lake Wild Life sanctuary in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh.

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United For Biodiversity

The European Commission (EC) launched the ‘United for Biodiversity’ coalition on World Wildlife Day.

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White Giraffe Left In The World

Poachers have killed two extremely rare white giraffes in northeast Kenya, leaving just one such animal in the world.

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Red Panda

A new study recently conducted by wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC found that Red Pandas are falling to traps laid for other animals, such as the musk deer and wild pigs.

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OCULUDENTAVIS KHAUNGRAAE

Scientists have identified a 100-million-year-old flying dinosaur encased in amber that may be the smallest yet discovered.

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Coral Bleaching

Scientists have warned that the Great Barrier Reef will face a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks, following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural world has ever endured.

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EASTERN AND WESTERN GHATS

A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court to safeguard natural resources in the Eastern and Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu.

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Pakke Tiger Reserve

The study carried out in Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh noted that hornbills, one among the large-sized frugivores, are the top seed dispersers.

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Centre Declared National Chambal Sanctuary In Madhya Pradesh As Eco-sensitive Zone.

The government of India declared the National Chambal Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh as an eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).

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Genetic Study Revealed The Endangered Red Panda Is Actually Two Separate Species

Earlier both the Chinese red pandas & the Himalayan red pandas were together considered as red panda species.

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Black Carbon Levels Spike At Himalayan Glaciers

Black carbon results from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and biomass.

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Eurasian Otters

Researchers conducting a study in Odisha’s Chilika Lake have found the presence of a viable, breeding population of Eurasian Otters, a fishing cat in the brackish water lagoon.

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Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED)

The Northern European Enclosure Dam(NEED) project involves the construction of dams of a combined length of 637 km enclosing all of the North Sea.

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Jalyukta Shivar Abhiyan

Maharashtra government has scrapped the Jalyukta Shivar- the flagship water conservation project.

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PUNJAB KINNOW

The Punjab Agri Export Corporation recently launched the ‘Punjab Kinnow’ brand at the kinnow festival in Abohar.

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Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS)

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is the second largest wildlife sanctuary in Kerala.

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Madhav National Park

The encroachment of Madhav National Park land in Madhu’s Pradesh continues unchecked even though the land was allotted to make way for a tiger corridor.

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World Air Quality Report, 2019

World Air Quality Report 2019 was released by the pollution tracker IQ Air and Greenpeace.

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Future Of Earth, 2020 Report

The report was prepared with the aim of reducing carbon footprint and halting global warming below 2 degree Celsius by 2050.

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Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA)

Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) has been created as per the Cauvery Management Scheme earlier framed by Centre and approved by Supreme Court.

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Urban Bent-toed Gecko

A new species of lizard – the urban bent-toed gecko has been found in Guwahati, the largest city in the Northeast.

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Species Included In Appendix I Of UNCMS

India’s proposal to include all the three species in the Appendix I was unanimously accepted by the 13th COP to the CMS.

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‘Soil Health Card’

Evaluation of Soil Health Card Scheme has revealed significant reduction in usage of area in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.

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The government of Arunachal Pradesh is planning to build a 692.7 km highway through the 862 sq km Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR).

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First Ever Animal That Can Survive Without Oxygen Discovered

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel have discovered a jellyfish-like parasite,’Henneguya salminicola.

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Massive fire broke out on the Burhi Dihing River in Assam’s Dibrugarh district allegedly due to an oil pipeline blast.

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Locusts, which are part of the grasshopper family, are highly mobile insects that can migrate across different countries and cause extreme damage to crops.

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Yongle Blue Hole

Yongle Blue Hole is the world’s deepest blue hole.

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State Of India’s Birds 2020

The ‘State of India’s Birds Report 2020’ was recently released during the CMS COP 13.

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India’s First Bird Ringing Station

The bird ringing station will be at Bhagalpur, Bihar, located close to the Ganges & is known to be a favorite destination of migratory birds.

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World Wetlands Day 2019

World Wetlands Day was celebrated on February 2nd with the theme of “Wetlands and Climate Change”.

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World’s Largest Subterranean Fish In Meghalaya

A new cave fish, presumably the largest in the world, has been discovered from Meghalaya.

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Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary

Approval from the NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) is expected to notify the Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve.

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COP 26 Of UNFCCC

COP26) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is expected to take place from 9-19 November 2020, in Glasgow, UK.

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Green India Missiong

GIM is one of the eight missions launched under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

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“CLIMFISHCON-2020”

The conference is jointly organized by the Department of Fisheries, Kerala and the CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) School of Industries Fisheries.

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Olive Ridley Turtles

Rushikulya rookery on the Odisha coast is set to welcome and protect olive ridley turtles during mass nesting.

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Biodiversity Management Committees (BMC)

As per the Biological Diversity Act 2002, BMCs are created for “promoting conservation, sustainable use and documentation of biological diversity” by local bodies across the country.

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A new species of snails have been named Craspedotropis gretathunbergae, in honour of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.

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Yellow Rust

Yellow Rust was detected in wheat crops in parts of Punjab and Haryana.

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Review Of State And Central Government Water Departments

Ranking has been done under the National Hydrology Project

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Govt. To Encourage Indian Pompano Cultivation In The Country

The Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) in Visakhapatnam,has successfully cultivated Indian pompano- marine fish species in a brackishwater pond.

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Green Credit Scheme To ‘trade’ In Forests

Green Credit scheme scheme allows agencies like private companies, village forest communities etc to identify lands for forest cultivation and ensures plantations are grown.

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Meteorite Contains The Oldest Material On Earth

Scientists discovered the oldest material on earth,a 7 billion years old.

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Environmental activists have called for a ban on the use of new low sulphur marine fuel in the Arctic region.

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2019 Forest Survey Of India Report

Among the total forest areas, the north eastern region in the country was found to be more vulnerable.

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Paddlefish Of China’s Yangtze River

China has declared that the country’s giant paddlefish often called as ‘Panda of the Yangtze river’ has become extinct.

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Three New Frog Species Discovered In Arunachal Pradesh

The three new species of tiny frogs had been named as ‘Liurana himalayana’, ’Liurana indica’ and ‘Liurana minuta’.

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Australian Bushfires

Australia was recently ravaged by the worst wildfires seen in decades, with large swaths of the country devastated since the fire season began.

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Red Brittle Star “Ophiocoma Wendtii”

It has become only the 2nd creature, after a sea urchin species, known to have this ability.

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Kerala To Turn To Miyawaki Method

Miyawaki method is a method of urban afforestation by turning backyards into mini-forests.

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World’s Oldest Ever Mushroom Fossil

The world’s oldest ever mushroom fossil discovered from the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) in Africa.

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A Bid To Restore Coral Reefs In Gulf Of Kutch

To restore coral reefs in Gulf of Kutch, the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) with the help of Gujarat’s Forest Department, is using biorock and mineral accretion technology for the first time.

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WEF Global Risks Report 2020

The World Economic Forum released its 15th edition of the Global Risks Report on January 15, 2020.

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African Cheetah To Suitable Wildlife Habitat In India

The Supreme Court(SC) has allowed the govt. to introduce African Cheetah in a suitable wildlife habitat in India including Kuno-Palpur (Kuno National Park) in Madhya Pradesh.

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SC Bats Against The Transfer Of Community Resources

The Supreme Court of India held that the Government has no right to transfer “invaluable” community resources.

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‘Blue Flag’ Certification

The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has announced to relax the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules to get Blue Flag certification.

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Arunachal Pradesh : 1st State In India To Initiate IUCN’s Red-listing Of Orchids

Arunachal Pradesh (AR) has became the first State in India to initiate the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s ‘red listing’ of orchids.

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New Wetland Conservation Rules Notified By Centre Government

The Union Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change has recently notified the new Wetland Conservation Rules.

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National Ganga Mission Begins Conservation Of Wet Lands Along The Ganges

The National Mission of Clean Ganga (NMCG) has taken up the initiative under Namami Gange Project to conserve wetlands of the Ganges basin.

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A new meat-eating dinosaur species at Natural History Museum of Utah, United States(US).

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Carbon Disclosure Project: India Ranks 5th

The Carbon Disclosure Project, an annual report on carbon reduction activities of different countries and their firms was released by a non-profit organization Global Reporting Initiative.

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Phase Out Of Ozone Depleting Chemicals Achieved By India

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (EFoCC) recently announced that India has achieved the complete phase out of ozone depleting Hydro Chloro Fluoro Carbons (HCFC).

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A New Snake Eel Species In Odisha

The new snake eel species residing in the Bay of Bengal has been discovered.

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India & World Bank Sign Agreement Of 210 Million USD

The Government of Maharashtra and World Bank signed a 210 million USD agreement to facilitate agriculture value chains.

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Maharashtra Gets Its First Ramsar Site

The Union Ministry declared that Ramsar Convention had added 10 more sites from India.

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Palau Becomes First Country To Ban ‘reef-toxic’ Sunscreen

Palau has become the first country in the world to ban various types of sunscreen to protect coral reefs.

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THE INDIA STATE OF FOREST REPORT 2019

The forest cover in the country increased by 3,976 square kilometres (sqkm).

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EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL

The European Union came up with an announcement during the annual Madrid Climate talks on additional measures on climate change called the European Green Deal.

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GREEN CLIMATE FUND

The GCF is a unique global platform to respond to climate change by investing in low-emission and climate-resilient development.

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TORREFACTION TO REDUCE STUBBLE BURNING

India is testing a Swedish technology torrefaction that can convert rice stubble into ‘bio-coal’.

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WORLD’S DEEPEST LAND CANYON DISCOVERED

The deepest canyon on land on earth is found in the Denman glacier in East Antarctica.

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PROJECT DOLPHIN

Under the River Dolphin project, WWF- India works on three species of Dolphins

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Namami Gange

National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga (National Ganga Council) has been established as an Authority under National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Act, 2016.

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Heavy Metals Contaminating Rivers

Central Water Commission released a report which pointed out that 2/3rd of the water quality stations spanning India’s major rivers showed contamination by one or more heavy metals.

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IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature added 1,840 new species to its catalogue of plants and animals that risk extinction.

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Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2019

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an independent monitoring tool for tracking countries’ climate protection performance.

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The 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) took place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and was held in Madrid, Spain.

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OPERATION CLEAN ART

Operation Clean Art is first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair.

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Sustainable Development Cell

The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country.

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NEW FISH SPECIES DISCOVERED IN MEGHALAYA

A new fish species discovered in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.

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BLUE FLAG PROGRAMME

The MoEFCC has embarked upon a programme for ‘Blue Flag’ Certification for select beaches in the country.

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Govt Launched two mobile Apps – ‘CHC Farm Machinery and Krishi Kisan App for Geo Tagging’

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WATER QUALITY REPORT

The report is in line with the Jal Jeevan Mission that was launched to provide clean and safe drinking water to all by 2024

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Union Water Resources Ministry has finalised a committee to draft a new National Water Policy

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OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES

Odisha forest department banned fishing between November 2019-May 2020, in the state’s Gahiramatha marine sanctuary to protect Olive Ridley turtles.

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DAL LAKE AREA TO BE ECO-SENSITIVE ZONE

Jammu and Kashmir government has set up a ten-member committee to declare Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake and its surrounding areas as an eco-sensitive zone

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GLOBAL WARMING ALTERS RAINFALL PATTERN

A study by a team of Indian and U.S. researchers has found that global warming has altered a key weather system

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EMISSION GAP REPORT

Emissions Gap Report also as called as the “Commitment Gap” has been released by the annual United Nations Environment Programme

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The new signal fish was found in Lakshadweep sea off Kerala coast

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The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority declared a public health emergency in Delhi

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Stubble burning is a common practice followed by farmers to prepare fields for sowing of wheat

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NEW SNAKE SPECIES FOUND IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH

A new species of snake named Trachischium apteii was found in the Tally Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh

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EU DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY

European Union lawmakers declared a “climate emergency” in a symbolic vote

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AVIAN BOTULISM’ KILLED BIRDS AT RAJASTHAN

The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh confirmed Avian botulism

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KEN-BETWA RIVER INTERLINKING PROJECT

The government is pushing Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make progress on the Ken Betwa river interlinking project

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2 Newly Discovered Spider Species

A research scholar from the Gujarat Ecological Education Research Foundation, Dhruv Prajapati, has discovered two new spider species

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to invest 1 billion over the next five years on environmentally friendly urban mobility in India

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Wastelands Atlas, prepared in collaboration with the National Remote Sensing Centre

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Brown to Green Report 2019 takes stock of the G20 countries climate action

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A NEW FROG SPECIES DISCOVERED IN WEST BENGAL

A new frog species called Polypedates bengalensis has been found

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Saharan silver ant (Cataglyphis bombycina) has been discovered as the world’s fastest ant

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Honey-coloured insect, blind and wingless beetle named after climate activist Greta Thunberg

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DEFINITION OF FOREST

States need not take the Centre’s approval to define what constitutes unclassified land as forest

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C40 Clean Air Cities Declaration

Clean Air Cities Declaration’ was unveiled at the C40 World Mayors Summit

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The initiative, the first of its kind in the country, is being spearheaded by ITC Limited

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The government is planning to create a 1400km-long and 5km wide green belt from Gujarat to Delhi-Haryana border

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The weeklong annual Ganges river dolphin census, undertaken by World Wide Fund

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Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region is considered the Third Pole

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India will commission its first-ever survey to estimate the population and geographical range of the snow leopard

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UN Environment Programme (UNEP), convened a two-day event at which member states came together to adopt what is being called the “Colombo Declaration”

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Supreme Court allowed bursting of low-emission crackers relaxing the 'complete ban' issued in 2017

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As part of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) some stricter measures to fight air pollution will come into force in Delhi’s neighbourhood

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Gujarat unveiled the country’s first emissions trading scheme

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National Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) strategy for India has been released

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September 16 commemorates the Montreal Protocol that was signed on this date by 24 UN member nations in 1987

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The Ban Amendment was originally adopted as a decision of the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties in March 1994.

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At the 14th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification released the Framework for the Assessment of Benefits of Action/Cost of Inaction for Drought Preparedness report

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Madhya Pradesh has refused to share its surplus water with Gujarat as it is not sharing the hydro power it is generating, with MP

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India will be hosting the 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

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Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) as National Advisory Council was formed

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Nigeria became the fourth African country to join the Global Coalition of the willing on Pollinators

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Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi approved the flagship "Namami Gange" programme

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According to the data from Brazil's National Institute for Space Research (INPE), the Amazon Forests in Brazil has experienced 74,155 fires since January 2019

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According to the World Bank Report - Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water Crisis, heavily polluted water is reducing economic growth

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India is the world's largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide

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Bill seeking to set up an institutional mechanism for surveillance, inspection, operation and maintenance of specified dams across the country

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INDIAN FOREST ACT AMENDMENT

The draft Bill reinforces the idea of bureaucratic control of forests

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A dead zone of oxygen-depleted waters forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico in response to nutrient runoff from the Mississippi River

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According to a study published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) It found that the numbers of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles have dropped by an average of 53 percent since 1970

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The first priority objective of the 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP) is to protect, conserve and enhance the Union’s natural capital

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Madhav Gadgil Report

Recent floods have brought the focus back on an almost forgotten 2011 report on the Western Ghats that had made a set of recommendations for preserving the ecology and biodiversity of the fragile region along the Arabian Sea coast.

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Union HRD Minister will launch ‘Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha’ drive to create awareness about Water Conservation

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IPCC REPORT 2019

Draft report says rising global ocean waterline could displace 250 million people by 2100.

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Gogabeel, an ox-bow lake in Bihar’s Katihar district, has been declared as the state’s first ‘Community Reserve’

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CoP18 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), took place in Geneva

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Fossils of the World’s largest parrot ever recorded been found in New Zealand

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Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has unveiled draft Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for coastal zone management.

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The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for river valley and hydroelectric projects approved a project Kosi- Mechi river interlinking project

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Union environment ministry unveiled a draft ‘Nation Resource Efficiency Policy’

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“ECONOMIC VALUATION OF TIGER RESERVES IN INDIA: A VALUE+ APPROACH”

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The latest update to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species updated

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INDIAS FIRST DRAGON BLOOD-OOZING TREE

Researchers discover Dracaena cambodiana, a dragon tree species a plant that yields dragon’s blood

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the results of the fourth cycle of All India Tiger Estimation

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A micro-monkey about the size of a hamster has been found in a fossil bed in the Peruvian Amazon.

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FLORA AND FAUNA GONE EXTINCT IN INDIA

Four species of fauna and 18 species of flora have gone extinct in India

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Odisha has received the geographical indication (GI) tag for its local version of the Rasgulla

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WORLD TIGER DAY 2019 OBSERVED

July 29th is celebrated across the world as Global Tiger Day

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World Nature Conservation Day is being celebrated on July 28

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PALAU JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL SOLAR ALLIANCE (ISA)

Palau signed the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Agreement

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According to a study published in the journals Nature, and Nature Geoscience, Global temperatures has increased

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OLD SPECIES OF VINE SNAKE FOUND IN THE SOUTHERN WESTERN GHATS

Researchers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru discovered new vine snake species

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Odisha has renewed its effort to revive the population of gharials

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SCALY-FOOT SNAIL ENDANGERED DUE TO DEEP-SEA MINING

A rare snail found at only three spots in the Indian Ocean has become the first species to be officially declared threatened

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Union environment ministry has declared monkeys (Rhesus Macaque) as ‘vermin’ in Himachal Pradesh

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IUCN ADDS MORE THAN 7000 SPECIES TO RED LIST

More than 28,000 species around the world are threatened

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BLUE FLAG CERTIFICATION

The Union Environment Ministry has selected 12 beaches in India to vie for a ‘Blue Flag’

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A high powered committee to urgently frame and implement an emergency response plan for the protection of Great Indian Bustard

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EXTINCT BIRD HAD AN EXTRA-LONG TOE

The fossilized remains of a bizarre, ancient bird that had middle toes longer than its lower legs have been found in a lump of amber from Myanmar

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Botanical Survey of India has come up with the first comprehensive census of orchids of India

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The draft was passed following detailed discussions and deliberation with the ministers of the cabinet

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The MANAV Project aims to create an open and interactive atlas of human biology

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A researcher at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre provides a new way of predicting the monsoon

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Kerala government would set up a first-of-its-kind elephant rehabilitation centre

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India’s first cow sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh government in September 2017, will be privatized

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Leonardo DiCaprio and his environmental charity are to launch Earth Alliance

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Immunocontraceptive measures for population management of four species of wild animals

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Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad have high vehicular population and diesel consumption

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An 82 member special protection force trained to combat poachers and understand animal behaviour

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Tamil Yeoman’ also called as ‘Tamil Maravan’, a kind of butterfly found in the Western Ghats declared as Tamil Nadu state butterfly

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India has opened its first specialized hydrotherapy treatment centre for elephants

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G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth for the year was held in Karuizawa

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The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030

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Scientists and taxonomists have documented 596 new species of flora and fauna

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It was declared by the United Nations to raise awareness and increase understanding of biodiversity issues

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‘Global Assessment’ Notifies That 40% Of Amphibian Species And 1 Million Of Insect And Fauna Are Threatened

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Global Report on Food Crises 2019 shows that more than 100 million people worldwide are facing acute hunger

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The first ever global coalition on clean and efficient cooling was launched at the First Global Conference on Synergies

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According to a draft United Nations report up to one million world species are at risk of extinction

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A study conducted by Matteo Willeit of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. found that Earth Co2 Levels Reached 410 Ppm Highest In 3 Million Years

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