CURRENT AFAIRS


Drones to monitor tiger reserve

04 August 2018

The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) in Uttar Pradesh will soon be under complete drone camera surveillance


The Government of India has decided to ban the use of 18 pesticides

07 August 2018

The Government of India has decided to ban the use of 18 pesticides following the recommendations of the Anupam Verma Committee.


27 resorts in Nilgiris jumbo path to be shut

10 August 2018

The Supreme Court has ordered the Tamil Nadu government to shut down illegal resorts operating in the elephant corridor in the Nilgris district to curb incidents of humananimal conflict and reduce animal fatalities.


A climate for green funds

11 August 2018

A recent HSBC Global Research report found India to be the most vulnerable of the 67 countries assessed for their vulnerability to and preparedness for climate change risks. The need to address the challenge of climate change is more urgent than ever.


Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study found the wide presence of GM ingredients in packaged food

19 August 2018

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study found the wide presence of GM ingredients in packaged food items sold in India.


Educating people about climate change

21 August 2018

Climate change has the potential to disrupt and reshape lives. There are several alarming predictions about its impact. Vulnerable populations should be made aware of the potential risks and how to cope with them.


Pulling back from the brink

23 August 2018

A group of scientists has published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences deliberating on how the Earth might move into a high temperature “hothouse earth” pathway from where there would be no return.


NITI Aayog launched 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region.

24 August 2018

NITI Aayog has launched 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region. The reports from the five working groups discuss the significance, the challenges, the ongoing actions and a future roadmap.


Trouble in the hills

25 August 2018

The catastrophic monsoon floods in Kerala and parts of Karnataka have revived the debate on whether political expediency trumped science.


BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

27 August 2018

The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), one of India’s premier avian research institutes, will start operating its regional centre on the campus of Wetland Research and Training Centre near Chilika Lake.


How dams can control floods

28 August 2018

world over, dams are constructed mainly for the puposes of Irrigation, power generation, and flood control.


India, World Bank sign loan agreement to scale-up India’s energy efficiency programme:

29 August 2018

The Union Government and World Bank signed a $220 million loan agreement and an $80 million guarantee agreement for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up programme.


Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts

31 August 2018

In a heartening development for conservationists, a recent census has revealed that the population of the Nilgiri thar( an endangered mountain goat) at the Murukthi National park has grown by an impressive 18% in the last two years, from 480 to 568.


Green Tribunal steps into conserve Ghats

03 September 2018

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel, which permitted the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF and CC) to re-publish the draft notification on Eco-Sensitive Zones, which expired on August 26, ordered that the matter may be finalised within six months. It also ordered that the draft of the republished notification be placed on the record of the tribunal.


Addressing soil loss

05 September 2018

• Flooding impacts the nutrient levels in the soil. Flooding and long periods of waterlogging result in the depletion of nutrients.


SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand

06 September 2018

Supreme Court has lifted the ban on construction activities in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, after they submitted their Solid Waste Management (SWM) policy.


Eight avian species declared “extinct” in new study

09 September 2018

Scientists have declared eight species of birds to be extinct in what are being seen as the first avian extinctions of the 21st century


The high cost of man-animal conflict:

13 September 2018

If a wild elephant tramples rice fields, the government will provide compensation for the loss. Though it sounds simple, there are several inconsistencies in compensation awarded for human-wildlife conflict —ranging from crop loss to human death — across the country, finds a study published in Biological Conservation, an international journal on conservation science.


International Day for preservation of the ozone layer

17 September 2018

The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer (or World Ozone Day) is observed every year on September 16 for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. This year, the theme for the Day is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’.


Saving Rivers

18 September 2018

The Central Pollution Control Board finding that the number of critically polluted segments of India’s rivers has risen to 351 from 302 two years ago.


Carbon Pricing Policy

21 September 2018

Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions or setting a price on carbon pollution. At least 46 countries and 26 sub-national governments have established a carbon pricing policy as of April 1.


Citizen science initiative helps save hornbills

24 September 2018

The Hornbill Watch initiative is an interactive web interface that allows a person to report on hornbills anywhere in India. People can record the observation of a live hornbill, note its call or report a dead, hunted or captive bird.


NITI Aayog, UN sign Sustainable Development framework for 2018-2022

28 September 2018

The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.


Black Spotted Turtles/ Geoclemys Hamiltonii :

30 September 2018

A recent report by TRAFFIC says India accounts for 29% of black spotted turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) seized from across seven countries in South Asia.