CURRENT AFFAIRS


India to host UNCCD Meet - About UNCCD and Land Degradation Neutrality

By Aspire IAS

18 June 2019

For the first time, India will host the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Ahead of the COP-14, Union Environment Minister launched a flagship project, part of a larger international initiative called the Bonn challenge – to enhance India’s capacity for forest landscape restoration (FLR)


GM Crops

By Aspire IAS

18 June 2019

According to WHO, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.


Black Spotted Turtles/ Geoclemys Hamiltonii :

By Aspire IAS

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

28 September 2018

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


Citizen science initiative helps save hornbills

By Aspire IAS

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.


Carbon Pricing Policy

By Aspire IAS

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.


Saving Rivers

By Aspire IAS

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.


International Day for preservation of the ozone layer

By Aspire IAS

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’.


The high cost of man-animal conflict:

By Aspire IAS

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.


Eight avian species declared “extinct” in new study

By Aspire IAS

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


SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand

By Aspire IAS

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.


Addressing soil loss

By Aspire IAS

05 September 2018

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


Green Tribunal steps into conserve Ghats

By Aspire IAS

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.


Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts

By Aspire IAS

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

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.


How dams can control floods

By Aspire IAS

28 August 2018

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


BNHS to open its first regional centre near chilika lake

By Aspire IAS

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.


Trouble in the hills

By Aspire IAS

25 August 2018

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


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

By Aspire IAS

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.


Pulling back from the brink

By Aspire IAS

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.


Educating people about climate change

By Aspire IAS

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

19 August 2018

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


A climate for green funds

By Aspire IAS

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.


27 resorts in Nilgiris jumbo path to be shut

By Aspire IAS

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.


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

By Aspire IAS

07 August 2018

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


Drones to monitor tiger reserve

By Aspire IAS

04 August 2018

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