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  • Arctic Sea Ice Commenced Melting

    1 day ago
    The Arctic sea ice reached its minimal extent, coming in at 4.72 million square miles. It is the 12th lowest on record and the document minimum melting of the ice took place in 2012. The ‘Last Ice Area’ (LIA), located in the Arctic’s Ice north of Greenland, has also commenced melting before than what the scientists had expected. Key ....

    The Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma Erupted

    4 days ago
    After repeated earthquakes throughout the weekend, the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands, erupted on 19 Sep 2021. Key points: ♦ El Paso was warned to evacuate when lava began to pour from a fresh fracture in the Cumbre Vieja volcano. ♦ Since the eruption began on Sunday, more than 6,000 people have ....

    COP 26 - India Pushing for Climate Finance, Green Tech Transfer

    4 days ago
    In the Conference of Parties, India has been stressing and repeating its position on the transfer and finance of green technologies from developed countries to developing ones (COP 26). Key points: ♦ In November 2021, the UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) will hold its 26th meeting in Glasgow. ♦ Green technology transfer is seen ....

    WHO Tightens Global Air Pollution Standards

    4 days ago
    On 24 September, the World Health Organisation revised its air quality guidelines for the first time since 2005 in keeping with WHO. Highlights ♦ Tightening the guidelines, WHO aim to spur countries toward clean energy and stop deaths and illnesses caused by pollution. ♦ The new recommendations mainly target pollutants, including ....

    WHO Tightens Global Air Pollution Standards

    4 days ago
    On 24 September, the World Health Organisation revised its air quality guidelines for the first time since 2005 in keeping with WHO. Highlights ♦ Tightening the guidelines, WHO aim to spur countries toward clean energy and stop deaths and illnesses caused by pollution. ♦ The new recommendations mainly target pollutants, including ....

    CAQM In Capital Region And Adjoining Areas Takes A Series Of Steps Towards Reduction Of Air Pollution.

    4 days ago
    Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) within the Capital Region and adjoining areas today informed during a series of tweets the steps taken by the Commission towards reduction of pollution. Highlights: ♦ To decrease pollution due to stubble burning, the Commission informed that Punjab, NCR states have prepared detailed action plans. ♦ ....

    Reduce Emissions From Ships By 2050: Global Companies Call Out

    5 days ago
    One hundred fifty leading companies and organizations, including oil majors & port authorities, called on September 22, 2021, by 2050, to decarbonize the global shipping industry completely. Highlights: ♦ The Call to Action initiative was developed by the planet Economic Forum, non-profit Global Maritime Forum, and other partners. ♦ ....

    New Plants Added to BSI

    6 days ago
    The Botanical Survey of India, in its new e-book Plant Discoveries 2020 has delivered 267 new taxa/ species to the country’s flora. Highlights: ♦ An evaluation of the geographical distribution of these newly located plants reveals that 22% of the discoveries have been made from the Western Ghats. ♦ Botanical Survey of India (BSI): ....

    Swachhata Pakhwada was Launched in Cochin Port Trust

    6 days ago
    Swachhata Pakhwada 2021 was launched on September 16, 2021, at the Cochin Port Trust and the Swachhata pledge was administered in all departments. Shramdaan cleaning programs were also initiated in the Port regions to commemorate the occasion. Highlights ♦Cleaning of work places, crafts & public spaces, and office premises within the ....

    Two Humboldt Penguin Cubs in Mumbai

    7 days ago
    Two new Humboldt penguin cubs, joining the seven adult Humboldt penguins at Byculla Zoo in Mumbai About Humboldt penguins: ♦ The Humboldt penguin is named after a cold ocean current, called the Humboldt current ♦ The Humboldt Current (known as Peru Current) is a cold, low-salinity ocean current that flows north along South America's ....

    Length of Mammoth Cave Extended

    10 days ago
    The legitimate length of Mammoth Cave has been extended to 420 miles. The extra mileage (8 miles) was mapped and documented through the Cave Research Foundation. Highlights: ♦ Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the nation of Kentucky (US), has the world's largest community of natural caves & underground passageways, which are attributed ....

    Killing of White-Sided Dolphins

    10 days ago
    The usual annual killing of whales and dolphins (grindadrap” hunt) in North Atlantic islands that belong to Denmark has sparked controversy. 1,428 white-sided dolphins have been slaughtered at Faroe Islands. Highlights: ♦ Scientific Name: Lagenorhynchus acutus ♦ Characteristics: Their common name comes from the prominent white ....

    First Five-Country Biosphere Reserve of the World

    10 days ago
    Mura-Drava-Danube (MDD) was declared as the world’s first ‘five-country biosphere reserve’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Highlights: ♦ The biosphere reserve covers seven hundred kilometres of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers and stretches across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, ....

    Black Tigers in Similipal Tiger Reserve

    11 days ago
    Scientists have unraveled the mystery at the back of Odisha’s ‘Black Tigers’ in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) Highlights: ♦ The STR is the only tiger habitat in the world with melanistic tigers, which have vast black stripes strolling throughout their bodies and thicker than those viewed on ordinary tigers. ♦ Black ....

    Footprints of Three Dinosaur Species - Rajasthan

    13 days ago
    Three dinosaur footprints were found in the Thar Desert in Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan. It proves the presence of the large reptiles in the western part of the State. Highlights: ♦ The footprints belong to three dinosaurs – Eubrontes glenrosensis, Eubrontes cf. giganteus & Grallator tenuis. ♦ The footprints had been 200 ....

    First Pollen Calendar - Chandigarh

    14 days ago
    Chandigarh has its first pollen calendar, which can be said to be the first calendar of any city in India. About Pollen Calendar: ♦ Pollen calendars signify the time dynamics of airborne pollen existing in a specific geographical area. ♦ They can generate easily accessible visual details about the various airborne pollen that exist ....

    IUCN - Reduce in the Population of Sharks

    19 days ago
    According to a new red list by IUCN, the world's sharks and rays have been witnessing declines in their populations since 2014 and are now threatened with extinction. Highlights: ♦ New red list was released through IUCN at world conferences with the purpose of protecting dwindling species. ♦ It notes that there are symptoms of ....

    Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

    19 days ago
    After the deadly Hurricane Ida, cleanup crews and the U.S. Coast Guard are trying to locate the source of the oil spill found in the Gulf of Mexico. Highlights: ♦ Satellite photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration show an oil slick about 2 miles (3 kilometers) outside the Louisiana's Port Fourchon, ♦ It is ....

    Raptor Species are Under Threat

    20 days ago
    According to research done recently, around 30% of the 557 raptor species around the world are threatened by extinction to some degree. It is an evaluation by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife International (a international partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs)). Highlights: ♦ A raptor is ....

    Manda Buffalo as Unique Breed - NBAGR

    20 days ago
    The Manda buffalo has been regarded as the nineteenth unique breed of buffalo found in India by the NBAGR (National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources). Key Points: ♦ Four breeds of cattle - Binjharpur, Motu, Ghumusari and Khariar - and two breeds of buffalo - Chilika and Kalahandi - and one breed of sheep, Kendrapara, have already obtained ....

    First Dugong Conservation Reserve in Tamil Nadu

    21 days ago
    The Government of Tamil Nadu announced its plan to set up 1st Dugong Conservation Reserve of India in the Palk Bay on the southeast coast. Highlights: ♦ Dugong is an endangered marine mammal. Dugong is also known as Sea Cow. It is facing extinction due to the fact of habitat loss, sea pollution, and loss of seagrass. ♦ Dugong is discovered ....

    Award for Sea Turtle Conservation

    24 days ago
    Indian biologist Shailendra Singh won the Behler Sea Turtle Conservation Award for bringing back three critically endangered protected species of sea turtles from the brink of extinction Highlights: ♦ The award has been bestowed with the help of various international bodies concerned in turtle conservation such as IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater ....

    Remove the Name of Rajiv Gandhi from National Park - Assam

    25 days ago
    The Assam cabinet has decided to take away the identity of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from the Orang National Park. Highlights: Since the title Orang is related to the sentiments of the Adivasi & tea-tribe community, the cabinet has planned to rename the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park as Orang National Park. Orang National Park is ....

    Neelakurinji Bloomed in Karnataka

    25 days ago
    After 12 years, Neelakurinji flowers have bloomed in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. This type of mass flowering is recognised as gregarious flowering. Highlights: ♦ It is a shrub that is discovered in the shola forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. ♦ Locally recognised as Kurinji, the flowers develop at ....

    National Animal of Chhattisgarh Close to Extinction

    25 days ago
    The only female wild buffalo in the Sitanadi-Udanti Tiger Reserve Conservation Center in Chhattisgarh State has died. Highlights: ♦ The state animals of Chhattisgarh are on the verge of extinction, and fewer than 20 individuals of this species remain in the state. ♦ There is only one female and three males in the conservation center, ....

    Lathams Snipe - Migratory Bird

    26 days ago
    Latham’s Snipe shorebird flies continuously from Japan to Australia twice in a year. The bird takes 5 days to cover the distance of thousands of kilometres of ocean for their survival. About Latham’s snipe: ♦ Latham’s Snipe is a long-billed, medium-sized, migratory snipe . ♦ The bird is recognized as a Gallinago snipe ....

    Kendrapara district - Only Area to Have all Three Crocodile Species

    26 days ago
    Odisha’s Kendrapara district is crisscrossed by creeks, rivers and water inlets and has emerged as the only district in India where all 3 species of crocodiles (gharial, salt-water and mugger) are found. Highlights: ♦ District has additionally claimed repute for its profitable conservation program established for salt-water crocodiles ....

    Corbett Tiger Reserve - NTCA

    34 days ago
    The Delhi High Court has requested the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to reflect on consideration as illustration a petition to end the alleged illegal construction of bridges and partitions inside tiger breeding habitat of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. About NTCA: ♦ National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is a statutory body ....

    Sanctuary for Slender Loris - Kadavur Reserve Forest

    36 days ago
    There is a demand to declare Kadavur Reserve Forest in the Karur district of Tamil Nadu as a sanctuary for Slender Loris. Highlights: ♦ The whole wooded area in the taluk has been categorized as a reserve wooded area and viewed as a hotspot in the State for Slender Loris. ♦ According to a census taken in 2016-17 through the Forest Department, ....

    New Species found in Kerala

    43 days ago
    The species belong to the genus Impatiens (family Balsaminaceae). Plants of this genus are popular as ‘Kasithumba’ in Malayalam. Highlights: They have been spotted in the Western Ghats vicinity of southern Kerala and the Idukki district. Of the three species, two have been named after Communist veteran & former Chief Minister V.S. ....

    Four New Ramsar Sites - Wetlands of India

    43 days ago
    Four more Indian sites - two every from Haryana and Gujarat - have been acknowledged as wetlands of global significance below the Ramsar Convention. Highlights: ♦ Further, according to latest estimates through Wetlands International South Asia, almost 30% of the natural wetlands in India have been misplaced in the last three decades. Majorly, ....

    Change in Elephant Landscape Range - WSO

    45 days ago
    According to the WSO (Wildlife Society of Orissa), the elephant landscape in Odisha has gone through a dramatic change because of mindless mining & unplanned developmental activities. Key Points: ♦ According to WSO, the elephant panorama has changed dramatically in the final two decades. ♦ In the Keonjhar district of Odisha, there ....

    Common Survey to Count Tigers and Elephants

    45 days ago
    India will adopt a system that will count elephants and tigers from December as a common survey. Highlights: ♦ The announcement was made on August 12 on the occasion of World Elephant Day. ♦ The tiger survey will be held in four years, and elephants are surveyed once in five years. ♦ Since 2006, the Wildlife Institute of India, ....

    Guards of Kaziranga get Satellite Phones

    46 days ago
    Kaziranga has become the first national park in the country to have been equipped with satellite phones. Highlights: Kaziranga National Park is situated in the state of Assam. It is surrounded by the Brahmaputra in the north Karbi anglong in the south and river Diphu flows through it. Kaziranga National Park was established in 1908 as a reserve ....

    Wildfires in Algeria

    46 days ago
    Wildfires in Algeria have killed about 42 people including 25 soldiers. Highlights: ♦ Algeria President Abdelmadjid Tebboune expressed condolences for 25 soldiers who lost their lives while rescuing people at the epicentre of the blazes. ♦ Epicentre of blazes comprises areas of Bejaiea and Tizi Ouzou. Dozens of fires started in the ....

    Study on Pensilungpa Glacier

    48 days ago
    The study on Pensilungpa Glacier was conducted by scientists from the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), Dehradun. By this study, Pensilungpa Glacier in the Zanskar region of Ladakh is retreating. Their field observations over four years (2015-19) showed that the glacier is now retreating at an average rate of 6.7 metres per annum. Highlights: ♦ ....

    Many Assam Rhinos Killed in 5 years

    52 days ago
    Nearly 22 Rhinos have been killed in Assam by poachers since 2017. The government of India had set up ten fast-track sessions courts over the years for speedy trials of wildlife-related crimes. Highlights: ♦ In Asia, There are 3 species of rhino which includes Greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran. ♦ India is home to the most significant ....

    Anaimalai Flying Frog - Critically Endangered

    53 days ago
    ♦ The scientific name of the Anaimalai flying frog is Racophorus pseudomalabaricus. ♦ Other names: false Malabar gliding frog and false Malabar tree frog. ♦ It is a severely endangered frog species. ♦ Endemic to the southern section of the Western Ghats, the number of these frogs have declined unexpectedly due to the loss ....

    World's Most Endangered Turtle - Swinhoe's softshell Turtle

    53 days ago
    In latest years, a lot of efforts have been put by conservationists to keep the world's most endangered Turtle, Swinhoe's softshell Turtle, from the brink of extinction. Highlights: ♦ The animal is also recognised as the Hoan Kiem turtle or Yangtze massive softshell turtle. In Vietnam, these animals have brilliant cultural importance ....

    New Frog Species in the Western Ghats

    55 days ago
    A frog species was found in the Western Ghats and named after previous DU Vice-Chancellor and plant geneticist Deepak Pental. Highlights: ♦ The new frog species named Minervarya Pentali has a place with the group of Dicroglossidae. The family Dicroglossidae includes 202 types of semiaquatic frogs disseminated by the tropical and subtropical ....

    Pangolin Saved From Noida

    55 days ago
    A pangolin was saved by a group from Noida and given over to the forest office. Highlights: ♦ The pangolin, likewise called flaky insect-eating animal, is a stretched, defensive layer plated insectivore well-evolved creature. It utilizes these scales as a protective layer to shield itself against hunters by moving into a ball when compromised. ....

    Tiger Reserves of India Receives (CA|TS) Tags

    57 days ago
    From India, 14 tiger saves have gotten the accreditation of the Worldwide Protection Guaranteed Tiger Norms (CA|TS), on the event of Global Tiger Day on July 29, 2021. The Public Tiger Preservation Authority (NTCA) perceived the 'BaghRakshaks' for their endeavors in ensuring Tigers and woodlands. The NTCA's quarterly bulletin STRIPES was ....

    Tiger Corridor in Rajasthan

    76 days ago
    The Rajasthan authorities will strengthen a tiger hall connecting the newly proposed ‘Ramgarh Tiger Reserve’, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve. Sariska Tiger Reserve is some other Tiger reserve in Rajasthan. About the Animal Corridor: ♦ Wildlife or animal corridors are supposed to make certain secure passage ....

    Lemru Elephant Reserve in Chhattisgarh

    76 days ago
    This is a proposed elephant sanctuary in Chhattisgarh. Lemru is one of two elephant sanctuaries planned to prevent human-animal conflicts in the area. Elephants moved from Odisha and Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh. The proposed area under the reserve is part of the Hasdeo Aranya Forest, which is a very diverse biological area and also rich in coal.

    HC Rejected Notification of National Green Tribunal

    76 days ago
    The Madras High Court rejected a 2017 Central notification that designated the North Zone bench of the National Green Tribunal in Delhi as a principal bench. Highlights: ♦ It went on to say that if a procedure of transferring cases to Delhi is implemented, it will amount to denying access to justice. ♦ It was observed that the NGT's ....

    Kanchenjunga Biosphere - Botanical Survey of India

    76 days ago
    According to a recent publication by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI), Sikkim, India's smallest state with less than 1% of the country's landmass, is home to 27% of all flowering plants. Sikkim is a part of the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. About Kanchenjunga Biosphere: ♦ The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim is one ....

    Avicennia marina in News

    78 days ago
    Avicennia marina is a prominent mangrove species that can be found in all mangrove formations in India. Highlights: ♦ It is a salt-secreting and extremely salt-tolerant mangrove species that grows best in 75 percent seawater and can withstand up to 250 percent seawater. ♦ It is a rare plant species that can excrete 40% of its salt through ....

    Black Panther Spotted in Navegaon - Nagzira Tiger Reserve

    78 days ago
    A rare Melanistic Leopard (also known as a Black Panther) has been discovered in Maharashtra's Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR). About Melanistic Leopard/Black Panther: ♦ Leopards (Panthera Pardus) have either light coloured (pale yellow to deep gold or tawny) rosettes or black fur. ♦ Black panthers are melanistic leopards ....

    Tiger Corridor Connecting Three Tiger Reserves

    82 days ago
    Rajasthan government has deliberate to improve a tiger corridor connecting Ranthambore tiger reserve, Ramgarh Vishdhari tiger reserve and Mukundra tiger reserve. Highlights: ♦ The Centre authorities gave their nod for the advent of the Ramgarh Vishdhari sanctuary. ♦ This sanctuary will link Ranthambore Tiger Reserve on the Northeast ....

    New Underground Spider From Assam - Gravelyia boro

    82 days ago
    Two species of spiders have been discovered in the Jharbari range of western Assam’s Chirang Reserve Forest. Both the species have been sharing the same space. Highlights: ♦ Gravelyia boro is a newly determined burrow spider. ♦ Dexippus kleini is an oriental jumping spider. It has been recorded for the first time after it was ....

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