Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

A new species of jumping spider has been discovered in Aarey Colony, Mumbai. It has been named Jerzego sunillimaye, in the honour Sunil Limaye, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Wildlife East, Maharashtra forest department. The species was first spotted in 2016. Jumping spiders are a group of spiders that constitute the family Salticidae. It… Continue reading Spider research yet to pick up pace in India, say experts

Erode’s unique turmeric gets a GI tag

Geographical Indication Registry of India has accorded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Erode turmeric.It is  grown mainly in Erode district of Tamil Nadu. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herbaceous plant of the ginger family.The plant’s underground stems or rhizomes have been used as a spice,dye,medicine and religious maker since antiquity. The spice’s colour comes… Continue reading Erode’s unique turmeric gets a GI tag

Ocean heat hits record high: UN

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in its latest State of the Climate overview has said that ocean heat has hit a record high in 2018. According to the report,the last four years have been the hottest on record. The year 2018 saw new records for ocean heat content in the upper 700 metres. The report… Continue reading Ocean heat hits record high: UN

Earth day award for Nagaland forest guard

Alemba Yimchunger, a Forest Guard at Fakim Wildlife Sanctuary, Kipheri district of Nagaland, has been awarded the ‘Earth Day Network Star’ He has been awarded for his services rendered to the conservation and protection of biodiversity. The awarded has been given by Earth Day Network. It is a US based international environmental NGO and has… Continue reading Earth day award for Nagaland forest guard

NGT asks Chandigarh to formulate action plan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Union Territory of Chandigarh to develop a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in order to control air pollution. Air pollution has become a major concern in Chandigarh due to excessive number of vehicles on the roads resulting in high emission level. The Delhi-NCR has a Graded Response… Continue reading NGT asks Chandigarh to formulate action plan

Israel unveils world’s longest salt cave

A research team from Israel has claimed that Malham Cave in the Negev Desert, Israel is the longest salt cave in the world. The cave is 10 kilometres long. The Malham Cave extends through Mount Sodom, Israel’s largest mountain to the southwest corner of the adjacent Dead Sea. The cave’s main opening is located close… Continue reading Israel unveils world’s longest salt cave

Kerala records 46% rainfall deficit in March

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that overall rainfall deficiency in Kerala in March stands at 46%. Further, 8 districts in Kerala has been reeling under large rainfall deficiency. Kasaragod district has received no rainfall in March, while Paathanmthitta district recorded normal rainfall. Kollam is the only district to record 28% excess rainfall during the… Continue reading Kerala records 46% rainfall deficit in March

Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad

Stubble burning i.e. agricultural residue burning has emerged as a major problem in Kuttanad, which is popularly known as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”. Stubble burning is the practice of intentionally setting fire to residues which remains after the harvest of a crop. It is usually done to clear the field quickly for the next… Continue reading Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad

India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5%

A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has revealed that India’s carbon dioxide emissions increased by 4.8% in 2018 from last year. The growth in emissions was higher than that of the United States and China. The rise in emissions has been attributed to increased coal consumption. Globally, carbon dioxide emissions rose 1.7% in… Continue reading India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5%

India ranks 76th on WEF’s global Energy Transition index; Sweden on top

India has been ranked 76th out of 115 countries on 2019 Global Energy Transition Index(GETI).The index is released by the World Economic Forum (WEF).It ranks 115 countries on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability. India has moved up two places from 78th last year.India is… Continue reading India ranks 76th on WEF’s global Energy Transition index; Sweden on top

Minimum area, maximum plants

Mango Meadows, a man-made forest, features in the URF World Records and the Limca Book of Records for developing the maximum number of agriculture and horticulture species in a minimum area of 30 acres. It is also world’s first agriculture theme park. The park hosts nearly 4,800 plant varieties. Mango Meadows is located in Ayamkudi… Continue reading Minimum area, maximum plants

Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery awaits Olive Ridleys

Olive Ridley turtles have not yet arrived for mass nesting at Rushikulya rookery and Devi river mouth in Odisha. A rookery is a communal nesting ground of animals. The Olive Ridley turtles are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles in the world. They inhabit in the warm waters of the Pacific, Atlantic… Continue reading Odisha’s Rushikulya rookery awaits Olive Ridleys

Rising sea levels to affect water table along Chennai’s shoreline

According to a recent study, coastal areas in Chennai is under threat of sever salt water intrusion due to anticipated sea level rise as a consequence of climate change. A report by the Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) has stated that there is a 2 mm rise in sea level annually. Saltwater intrusion… Continue reading Rising sea levels to affect water table along Chennai’s shoreline

Sunstroke claims three lives in Kerala

Sunstroke, also known as heatstroke, has killed 3 people in Kerala. Early in March, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had forecast heat wave conditions in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema region in Andhra Pradesh. A heat wave is a period of abnormally high temperatures-more than the normal maximum temperature that occurs during… Continue reading Sunstroke claims three lives in Kerala

Protected areas matter to bumphead parrotfish

According to a recent study,Coral cover protection along the existing protected marine areas in Andaman and Nicobar islands is necessary for the conservation of the Bumphead parrotfish,a species of fish.The findings suggested the necessity to ban night fishing for the species and to implement regulations regarding reef fishing. Bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) is an important… Continue reading Protected areas matter to bumphead parrotfish

India’s first forest-certification scheme gets global recognition

The council of Programme for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC),a Geneva-based non-profit organisation has decided to endorse the Certification Standard for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) developed by Network for Certification and Conservation of Forests (NCCF). The NCCF was set up in 2015 by representatives of forest-based industries,non-profits,forest auditors and government forest departments with an aim… Continue reading India’s first forest-certification scheme gets global recognition

Elephant protection campaign gets a ‘Gatimaan’ push

India’s semi-high-speed train Gatimaan Express will now be actively promoting elephant protection in partnership with Wildlife SOS. Seats on the train now carry the message “Joy rides on elephants is elephant abuse”. In 2018,the Animal Welfare Board of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, had published a report about the dire conditions of… Continue reading Elephant protection campaign gets a ‘Gatimaan’ push

Coming,a law to empower forest staff

The Union Government has proposed the draft law called as Indian Forest Act,2019.The act is seen as an amendment to the Indian Forest Act,1927.The draft law proposes to restore higher management powers and a degree of veto power with the forest bureaucracy. The act says that (a)forest-officer not below the rank of a Ranger shall… Continue reading Coming,a law to empower forest staff

Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

According to a team of researchers,stubble burning problem can be addressed by only educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble.This can be done with the help of farmer cooperative groups who can play a more active role in educating farmers. Government efforts such as earmarking funds for specialised farming equipment (for straw management)… Continue reading Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

Cyclone Idai: India reaches out to Mozambique

The Indian Navy has had launched a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation near Port Beira in Mozambique. Mozambique has been hit by widespread flooding and devastation after a tropical cyclone named Idai had made landfall near the port city of Beira. Mozambique is located in Southeast Africa. It is bordered by the Indian… Continue reading Cyclone Idai: India reaches out to Mozambique

58 dead as flash floods hit Indonesia’s Papua

A number of people have died in Indonesia’s eastern Papua province due to flash flood. The flash flood was triggered by torrential rain. In Indonesia, floods are common during the rainy season which extends from October to April. Flood is a rising and overflowing of a body of water especially onto normally dry land. Flash… Continue reading 58 dead as flash floods hit Indonesia’s Papua

Pollution: 6 States told to submit action plan

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Assam, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Nagaland governments to submit their action plans to tackle air pollution. NGT has further warned that if action plans are not executed within the specified timeline, the defaulting states will be liable to pay environmental compensation The direction came after the Central… Continue reading Pollution: 6 States told to submit action plan

Forest fire at Attappady peak dies down

A major forest fire that had broken out at two locations of Malleswara peak of Attappady Reserve Forest, Palakkad district, Kerala has subsided. The State government had sought the help of the Air Force to put out the fire at Attappadi, Agali and Bhavani forest ranges. Malleswara peak is the highest peak in the Attappadi… Continue reading Forest fire at Attappady peak dies down

International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to begin tomorrow

The 2nd International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) will be inaugurated on 19th March 2019 in India. The workshop is organised by National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in collaboration with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World… Continue reading International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure to begin tomorrow

New hydro policy to help meet renewables target

Union Cabinet had approved a new hydroelectric policy aimed at boosting the sector.According to the new policy,large hydro projects will also be designated as renewable energy projects. Earlier,only smaller projects of less than 25 MW in capacity were categorised as renewable energy projects and were eligible for various incentives like financial assistance and cheaper credit.… Continue reading New hydro policy to help meet renewables target

Critically Endangered Porpoise Found Dead Off Coast of Mexico

Conservationists has found an animal carcass in the Coast of Mexico.They believe that it is of vaquita porpoise,a marine animal.They are classified as critically endangered by the IUCN,with possibly less than 10 alive. The vaquita Porpoise is the world’s smallest cetacean.It is also Known as the “panda of the sea” for the distinctive black circles… Continue reading Critically Endangered Porpoise Found Dead Off Coast of Mexico

U.N. meet dilutes Indian plan to phase out single-use plastic

During the fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly,India’s efforts at passing a resolution for a global phase-out of single use plastics by 2025 failed due to strong opposition from the United States. The resolution put forward by India was “Phasing-out Single-use Plastic Products”.But the compromised resolution which has been passed is titled “Addressing Single-use… Continue reading U.N. meet dilutes Indian plan to phase out single-use plastic

Ganga pollution rise claim unscientific

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has rejected the claims of Sankat Mochan Foundation, a Varanasi based registered society committed to clean River Ganga. The society had reported substantial increase in level of pollutants in Ganga. NMCG is the implementation wing of the National Ganga Council.  It was registered as a under the Societies… Continue reading Ganga pollution rise claim unscientific

NGT directs Haryana Chief Secy. to review policy, submit report

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Haryana chief secretary to look into the state’s inspection policy of industries. The Chief Secretary has been asked to submit the report within a month. The direction comes in the backdrop of a plea which has alleged that industries were operating without requisite consent from pollution control board… Continue reading NGT directs Haryana Chief Secy. to review policy, submit report

Himachal avalanche: search ends with recovery of two more bodies

The search and rescue operation for soldiers trapped by as snow avalanche in Kinnaur district Himachal Pradesh has been called off. Soldiers of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles were buried under the avalanche at Shipki La near the Sino-India border on February 20. Shipki La is a mountain pass and border post on the India-China border.… Continue reading Himachal avalanche: search ends with recovery of two more bodies

Fire breaks out in Bandipur again

Recently, a fresh outbreak of fire has been reported from Kundkere range of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. In February, Bandipur Tiger Reserve had witnessed a major fire which spread to the adjoining Wayanad wildlife sanctuary. The Bandipur National park is located in Karnataka. It was established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger. Wayanad… Continue reading Fire breaks out in Bandipur again

Despite objections, Bannerghatta National Park’s Eco-Sensitive Zone curtailed

The 33rd ESZ Expert Committee meeting of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF) has recommended to finalize the draft notification which declared an Eco-sensitive Zone (ESZ) area of 168.84 sq.km around Bannerghatta National Park. Environment activists have strongly opposed the draft notification. In 2016, the government had brought out a draft notification which called… Continue reading Despite objections, Bannerghatta National Park’s Eco-Sensitive Zone curtailed

Fresh yellow warning for Himachal

India Meteorological Department has issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning for snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh. India Meteorological department is an agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It is the apex agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology. The IMD issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous… Continue reading Fresh yellow warning for Himachal

Environment damage behind a quarter of premature deaths, diseases: UN report

The 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO) has been released at the 4th session of UN Environment Assembly. The 4th session is being held at Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March, 2019. The theme for the session is “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The United Nations Environment Assembly was created in 2012… Continue reading Environment damage behind a quarter of premature deaths, diseases: UN report

India could save trillions in healthcare costs if Paris climate goals are met: Global Environmental Outlook

The 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO) has estimated that India could save at least $3 trillion in healthcare costs if it implemented policy initiatives coherent to the Paris Agreement. The 6th GEO has been released at 4th session of UN Environment Assembly, being held in Nairobi, Kenya. The Paris agreement (2015) is an international agreement… Continue reading India could save trillions in healthcare costs if Paris climate goals are met: Global Environmental Outlook

SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

The Supreme Court has refused to allow miners to transport extracted coal lying at various sites in Meghalaya.There have been allegations that mine owners are misusing the relaxation on transportation of extracted coal to flout the ban on rat-hole mining. Earlier,The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned rat-hole mining in 2014,and retained the ban in… Continue reading SC rejects Meghalaya miners’ plea on coal transportation

We cannot kill jobs in firecracker industry, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said that it cannot ban firecrackers as it would deprive the livelihood of lakhs of families dependent on manufacturing firecrackers by creating unemployment. The court asked the authorities to conduct a comparative study to identify the proportionate levels of pollution caused by vehicles and firecrackers before any decision is taken. The court… Continue reading We cannot kill jobs in firecracker industry, says Supreme Court

India’s newest frog evolved 60 million years ago

A new species of frog has been discovered in the Western Ghat range in Wayanad, Kerala. The frog was first spotted in 2010 in Kurichiyarmala, Wayanad. The frog has been named as Astrobatrachus kurichiyana (Kurichiyana after Kurichiya tribe- a matrilineal tribe of Kerala distributed mainly in Wayanad and Kannur districts). The frog has been given… Continue reading India’s newest frog evolved 60 million years ago

India’s biodiversity-rich zones also ‘hotspots’ of human impacts

A study titled “Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates”, published in the journal PLOS Biology,  has reported human impacts on species occur across 84% of the earth’s surface. The study has mapped distribution of human activities in areas occupied by known 5,457 terrestrial birds, mammals, and amphibians.  The human activities taken into account… Continue reading India’s biodiversity-rich zones also ‘hotspots’ of human impacts

Wood snake, last seen in 1878, rediscovered by scientists

A survey conducted in the Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary has rediscovered Xylophis indicus,   species of wood snake. It is endemic to the Meghamalai forests and the Periyar Tiger Reserve landscape. The species of the wood snake was last spotted and documented in 1878 by Colonel Richard Henry Beddome, a British military officer and naturalist. The Meghamalai… Continue reading Wood snake, last seen in 1878, rediscovered by scientists

Green panel orders inspection Yamuna floodplain in Agra

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Director of Namami Gange and the Director General of National Institute of Hydrology to inspect and submit a report on the Yamuna floodplain in Agra. The inspection is to be done to ascertain the demarcation of river floodplain in Agra and the construction on it. At previous… Continue reading Green panel orders inspection Yamuna floodplain in Agra

Plastic in crosshairs at environment forum

During the 4th session of The UN Environment Assembly has advocated for international commitments from member states to significantly reduce plastic production. The 4th session is being held at Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March, 2019. The theme for the session is “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The United Nations Environment… Continue reading Plastic in crosshairs at environment forum

NGT issues notices on plea to halt road through Corbett

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has halted the construction of Kandi Road Project in Uttarakhand. The Kandi Road Project seeks to connect Ramnagar in Kumaon to Kotdwar in Garhwal. The construction of the road has been stopped as it passes through the core area of The Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve. The NGT order comes in the… Continue reading NGT issues notices on plea to halt road through Corbett

National Energy Efficiency Strategy Plan 2031 – UNNATEE (Unlocking NATional Energy Efficiency potential)

Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has developed a national strategy document “UNNATEE” for accelerating energy efficiency in India. This exercise is first of its kind initiative clearly delineating the energy efficiency targets for the respective demand sectors up to the state levels. The document describes a framework and implementation strategy to establish a clear linkage… Continue reading National Energy Efficiency Strategy Plan 2031 – UNNATEE (Unlocking NATional Energy Efficiency potential)

Cabinet approves “FMBAP” for Flood Management Works in entire country

The Union Cabinet has approved the “Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)” for Flood Management Works in entire country. The Scheme “FMBAP” has been framed by merging the components of two continuing schemes which are “Flood Management Programme (FMP) and River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas (RMBA). The aim of the… Continue reading Cabinet approves “FMBAP” for Flood Management Works in entire country

You will be in trouble if anything is done to Aravalli, SC warns Haryana govt

The Supreme Court has warned the Haryana government that it will be in “trouble” if it has done “anything” with Aravalli hills or forest area. This comes in the backdrop of Haryana government seeking to amend the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900. The PLPA was enacted by the then Punjab government in 1900. It… Continue reading You will be in trouble if anything is done to Aravalli, SC warns Haryana govt

‘Do forest surveys separately’

A high-power committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has recommended that forest surveys should explicitly demarcate trees grown in forests from those grown in plantations and private lands. Currently, both within forests and outside forests are counted together to estimate the portion of India’s geographical area covered by forest.… Continue reading ‘Do forest surveys separately’

Environment Ministry plugs loophole that allowed plastic waste import

The government has amended the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management and Trans-boundary Movement) Rules, 2016. The rules deals with environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes. Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management& Trans-boundary Movement) Amendment Rules, 2019 has prohibited import of solid plastic waste to India including in Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and by Export… Continue reading Environment Ministry plugs loophole that allowed plastic waste import

Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study

According to a recent study titled “Risk of acute respiratory infection from crop burning in India: estimating disease burden and economic welfare from satellite and national health survey data for 250,000 persons” by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), crop residue burning increases the risk of respiratory illnesses threefold for those who experience it.… Continue reading Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study