Kelp forests losing unique traits due to climate change, says study

Source: The post is based on the article “Kelp forests losing unique traits due to climate change, says study” published in Down To Earth on 30th January 2023. What is the News? A recent study has revealed that Kelp forests are declining because of climate change. What are Kelp Forests? Kelp forests are large brown… Continue reading Kelp forests losing unique traits due to climate change, says study

Etalin Hydroelectric Project: Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked

Source: The post is based on the article “Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked” published in Down To Earth on 19th January 2023. What is the News? The proposed Etalin hydroelectric project in Arunachal Pradesh has been scrapped in its present form. What is the Etalin Hydroelectric Project? Etalin Hydroelectric Project… Continue reading Etalin Hydroelectric Project: Temporary relief as plan for Etalin hydel in Arunachal junked

Global Risk Report: Natural disasters, extreme weather second-most severe global risk in short term, says WEF report

Source: The post is based on the article “Natural disasters, extreme weather, second-most severe global risk in short term, says WEF report” published in Down To Earth on 16th January 2023. What is the News? The World Economic Forum(WEF) has released the 18th Edition of Global Risks Report 2023. What is ‘Global risk’? ‘Global risk’… Continue reading Global Risk Report: Natural disasters, extreme weather second-most severe global risk in short term, says WEF report

Roman secret to durable architecture? Self-healing concrete

Source: The post is based on the article “Roman secret to durable architecture? Self-healing concrete” published in Down To Earth on 13th January 2023. What is the News? New research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and laboratories in Italy and Switzerland have discovered the secret behind Roman construction abilities. What was the… Continue reading Roman secret to durable architecture? Self-healing concrete

New reactor powered by sun can convert plastic, CO2 into fuel

Source: The post is based on the article “New reactor powered by sun can convert plastic, CO2 into fuel” published in Down To Earth on 12th January 2023. What is the News? Researchers from the University of Cambridge (UK) have developed a system that can transform plastic waste(PET) and greenhouse gases into sustainable fuels and… Continue reading New reactor powered by sun can convert plastic, CO2 into fuel

Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study

Source: The post is based on the article “Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study” published in Down To Earth on 7th January 2023 What is the News? According to a study titled “Global glacier change in the 21st century: Every increase in temperature matters”, half of… Continue reading Half of glaciers will disappear by 2100 even if world sticks to 1.5°C goal: Study

Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes

Source: The post is based on the article “Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes” published in Down To Earth on 23rd December 2022 What is the News? The Union minister for science and technology has informed Lok Sabha that around 59% of the landmass of India (covering all states) is prone to earthquakes of… Continue reading Around 60% of India prone to earthquakes

Bullock Heart Tree: ICRISAT intern awarded for developing bio-insecticide from ‘ramphal’ leaves

Source: The post is based on the article “ICRISAT intern awarded for developing bio-insecticide from ‘ramphal’ leaves” published in Down To Earth on 20th December 2022 What is the News? A Research intern at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has won the prize for developing a cost-effective bio-insecticide from the… Continue reading Bullock Heart Tree: ICRISAT intern awarded for developing bio-insecticide from ‘ramphal’ leaves

Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d: Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away

Source: The post is based on the article “Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away” published in Down To Earth on 18th December 2022 What is the News? A team of researchers has announced that two previously discovered exoplanets Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d are Water Worlds which means they are primarily made of water.… Continue reading Kepler-138c and Kepler-138d: Scientists detect two water worlds 218 light years away

Centre draws flak from Parliamentary panel over state of onion silos

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre draws flak from Parliamentary panel over state of onion silos” published in Down To Earth on 16th December 2022 What is the News? Parliamentary Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution has submitted a report on the state of Onions supply in India. Why… Continue reading Centre draws flak from Parliamentary panel over state of onion silos

GLAAS Report: Extreme weather events continue to hamper access to potable water, sanitation; urgent action needed: WHO

Source: The post is based on the article “Extreme weather events continue to hamper access to potable water, sanitation; urgent action needed: WHO” published in Down To Earth on 14th December 2022 What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) and UN-Water have released the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water(GLAAS) report. What… Continue reading GLAAS Report: Extreme weather events continue to hamper access to potable water, sanitation; urgent action needed: WHO

Forabot: Fossil-sorting robot to make it easier to study oceans, climate

Source: The post is based on the article “Fossil-sorting robot to make it easier to study oceans, climate” published in Down To Earth on 15th December 2022 What is the News? Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed and demonstrated a robot called Forabot that is capable of sorting, manipulating and identifying microscopic marine… Continue reading Forabot: Fossil-sorting robot to make it easier to study oceans, climate

World Malaria Report 2022: Malaria cases, deaths begin stabilizing after COVID disruption: WHO

Source: The post is based on the article “Malaria cases, deaths begin stabilizing after COVID disruption: WHO” published in Down To Earth on 13th December 2022 What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has released the World Malaria Report 2022. What are the key highlights from the report? Deaths due to Malaria: Despite disruptions… Continue reading World Malaria Report 2022: Malaria cases, deaths begin stabilizing after COVID disruption: WHO

Health to harm: Researchers call for action against pharma pollution

Source: The post is based on the article “Health to harm: Researchers call for action against pharma pollution” published in Down To Earth on 12th December 2022 What is the News? According to the Lancet report,  Pharmaceutical Pollution is an overlooked but urgent issue that needs coordinated action from across the pharmaceutical, healthcare and environmental… Continue reading Health to harm: Researchers call for action against pharma pollution

Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice

Source: The post is based on the article “Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice” published in Down To Earth on 8th December 2022 What is the News? According to a study, the surface and bottom of the Arctic sea ice often do not melt and freeze simultaneously. About Arctic Sea Ice… Continue reading Changing Arctic: New insight on freeze-melt cycle of sea ice

Over 100 experts oppose ‘Nature Positive Fund’ in open letter to UNx before COP15

Source: The post is based on the article “Over 100 experts oppose ‘Nature Positive Fund’ in open letter to UNx before COP15” published in Down To Earth on 9th December 2022 What is the News? Over 100 experts want the United Nations, World Economic Forum, European Commission and WWF to reject the ‘Nature Positive Fund’… Continue reading Over 100 experts oppose ‘Nature Positive Fund’ in open letter to UNx before COP15

Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities: Health inequities to be blamed for premature deaths among people with disabilities: WHO

Source: The post is based on the article “Health inequities to be blamed for premature deaths among people with disabilities: WHO” published in Down To Earth on 5th December 2022 What is the News? The World Health Organization(WHO) has released a report titled- “Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities”. What are the… Continue reading Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities: Health inequities to be blamed for premature deaths among people with disabilities: WHO

State of Finance for Nature report: Double financing for natural ecosystems by 2025 to deal with climate, biodiversity crises: UN report

Source: The post is based on the article “Double financing for natural ecosystems by 2025 to deal with climate, biodiversity crisis: UN report” published in Down To Earth on 4th December 2022 What is the News?  The second edition of the State of Finance for Nature report has been released. What is the State of… Continue reading State of Finance for Nature report: Double financing for natural ecosystems by 2025 to deal with climate, biodiversity crises: UN report

Here is why the world needs regenerative agriculture

Source: The post is based on the article “Here is why the world needs regenerative agriculture” published in Down To Earth on 4th December 2022. What is the News? The importance of Regenerative Agriculture was emphasized in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on “Climate Change and Land.” The report listed Regenerative Agriculture… Continue reading Here is why the world needs regenerative agriculture

Adivasis at bottom rung of India’s development pyramid, finds Tribal Development Report 2022

Source: The post is based on the article “Adivasis at bottom rung of India’s development pyramid, finds Tribal Development Report 2022” published in Down To Earth on 2nd December 2022 What is the News? Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation(BRLF) has released the Tribal Development Report 2022. It is claimed to be the first of its kind… Continue reading Adivasis at bottom rung of India’s development pyramid, finds Tribal Development Report 2022

CITES COP19: Rare Jeypore Ground Gecko listed in Appendix 2 to stall its trafficking

Source: The post is based on the article “CITES COP19: Rare Jeypore Ground Gecko listed in Appendix 2 to stall its trafficking” published in Down To Earth on 28th November 2022. What is the News? Jeypore Ground Gecko has been included in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Note:… Continue reading CITES COP19: Rare Jeypore Ground Gecko listed in Appendix 2 to stall its trafficking

Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

Source: The post is based on the article “Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?” published in Down To Earth on 28th November 2022. What is the News? Meteorologists were mesmerized by Typhoon Hinnamnor as it provided a textbook example of a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect. What is the Fujiwhara Effect? The Fujiwhara… Continue reading Perfect storm: What is the Fujiwhara Effect?

Ambition on Melting Ice(AMI) Group: COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise

Source: The post is based on the article “COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise” published in Down To Earth on 26th November. What is the News? At COP 27, a broad coalition of 18 governments — led by the two polar and mountain nations of… Continue reading Ambition on Melting Ice(AMI) Group: COP27: 18 countries join group on cryosphere loss, see it as major contributor to sea-level rise

CITES COP19 lists sea cucumbers as ‘threatened’

Source: The post is based on the article “CITES COP19 lists sea cucumbers as ‘threatened’” published in Down To Earth on 23rd November. What is the News? The 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has accepted a proposal to include sea cucumbers in Appendix II of… Continue reading CITES COP19 lists sea cucumbers as ‘threatened’

Effective enforcement of laws, traceability needed for trade in European eels: COP19 draft decision

Source: The post is based on the article “Effective enforcement of laws, traceability needed for trade in European eels: COP19 draft decision” published in Down To Earth on 23rd November. What is the News? The draft decision of the 19th Conference of Parties(COP19) to the CITES has asked for strengthening coordination between countries exporting and… Continue reading Effective enforcement of laws, traceability needed for trade in European eels: COP19 draft decision

Global Shield Against Climate Risks: COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding

Source: The post is based on the article “COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding” published in Down To Earth on 17th November 2022. What is the News? The Global Shield Against Climate Risks has been launched at COP27 in Egypt. What is Global Shield Against Climate Risks? Launched… Continue reading Global Shield Against Climate Risks: COP27: Climate vulnerable countries, G7 launch plan for quick loss and damage funding

India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report

Source: The post is based on the article “India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report” published in DTE on 1st November 2022.  What is the News?  According to a report by the Delhi-based non-profit organization Centre for Science(CSE), India saw natural disasters almost every day in the first 9 months of… Continue reading India saw natural disasters almost every day in first 9 months of 2022: CSE report

Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible

Source: The post is based on the article “Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible” published in DTE on 4th November 2022.  What is the News?  A research has found that the changes in cloud cover and liquid precipitation due to increased greenhouse gas emissions are projected to lead to a net increase in mean global annual rainbow… Continue reading Somewhere over the rainbow climate impact is visible

How Delhi’s resettlement colonies have set a new standard for peripheralisation

Source: The post is based on the article “How Delhi’s resettlement colonies have set a new standard for peripheralisation” published in Down To Earth on 3rd November 2022. What is the News? According to a report by the Centre for Policy Research, recent resettlements of Delhi have set a new standard of peripheralisation in its… Continue reading How Delhi’s resettlement colonies have set a new standard for peripheralisation

Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever — and 2022 was their worst summer yet

Source: The post is based on the article “Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever — and 2022 was their worst summer yet” published in Down To Earth on 26th October 2022 What is the News? In 2022, glaciers in the Swiss Alps melted more than any other year on record.  About the… Continue reading Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever — and 2022 was their worst summer yet

Organic fertiliser: A must for the next green revolution

Source– The post is based on the article “Organic fertiliser: A must for the next green revolution” published in the Down to Earth on 19th October 2022. Syllabus: GS3- Agriculture and Environment News- The article explains the current status of the organic fertiliser industry in India and its future potential. What is the meaning of… Continue reading Organic fertiliser: A must for the next green revolution

Heavy metal out there: Researchers detect barium in atmospheres of 2 exoplanets

Source: The post is based on the article “Heavy metal out there: Researchers detect barium in atmospheres of 2 exoplanets” published in Down To Earth on 16th October 2022. What is the News? Scientists have detected barium in the upper atmosphere of two giant exoplanets for the first time. Which are those two exoplanets where… Continue reading Heavy metal out there: Researchers detect barium in atmospheres of 2 exoplanets

Ocean currents protect Galápagos Islands from global warming; but are they safe forever?

Source: The post is based on the article “Ocean currents protect Galápagos Islands from global warming; but are they safe forever?” published in Down To Earth on 17th October 2022. What is the News? According to a study, Cold ocean currents have sheltered the Galápagos Islands from global warming. About Galapagos Island The Galapagos Islands… Continue reading Ocean currents protect Galápagos Islands from global warming; but are they safe forever?

Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Forestry Report: Sustainable forestry paramount for biodiversity conservation: FAO

Source: The post is based on the article “Sustainable forestry paramount for biodiversity conservation: FAO” published in the Down To Earth on 7th October 2022. What is the News? The Food and Agriculture Organization has recently released a report titled “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Forestry Report.” What is Mainstreaming Biodiversity? Mainstreaming Biodiversity is the process of embedding… Continue reading Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Forestry Report: Sustainable forestry paramount for biodiversity conservation: FAO

Vultures mostly forage outside protected areas; conservation efforts should be focused there, urges study

Source: The post is based on the article “Vultures mostly forage outside protected areas; conservation efforts should be focused there, urges study” published in the Down To Earth on 8th October 2022. What is the News? A recent study on Vulture conservation has found that vultures mostly forage outside Protected Areas (PAs). So, to control the decline… Continue reading Vultures mostly forage outside protected areas; conservation efforts should be focused there, urges study

Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet — how close are they?

Source: The post is based on the article “Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet — how close are they?” published in the Down To Earth on 8th October 2022. What is the News? Continued greenhouse gas emissions risk triggering climate tipping points. According to a major study, the climate crisis has… Continue reading Climate tipping points could lock in unstoppable changes to the planet — how close are they?

Achieving green steel: How India can bridge the gaps to decarbonise the sector

Source: The post is based on the article “Achieving green steel: How India can bridge the gaps to decarbonise the sector” published in the Down To Earth on 30th September 2022. Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc. Relevance: About Green Steel News: At present, the iron and steel sectors are highly… Continue reading Achieving green steel: How India can bridge the gaps to decarbonise the sector

Carbon dots: A futuristic solution for sustainably managing aquatic environment?

Source: The post is based on the article “Carbon dots: A futuristic solution for sustainably managing aquatic environment?” published in DTE on 3rd October 2022. What is the News? According to scientists, modern technology like nanomaterials or carbon dots (CD) might be the solution to environmental issues like water pollution. About carbon dots (CD) CDs are… Continue reading Carbon dots: A futuristic solution for sustainably managing aquatic environment?

Major floods on Mars? China’s rover finds evidence

Source: The post is based on the article “Major floods on Mars? China’s rover finds evidence” published in Down To Earth on 28th September 2022 What is the News? China’s Zhurong rover that landed on Mars in 2021 has found evidence of major floods that took place billions of years ago. What is Zhurong Rover?… Continue reading Major floods on Mars? China’s rover finds evidence

Dibang hydel project: Arunachal says no land for national park, NGT drops its own case

Source: The post is based on the article “Dibang hydel project: Arunachal says no land for national park, NGT drops its own case” published in Down To Earth on 28th September 2022. What is the News? National Green Tribunal (NGT) has dismissed the case it took up suo motu on the grant of forest clearance… Continue reading Dibang hydel project: Arunachal says no land for national park, NGT drops its own case

Ancient plant silphion known for curing many diseases probably still around: Expert

Source: The post is based on the article “Ancient plant silphion known for curing many diseases probably still around: Expert” published in Down To Earth on 29th September 2022. What is the News? According to a recent study, a Mediterranean medicinal plant named Silphion which mysteriously vanished 2,000 years ago may still be around.  What is… Continue reading Ancient plant silphion known for curing many diseases probably still around: Expert

White fly attack, untimely rains and drought; Rajasthan farmers stare at losses

Source: The post is based on the article “White fly attack, untimely rains and drought; Rajasthan farmers stare at losses” published in Down To Earth on 26th September 2022 What is the News? The number of white fly attack on cotton has been increasing in states like Punjab and Rajasthan. What is White Fly? Whitefly… Continue reading White fly attack, untimely rains and drought; Rajasthan farmers stare at losses

Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers

Source: The post is based on the article “Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers” published in Down To Earth on 28th September 2022 What is the News? The district administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu along with Bengaluru-based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and… Continue reading Thamirabarani: Govt, ATREE adopt ‘hyper local’ approach to restore one of south Asia’s oldest rivers

Weather modifications by China need more discussions on its ethics

Source– The post is based on the article “Weather modifications by China need more discussions on its ethics” published in the Down to Earth magazine on 24th September 2022. Syllabus: GS3- Environment.GS1- Physical Geography Relevance– Weather modification by modern technology News– The article explains the scale of weather modification activities by China. It also discusses… Continue reading Weather modifications by China need more discussions on its ethics

Saturn’s mysterious rings & extreme tilt: Former moon may be responsible

Source: The post is based on the article “Saturn’s mysterious rings & extreme tilt: Former moon may be responsible” published in Down To Earth on 23rd September 2022 What is the News? According to a new study, a pre-existing moon named ‘Chrysalis’ likely left Saturn with its bright rings and extreme tilt. What are the… Continue reading Saturn’s mysterious rings & extreme tilt: Former moon may be responsible

The tomistoma does not usually attack humans but that is happening now; here is why

Source: The post is based on the article “The tomistoma does not usually attack humans but that is happening now; here is why” published in Down To Earth on 23rd September 2022 What is the News? Increasing human intrusion into the habitat of Tomistoma (a crocodile species) may be causing it to attack people in… Continue reading The tomistoma does not usually attack humans but that is happening now; here is why

Caracal: As the cheetah returns to India, researchers map out most suitable areas for its coursing counterpart

Source: The post is based on the article “Caracal: As the cheetah returns to India, researchers map out most suitable areas for its coursing counterpart” published in Down To Earth on 16th September 2022. What is the News? Caracal species is struggling to survive in India and is on the verge of extinction.A team of… Continue reading Caracal: As the cheetah returns to India, researchers map out most suitable areas for its coursing counterpart

Green Fins Hub: UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism

Source: The post is based on the article “UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism” published in Down To Earth on 16th September 2022. What is the News? The United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP), along with UK-based charity Reef-World Foundation has launched the Green Fins Hub. What is Green Fins Hub? The… Continue reading Green Fins Hub: UNEP launches new worldwide digital platform to encourage sustainable marine tourism

Shallow-water mining not a ‘silver bullet’ to resolve growing global need for metals: Study

Source: The post is based on the article “Shallow-water mining not a ‘silver bullet’ to resolve growing global need for metals: Study” published in Down To Earth on 15th September 2022. What is the News? A group of researchers has suggested that Shallow Water Mining is in direct conflict with Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability Goals… Continue reading Shallow-water mining not a ‘silver bullet’ to resolve growing global need for metals: Study

A ‘One Water’ approach is key to combat urban challenges, manage resources

Source: The post is based on the article “A ‘One Water’ approach is key to combat urban challenges, manage resources” published in Down To Earth on 14th September 2022. What is the News? The United Nations has estimated that by the year 2050, four billion people will be seriously affected by water shortages which might… Continue reading A ‘One Water’ approach is key to combat urban challenges, manage resources