Kolkata unveils biodiversity register: First among major Indian metros

What is the News? Kolkata became the first major metropolitan city in India to prepare a detailed register of biodiversity (People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR)). Note: Chandigarh and Indore are other important cities that have prepared the document. What is the People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR)? The People’s Biodiversity Register (PBR) entails complete documentation of biodiversity such… Continue reading Kolkata unveils biodiversity register: First among major Indian metros

Scientists image mysterious rock zone 3,000 km beneath Earth’s surface

What is the News? Scientists have scanned a rock structure that is located 3,000 kilometres beneath Hawaii and is known to slow earthquake waves. What have the scientists found? Scientists have found a rock structure that is located 3,000 kilometres beneath Hawaii. This structure is known to slow earthquake waves. They found that the speed… Continue reading Scientists image mysterious rock zone 3,000 km beneath Earth’s surface

India has world’s highest number of children with severe acute malnutrition: UNICEF

What is the News? UNICEF has released a report titled “Severe wasting: An overlooked child survival emergency”. What is Severe Wasting? Wasting is defined as low weight-for-height. It is the most visible and lethal type of malnutrition. It affects over 45 million children under age 5.  Severe wasting is also known as severe acute malnutrition… Continue reading India has world’s highest number of children with severe acute malnutrition: UNICEF

State of the Global Climate in 2021 Report: En route to climate catastrophe? 4 major indicators broke records in 2021, says WMO

What is the News? The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released the State of the Global Climate in 2021 Report. What are the key findings of the report? Four Climate Indicators broke record: The world seems to be on a fast track toward climate catastrophe as four major climate indicators broke records in 2021. These… Continue reading State of the Global Climate in 2021 Report: En route to climate catastrophe? 4 major indicators broke records in 2021, says WMO

Need to triple investments for restoring degraded land by 2030: Seoul Declaration

What is the News? The Seoul Declaration was adopted at the XV World Forestry Congress. What is the World Forestry Congress? World Forestry Congress is a forum for the exchange of views and experiences on all aspects of forests and forestry. This may lead to the formulation of broad recommendations applicable at national, regional and… Continue reading Need to triple investments for restoring degraded land by 2030: Seoul Declaration

World may miss net zero by 2050, courtesy COVID-19: International Science Council

What is the News? The International Science Council has released a report titled “Unprecedented and Unfinished – COVID-19 and Implications for National and Global Policy”.  According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent the world from achieving net zero emissions by 2050. What is the International Science Council? Formed in: 2018 Purpose: It is… Continue reading World may miss net zero by 2050, courtesy COVID-19: International Science Council

India’s 52nd tiger reserve, Ramgarh Vishdhari notified

What is the News? Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary was notified as a tiger reserve after a nod by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEF&CC). Note: Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary will be ​​India’s 52nd tiger reserve and Rajasthan’s fourth after Ranthambore, Sariska and Mukundra. What is Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary? Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife… Continue reading India’s 52nd tiger reserve, Ramgarh Vishdhari notified

New powering system developed for IoT applications

Source: The post is based on the article “New powering system developed for IoT applications” published in Down To Earth on 13th May 2022. What is the News? A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Mandi has developed a new powering system for the Internet of Things(IoT) applications. How was this powering… Continue reading New powering system developed for IoT applications

Pantanal Wetland: Brazilian scientists warn that the Pantanal is at risk of collapse

What is the News? Pantanal Wetland (​​world’s largest wetland) is at the risk of collapse due to a series of decisions that aims to open up the wetland to more intensive uses that collectively threaten the long-term survival of the Wetland. What is Pantanal Wetland? Pantanal Wetland is a natural region encompassing the world’s largest… Continue reading Pantanal Wetland: Brazilian scientists warn that the Pantanal is at risk of collapse

Drought In Numbers, 2022: Desertification: ‘Droughts reduced India’s GDP by up to 5% in 20 years’

What is the News? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification(UNCCD) has released the Drought In Numbers, 2022 Report to mark Drought Day. What are the key findings of the report? Global findings Droughts represent 15% of natural disasters but took the largest human toll, approximately 650,000 deaths from 1970-2019. Since 2000, the number and… Continue reading Drought In Numbers, 2022: Desertification: ‘Droughts reduced India’s GDP by up to 5% in 20 years’