Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem

Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem News: A study was conducted recently by the  Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) to reveal the moths as pollinators in the ecosystem. Important Facts: 2. Under the project titled “Assessment of Moths (Lepidoptera) As Significant Pollinators in the Himalayan Ecosystem of North Eastern India”, scientists collected moth… Continue reading Moths are key to pollination in Himalayan ecosystem

Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations

Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations News: United Nation’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved more than $1 billion in new investments to tackle climate change after a four-day meeting in Bahrain. Important Facts: About UN’s Green Climate Fund (GCF): The GCF was established at the Sixteenth Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention… Continue reading Climate fund allots $1bn for poor nations

China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries News: Baishui No. 1 Glacier in China has lost 60% of its mass and shrunk 250 m since 1982, according to a 2018 report in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Important Facts: As an impact of climate change, the glacier has lost 60 percent of its mass… Continue reading China’s melting glacier draws tourists amid climate worries

Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down

Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down News: Migratory birds arriving in Chilika lake this year winters have declined than their usual numbers. Important Facts: 2. About Chilika lake: Chilika Lake, Odisha is one of the largest wintering grounds in Asia, where close to one million birds congregate on the mudflats of the… Continue reading Migratory birds start arriving at Chilika, numbers are down

Our time begins now

Our time begins now News: The article discusses about India’s vulnerability to climate change and a road map to transit quickly to a near-zero carbon economy. Important Facts: 2. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), recently released a report in Seoul  highlighting the impacts that developing countries like India would face if global warming touches… Continue reading Our time begins now

Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals

Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals News: Scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore have come up with a new citizen-science repository on Indian mammals, called Mammals of India (MaOI). Important Facts: 2. About Mammals of India (MaO): It is an online, peer- reviewed, freely-accessible portal which aims to… Continue reading Aim, shoot for a citizen-science repository of Indian mammals

SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020

SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020 News: The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on sales of vehicles compliant with BS-IV emission norms in India starting 1st April 2020. Important Facts: Background: The BS-IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017. In 2016, the Centre had announced the country would… Continue reading SC bans sale of BS-IV vehicles from 2020

Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts

Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts News: According to experts from CARE (The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment), unsafe environment poses greater risk to health than climate change. Important Facts: Extent of the problem Globally, there are an estimated five million potentially- contaminated sites that threaten… Continue reading Environment pollution more hazardous than climate change, say experts

Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution

Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution News: A research paper highlighted the worsening water quality of Ganga river after the Ganga Sagar Mela celebrated on Sagar Islands (West Bengal) Important Facts: A paper titled ‘Pollution and its consequences at Ganga Sagar mass bathing in India’, was published recently in the journal Environment, Development and… Continue reading Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution