Steps Taken to Reduce Water Pollution

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) / Pollution Control Committees(PPCs) is monitoring the quality of water...

Beijing Creates New Environmental Police

Chinese capital city Beijing have created a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning in the city. The force would target open-air barbecues, garbage...

Apple Joins Renewable Energy Initiative RE100

Apple Inc. has joined a global renewable energy initiative RE100, a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100 per cent renewable electricity. Launched...

NCA Allows Raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam Height

Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has cleared the final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat by lowering of gates and impounding of water...

Plan to Boost Climate Resilience in Africa

Noting the significant impact climatic activities have on African people and countries, the World Bank Group announced today a new plan outlining actions required...

Effluent Treatment Norms Notified

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has notified the revised standards for Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) operating at various industrial clusters...

Steps Taken to Protect Tigers in India

The Government of India through the National Tiger Conservation Authority has taken a number of milestone initiatives to protect and conserve tiger and other...

Mass Extinction Events in World

An extinction event (also known as a mass extinction or biotic crisis) is a widespread and rapid decrease in the biodiversity on Earth. Such...

Typhoon Melor Strikes Philippines

Current Affairs: Authorities in Phillipines shut schools and suspended fishing and ferry services as a Category 3 typhoon strikes the nation with heavy rains...

Cyclone Roanu in Andhra Coast

Cyclonic Storm Roanu is an active tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal currently affecting the eastern coast of India. It is the first...

New Species of Songbird Found

Researchers have found two new endemic genera and a new species of songbird in Western Ghats of India. Researchers has designated two new genera, the...

Acid Zone in Chesapeake Bay Found

Scientists have identified a zone of water that is increasing in acidity in the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay is an estuary in the U.S....

2016 The Hottest Year Ever Recorded: WMO Report

The world has just witnessed the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, the United Nations weather agency World Meteorological...

Typhoon Megi Reaches China

Typhoon Megi has reached China's Quanzhou City with winds packing over 118 km per hour speed after causing havoc in Taiwan. Megi, the 17th typhoon...

High Temperatures Reduces Dakshin Gangotri

The Dakshin Gangotri Glacier is a small tongue of the polar continental ice sheet impinging on the Schirmacher Oasis of central Queen Maud Land,...

Narmada Seva Yatra in News

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the temple at Narmada Udgam Sthal - the origin of the River Narmada. Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Global Mercury Emissions Drop

Accroding to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing...

Mass Coral Bleaching at Great Barrier Reef

According to latest reports, mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef this year killed more corals than ever before. The 2,300-kilometre long reef —...

Caribbean Drought Atlas Created

Cornell atmospheric scientists have developed the first-of-its-kind, high-resolution Caribbean drought atlas, with data going back to 1950. Concurrently, the researchers confirmed the region’s 2013-16 drought...

Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

Current Affairs: Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new NASA study. Using more than...

India UK Project to Study Monsoon Starts

India and the UK have joined hands to start an observational campaign from June 8 till end-July to better understand small-scale processes that drive...

Volcano in Andaman and Nicobar Islands Got Active

Volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has beome active and started spewing ash. The only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar islands...

NGT Bans Plastic Bags in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national...

New Norms for Thermal Power Plants

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has notified the revised standards for coal-based Thermal Power Plants in the country, with the primary...

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit 15 Million Year High

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) urged world leaders to take note of the profound implications of record-high carbon dioxide readings...

Van Mahotsav Celebrations

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will lead a month-long drive to plant saplings to mark Van Mahotsav starting...

Algal bloom and Indian Coastal Zone

An algal bloom is a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae in freshwater or marine water systems, and is recognized by...

Project Green Port Started

The Ministry of Shipping has started ‘Project Green Ports’ which will help in making the Major Ports across India cleaner and greener. ‘Project Green Ports’...

Cyclone ‘Nada’ in Bay of Bengal

India Met Department (IMD) has declared the formation of cyclone ‘Nada’ over South-West and adjoining South-East Bay of Bengal. The cyclone will continue to move...

Greenhouse Gas Footprints of Reservoirs

Trees and plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere to grow. When organic matter such as fallen leaves and branches degrades, CO2 is released back...

Endangered Bustard Population Decreased

The population of Great Indian Bustard, a critically endangered species, is estimated to be less than 300 now and its numbers are declining. Reasons for...

Healing of Antarctic Ozone Layer

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the "first fingerprints of healing" of the Antarctic ozone layer. The team found that the September ozone hole...

‘Bombogenesis’ Hits California

One of California's strongest storms in years - dubbed as "bombogenesis" or "weather bomb" - has hit the state, killing at least four people...

UN ‘Global Land Outlook’ Report Released

Global Land Outlook (GLO) report by the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was launched in Ordos, China. This United Nations report warns...

FAO Alert on Impact of El Nino on Agriculture

Crop and livestock production prospects in southern Africa have been weakened by this year’s powerful El Nino, while the impact of El Nino on...

Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have evacuated some 1,100 people after a volcano erupted. Mount Barujari on Lombok island erupted shooting ash 2,000m (6,500 ft) into the air. The...

Science Express Climate Action Special Ninth Phase

The IX Phase of the prestigious Science Express exhibition train which is on a Nationwide tour since 17 February 2017 reached Madgaon in Goa...

Satellite Tracking of Vultures Started

In the first-ever release of endangered species of vultures eight vultures from the Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre in Panchkula, Haryana was released into the...

Ponds Emit Greenhouse Gases

According to latest study small ponds play a disproportionately large role in global greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters. Although ponds less than a quarter...

India’ Stand at Montreal Protocol Meet

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the negotiating position adopted by the Government of India at the recent Meeting of...

List of International Environmental Agreements

Following is the list agreements that are legally binding for countries that have formally ratified them. These bilateral or sometimes trilateral agreements are only...

Iran Closes Schools Due To Air Pollution

Air pollution has forced Iranian authorities to close kindergartens and all other schools in Tehran province for two days. Decision for the school closure for...

Plantation Drive Under Green Highways Started

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari launched the initial plantation drive on 1,500 km of National Highways at a...

Americas Adopts Disaster Risk Reduction Plan

Around 50 countries and territories of the Americas at a United Nations-supported conference in Montreal, Canada, agreed a Regional Action Plan to better protect their...

National Wildlife Action Plan 2017-2031

India has the largest participation of people living in the forests towards conservation efforts. National Wildlife Action Plan has been made landscape-based, rather than...

Ken Betwa River Linking Project in News

The Indian Rivers Inter-link is a proposed large-scale civil engineering project that aims to link Indian rivers by a network of reservoirs and canals...

Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

Hurricane Matthew battered the Florida coast of USA with powerful winds and torrential rain. More than 300,000 people were already without power across the...

Seismic Zones in India

Earthquake - prone areas of the country have been identified on the basis of scientific inputs relating to seismicity, earthquakes occurred in the past...

Bumble Bee in Endangered Species List

The rusty patched bumble bee became the first wild bee in the continental US to gain federal protection when recently it was added to...

Proposal to Limit Airlines Carbon Emissions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a proposal by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the binding limits on carbon dioxide...

Disposable Plastic Banned in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from January 1, 2017. A bench headed by NGT...

Solar Eclipse of August

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse, frequently referred to as the "Great American Eclipse", was visible within a band across the entire...

‘Green Digital Finance Alliance’ Formed

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a the leading Chinese online financial service provider Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial) rolled out an innovative...

Threat of Wildfires Expected to Increase: UN

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has warned that wildfires could become more frequent and more destructive as global temperatures rise...

International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests is celebrated on March 21 every year, the world over. This celebration brings into focus the role of forests in...

Cyclone Ockhi and Search Rescue Operations

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Ockhi is an active tropical cyclone currently threatening and impacting India, and is the most intense to exist in the...

Earthquake Hits Asian Region

An earthquake measuring 6.9 at the Richter Scale hit Pakistani capital Islamabad and parts of eastern Punjab and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The quake's focal...

Typhoon Haima Hits Philippines

Super Typhoon Haima has hit the Philippines, damaging crops and houses, and forced more than 90,000 people to flee to safer ground. Haima hit the...

Climate Change Adaptation Projects Launched

The Environment Ministry today approved three projects for climate change adaptation in three states. The National Steering Committee on Climate Change (NSCCC), under the Chairmanship...

Delhi Metro Solar Project Listed With UN

The Delhi Metro’s solar rooftop plants has become the first of its kind green project to be registered with United Nations on climate change...

El Nino, La Nina and Indian Agriculture

From time to time, agricultural production is affected by El Nino, an abnormal warming of the Pacific waters near Ecuador and Peru, which disturbs...

112 Sqkm Increase of Mangroves Reported

The latest report of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), 2015 released in December has recorded a net increase of 112 sq. km. of...

Volcano Eruption in Indonesia

Recently, Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra blasted volcanic ash as high as 4.2 kilometers (2.6 miles). Hot ash tumbled down the mountain's...

New Species of ‘Eel’ Discovered

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India ( ZSI) have a discovered a new species of eel along the coast of Digha in West...

World’s Largest Gorillas Near Extinction

The world’s largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting in the Democratic Republic of Congo,...

Bharat Stage-VI Norms: Official Information

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, vide their notification GSR 889E dated 16.09.2016, has mandated mass emission standard for BS-VI throughout  the  country with...

Steps Taken to Tackle Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR

Union Minister of Environment chaired the meeting on the issue of tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR region. The meeting noted that the air quality in...

Delhi’s Peak Pollution Level At ‘Lowest’

According to Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), the car rationing "odd-even" scheme, which has reduced the traffic volume, has managed to...

World’s Largest Marine Park Created

24 countries and the European Union agreed to create the world's largest marine park in the Antarctic Ocean. The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic...

France Launches Its Climate Change Plan

France’s minister of the environment Nicolas Hulot has unveiled a detailed a plan that includes ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars by 2040. The...

11 December International Mountain Day

Current Affairs: According to a study released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a partner agency on International Mountain Day,...

International Solar Alliance Established

India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference at Paris, with an announcement by Prime Minister Modi that the revolution...

Antarctic Ice Sheet is Affecting Climate Change

An international team of researchers has concluded that the Antarctic Ice Sheet actually plays a major role in regional and global climate change -- a...

Typhoon Hato Hits Macau, Southern China

Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, has slammed into Hong Kong lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees...

Diesel Vehicles Ban Extended to NCR

Current Affairs: The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) has issued a directive to ban the registration of diesel-powered public transport vehicles in the National...

Hurricane Newton Hits Mexico

Hurricane Newton thrashed Mexico's northwestern resort of Los Cabos. It uprooted trees and blow away tin roofs as thousands of tourists and locals hunkered down. The...

River Ganga is Recognised as Living Entity by Court

The Uttarakhand High Court has recognised river Ganga as the first living entity of India. Recognising a river as a living entity means granting...

Wildfires in California Driven by Santa Ana Winds

Wildfires in the forests of southern California are driven by Santa Ana winds. It has displaced the thousands of people from this area. About 200,000...

China Imposed $28 Million Pollution Fines

Beijing's environmental regulatory authority levied fines totalling about 183 million yuan ($27.76 million) for violations of pollution laws in the Chinese capital last year. The...

India’s Carbon Emission Increased By 5%

According to new study, India’s carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels increased by 5.2 per cent while China’s decreased by 0.7 per cent in...

Climate Change Means More Nitrogen Runoff

According to a new study, an intensifying water cycle will likely cause dramatic increases -- nearing 20% by 2100 -- in the amount of...

Powerful El Nino Intensifying in Asia and Pacific

According to United Nations advisory, the ongoing El Nino weather pattern in the Asia and Pacific is likely to be one of the strongest...

Measures Taken to Mitigate Air Pollution

The steps taken by the Union Government to mitigate air pollution in cities in the country include the following:- (i) Notification of National Ambient Air...

New Bird Species Discovered at Canadian Arctic

Scientists have discovered a new bird species in the Canadian Arctic from fossils dating back to about 90 million years. Researchers from the University of...

GM Crops Cultivation in India

Genetically modified crops (GMCs, GM crops, or biotech crops) are plants used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified using genetic engineering...

Delhi Launches Air Pollution Action Plan

The Supreme Court approved the Centre’s graded response action plan to tackle different levels of pollution. “Enforcement of the plan shall be under the orders...

August 2016 Hottest Month Ever Recorded

According to NASA, August 2016 is the warmest month in 136 years. According to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA's Goddard...

USA Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement

On June 1, 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate...

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak Hits Philippines

Tropical Storm Kai-Tak has hit the eastern Philippines. Kai-Tak hit the country's third-largest island Samar which was devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan four years...

Whales Reached Tamilnadu Coast

In an unusual phenomenon, 45 dead, short-finned pilot whales were washed ashore between Kallamozhi and Manapad in Thoothukudi district. Of these, 37 were adults...

Issue of Bio Medical Waste Disposal

Bio Medical Waste Problem Government of India (GoI) has notified the Bio medical Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 1998 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986...

Pollution Certificate Mandatory for Insurance Renewal

The Supreme Court has came out with a direction to insurance companies that they should not renew the insurance of a vehicle unless the...

WMO Launched ‘Year of Polar Prediction’

The United Nations weather agency World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has kicked off of a two-year international effort to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity...

Typhoon Nock Ten Hits Philippines

A typhoon Nock Ten hit the central Philippines, bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Typhoon Nock-ten was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph (115...

Ecosystems Service Improvement Project

A Grant Agreement from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank of USD 24.64 million for “Ecosystem Service Improvement Project” was signed...

New Initiative To Protect Ocean Resources

The World Economic Forum and the the Marine Science Institute of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), have announced a partnership to improve the...

Obama Launches First Marine Monument

US President Barack Obama designated the country's first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean that aims to protect fragile deep-sea ecosystems off the...

World Environment Day Theme in 2017

‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and...

Global Drought Severity Index Launched

Drought monitoring is important for characterizing the timing, extent, and severity of drought for effective mitigation and water management. Researchers at the University of California...

Cyclonic Storm ‘MORA’ in News

Severe Cyclonic Storm Mora is a currently active, but weakening tropical cyclone threatening Bangladesh. Under the influence of a persistent area of convection, a low...