New Butterfly Species Discovered in Israel

Israel, one of the most densely populated countries on Earth, turns out to have been harboring an unknown species of butterfly. Vladimir Lukhtanov, entomologist and...

UN Adopts 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Assembly’s formal adoption of the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030...

Global Sea Level Rise and Steps Taken by India

According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that global mean sea level had risen by 0.19m over...

Year 2015 is Hottest on Record

Earth has just had the hottest January-September on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, adding that the average air and...

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...

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...

Science Express Climate Action Special

Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi. The SECAS II will run from February 17 to...

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...

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...

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...

Role of Marine Bacteria in Global Carbon Cycle

In another dimension, marine bacteria that live in the dark depths of the ocean play a newly discovered and significant role in the global...

World’s Oldest Algae Fossil Discovered

Scientists in India have discovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils that appear to contain red algae, which may be the oldest plant-like life discovered...

Nepal Drains Imja Glacial Lake

In Nepal, army has finished draining a dangerous glacial lake near Mount Everest to a safe level. The Imja glacial lake, at nearly 5,000 meter...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 —...

New Species of Pika Mammal Discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of Pika, a mammal belonging to the rabbit and hare family ( Lagomorpha ), in the Himalayas in...

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...

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...

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Current Affairs: An historic agreement to combat climate change and unleash actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient and sustainable future was agreed...

Biggest Icebergs in Antarctica Broken

According to scientists of British Antarctic Survey, one of the biggest icebergs measuring 5,800 square km has broken away from Antarctica. Ice shelves are extensions...

Climate Targets Signal ‘Unprecedented Momentum’

According to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, implementation of the national climate target plans prepared by countries ahead of the Paris...

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...

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...

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...

Hurricane Hermine Strucks Florida

Hurricane Hermine struck Florida and brought threats of floods, landslides, surges and even tornadoes. Hermine, which has been marked Category 1 made landfall in Florida's...

Tropical Storm Hermine Hit US Coast

Tropical Storm Hermine moved towards US mid-Atlantic and northeastern states after slamming US state of Florida. It caused two deaths, severe property damages from Florida...

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...

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...

New Species of Pika Found

A new species of a small mammal in the rabbit family has been discovered in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas in Sikkim. Identified as...

Cyclone ‘Kyant’ in Bay of Bengal

India Met Department has proclaimed that the deep depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has strengthened into typhoon "Kyant." 'Kyant' lay focused around 620 km...

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...

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...

Dead Zone Discovered in Bay of Bengal

Huge 'Dead Zone' has been discovered in the Bay of Bengal. This area measuring 60,000 square kilometres — contains little or no oxygen and...

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...

Colombia Declares Emergency After Devastating Landslide

Colombia has declared an "economic, social and ecological emergency" due to devastating landslide in Mocoa. The flood came after a night of extremely heavy rain,...

ICHR Pilot Project on Ram Setu in News

The Indian Council of Historical Research will undertake a two-month pilot project on 'Ram Setu' this year to archaeologically "ascertain" if the structures were...

Mobile App To Control Air Pollution Launched

Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), launched a mobile app "Hawa Badlo", aiming to improve air quality with public participation. Jointly...

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...

Donald Trump Stops Obama Climate Change Measures

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to roll back his predecessor Barack Obama's climate change measures. The decree's main target is former...

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...

Tropical Storm Pakhar and Typhoon Hato

Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar has swept into southern China, bringing heavy rain and strong wind to Hong Kong and Macau as the region reels...

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...

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...

National Green Tribunal Ask States to Stop Crop Burning

A day after dense smog engulfed the National Capital Region the National Green Tribunal has asked Delhi and four northern states to issue stringent...

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...

New Climate Refugees: Polar Bears

Polar Bears are new Climate Refugees. Climate Refugees or Environmental Migrants are people who are forced to leave their home region due to sudden...

New Continent ‘Zealandia’ Discovered

Earth’s surface is divided into two types of crust, continental and oceanic, and into 14 major tectonic plates. A new continent was discovered under...

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...

UN Climate Conference Adopts Action Plan

The United Nations Marrakech climate conference adopted a proclamation calling for the highest political commitment and solidarity in the fight against climate change. The Marrakech...

Increased CO2 Enhances Plankton Growth

Coccolithophores (tiny calcifying plants) have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean...

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...

New Species of Snow Leopard Found

Three sub-species of snow leopard differentiated by geographical location: 1. the Northern group, Panthera uncia irbis, found in the Altai region, 2. the Central group, Panthera uncia...

Tenth Annual ‘Earth Hour’ Observed

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour – the world’s biggest environment event. Millions of people across the world showed their love and...

National Seismological Network

At present National Centre of Seismology (NCS) , Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), maintains a National Seismological Network (NSN) comprising of 84 (eighty four)...

Steps Taken by India in Area of Climate Change

Average Temperature during last ten years (2007 to 2016) was 26.10 0C. Rise in the average temperature was 0.510C during this period. Spatial pattern of...

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...

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...

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...

Minamata Convention on Mercury in News

The world took an historic step forward in the fight against mercury poisoning as the European Union and seven of its member States ratified...

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...

CPCB to Monitor Air Quality in Delhi

According to Union Minister of Environment, Prakash Javadekar, the Government will immediately set up a Control Room in Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to...

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...

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...

2011-2015 is the Hottest 5-Year Period

In a new detailed analysis of the global climate between 2011 and 2015 – the hottest 5-year period on record – the UN World...

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...

Small Ponds Contribute Towards Global Warming

According to a study published journal Nature Climate Change, small natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming. Scientists in Britain found that...

Indian Resource Panel Constituted

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has announced the formation of Indian Resource Panel (InRP) on Resource Efficiency. The Indian Resource...

Gangetic Dolphins Survey Launched

The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered...

Mexico Earth Quake: Reason and Complete Tectonic Details

The September 19, 2017, M 7.1 earthquake in Central Mexico occurred as the result of normal faulting at a depth of approximately 50 km....

Trillion Trees Program Launched

Recently, the 'Trillion Trees Program' was launched by three conservation organizations – BirdLife International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF. 'Trillion Trees Program' is a...

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...

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...

Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions in Geneva

An inter-ministerial Indian delegation headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan Jha, will participate in the 2017 Conference...

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...

Hyogo Framework for Action: Building Resilience After Disasters

The Hyogo Framework for Action is a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards. This famework came out of the World...

CO2 Levels Hit Record High: WMO

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached yet another new record high in 2014, continuing a relentless rise which is fuelling climate...

Beijing Decides to End Coal Consumption

China’s capital Beijing and its adjoining areas will end coal usage by 2020 to reduce the recurring smog in Beijing and improve air quality...

Landslide Discovered at Great Barrier Reef

Scientists have discovered undersea landslide in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The remains of the slip, known as the Gloria Knolls Slide, were discovered 75 kilometres...

NGT Bans Registration of Diesel Vehicles in Delhi

National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders that no new diesel vehicles will be registered in Delhi in order to curb the growing menance of air...

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...

Europe’s First Cave Fish Discovered

Scientists have discovered the first European cave fish. It was found in the north in Southern Germany. Despite that relatively short period of evolutionary time, 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...

National Clean Development Mechanism Authority

A new website - http://www.ncdmaindia.gov.in has been launched by the National Clean Development Mechanism Authority (NCDMA) in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate...

Cleaning of Mula-Mutha River in Pune

The Government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for pollution abatement of River Mula-Mutha in Pune under National River Conservation...

India to Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed that India will ratify the Paris pact on Climate Change on October 2. The decision is expected to give momentum...

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

According to United Nations, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items...

Larvae Species Emit Green House Gases

New research demonstrates that the larvae not just contribute in global warming but also in disturbing the sedimentary layers at the bottom of lakes. Chaoborus...

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...

Area Near Ganga Declared “No-Development Zone”

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed Rs 50,000 fine on anyone found dumping the waste within 500 meters from the edge of River...

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...

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...

National Highways Under Green Highways Scheme

The National Highways Authority of India has initiated tree plantations along 1,513 km length of National Highways in ten states in 2016. This includes 390...

Main Points of Paris Climate Agreement

The 195-nation U.N. climate summit concluded with delegates adopting the Paris Agreement, the first-ever global climate deal of this sweep and ambition. Here key points...

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...

China Ban all Ivory Trade Soon

China announced that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017. In the first step, a designated group of legal ivory...

Beijing Issues Yellow Air Pollution Alert

Chinese capital Beijing city issued its first yellow alert for air pollution in the second half of this year. The alert puts restrictions on work...

Carbon Capture and Storage: Latest Topic in News

Carbon dioxide can be used to extract oil, accelerating the development carbon-capturing technologies and limiting climate change. However, in a new analysis researchers say...