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...

Typhoon Malakas and Meranti in China

China's meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for typhoon Malakas, forecasting strong winds and heavy rain. Malakas, the 16th typhoon in 2016, was observed 135...

South Africa Court Removes Ban on Rhino Horn Sale

South Africa's Constitutional Court has removed a moratorium on the domestic trade in rhino horn. A global ban in the horn trade, which is regulated...

‘Solar Comet’ Launched on Environment Day

World Environment Day was observed on June 5. On this occasion, Greenpeace India flagged off a solar bus named as 'Solar Comet' to raise...

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...

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...

Most Exceptionally Preserved Fossil Bird Discovered

The new specimen from the rich Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota (approximately 131 to 120 million years old) is referred to as Eoconfuciusornis, the oldest...

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...

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...

Second Commitment to Reduce GHG Emissions Approved

The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to ratify the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol...

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...

Beijing Issues Red Alert For Smog

China's capital Beijing issued a "red alert" for pollution. Beijing's second red alert comes after a landmark climate agreement was reached in Paris earlier...

Geologists Discovered Biggest Fault

Geologists have discovered the biggest exposed fault on the earth at the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia and worked out how it formed. The...

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...

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...

New Species Named in Honor of Trump

Biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari named a new species of moth in the honour of new US President Donald Trump. The new moth, officially described as...

H5N8 Virus Confirmed in Karnataka

India has reported an H5N8 virus in Karnataka. It was confirmed among birds in the village of Itagi, in Hosapete taluk; all 1,593 of...

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...

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...

‘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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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 —...

Methanol Cooking Fuel Program Launched

Northeast and Assam Petro-chemicals, a state-owned company launched the Asia's first cannisters based and India's first "Methanol Cooking Fuel Program" in Namrup, Assam. The...

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’...

Achievements of IMD in 2015

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), also referred to as the Met Department, is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government...

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...

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...

Know About Short-lived Climate Pollutants

Recently, UN releases the report which tells about reducing global health risks through mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants WHAT ARE SLCPS? Short-lived climate pollutants (SCLPs), found...

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...

Hurricane ‘Harvey’ Hits USA

Hurricane Harvey was a tropical cyclone that caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas in USA. It was the first major hurricane to make...

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...

Land Degradation Neutrality in India by 2030

Land Degradation is a global concern for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and mitigating and adapting to climate change. It refers to reduction or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

National Green Tribunal Bans Chinese Manjha

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed a country-wide ban on “Chinese manjha”, a string used in kite flying. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson...

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...

World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

An ambitious, emergency plan to help save the vaquita porpoise from extinction in the northern Gulf of California has been recommended by the International...

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...

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...

New Species of Bird Discovered in Nepal

A new species of birds has been discovered in the high mountainous region of Nepal. Researchers from an NGO Friends of Nature (FoN) Nepal spotted...

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...

Closure of Badarpur Thermal Plant

The Delhi government extended the closure of Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. The Graded Response Action Plan for tackling air pollution, prepared by the Central Pollution...

Hurricane Nicole Thrashes Bermuda

Hurricane Nicole wrecks Bermuda, tiny Atlantic island by causing widespread damage. Nicole, the strongest hurricane to sweep the Bermuda in more than a decade, made...

UN Declaration on Climate Change

Ahead of the UN climate change conference starting on 30 November, a declaration on climate issues has been signed in Iceland by the city...

Hydrochlorofluorocarbons Phase Out Plan Launched

Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave has launched the Stage-II of Phase Out Management Plan of Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HPMP). Minister also discussed the implementation of HPMP Stage II,...

Migratory Seabird Deaths Due to Hurricanes

According to latest study, stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, an iconic species of migratory seabird...

UN Measures to Save Migratory Waterbirds

With many of the world's migratory waterbirds under heightened threat due to human activities and climate change, a United Nations Environment Programme-supported conference has...

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...

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...

Paris Climate Agreement Comes Into Force

The Paris Agreement to combat climate change agreed in 2015 officially entered into force, putting pressure on nearly 200 countries to start executing plans...

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 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...

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...

Typhoon Jebi: Strongest Storm in Japan

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people as it faces extremely strong winds and heavy rain consequence of typhoon Jebi's...

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...

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...

Integrated Wildlife Law Enforcement Strategy

TRAFFIC India, in conjunction with CBI and INTERPOL has conducted a major wildlife law enforcement training in India. Senior delegates from various enforcement and intelligence...

NGT Order on Funds for Cleaning Ganga

The National Green Tribunal directed Centre not to release funds for cleaning the river from Gomukh to Kanpur without its permission. A Bench headed by...

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...

Typhoon Mindulle Hits Japan

Heavy rain drenched the Japanese capital Tokyo as Typhoon Mindulle swept in, bringing floods that suspended train services and high winds that forced airlines...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

GEAC Approves Release of GM Mustard in India

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) headed by Amita Prasad has approved the commercial release of a herbicide-tolerant GM mustard (Brassica juncea). The Genetic Engineering Appraisal...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Severe Flooding on Yangtze River

Severe floods are expected on China's Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern. The El Nino conditions are the strongest...

UN Report: El Nino Drives Concentration of CO2

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse...

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...

Concept Of ‘Capturing Waste Carbon Dioxide’ In News

As part of its climate change commitments in the aftermath of signing the historic Paris agreement India is now exploring the possibility of carbon...

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...

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...

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....

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...

NGT Bans Tourists Activities at Rohtang Pass

The National Green Tribunal ordered that no activities like paragliding and snow scooters would be permitted at Rohtang Pass in Himachal Pradesh as the...

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...

Status of Major Reservoirs in India

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country as on August 24, 2016 was 102.147 BCM, which is 65% of total...

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: India’s Action

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and...

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...

Trash Skimmers for Surface Cleaning Of Ganga River

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)  introduced trash skimmers for surface cleaning of Ganga in six more cities in January. The cities are Rishikesh,...

National REDD+ Strategy of India Launched

Union Minister for Environment released the ‘National REDD+ Strategy India’. In simple terms, REDD+ means “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”, conservation of forest...

New Species of South American Rabbit Found

A Portland State University researcher discovered that a rabbit known for centuries to exist in South America is different enough from its cousins to...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Grows 750 Million Trees

In a massive government-run reforestation campaign, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan has grown 750 million trees. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, or KP, launched the four-year...