Environment & Biodiversity
Invisible killer threatens country’s sandalwood forests - The Hindu - 28/09/2020
2020-09-29 09:32

Sandalwood Spike Disease (SSD): The disease is caused by phytoplasma (bacterial parasites of plant tissues) which are transmitted by insect vectors… Continue Reading

Punjab government appoints nodal officers to curb stubble burning - The Hindu - 28/09/2020
2020-09-29 09:29

The Chief Minister of Punjab has appealed to farmers not to burn crop residue because the practice could make the situation worse helping COVID-19 to … Continue Reading

Bacteria behind deaths of 330 Botswana elephants -The Hindu-22-09-2020
2020-09-24 10:04

Toxins in water, produced by cyanobacteria (cyanobacterial neurotoxins) killed more than 300 elephants in Botswana this year. Cyanobacteria Cyanob… Continue Reading

Steep decline - The Hindu -13-09-2020
2020-09-14 08:39

A report brought out by the World Wildlife Fund notes that on average, wildlife populations dropped by 68% between 1970 and 2016. Latin America and… Continue Reading

Fees must for forest use, Mines Ministry told - The Hindu -12-09-2020
2020-09-14 08:35

The Environment Ministry has rejected a plea from the Ministry of Mines for exemption from forest penalty The Ministry of Mines has requested an ex… Continue Reading

The twisted trajectory of Bt cotton - The Hindu - 10-09-2020
2020-09-11 08:58

Bt Cotton: It is a genetically modified cotton. It contains the pesticide gene from bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). It has now been grown in the… Continue Reading

The environment is a national issue- The Hindu - 01-09-2020
2020-09-02 21:36

Environment Performance Index: India secured the 168th rank out of 180 countries in the 12th edition of the biennial Environment Performance Index … Continue Reading

Stop the dismantling of environmental rules - THE HINDU - 13 AUG 2020
2020-08-13 19:08

GS3- Environmental Impact Assessment- Issues with ignoring environmental concerns. Issues with draft EIA : UAPA usage upon criticism MAINS QUEST… Continue Reading

How the tiger can regain its stripes- THE HINDU - 13 AUG 2020
2020-08-13 19:03

Gs3- Conservation- Issues with Project tiger Does india emphasize more on tiger conservation at the cost of others? Prelims info : 1) Global … Continue Reading

Human-Elephant Conflict Management in India and Beta Version of “Surakhsya” - PIB- 12 AUG 2020
2020-08-12 19:55

NEWS: Prakash Javadekar, MoEFCC launched the booklet on “Best practices of Human-Elephant Conflict Management in India” to strengthen coexistence… Continue Reading

Mobile app KURMA helps save turtles in India-THE HINDU-19-07-2020
2020-07-20 08:31

Context: Collaborative citizen science initiative provides database, helps identify species and lists rescue centres. Details: *The application,… Continue Reading

Bid to turn Shivalik forest into tiger reserve-THE HINDU-03-07-2020
2020-07-03 22:53

Context: Bid to turn Shivalik forest into tiger reserve. Details: *The Saharanpur Divisional Commissioner has sent a proposal to the State gover… Continue Reading

Assessment of OIL well blowout impact begins-THE HINDU-18-06-2020
2020-06-19 08:00

Context:Assessment of OIL well blowout impact on environment begins. Details: *A team of The Energy and Research Institute and an accredited pri… Continue Reading

Lonar lake: HC seeks report on colour change-THE HINDU-17-06-2020
2020-06-18 08:21

Context:A Division Bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Anil Kilor was hearing a petition filed by one Kirti Nipankar, raising concerns over the lake wa… Continue Reading

With 334 species, Guwahati redefining concept of urban jungle- THE HINDU-17-06-2020
2020-06-18 08:16

Context:Guwahati redefines the term “urban jungle” with 334 and counting free-ranging faunal species living in the green spaces within concrete st… Continue Reading

Stations to be classified on waste water output-THE HINDU-11-06-2020
2020-06-11 20:32

Details: A news channel in India alleged recently that several private hospitals in the country were “exposed” by a “sting operation” to be… Continue Reading

New guidelines for import of exotic species-THE HINDU-11-06-2020
2020-06-11 20:22

Details: The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change has issued an advisory saying people importing “exotic live species” will have t… Continue Reading

Gujarat’s pride grows as it now hosts 674 Gir lions-THE HINDU-11-06-2020
2020-06-11 20:19

Details: During 2015, the baseline was 523 lions. Moreover, the distribution of the lions expanded from 22,000 sq. As soon as the State shared the … Continue Reading

Addressing the elephant in the room-THE HINDU-08-06-2020
2020-06-08 19:41

Details: The news last week about a pregnant elephant having her mouth blown caused outrage on social media. It’s impossible not to empathise wit… Continue Reading

Poaching doubled during lockdown, says wildlife trade-THE HINDU-07-06-2020
2020-06-08 07:42

Details: It points out that reports of poaching for consumption and local trade have more than doubled during lockdown. The report, however, mentio… Continue Reading

Oil spill in Russia’s Arctic region-THE HINDU-05-06-2020
2020-06-06 08:23

Details: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel afte… Continue Reading

Killing Gajah: On the killing of an elephant in Kerala-THE HINDU-05-06-2020
2020-06-06 08:19

Details: Whether the booby-trapped pineapple that took its life was intended for elephants or other animals matters little, because such traps litt… Continue Reading

Disasters displace lakhs: study-THE HINDU-05-06-2020
2020-06-06 08:09

Details: Flooding caused by the south-west monsoon led to 26 lakh displacements, while Cyclone Fani alone led to 18 lakh displacements, followed by… Continue Reading

NGT holds LG Polymers India liable for the loss of life-THE HINDU-04-06-2020
2020-06-05 07:01

Details: It said the Rs50 crore in compensation, deposited by the company, would be spent on restoration. It also constituted a committee to prepar… Continue Reading

Locust control: ‘govt. ignoring non-chemical measures-THE HINDU-01-06-2020
2020-06-02 09:28

Details: He said they completly ignored non-chemical measures. Chaudhary said a number of effective non-chemical remedies were suggested by experts… Continue Reading

GMR told to stop dredging in Kakinada-THE HINDU-30-05-2020
2020-05-31 09:18

Details: On May 27, District Forest Officer Nandani Salaria and Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board -Kakinada Executive Engineer A. “On the si… Continue Reading

Invasive mussel is spreading rapidly in Kerala’s backwaters-THE HINDU-28-05-2020
2020-05-29 09:21

Details: Surveys show the presence of the Charru mussel in the Kadinamkulam, Paravur, Edava-Nadayara, Ashtamudi, Kayamkulam, Vembanad, Chettuva and… Continue Reading

Locust threat is bigger this year, warns monitor-THE HINDU-28-05-2020
2020-05-29 09:16

Details: The threat of locusts, which have invaded vast swathes of land in Rajasthan and entered neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, is bigger this year i… Continue Reading

With wheat harvest over, Punjab registers spike in stubble burning-THE HINDU-26-05-2020
2020-05-27 09:06

Details: With wheat harvesting over in the key grain producing State of Punjab, there has been a spike in incidents of stubble burning compared wit… Continue Reading

Howrah’s botanical garden now a graveyard of 1,000 trees-THE HINDU-25-05-2020
2020-05-26 05:52

Details: Among the rare trees that have fallen include the only full-grown kalpabriksha tree in the garden, the mad tree , the para rubber tree , t… Continue Reading

Locust swarms attack crops in M.P.-THE HINDU-23-03-2020
2020-05-24 08:25

Details: First such invasion since 1992-93: Six swarms of locust entered Madhya Pradesh on May 17 from Rajasthan but have caused minimal crop da… Continue Reading

Locusts cross Thar desert to invade 16 districts in Rajasthan-THE HINDU-21-05-2020
2020-05-21 23:10

Details: The invasion of locusts had started from the India-Pakistan border on April 11 and they have now crossed the Thar desert and affected 16 o… Continue Reading

No improvement in Ganga water quality during lockdown-THE HINDU-29-04-2020
2020-05-01 11:31

Details: The dissolved oxygen concentration, a measure of the amount of free oxygen available in river systems, “rose marginally” from March 22… Continue Reading

‘We have 56% more water in reservoirs than we had last year’-THE HINDU-28-04-2020
2020-04-29 06:52

Details: Under a lockdown with summer approaching and with the injunction of constant hand washing as a preventative for the spread of COVID-19, ho… Continue Reading

Stop villainising bats, say scientists, conservationists-THE HINDU-26-04-2020
2020-04-27 15:45

Details: Forest department warns public against harming bats. We should remember that all wild animals harbour viruses and it is very biased and… Continue Reading

Wildlife Board nod for mining in Assam elephant reserve-THE HINDU-25-04-2020
2020-04-26 08:54

Details: He recommended a “cautious approach” for preserving the “basic integrity of this forested hill slope” that is a part of the elepha… Continue Reading

JNTBGRI to play key role in sequencing of Indian species-THE HINDU-24-04-2020
2020-04-24 11:23

Details: The Union Department of Biotechnology has allotted Rs.143.89 lakh for JNTBGRI to take up the project. The whole genome sequencing of 1,… Continue Reading

Humans to blame for pandemic-THE HINDU-22-04-2020
2020-04-23 11:28

Details: The name given to diseases transmitted from animals to humans is “zoonoses”, based on the Greek words for “animal” and “sickness… Continue Reading

Yamuna water quality improves during lockdown: govt. report-THE HINDU-21-04-2020
2020-04-22 10:27

Details: The quality of water in the Yamuna has improved along the Delhi stretch during the nationwide lockdown, compared to April last year, accor… Continue Reading

Lockdown norms can’t be diluted: NDMA- THE HINDU-15-04-2020
2020-04-16 12:21

Details: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba will hold a videoconference on Wednesday with Chief Secretaries of all States to discuss the future road map… Continue Reading

‘Yamuna cleaner due to lockdown’- THE HINDU -15-04-2020
2020-04-16 10:14

Details: The quality of water in the Delhi stretch of the Yamuna has increased due to “complete reduction in industrial pollutants” in the rive… Continue Reading

Armyworm attack adds to Assam farmers’ woes-THE HINDU-09-04-2020
2020-04-10 09:16

Details: Entomologists say the caterpillar feeds on more than 80 species of plants: A pest attack, albeit confined to a district, has added to t… Continue Reading

Poaching, not virus, is the bigger threat, says tiger expert-THE HINDU-09-04-2020
2020-04-10 09:13

Details: The warning came after the advisory issued by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Wildlife Division of the Ministry of Envir… Continue Reading

Wildlife board holds virtual meet-THE HINDU-09-04-2020
2020-04-10 09:11

Details: I chaired the meeting of standing committee of NBWL through videoconference and approved wildlife clearance for a number of developmental … Continue Reading

Safe forests, safe people: On diseases of animal origin-THE HINDU-03-04-2020
2020-04-04 08:06

Details: The rapid spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus across the world has focused attention on the seemingly invisible processes that help pathogens o… Continue Reading

Cauvery and its tributaries look cleaner as pandemic puts a halt to pollution-THE HINDU-31-03-2020
2020-04-01 13:02

Details: The fate of other rivers was not different from the Cauvery. These rivers were flowing with hazardous elements such as lead, fluoride, fae… Continue Reading

Cauvery and its tributaries look cleaner as pandemic puts a halt to pollution-THE HINDU-31-03-2020
2020-04-01 13:02

Details: The fate of other rivers was not different from the Cauvery. These rivers were flowing with hazardous elements such as lead, fluoride, fae… Continue Reading

Undisturbed mass nesting of Olive Ridleys at Rushikulya-THE HINDU-26-03-2020
2020-03-26 23:02

Details: Day-time nesting: Later in the day, the unusual phenomenon of day-time mass nesting took place at the coast. As a large number of mothe… Continue Reading

Air quality is picking up in quarantined countries-THE HINDU-23-03-2020
2020-03-23 22:25

Details: Even during the economic crisis more than a decade ago, the decrease in NO2 levels “was more continuous in time,” according to EEA air… Continue Reading

Over the cliff-THE HINDU-19-03-2020
2020-03-21 10:21

Details: President will decide whether the planet goes over the climate cliff or pulls back from the brink. The gravity of this moment is not refle… Continue Reading

GreenCo Ratings - PIB - 19/03/2020
2020-03-20 22:54

The Union Ministry of Railways has informed about the applications of Greenco Ratings on Workshops and Production Units of Indian Railways. GreenCo… Continue Reading

Nourishment increases Vizag beachfront-THE HINDU-18-03-2020
2020-03-18 23:24

Details: “Till onset of southwest monsoon or occurrence of a system in the Bay of Bengal the extended beachfront will continue. This is mainly be… Continue Reading

SC approves Kerala slotting projects in orange category-THE HINDU-16-03-2020
2020-03-16 21:31

Details: The Supreme Court has declined to interfere in an appeal filed by the Kerala chapter of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associ… Continue Reading

Heat stress may impact over 1.2 billion people annually by 2100: study-THE HINDU-15-03-2020
2020-03-16 14:10

Details: This is more than 12 times the number who would have been affected without industrial era global warming Stress from extreme heat and h… Continue Reading

Govt. seeks city-level plans for clean air-THE HINDU-14-03-2020
2020-03-14 22:44

Detail: “Every city has different pollutants and the sources also vary,” Mr. Replying to another question, he said water bodies in the country … Continue Reading

New environment impact norm cuts time for public hearing-THE HINDU-13-03-2020
2020-03-13 19:40

Details: A set of key updates to India’s Environment Impact Assessment Act, the law that governs how the threat posed by large infrastructure pro… Continue Reading

Though hunters lose interest in Red Panda,traps still snare endangered mammal-THE HINDI-09-03-2020
2020-03-09 21:24

Details: “The news is both good and bad for the red panda, whose survival is crucial for the eastern and north-eastern Himalayan subalpine conife… Continue Reading

Swamp Wallaby -THE HINDU-05-03-2020
2020-03-06 13:58

Detail: • It typically conceives a new embryo days before delivering the newborn from its previous pregnancy. • Female wallabies have two ut… Continue Reading

Black carbon-THE HINDU-05-03-2020
2020-03-06 13:57

Detail: Being a pristine zone far from sources of pollution, the measurements are critical to establishing a baseline for pollution loads Black … Continue Reading

Black carbon levels spike at Himalayan glaciers- THE HINDU- 04/03/2020
2020-03-05 11:03

A study by scientists at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG) states that the black carbon concentrations near the Gangotri glacier rose 40… Continue Reading

Environmental activists embrace ‘last remnants of Aravali forests’ - 02/03/2020
2020-03-02 21:36

News: Protest marking the anniversary of the Punjab Land Preservation Act amendments by the Haryana Government. Details: The event ‘Aravall… Continue Reading

2020 as BioDiversity Super Year - 02/03/2020
2020-03-02 21:29

The 2020 year was earlier announced as “BioDiversity Super Year”. Theme: Sustaining all Life on Earth The theme includes use of natural re… Continue Reading

A browning east-THE HINDU-28-02-2020
2020-02-29 20:32

Details: The Eastern Ghats are spread across 75,000 sq. km. from Odisha to southern Tamil Nadu.The region receives an annual average rainfall of 1,… Continue Reading

AAP govt. to chalk out three -level action plan to curb air pollution-THE HINDU-28-02-2020
2020-02-29 18:49

Details: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday met leading experts in the field of environment and sustainability for suggestions on making a … Continue Reading

U.P. pollution control body pulled up for Ganga’s plight-THE HINDU-28-02-2020
2020-02-29 18:37

Details: The CPCB has pulled up the UPPCB for its inability to prevent drains in Kanpur from polluting the Ganga. The inspection revealed the insu… Continue Reading

Debating water quality- THE HINDU - 27/02/2020
2020-02-27 21:19

Politically prioritized the issue of water quality in India. Details: India is on the verge of a severe water crisis. India has witnessed a g… Continue Reading

World’s largest species of cave fish discovered in Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills- 26/02/2020
2020-02-27 14:40

A team of experts from the UK (United Kingdom), Switzerland and India have discovered the world’s largest species of cave fish in Jaintia Hills, Meg… Continue Reading

IQAir AirVisual Report- INDIAN EXPRESS- 26/02/2020
2020-02-27 14:34

In the 2019 World Air Quality Report-Region & City PM2.5 Ranking” compiled by IQAir AirVisual India ranked 5th as the most polluted country in the … Continue Reading

Monsoon in Sunderbans likely to get longer, warn climate experts-THE HINDU-23-02-2020
2020-02-23 21:16

News: A fact sheet has called for long-term coastal planning to preserve intertidal habitats in the region The monsoon in Sunderbans is likely t… Continue Reading

Adequate water in Kawal Tiger Reserve-THE HINDU-23-02-2020
2020-02-23 21:11

News: No man-animal conflict foreseen on account of water, say officials There was no incident of wild animals straying into human habitations f… Continue Reading

Indian Tent Turtle- THE HINDU - 21/02/2020
2020-02-22 10:37

Indian Tent Turtle (kachuga tecta tecta) is a species of turtle that gets its name from its tent-like appearance. Kachuga tecta is found in parts o… Continue Reading

Birds hit- THE HINDU - 19/02/2020
2020-02-20 10:28

State of India’s Birds 2020 State of India’s Birds 2020’ report has been produced by 10 globally influential organizations. The Environmen… Continue Reading

Musk Deer-THE HINDU-18-02-2020
2020-02-19 09:35

News: The Musk deer occurs in northern India such as in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. It inhab… Continue Reading

2020-02-17 21:46

Below is attachment related to Current Affairs of Subject: Environment and Ecology Month: June 2019 to December 2019.… Continue Reading

On the frontlines of an elephantine conflict-THE HINDU-16-02-2020
2020-02-16 21:56

News: The Gudalur Forest Division’s efforts to track and monitor every elephant in the range has led to a fall in fatalities An elephant is ch… Continue Reading

Scientists radio-tag Indian pangolin-THE HINDU-15-02-2020
2020-02-15 21:18

News: The Indian pangolin, which resembles an ant-eater but dons a thick scaly skin, is hunted for meat and use in traditional Chinese medicine. Ra… Continue Reading

Towards a new world order-THE HINDU-14-02-2020
2020-02-15 16:30

News: It started in 1971 with the noble objective of improving the state of the world, but now serves as a platform for world leaders, billionaires… Continue Reading

‘Time running out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’-THE HINDU -14-02-2020
2020-02-15 16:20

News: Five global risks that have the potential to impact and amplify one another in ways that may cascade to create global systemic crisis, have b… Continue Reading

Blowing hot and cold- THE HINDU- 11/02/2020
2020-02-11 23:49

The year 2019 was the second warmest year ever, with 2016 being the warmest, which had experienced a strong El Nino. The global average surface temper… Continue Reading

U.S. to monitor air quality in N. India- THE HINDU- 11/02/2020
2020-02-11 23:46

The United States will monitor air quality in multiple locations across North India to help control pollution levels. The initiative will cover bot… Continue Reading

Cauvery delta to be declared a protected agriculture zone- THE HINDU - 10/02/2020
2020-02-10 22:01

Context: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister stating the government’s intention to declare the Cauvery Delta region as a Protected Special Agriculture Zone… Continue Reading

Meghalaya's coal mining licence- THE HINDU- 08/02/2020 - PRELIMS
2020-02-09 16:22

Context: Meghalaya’s Directorate of Mineral Resources granting coal mining licence. Details: The National Green Tribunal had prohibited bio… Continue Reading

Habitat loss felled leopards- THE HINDU- 08/02/2020 - PRELIMS
2020-02-09 16:18

Context: Scientific study on Leopards. Details: A logical consider on the hereditary examination of panthers (Panthera pardus fusca) over the… Continue Reading

BAITARNI RIVER- 05-02-2020
2020-02-05 11:14

NEWS: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated a 490-metre-long barrage over the Baitarani river at Anandapur in Keonjhar district on Frida… Continue Reading

TERI’s World Sustainable Development Summit 2020-PIB-31-01-2020
2020-02-01 09:49

Context: The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan delivered the keynote address at the TERI’s World Sustainable … Continue Reading

Four hydro projects violate Ganga flow norms: CWC-THE HINDU-31-01-2020
2020-02-01 08:26

Context: 4 of the 11 hydropower projects along the upper reaches of Ganga are violating the e-flow norms prescribed by CWC . Background: E-Flow … Continue Reading

SC allows govt to bring African cheetah to suitable wildlife habitat in India- THE HINDU-29-01-2020
2020-01-30 08:19

News: • Supreme Court(SC) has allowed the govt. to introduce African Cheetah in a suitable wildlife habitat in India including Kuno-Palpur (Kuno … Continue Reading

2020-01-30 07:48

• India has successfully achieved the complete phase out of Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC)-141 b, which is a chemical used by foam manufacturing ent… Continue Reading

PM Modi Addressed 3rd Global Potato Conclave held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat -THE HINDU-29-01-2020
2020-01-30 07:36

The Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 3rd edition of the Global Potato Conclave at Gandhinagar, Gujarat through video conferenc… Continue Reading

Giant Straight-Tusked Elephant-INDIAN EXPRESS-28-01-2020
2020-01-29 07:42

Who are straight-tusked elephant? • The straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) is an extinct species of elephant that inhabited Europe… Continue Reading

International Shark Attack File- THE HINDU-28-01-2020
2020-01-29 07:28

What is International Shark Attack File? • The International Shark Attack File (ISAF) is the world’s only scientifically documented, comprehens… Continue Reading

2020-01-28 09:08

News: • The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the first time a process to restore… Continue Reading

2020-01-27 15:30

• Country’s first e-waste clinic is being opened in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. About: • It would enable segregation, processing and disposal of… Continue Reading

1 Trillion Tree Project- THE HINDU- 24-01-2020
2020-01-25 13:49

• Donald Trump, President of the United States, announced that the United States will join the 1 Trillion Trees initiative which was launched at the… Continue Reading

Wollemi Pines- 22-01-2020
2020-01-23 08:34

• The prehistoric Wollemi Pine grove, which exists in the Wollemi National Park northwest of Sydney, has been saved from bushfires in Australia. … Continue Reading

Nature Risk Risking Report- WEF- 22-01-2020
2020-01-23 08:33

• Flagging huge risks to the economy from dangers of biodiversity loss and climate change, a new WEF study on 19 January 2020 said businesses are mo… Continue Reading

Yada Yada virus-INDIAN EXPRESS
2020-01-20 20:54

News: • Researchers recently reported the discovery of a new virus conceded that the discovery wasn’t a big deal, with new viruses being announ… Continue Reading

Irrawaddy Dolphins- THE HINDU- 20-01-2020
2020-01-20 20:46

News: 146 Irrawaddy dolphins were recently sighted in Chilika Lake of Odisha. The lake has highest single lagoon population of the aquatic mammal i… Continue Reading

New Monsoon Dates- INDIAN EXPRESS
2020-01-20 20:39

News: • India Meteorological Department (IMD) had decided to revise the normal onset and withdrawal dates for the monsoon in some parts of the co… Continue Reading

Environmental Clearance for Drilling-THE HINDU-19-01-2020
2020-01-19 21:39

News: The Environment Ministry has exempted oil and gas firms, looking to conduct exploratory drilling, from seeking an environmental clearance. Th… Continue Reading

Mopa Airport Project-19-01-2020
2020-01-19 21:26

News: • The Supreme Court cleared the path for construction of an international airport at Mopa in Goa by lifting the suspension on Environmental… Continue Reading

Australia bushfires- INDIAN EXPRESS- 18-01-2020
2020-01-18 18:58

News: How indigenous fire-prevention techniques are getting popular: Under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conversion Act,… Continue Reading

Eruption of TAAL VOLCANO- INDIAN EXPRESS- 15-01-2020
2020-01-15 20:09

News: In the Philippines, a volcano called Taal on the island of Luzon; 50 km from Manila has recently erupted. Earlier records of eruption: … Continue Reading

CRZ rules for 'Blue Flag' beach- THE HINDU- 15-01-2020
2020-01-15 19:28

Abstract: The Environment Ministry has relaxed Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules that restrict construction near beaches to help States construct… Continue Reading

About BLUE FLAG CERTIFICATION-The Hindu-15-01-2020
2020-01-15 19:26

Abstract: The Blue Flag Certification is a certification by the Copenhagen-based Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It is awarded to a b… Continue Reading

Mass planting of exotic trees in Nilgiris harmful-THE HINDU-13-01-2020
2020-01-14 00:54

Context: A Coonoor-based trust proposal to plant more than 10,000 trees in the Nilgiris. Details: The trust plans to plant trees in order to … Continue Reading

Kaziranga has one of the highest number of wetland birds-THE HINDU-13-01-2020
2020-01-14 00:49

Context: The 2019 wetland bird census. Details: Kaziranga National park has recorded 96 species of wetland birds, which is one of the highest… Continue Reading

Waterbird census in A.P.-The Hindu-11-01-2020
2020-01-11 22:26

Abstract: A waterbird survey conducted in the Upper Kuttanad region has recorded 16,767 birds of 47 continental and local species. The survey, cond… Continue Reading

A continent on fire: on Australia wildfires-Editorial-The HIndu-10-01-2020
2020-01-11 01:19

News: Australia’s catastrophic fire season that began in August last year is unprecedented, and has caused large scale destruction, mainly in New… Continue Reading

Forest Committee approves scheme to ‘trade’ in forests-The Hindu-10-01-2020
2020-01-11 00:44

Abstract: It allows Forest Department to outsource one of its responsibilities of reforesting to non-government agencies. Forest Advisory Commit… Continue Reading

2020-01-09 13:12

Abstract: The Ministry of Environment has notified the new Wetland Conservation Rules that prohibit setting up or expansion of industries, and disp… Continue Reading

There’s hope for the rare Great Indian Bustard-INDIAN EXPRESS-08-01-2020
2020-01-08 21:23

Once the frontrunner to be named India’s national bird, the Great Indian Bustard has long been on the brink of extinction. The Great Indian Busta… Continue Reading

Turtle rehab centre in Bhagalpur, Bihar-The Hindu- 04-01-2020
2020-01-04 23:57

Overview, A first-of-its-kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles will be inaugurated in Bihar’s Bhagalpur forest division in January 20… Continue Reading

India records less than 100 tiger deaths for the first time in three years-The Hindu- 03-01-2020
2020-01-03 19:01

Context The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released the data, for the first time in the past three years, the number o… Continue Reading

Kerala for steps to curb alien plants’ growth in NBR- The Hindu
2020-01-03 17:55

Context: The Kerala Forest and Wildlife department is adopting steps to arrest rampant growth of invasive alien plants especially tree species like… Continue Reading

ISFR data masking harsher on-ground realities Financial Express- 03-01-2020
2020-01-03 13:03

The latest India State of Forest Report (ISFR)—these reports have come biennially since 1989—shows forest cover in India has improved by 3,976 sq … Continue Reading

GST Revenue collection for December, 2019
2019-12-31 23:18

The gross GST revenue collected in the month of December, 2019 is Rs.1,03,184crore of which CGST is Rs. 19,962crore, SGST is Rs.26,792crore, IGST is R… Continue Reading

India State of Forest Report, 2019: Key Findings - PIB-31-12-2019
2019-12-31 11:40

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar released the biennial “India State of Forest Report (ISFR)”.… Continue Reading

M.P. gets its first elephant colony in Bandhavgarh forest-The Hindu-30-12-2019
2019-12-30 09:47

News: The ‘Tiger State’ of Madhya Pradesh, which in the 2019 census recorded the most number of estimated tigers at 526, thus securing the titl… Continue Reading

Red sandalwood smugglers held- The Hindu- 29-12-2019, Page-5
2019-12-29 19:31

Pterocarpus santalinus, known by common names red sanders. Red sandalwood, is a species of Pterocarpus endemic to the southern Eastern Ghats mounta… Continue Reading

‘Climate change caused 15 disasters this year’-The Hindu-28-12-2019-Page-14
2019-12-28 21:00

Context: Report by the British charity Christian Aid. Details: Assembling its report, from official figures, estimates by NGOs and aid bodies… Continue Reading

Winged visitors flock to Pulicat, with birdwatchers in tow -The Hindu-28-12-2019-Page- 8
2019-12-28 20:56

Context: The annual flamingo festival in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh. Details: District authorities are planning to conduct the Flamingo… Continue Reading

Massive locust invasion in Gujarat-The Hindu-(PG-1)-26-12-2019
2019-12-26 20:17

Context: Crops in Gujarat are under attack from grasshoppers known as locusts that have flown in across the international border Pakistan. Backg… Continue Reading

Bar-headed goose-The Hindu (PG-08)-24-12-2019
2019-12-24 19:48

Context: A six-member team attached to Pathanamthitta Birders has spotted the Bar-headed goose (Anser Indicus) in the wetlands of KaringaliPuncha, … Continue Reading