Olive ridley Sea Turtle

Context: Recently the Odisha forest department is all set to add another olive ridley mass nesting site to its wildlife map. It has started preparing the beach at the Bahuda river mouth in Ganjam district to lure the endangered turtles to come over for mass nesting next year. Around 3-km stretch of the beach Read More …

Nationally Determined Contributions

Heard very often in the context of the just-concluded climate change conference in Katowice (Poland), NDCs or nationally determined contributions is an expression that refers to the climate actions that every country needs to take under the Paris Agreement. The phrase “nationally determined” emphasises the fact that countries themselves decide Read More …

Coral Reef Alliance

The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, that partners with local reef communities around the world to protect coral reefs.  With 19% of the world’s coral reefs already destroyed and another 35% at immediate risk or threatened due to human pressures, organizations like CORAL are addressing an urgent need. They Read More …

SC directs Centre to declare 10 km area around national parks as eco-sensitive

Context: The Supreme Court directed the Union Environment Ministry to declare 10 km area around 21 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries across the country as ‘eco-sensitive zones’. A Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur took the initiative after its amicus curiae informed the court that the State governments have Read More …

#Un-plastic Initiative

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the UN Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development. The CII will work towards voluntary codes in Indian industry on the issue of plastics, for which there is already a precedent with Read More …

Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA)

The Union Government constitutes EPCA as Supreme Court mandated body for the National Capital Region under the section 3 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. The Authority shall have the power suo-moto, or on the basis of complaints made by any individual, representative body or organization functioning in the field Read More …

What is ecological succession in ecology?

This refers to the progressive changes that happen to the biological structure of an ecological community. Over time, there are changes that take place in the composition of species that constitute an ecological community. In the case of primary succession, a region that is uninhabited by any species gets occupied Read More …

Climate Finance Leadership Initiative

Context: United Nations Secretary-General tapped UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg to lead an initiative that will support a global mobilisation of private capital in response to the challenge of climate change. An announcement was made during the 73rd UN General Assembly session here. The Read More …

Insectivorous Plants of India

Insectivorous Plants These plants are specialized in trapping insects and are popularly known as insectivorous plants. They are very different from normal plants in their mode of nutrition. They, however, never prey upon humans or large animals. Insectivorous plants can broadly be divided into active and passive types based on Read More …

IUCN, Birdlife International, CITES and TRAFFIC

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization (NGO) working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It is involved in data gathering and analysis, research, field projects, advocacy, lobbying and education. The organization is best known for compiling and publishing the Read More …