The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019

Context:  India and four rhino range nations have signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting. 2nd Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting was held at New Delhi and organised by the Ministry Read More …

Red sanders is now free of export restrictions

Context: All red sanders farmers, who weren’t allowed to export their produce as the foreign trade policy prohibited it, now can. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), an agency of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry  revised its export policy to permit its export if it is obtained from Read More …

Pradhan Mantri Jl-VAN yojana

Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister has approved the “Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana” for providing financial support to Integrated Bioethanol Projects using lignocellulosic biomass and other renewable feedstock.  Details: Under this Yojana, 12 Commercial Scale and 10 Read More …

India’s newest frog evolved 60 million years ago

Context: It is just 2 cm long and sports pale blue spots and brilliant orange thighs. The discovery of the starry dwarf frog, a nocturnal amphibian that lives under leaf litter on a mountaintop in Kerala’s Wayanad. Details: While scans of its skeletons showed it to be completely different from Read More …

Parivesh

Context:  An ambitious web-based single-window system ‘Parivesh’ will be rolled-out at state levels by January 15, bringing an end to the clearance nightmare for entrepreneurs. The automated system for submission, clearance and monitoring has already been implemented at the Central level. About it: It is an environmental single window hub Read More …

India can’t handle more tigers, say experts

Context: While conservation efforts are aimed at increasing the tiger count in India, global experts and officials in the government suggest that India must also prepare for a new challenge — of reaching the limits of its management capacity. Officially, India had 2,226 tigers as of 2014. An ongoing census Read More …

BioBlitz

A bioblitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. It is also known as a biological inventory or biological census whose primary goal is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms found Read More …

Chilika Lake possesses 20% of India’s seagrass

Context: Chilika Lake is claimed to have 20% of India’s seagrass distribution, which plays a vital role in oxygen production and absorption of carbon dioxide and acts as a purifier in aquatic ecology. More facts: Seagrass species such as Holodule uninervis, Holodule pinifolia, Halophila ovalis, Halophila ovata and Halophila beccarii were recorded during annual Read More …

Green – Ag

Context: The government launched a Global Environment Facility (GEF) assisted project namely, “Green – Ag.” in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) during September, 2018.   About Green Ag: ‘Green Ag.’ will help in transforming Indian Agriculture for global environmental benefits and the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes. The aim of Read More …

National Clean Air Programme

Context: The Centre launched what it described as a “war against pollution” across the country — a Rs 300-crore National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). It proposes a “tentative national target” of 20%-30% reduction in PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations by 2024, with 2017 as the base year for comparison. NCAP will be rolled Read More …