Himalayan Ibex a Distinct Species

Context A recent study by scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has proved that Himalayan Ibex is a distinct species from the Siberian Ibex. About the Study The study was funded through the National Mission on Himalayan Studies. The National Mission on Himalayan Studies is implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Read More …

Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ)

Context The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Hyderabad has reported that Oceansat Satellite data from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) are used to prepare the Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories on the potential rich fishing areas and provide to the sea faring Read More …

GreenCo Rating System

Context The Union Ministry of Railways has informed about the applications of Greenco Ratings on Workshops and Production Units of Indian Railways. GreenCo Ratings GreenCo Rating is the “first of its kind in the World” holistic framework that evaluates companies on the environmental friendliness of their activities using life cycle Read More …

What causes coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef?

Context Scientists have warned that the Great Barrier Reef will face a critical period of heat stress over the coming weeks, following the most widespread coral bleaching the natural world has ever endured. Warming ocean temperatures, a sign of climate change, is associated with the deteriorating health of the Reef. Read More …

State of India’s Birds 2020 (SoIB) Assessment

Context Recently the SoIB was produced using a base of 867 species (among 1,333 birds ever recorded in India), and analysed with the help of data uploaded by birdwatchers to the online platform, eBird. Adequate data on how birds fared over a period of over 25 years (long-term trend) are Read More …

‘World’s largest’ subterranean fish

Context Systematic exploration of the Meghalayan caves has been underway for almost 30 years and hundreds of kilometres of cave passages have been explored and mapped. In a cave in a remote forested area of Meghalaya’s Jaintia Hills a research expedition found large specie of a subterranean fish (occurring under Read More …

Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED)

Context An extraordinary measure to protect 25 million people and important economic regions of 15 Northern European countries from rising seas has been proposed. It is called Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED) enclosing all of the North Sea. Northern European Enclosure Dam (NEED) The scientists have proposed the construction of Read More …

Buddah Nullah

Context The Punjab govt. has approved ₹650 crore in the first phase for rejuvenation of the highly polluting Buddah Nullah — a seasonal tributary of Sutlej in Ludhiana. About Buddah Nullah Buddah Nullah or Budha Nala is a seasonal water stream that runs through the Malwa region of Punjab. It Read More …

International protection for Great Indian Bustard, Bengal Florican and Asian Elephant

Context India’s proposal to include Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican in Appendix I of UN Convention on migratory species was unanimously accepted at the undergoing CMS CoP in Gandhinagar. Great Indian Bustard The Great Indian Bustard, an iconic, critically endangered and conservation dependent species, exhibits transboundary movements, and its Read More …

Lessons from a melting Antarctic glacier

Context In the Antarctic floats a massive glacier, roughly the size of Britain, whose melting has been a cause of alarm for scientists over the years. Now, a new study has pinned the cause of the melting to the presence of warm water at a vital point beneath the glacier. Read More …