‘Impressive’ tortoise discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh. A team of herpetologists from the Forest Department and two NGOs — Help Earth and Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) — found the Impressed Tortoise (Manouria impressa) in Yazali area of the Lower Subansiri district a few Read More …

Five coffee varieties get GI tag

Context: The government said it has awarded Geographical Indication (GI) tag to five varieties of Indian coffee including Coorg Arabica. The move is expected to help the growers get maximum price for their premium produce. Details: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Read More …

India’s carbon dioxide emissions up 5%

Context: India emitted 2,299 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2018, a 4.8% rise from last year, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). India’s emissions growth this year was higher than that of the United States and China — the two biggest emitters in the world Read More …

The hump-backed mahseer is now ‘critically endangered’

Context: This tiger does not have stripes. But the hump-backed mahseer—a large freshwater fish also called the tiger of the water and found only in the Cauvery river basin (including Kerala’s Pambar, Kabini and Bhavani rivers)—is now “Critically Endangered”: more threatened than the tiger is, as per the International Union Read More …

Global Environment Outlook report

Context:  Recently Global Environment Outlook report has been released. The report is the sixth and is the UN’s most comprehensive report on the state of the global environment since the fifth edition in 2012. About the report: The GEO is often referred to as UN Environment’s flagship environmental assessment. The first publication was in 1997 and Read More …

Global Chemicals Outlook II

The Global Chemicals Outlook II – From Legacies to Innovative Solutions: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mandated by the UN Environment Assembly in 2016, seeks to alert policymakers and other stakeholders to the critical role of the sound management of chemicals and waste in sustainable development. It takes stock Read More …

Starry dwarf frog

Context: Starry dwarf frog- a thumbnail-sized species was recently discovered in India’s Western Ghats, one of the world’s “hottest” biodiversity hotspots. Details: Scientists have named the frog Astrobatrachus kurichiyana for its constellation-like markings and the indigenous people of Kurichiyarmala, the hill range where it was found. kurichiyana is not only Read More …

India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP)

Context:  Recently India Cooling Action Plan Launched. Significance: India is the first country in world to develop such a document (ICAP), which addresses cooling requirement across sectors and lists out actions which can help reduce the cooling demand. The overarching goal is to provide sustainable cooling and thermal comfort for all Read More …

The Frontiers Report 2019

Context: The annual Frontiers Report 2019 published by the United Nations (UN), has included a chapter on nitrogen pollution in its latest edition. Pollution caused by the reactive forms of nitrogen is now being recognised as a grave environmental concern on a global level. The Frontiers Report 2019 The report was released by Read More …

World Air Quality Report 2018

Context: The IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace have released World Air Quality Report 2018. The main objective behind the report was to measure the presence of fine particulate matter known as Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, which has been recorded in real-time in 2018. Highlights of the report: The report, based on a study of Read More …