Polypedates bengalensis

Context A new frog species Polypedates bengalensis has been found in West Bengal. The discovery has now been recognised by Zootaxa, a peer-reviewed international journal. About the species It was found in two places in West Bengal Badu, North 24 Parganas District and Khordanahala, South 24 Parganas District. The Polypedates bengalensis frog Read More …

What is the Danakil Depression?

Context Extremophile microbes can adapt to environmental conditions that are too extreme for everything else. New research, however, has pointed to a place on Earth — bubbling pools of water and mounds of salt covering its landscape — that is too daunting even for these microorganisms. About the depression: Advertising Read More …

Paektu Mountain

Context Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) state news agency KCNA released a series of photographs showing Kim Jong Un riding a  white horse to the sacred mountain called Paektu.  About Paektu Mountain Paektu Mountain is also known as Baekdu Mountain, and in China as Changbai Mountain. It is situated Read More …

Bellbirds

Context According to a study Bellbirds which found that their mating songs pack more decibels than the screams of howler monkeys and the bellows of bison’s have the loudest bird calls yet documented in the world, About Bellbird: It is a species of bird in the family Cotingidae and scientific name Read More …

Sukhna Lake

Context The Chandigarh administration had issued a draft notification for declaring Sukhna Lake as a wetland under the Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rule, 2017. In July this year, the Chandigarh Wetlands Authority had unanimously decided to declare the Sukhna Lake as a wetland. About the lake: Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh Read More …

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established by international convention in 1982 with the objective of conserving Antarctic marine life. This was in response to increasing commercial interest in Antarctic krill resources, a keystone component of the Antarctic ecosystem and a history of over-exploitation Read More …

Snow Leopard Survey

India will commission its first-ever survey to estimate the population and geographical range of the snow leopard, an elusive and endangered predator. The snow leopard is found along the upper reaches of the Himalayan range and, in India, it is reported to have a presence in Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim Read More …

El Niño

Context : In a new study, researchers have found that because of climate change, extreme El Niño events are likely to become more frequent. What El Niño means El Niño is a climate phenomenon that takes place over the equatorial Pacific. It is one phase of an alternating cycle known as Read More …

Ozone Hole over the Antarctic

Context : During September and October, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has been the smallest observed since 1982, NASA and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists have reported. About Ozone layer The ozone layer resides in the stratosphere and surrounds the entire Earth. UV-B radiation (280- to 315- Read More …

Anthrax

Context : Recently Veterinarians have confirmed anthrax as the cause of death of two Asiatic water buffaloes in central Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, which has the highest concentration of one-horned rhinos in the world and is often called ‘Mini Kaziranga’ due to similar landscape and vegetation. About Anthrax Anthrax is a Read More …