Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary

Context: The number of winged visitors at the Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary in West Bengal’s Uttar Dinjapur district has crossed all previous records.  This the highest number of birds which has visited Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary over the past several years. What is encouraging is that the number of migratory birds is increasing every Read More …

India to launch agriculture project

Context: The government along with United Nations body FAO has launched an agriculture project with $33.5 million grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF) that seeks to bring transformative change in the farm sector through conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes. The project is being funded by the GEF and implemented Read More …

Plastic waste a creeping threat to oceans: expert

Context: This year, the theme for World Environment Day was ‘Beat plastic pollution’ and this was apt, as about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste is globally pumped into the oceans every year. Cause of Concern:  if the trend was not checked, by 2025, the plastic waste in the oceans Read More …

Salt-and-pepper moth’s TN habitat identified

Context: A habitat of salt-and-pepper moth (Utetheisa lotrix) that is seen worldwide as an indication of a healthy environment has been identified for the first time in Tamil Nadu in the plains close to Pachamalai range of the Eastern Ghats in Thuraiyur Taluk. Presence of the species, which is usually Read More …

Cooling Action Plan

Context: India first country in the world to develop document on Cooling Action Plan “Keep Cool and Carry on” : The Montreal Protocol is the theme of 24th World Ozone Day celebrations World Ozone Day: Stressing upon the need to strengthen active collaboration between the government, industries, industry associations and Read More …

Heritage tag for 2 irrigation facilities in Telangana

Context: A meeting of the International Executive Council, the highest decision making body of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), at Saskatoon in Canada last month has accepted Telangana government’s nomination of Sadarmatt anicut across river Godavari in Nirmal district and Pedda Cheruvu in Kamareddy district in the ICID Read More …

‘Pondicherry shark’ spotted near Kakinada

Context: Field biologists from the EGREE Foundation have spotted ‘Pondicherry shark’, an endangered species protected under the provisions of the Wildlife(Protection) Act. More details: This is for the third time they are spotted in the East Godavari River Estuarine Ecosystem region after 2007 and 2016. Scientifically known as Carcharhinus hemiodon, it belongs Read More …

Eight avian species declared “extinct” in new study

Context: Scientists have declared eight species of birds to be extinct in what are being seen as the first avian extinctions of the 21st century. About the species: These include Spix’s macaw, the Alagoas foliage-gleaner, the cryptic treehunter, the Pernambuco pygmy-owl, the poo-uli, or black-faced honeycreeper and the glaucous macaw. Five of Read More …