Environment and Ecology

India tops list of pollution-related deaths in world

21/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a study published by medical journal The Lancet, India has topped the list of countries with pollution-related deaths in 2015, with 2.51 ...

Graded plan to combat air pollution

20/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Graded Response Action Plan, Delhi-NCR’s answer to combat air pollution that assumes apocalyptic proportions during this time of the year, came in ...

India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode

16/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode to come up in Haridwar and Varanasi. A tripartite agreement has been signed between Nat ...

SC bans sale of crackers in Delhi

14/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Supreme Court refused to modify its order banning firecracker sales in Delhi-NCR. Supreme Court reinstated its ban on the sale of firecrackers in ...

Turtle Sanctuary

7/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures, development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahab ...

Government launches wildlife action plan

4/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

After integrating climate change into wildlife planning, putting greater thrust on wildlife health management and poaching, increasing public outreach ...

SECURE Himalaya Project

4/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Union Government had launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project to ensure conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity, land an ...

State Forest Policy of Himachal Pradesh

3/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The State Forest Policy of 1980 was to meet the peculiar forestry situations within the State (Department of Forest Farming and Conservation, 1980). T ...

Centre notifies wetland rules

2/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

In a major decision, the union environment ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 which prohibit a range of activi ...

Aquatic Rhabdops

1/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake - Aquatic Rhabdops, which was misidentified since 1863, has finally been described and identified as a new ...

SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital

28/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Sustainable Development

SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital, a joint initiative of Government of Assam and NITI Aayog, has been launched. The programme ai ...

Rising air pollution in HP

19/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

With vehicular emissions emerging as the lead cause of air pollution in various industrial clusters, the HP State Pollution Control Board has proposed ...

Snow leopard

17/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

The conservation status of snow leopard has been improved from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. The decision was announced by the International Union for ...

Mouse deer

15/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

Telangana State Forest Department has re-introduced the endangered ‘mouse deer’ into the forests of Nallamalla in Amrabad Tiger Reserve. The release o ...

Uninhabited Lakshadweep island Parali I vanishes

9/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to recently released study, Biodiversity-rich uninhabited islands part of Lakshadweep has vanished due to coastal erosion and another four s ...

Study harmful effects of RO water: PPCB to varsity

8/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

To check the wastage of water in reverse osmosis (RO) water purifiers which further puts burden on the sewerage treatment plants in the state, the Pun ...

Tiger augmentation programme

8/9/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal has been identified for the tiger augmentation programme by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Tigers ...

Global Environment Facility (GEF) Grant Agreement

20/8/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

India and World Bank has signed an agreement of USD 24.64 million for “Ecosystem Service Improvement Project”. This project will be financed by the Wo ...

Economic Survey 2016-17: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Energy

16/8/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Sustainable Development

India ratified the Paris Agreement on 2nd October, 2016. India’s actions for the post-2020 period are based on its Nationally Determined Contribution ...

India ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol

10/8/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming ...

Oil spills

4/8/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Scientists have developed a simple, cheap and environment-friendly system that can effectively remove crude oil from sea that can pollute and even des ...

National Mission for Clean Ganga

2/8/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Executive Committee of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved seven projects worth Rs 425 crore in the sector of sewage infrastructu ...

Sagar Vani

30/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change has launched an app “Sagar Vani” on the occasion of Foundat ...

Green Climate Fund

30/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with the Green Climate Fund. W ...

NGT directs Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh to submit guidelines on forest fire

24/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh governments to submit the national forest fire prevention and cont ...

Plastic Pollution

22/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The use of plastics has used substantially since 1960s. Though, various regulations are in place to curb the overuse of plastics, hardly anything has ...

NGT to impose Rs50,000 fine for dumping waste in Ganga river

17/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned all construction within 100 metres of the river’s edge from Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. Th ...

Sustainable development goals (SDGs) Index 2017

16/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Sustainable Development

India has ranked at 116 out of 157 nations on a global index that assesses the performance of countries towards achieving the ambitious sustainable de ...

ZSI to record climate change impact on animals in five Himalayan states

14/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has launched long-term 'monitoring studies project to document the effect of climate change on animal biodiversit ...

Climate Change impact on Sunderbans mangrove

5/7/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to a study conducted by school of Oceanographic Studies, Jadavpur University, from 1986 to 2012, 124.418 sq. km. mangrove forest cover has b ...

Brow-antlered deer

29/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A workshop on how people and brow-antlered deer (Sangai), can co-exist, recently concluded in Manipur. About Brow-antlered deer Sangai is the state an ...

Environmental Impact Survey

22/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

UK based super market has released environmental impact survey. This survey highlights the individual contribution to the world's climate while also h ...

Nalanda model of water conservation

15/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A model of water conservation adopted successfully by the authorities in Nalanda district of south central Bihar, has been selected for the national a ...

Biodiversity hotspots in Goa

14/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

BirdLife International, a conservation organisation, has recognized three new sites in Goa as hotspots for protection. The sites have been added to th ...

Orang tiger reserve

9/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

According to a survey, Orang tiger reserve in Assam, have the highest density nationally (28 big cats). The count was revealed during phase IV of the ...

India’s biodiversity riches grow by 499 species

8/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

As per the latest reports by ZSI and BSI, 499 new species have been discovered in last one year in the country. Main highlights of the report: Out of ...

Mission Innovation Ministerial and Clean Energy Ministerial

6/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

Second Mission Innovation Ministerial and 8th Clean Energy Ministerial is going in Bejing, China. An Indian delegation led by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minis ...

US exit from Paris climate deal

3/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The United States will be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. According to US President, this move was aimed at protecting American and its ...

Global warming and local urban heating

2/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to a recently released report, because of dual onslaught of global warming and localised urban heating, some of the world’s cities may be as ...

‘See-through’ frog

1/6/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A new glass frog species with transparent skin through which its beating heart is visible has been discovered by scientists who warn that the amphibia ...

Action plan for Pampa conservation

25/5/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A seven-point action plan for the conservation of pampa has been chalked out. The document, named Pampa Declaration, delineates a comprehensive plan t ...

Cobra Lilya

24/5/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

Two species of genus Arisaema, or cobra lily, have been spotted in the wild after 84 years. One species was found in Thia Shola, the other was spotted ...

Himachal Pradesh launches artificial propagation programme of mahseer fish for conservation

6/5/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Himachal Pradesh fisheries department has started an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of Golden Mahseer fish. Unde ...

Himachal Pradesh becomes first state to launch green-concept based State Data Centre

6/5/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Himachal Pradesh became the first state in the country to have a State Data Centre (SDC), designed using green data centre concept. The SDC will offer ...

Climate Change and Economic Survey: 2016-17

2/5/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the historic Paris Agreement in 2015 which brings all nations into a common cau ...

BRS Conventions

24/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

An inter-ministerial Indian delegation headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is going to participate in the 2017 ...

Reclamation will cause ecological damage to Vembanad

11/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has held the CPT(Cochin Port Trust) responsible for CRZ violations ...

Chilika lagoon

7/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Odisha government is pushing for massive infrastructure improvement around the Chilika lagoon. IPE Global, which has been asked to prepare a touri ...

India’s temperature rose by 0.60 degree over last 110 years

31/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) all India mean temperatures have risen nearly 0.60 degree Celsius over the last 110 years. IMD ...

Animal welfare board

26/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF), will n ...

Sea ice hits record winter low

25/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The extent of sea ice at both poles has hit new record lows for this time of the year. The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet marks three consec ...

Ganga, Yamuna termed ‘living persons’

23/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Uttarakhand High Court has declared Ganga and Yamuna and their tributaries “juristic/legal persons/living entities having the status of a legal person ...

Green nod to nuclear research project suspended by NGT

23/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal has suspended the Environmental Clearance (EC) granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) ...

Arsenic contamination

21/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According the report tabled in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Bengal topped the list with more than 1.04 crore ars ...

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit

11/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Vice-President of India led the Indian delegation to the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit held at Jakarta to commemorate ...

India launches second stage of HCFCs phase out plan

10/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India has launched the second stage of its plans to phase out the Ozone-depleting HCFCs by 2030, as required under the Montreal Protocol. About HCFC P ...

Arsenic problem in Ganga Basin

9/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Workshop on Arsenic problem in ground water and its remediation in Ganga Basin was recently organised by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) in New Delh ...

Tiruvannamalai project

7/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A two-member expert committee submitted its report on Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Path Widening Project to the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern B ...

NGT fixes norms for camping along Ganga

5/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has prohibited all camping activity on beaches which fall within 100 meters along the River Ganga from Shivpuri to R ...

Two endangered plant species spotted

4/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Two critically endangered impatiens plant species are spotted on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park. The newly discovered species include ...

Seemai karuvelam trees

2/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Madras high court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses within two months to eradicate seemai karuv ...

Illegal trade of turtle

28/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

There has been a strengthening of smuggling network in India which leads to the increase in illegal trade and export of tortoises and freshwater turtl ...

Nesting of olive ridley turtles

26/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A record-breaking mass nesting by 3.8 lakh endangered olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) took place at the Rushikulya rookery coast in Ganja ...

Nagarjuna Sagar – Srisailam Tiger Reserve

26/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

There is strong criticism going around because National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) granted permission to the widening of a road that falls in the buffe ...

India’s rapidly worsening air pollution

20/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a report on air pollution, India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is causing about 1.1 million people to die prematurely each year and i ...

Cloud Seeding Programme

19/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Maharashtra Government has approved Rs. 250 crore Cloud Seeding Programme during 2017 monsoon season to produce sufficient rain. Under this programme, ...

UNESCO Natural Heritage Festival

18/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The 2017 UNESCO Natural Heritage Festival was held at Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Sairopa, Himachal Pradesh from February 11th to 12th. Th ...

Irrawaddy dolphins

8/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

According to the latest census, Chilika lagoon remains the primary habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins. Bhitarkania appears to be the second main habitat of ...

The Asia LPG Summit

7/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The WLPGA Asia LPG Summit was recently inaugurated in Delhi. In this event, India showcased its various initiatives such as the Ujjwala, Direct Benefi ...

Central Pollution Control Board assessing oil spill

7/2/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is analysing samples from the oil spill resulting from a collision between two ships off the coast of Tamil ...

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)

30/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

Central Water Commission (CWC) under the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has signed two separate MoUs with IIT Ma ...

Cabinet approves ratification of the Second Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol

29/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to ratify the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases ...

Effects of Endosulfan devastating: Supreme Court

16/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Supreme Court described the effects of Endosulfan as “devastating,” and directed the Kerala government to release the entire compensation to over 5,00 ...

Green tribunal orders on micro beads

14/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to test cosmetic products containing microbeads after a plea sought ban on their use on the ground ...

Air pollution a national problem

13/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

A Greenpeace report shows 90% of cities studied had pollution levels over prescribed standards. Highlights of the report: Delhi’s toxic air may be mak ...

New Ginger species found in Andamans

12/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as Ginger) from the Andaman and Nicobar Isla ...

Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

9/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India’s energy and environment ministries have asked the government to scrap an import tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and impose a levy on use of ...

Rhinoceros: a successful conservation story in India

7/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India), population of Indian Rhinoceros increased from 75 in 1905 to over 2,700 by 2012. The In ...

Mesentery

6/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Irish scientists have recently identified a new human organ that has existed in the digestive system for hundreds of years. Named as the mesentery, th ...

New Projects under Namami Gange Programme

5/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

New projects under Namami Gange programme in Haridwar and Varanasi have been approved by National Mission for Clean Ganga. In Haridwar, 68 MLD sewage ...

Cabinet approves International Solar Alliance (ISA)

31/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of ISA’s Framewor ...

First 2G (Second Generation) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India

28/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

First Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India has been set up at village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda (Punjab), with an approximate investment o ...

NGT bans open waste burning

24/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

There shall be complete prohibition on open burning of waste on lands, including at the landfill sites. For each such incident, violators including pr ...

Parliamentary Panel on Forest Fire

22/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

The Parliamentary panel has submitted its report on forest fire in India. This panel was formed after a series of devastating forest fires earlier thi ...

Eco-Sensitive Zone

7/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Government has issued the final Notification for an Eco-Sensitive Zone area of 59.46 sq kms of which 19.25 sq km is forest land and 40.21 sq km is ...

Winter Fog Experiment (WIFEX 2016-17)

6/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

To better understand the science of fog formation over New Delhi, the Ministry of Earth Sciences inaugurated the Winter Fog Campaign at the New Delhi ...

Environment Ministry postpones forest policy indefinitely

5/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The Environment Ministry has indefinitely postponed an ambitious plan to update India’s forest policy. It has also decided to abstain from committing ...

Graded response action plan to tackle pollution level

4/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Supreme Court had accorded its nod to the Centre's graded response action plan to tackle different levels of pollution and asked the Central Pollu ...

Cabinet approves India’s position at Kigali conference

3/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the negotiating position adopted by the Government of India at the recent Meeting of Parties (MoP) to the ...

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef sees largest coral die-off ever

29/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

Warm seas around Australia's Great Barrier Reef have killed two-thirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months. This is the w ...

Smog

25/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

New Delhi had witnessed a heavy blanket of smog after Diwali. Now there is a possibility that it will return soon as constant sources of pollution hav ...

Marrakech Action Proclamation

20/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Heads of State, Government, and Delegations, gathered in Marrakech for the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties ...

World likely to cross 1.2°C global warming level this year

16/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year, with global temperatu ...

Loktak Lake

7/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has constituted a four-member team for conservation and management of Loktak Lak ...

Paris Agreement enters into force

6/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Paris Agreement pdf-icon entered into force on 4 November 2016, thirty days after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounti ...

Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

5/11/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

The three-day Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction was recently inaugurated by PM Modi. The conference will adopt the New Delhi Dec ...

Forest Rights Act, 2006

31/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

A Workshop on “Forest Rights Act, 2006 – its Implementation, benefits to tribal and other traditional forest dwelling communities and its challenges” ...

Kashmir’s Red Stag

25/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is going to declare the Kashmiri Red Stag (also known as Hangul) as a Critically Endangered ...

Green train corridors

22/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

In order to make all the rail tracks on its network as green corridor, Railways announced that 175-km long line was made waste discharge free zone as ...

Kigali Agreement

18/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

An agreement to limit the future use of hydrofluorocarbons – or HFCs, chemical refrigerants used in ACs, fridges and cars, and which contribute to glo ...

India to eliminate use of HFC-23 by 2030

15/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

India announced that it will eliminate the HFC-23 gas, a potent greenhouse gas with high global warming potential, as part of its commitment to combat ...

Top World's Most Polluted Megacities

5/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Recent report of WHO on air pollution has confirmed that Delhi's pollution has gone from bad to worse. World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared De ...

Green Climate Fund

4/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Recently, India has rectified Paris pact on climate change. Now in upcoming summit on climate change in Morocco, India set to stress on operationalize ...

Ochotona sikimaria

3/10/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A new species of a small mammal in the rabbit family has been discovered in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas in Sikkim. This new Pika species is ...

WHO report on killing by Air pollution

30/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

In a study conducted by the World Health Organization, it reported that it could have been air pollution that killed six lakh Indians in 2012, which i ...

Cyrtodactylus Varadgirii

29/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A new species of a ground-dwelling lizard has been discovered in Goregaon's Aarey Colony and Thane's Badlapur forested belts, 130 years after the last ...

Union Cabinet approves ratification of the Paris Agreement

29/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Union Cabinet of India approved ratification of Paris Agreement which is to take place on October 2. This decision will underline India’s responsi ...

Namami Gange Progamme

19/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (MoWR, RD&GR) has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Wel ...

Polluters Pay Principle(PPP)

17/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Power Minister Piyush Goyal has reiterated India’s stand for the implementation of ‘Polluter Pays’ principle on international carbon emissions. About ...

China ratifies Paris agreement

5/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

China has ratified the emissions-cutting agreement reached last year in Paris. So far, 23 countries have ratified or otherwise joined the agreement, r ...

Salt and Arsenic Contamination Ganga basin

3/9/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a new study published by Nature Geoscience, the gravest threat to groundwater in India isn’t over-exploitation but arsenic and salt conta ...

9 new breeds of indigenous livestock registered

27/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Nine new breeds of indigenous farm animals have been registered by the Karnal-based Indian Council of Agricultural Research-National Bureau of Animal ...

Shashi Shekhar Committee

19/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A committee of experts headed by Shashi Shekhar and appointed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to assess the damage caused to the Yamuna floodplai ...

BS-VI norms

19/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a statement issued by ICRA Ratings, “Indian government’s decision to jump the Bharat Stage (BS)-V Emission Standards and implement the BS ...

Union Government launched Smart Ganga City Scheme in 10 cities

18/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Government has launched ‘Smart Ganga City’ programme in 10 cities located along Ganga to set up Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and improve drainage ne ...

SC lifts ban on sale of diesel cars in Delhi

16/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Supreme Court lifted an eight-month-old ban on the registration of large vehicles fuelled by diesel in the national capital region (NCR) , making ...

Why Is Antarctica's Sea Ice Growing While the Arctic Melts

14/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Global warming is melting the Arctic and glaciers worldwide, but not so much the sea ice in Antarctica. Analysis: Icy winds blowing off Antarctica, as ...

Impact of Shipping on Monsoon

12/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to National Remote Sensing Centre aerosol plumes from ships produced severe pollution along the international shipping route in the Bay of B ...

Periyar River

8/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Chennai, has directed the central pollution control board (CPCB) to submit a report on remedial measures being take ...

Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into fuel

2/8/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Carbon dioxide is produced by the burning of fossil fuels in power plants and car engines and continues to accumulate in the atmosphere, warming the p ...

Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, 2015.

23/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

Lok Sabha has unanimously passed the much awaited Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, 2015. The Bill aims to ensure expeditious utilization of ...

Microbeds

22/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Microbeads, small pellets of plastic, extensively used in personal care products such as shampoo, baby lotion and face cream and considered toxic to m ...

Kendrapada sheep

14/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

‘Kendrapada sheep ' or locally called 'kuji mendha sheep ‘, a threatened breed of sheep found only in coastal Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts o ...

‘Clean Ganga’ project

10/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Central government has launched 231 projects under the ‘Namami Gange’ project which would take it closer to achieving its Clean Ganga objective. 4 ...

Degradation of Land In India

9/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

According to a report released by ISRO’s Space Applications Centre nearly 30% of the country’s total geographical area is undergoing degradation. This ...

Antarctic Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Healing

6/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to show signs of healing, according to new research. The study found that the hole in the ozone layer is closin ...

International Solar Alliance Cell and World Bank Signs Declaration for Promoting Solar Energy

3/7/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

In a significant push for solar power, the World Bank has signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to mobilize $1 trillion in i ...

Shailesh Nayak committee on Coastal Zone Regulation

27/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The Shailesh Nayak Committee of the environment ministry has proposed several relaxations in the coastal zone regulations. These relaxations could pro ...

Increase in Tiger Population In Manas

26/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The second survey to monitor Tiger across the Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA), which covers Manas National Park (MNP) on the Indian sid ...

Karnala Bird Sanctuary (KBS)

23/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has made a provision of Rs 58 crore to mitigate the impact of widening of a National Highway-17 stretch pa ...

CO2 turned into stone

13/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Researchers have developed a way to capture and store carbon dioxide by turning it into stone. This technique could provide a safer, faster way to seq ...

Nilgai declared as Vermin

12/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The environment ministry has declared Nilgai as vermin in state of Bihar. By declaring any animal as vermin will allow state authorities to carry out ...

Ken-Betwa project: Threat to Ecology

12/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The proposed interlinking of Ken river in Madhya Pradesh to Betwa river in Uttar Pradesh to irrigate the vast arid and hilly region of Bundelkhand has ...

Draft Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016

7/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Environment Ministry has come up with new draft wetland conservation rules. The Draft Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2016 is seek to rep ...

Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme

6/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Haryana government on launched Asia's First 'Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme' at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore. The exercise ...

Bleaching kills off 'third of Great Barrier Reef coral'

5/6/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Bleaching is destroying great coral reefs in Australia. It is estimated that about one third of corals in the northern and central parts of Australia’ ...

Report On Climate Change: WMO

30/5/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Climate change made 2011-2015 the warmest five-year period on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) state of the global c ...

Mahseer fish

23/5/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Himachal Pradesh government has started an artificial propagation programme for rehabilitation and conservation of golden mahseer. The population of t ...

Himalayan brown bears

21/5/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The J&K Wildlife Department has recorded its first ever sighting of a group of eight Himalayan brown bears in Kargil’s Drass Sector. The sighting is c ...

Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database

15/5/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

More than 80% of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organization ( ...

NGT halts Tawang hydro power project

2/5/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has suspended the Union Environment Ministry’s clearance for hydro power project in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The c ...

Great Barrier Reef: 93% of reefs hit by coral bleaching

22/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

According to a recently conducted survey on Great Barrier reef, almost 93% of reefs on the Great Barrier Reef have been hit by coral bleaching. This i ...

South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN)

18/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Union Cabinet has given its nod for India adopting the statute of the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) which will help in checking ...

Conservation of Olive Ridleys

12/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

Wildlife authorities have launched a massive exercise to conserve Olive Ridley turtles in the Krishna Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in Andhra Pradesh. The ...

World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan

11/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The World Bank has released a climate change action plan that would help developing countries to work towards a more environment-friendly development. ...

New Solid Waste Management Rules

9/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Environment Ministry has revised Solid Waste Management Rules after 16 years. These new rules are now applicable beyond municipal areas and will e ...

Government Issues New Rules On Management Of Hazardous Waste

8/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Government has released new rules for management of hazardous wastes which for the first time include a separate category of items like tyre, metal sc ...

Ballast water and invasive species

6/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A recent survey by the Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, University of Kerala, had recorded the presence of as many as 10 invasive species ...

Vultures And NSAID(Non – Steroid Anti- Inflammatory Drug)

4/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

In 2015, The Kerala state government has withdrawn Ketoprofen, a non – steroid anti- inflammatory drug (NSAID) used extensively for veterinary purpose ...

Sand-eating tadpoles

2/4/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A group of scientists discovered sand-eating tadpole in the southern Western Ghats. These tadpole lives in total darkness, until it fully develops int ...

Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve

24/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Agasthyamala, a unique and highly divers ecosystem in the Western Ghats has been recognised by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. It covers the ...

2015: Hottest Year

15/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

Scientists reported that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far; breaking a mark set only the year before. This report is confirmed ...

Kodaikanal mercury poisoning

12/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has finally entered into a settlement to provide “undisclosed” ex-gratia amount to the victims of mercury poisioning ...

Measures to control global warming other than Reduction in Carbon Emission

11/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The Paris Conference last year primarily discussed plans to reduce carbon emissions, which is understandable as this is the most immediate item for ac ...

Extreme rainfall not because of global factors

7/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

The blame for extreme rainfall in India, a recurrent phenomenon in some cities, cannot be laid squarely on global warming and the El-Nino effect. A st ...

Environment Ministry releases new categorization of industries

7/3/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Government has released a new categorization of industries based on their pollution load. The old system of categorization was creating problems f ...

Climate Change May Affect Flight Duration

25/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

New research on climate change suggests that flight durations may change as a result of the speeding up of the jet stream. The jet stream is essential ...

Sea Turtle Conservation Project

21/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Under Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park has collected about 2,000 turtle eggs and shifted ...

Hadesarchaea Microbe

19/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A new species of microorganism has been discovered, and it lives several kilometres underneath the surface at 70 degrees Celsius. The new species – Ha ...

Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) West Antarctic Radiation Experiment - AWARE

17/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

West Antarctica is one of the most rapidly warming regions on Earth, and this warming is closely connected with global sea level rise. West Antarctic ...

Himalayan Griffon

16/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Himalayan griffon, also known as Himalayan vulture is spotted by birdwatchers in Goa. The Himalayan griffon was previously believed to belong to the u ...

Wild Pigs Declared Vermin In Uttarakhand For A Year

15/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) notified wild pig as vermin for a period of one year in Uttarakhand. This exercise of ...

Conservation Of Malabar Wetlands

5/2/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

In spite of the frequent alerts by various environmental organisations and government agencies on the threat being faced by the major wetlands in nort ...

Projects On Konkan Coast

30/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The Konkan coast of Maharashtra has for long been the stage for conservation battles. Another ‘battle’ will soon be underway,Maharashtra government is ...

Green Cement

26/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Cement is a major part of today’s construction industry which demands solutions that consider both economical and ecological aspects. Cement manufactu ...

Himalayan Forest Thrush

24/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

Scientists have described a new species of bird in northern India and China, called the Himalayan forest thrush. The species was distinguished by its ...

System Of Aerosol Monitoring And Research (SAMAR)

19/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has launched a System of Aerosol Monitoring and Research (SAMAR). It will help the country in studying conc ...

Pilot Whales

18/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

Hundreds of short-finned pilot whales have been found stranded on the beaches of Tamilnadu. Nobody knows for sure, even though whale stranding is neit ...

CRZ Amendment Raises Concerns Among Coastal Communities

13/1/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

The amendment to the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 2011 permitting the use of reclaimed land for construction of roads in notified areas ...

Environment Degradation and Health

22/12/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

There is direct link between environmental degradation and the health of Indians. Every poison we put out into the environment comes right back at us, ...

NGT Shows Red Light To Diesel Vehicles

14/12/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

In order to curb pollution in New Delhi, National Green Tribunal issued an interim order that new diesel-run vehicles will not be registered in Delhi ...

India adds 112 sq. km. to Mangrove Cover

12/12/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

According to the latest report of the Forest Survey of India (FSI), India has recorded a net increase of 112 sq. km. of mangroves forest. The earlier ...

Global Solar Alliance

2/12/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

India’s prime minister has launched an international solar alliance of over 120 countries with the French president, François Hollande, a ...

Emission of Greenhouse Gases: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) report, 2015

29/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a report released by the ministry of statistics and programmer implementation, India emitted 1,146 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 20 ...

State of The Global Climate Report 2015

26/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Climate change made 2011-2015 the warmest five-year period on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation’s (WMO) state of the gl ...

The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters Report, 1995 - 2015

23/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

A new report issued today by the UN, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, shows that over the last twenty years, 90% of major di ...

NGT directs collection of ‘green tax’

13/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

In a bid to curb health hazards originating from bursting of firecrackers, the Pune Bench of the National Green Tribunal has directed civic bodies to ...

World Giving Index

11/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Sustainable Development

India is at number 106 in the list of 145 generous nations put on The Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index. India is last among the eig ...

2015 United Nations Asia-Pacific Disaster Report

3/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

Major highlights of the report:- The Asia Pacific region is the most disaster-prone part of the world. The region’s disasters, 40 percent of the ...

Ban On Fishing To Protect Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

2/11/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

With the nesting season of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles nearing, Odisha Forest department has imposed a seven-month fishing ban from today alon ...

Green India Mission (GIM)

19/10/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

Green India Mission (GIM) was in news recently as union govt. has approved Perspective Plans & Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) submitted by four Stat ...

India’s First Community Reserve for Dolphins

12/10/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

India's first community reserve to protect the endangered dolphins will be set up in the state of West Bengal. The dolphin reserve is proposed to ...

India pledges 33-35% cut in carbon intensity by 2030

5/10/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

India has promised to make its economy more energy efficient and cut the carbon produced per unit of GDP growth by 33-35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 le ...

UNGA adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

25/9/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Sustainable Development

The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly has formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a set of bold new Global G ...

National Offshore Wind Energy Policy

16/9/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been autho ...

Okhla bird sanctuary

3/9/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Okhla bird sanctuary was in news recently as union government has issued the final notification demarcating the Eco Sensitive Zone (ESZ) around the bi ...

Report on the future of tropical deforestation

3/9/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington has released a report on the future of tropical deforestation from 2016 - 2050 with and without ca ...

Air pollution

2/6/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to the World Health Organization,Air pollution is the world's biggest environmental health risk, causing at least one in eight deaths ar ...

Experts Reject Change In Environment Laws

8/1/2015 | Environment and Ecology | Environmental Legislations

Top environment experts have questioned the recommendations of the government-appointed committee-TSR Subramanian panelto suggest changes to six exist ...

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