The UN climate conference (COP23) commenced in Bonn, Germany fetched a good result for developing countries, including India, as the developed nations, at last, agreed to budge on the issue of their pre-2020 actions as well world gets a new platform to discuss the issue, called Talanoa Dialogues. The contentious issue, which requires revisiting of greenhouse gas mitigation targets or the emission cut target by developed countries and provision of finance, technology know-how and capacity building support to developing countries, has now found a place in the draft decision text of the COP23.
National Green Tribunal has directed the state government of Delhi to seize 10-year-old diesel taxis without any delay as they cause air pollution. The decision was taken by a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.
The largest-ever group of scientists from across the world have warned that time is running out to save the Earth and urgent action needs to be taken to avoid substantial and irreversible harm to the planet.
The study, led by researchers at University of Maryland in the US, reveals that India's emissions of the air pollutant sulphur dioxide has increased by 50 per cent since 2007, while China's fell by 75 per cent.
Social media giant, Facebook has teamed up with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an Indian non-profit body – SEEDS- to offer tools to these agencies in an attempt to help them respond more effectively to natural disasters.
A new study by NASA reveals that a geothermal heat source called a ‘mantle plume’ lies deep below West Antarctica, which explains some of the melting that creates lakes and rivers under the ice sheet.
While going through the samples of earliest Cretaceous rocks, researchers came across two teeth which were later found out to be the remains of early Cretaceous mammals. The teeth are of a highly advanced type that can pierce, cut and crush food.
The ozone hole that forms over Antarctica every year in September was found to be the smallest this year since 1988. This was revealed by the NASA satellite measurements from 2017.
The Environment Pollution - Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has recommended a series of measures including slashing of Metro fares during off-peak hours and quadrupling of parking fees temporarily to tackle the severe pollution crisis in Delhi, the capital city of India.
The bench also noted that the ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breathe properly. It also directed the CPCB to state what emergency directions it has issued in exercise of its powers to tackle the situation.
The state government of Odisha has imposed a seven-month ban on sea fishing activity in order to protect the Olive Ridley sea turtles.
A key indicator of climate change, Arctic sea ice, could be declining faster than predicted, as per a study done by the University of Calgary, Canada. The study found that satellite measurements over the years have overestimated the thickness of Arctic sea ice by as much as 25 percent because of the occurrence of salty snow.
The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control boards to take action against 35 thermal power plants across the country that have failed to install online effluent and emission monitoring system, despite its earlier direction.
To protect thousands of mammal species, with a focus on species with few close relatives, the scientists have mapped priority areas across the world, including parts of India. This is the first ever mapping of these priority areas for preserving the diversity of mammal evolution along with minimum target areas for habitat protection.
The Special Centre for Disaster Research (SCDR) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Underlining the fact that India is a disaster-prone country and disasters will only grow in intensity and frequency, the Minister said that the country should equip itself to face ‘severe’ disasters.
Indian Railways’ first set of solar plants having a total capacity of 5 megawatt peak (MWp) would be launched in New Delhi.
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has given its in-principle stage-I forest clearance for the construction of the Kaleswaram project stage-one.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended 40 per cent reduction in carbon emissions in telecom networks by 2022-23.
Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, according to experts. Holding one-fifth of the world's unfrozen fresh water, the lake situated in Russia's Siberia region is a natural wonder of exceptional value to evolutionary science.
A major study has revealed that people are most at risk of succumbing to pollution in continents of Asia and Africa with India topping the list of individual countries. The study reports that one out of every four premature deaths in India in 2015 was due to pollution. China's environment was reported to be the second deadliest, with more than 1.8 million premature deaths, attributed to pollution-related illness.
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of water resources.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved eight projects worth Rs 700 Cr under Namami Gange Programme, among which four relate to sewage management in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, three relate to treatment of drains through bio-remediation and one relates to inventorization and surveillance of river Ganga.
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind would be inaugurating the India Water Week – 2017 in New Delhi. The 5-day international event would be attended by over 1500 delegates from India and 13 other countries. The main theme of the event is ‘Water and Energy for Inclusive Growth’.
India’s renewable energy capacity will be more than double by 2022, according to the latest renewables market analysis and forecast report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The increase, according to the report, would be enough for India to overtake renewable expansion in the European Union for the first time ever.
The Union government has approved the development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam under Namami Gange programme to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from growing anthropogenic pressures.
The Union government has constituted a high-level committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER). The committee would mainly facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland water transport, forestry, fishery and eco-tourism.
Third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031 was unveiled by India spelling out the future road map for wildlife conservation. A road map to conserve wildlife of the country, in the form of an Action Plan was mooted in the 15th convention of Indian Board for Wildlife (NBWL) during 1982 and accordingly, the 1st National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP-1) was drafted and adopted in 1983.
The Uttar Pradesh government has stated that it has built over 3.52 lakh toilet units in 17 days under the Centre's Swachhta hi Seva campaign thereby, topping other states in the effort. The toilets were constructed between 15 September and 2 October.
Nepal and India for the first time will commence a joint tiger census next month in their forests, national parks and protected areas neighbouring the two countries using a globally-recognised method.
The Union government has declared 5 more states- Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana , Jharkhand and Chattisgarh as ‘Open Defecation Free’ on the day when Swacch Bharat Mission completed three years.