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National Highways Under Green Highways Scheme

The National Highways Authority of India has initiated tree plantations along 1,513 km length of National Highways in ten states in 2016. This includes 390...

Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities have evacuated some 1,100 people after a volcano erupted. Mount Barujari on Lombok island erupted shooting ash 2,000m (6,500 ft) into the air. The...

Migratory Seabird Deaths Due to Hurricanes

According to latest study, stronger and more frequent hurricanes may pose a new threat to the sooty tern, an iconic species of migratory seabird...

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction: India’s Action

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, with seven targets and...

World’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

An ambitious, emergency plan to help save the vaquita porpoise from extinction in the northern Gulf of California has been recommended by the International...

EU Close to 2020 Green House Emission Target

Data released by the Eurostat showed that the European Union (EU) is close to its 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20...

New Species Named in Honor of Trump

Biologist Dr. Vazrick Nazari named a new species of moth in the honour of new US President Donald Trump. The new moth, officially described as...

Science Express Climate Action Special

Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi. The SECAS II will run from February 17 to...

IMD Issues First Ever Summer Forecast

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued its first ever summer forecast which predicts a slightly higher temperature during April-June across the country in...

New Unique Species of Frog Discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of frog from Amazonian Ecuador. Its uniqueness is the transparent skin that is stretching all over its chest as...

National REDD+ Strategy of India Launched

Union Minister for Environment released the ‘National REDD+ Strategy India’. In simple terms, REDD+ means “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”, conservation of forest...

Measures Taken to Mitigate Air Pollution

The steps taken by the Union Government to mitigate air pollution in cities in the country include the following:- (i) Notification of National Ambient Air...

NCA Allows Raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam Height

Narmada Control Authority (NCA) has cleared the final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) in Gujarat by lowering of gates and impounding of water...

Closure of Badarpur Thermal Plant

The Delhi government extended the closure of Badarpur Thermal Power Plant. The Graded Response Action Plan for tackling air pollution, prepared by the Central Pollution...

High Temperatures Reduces Dakshin Gangotri

The Dakshin Gangotri Glacier is a small tongue of the polar continental ice sheet impinging on the Schirmacher Oasis of central Queen Maud Land,...

Achievements of IMD in 2015

The India Meteorological Department (IMD), also referred to as the Met Department, is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government...

Project Green Port Started

The Ministry of Shipping has started ‘Project Green Ports’ which will help in making the Major Ports across India cleaner and greener. ‘Project Green Ports’...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Grows 750 Million Trees

In a massive government-run reforestation campaign, the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan has grown 750 million trees. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, or KP, launched the four-year...

Delhi Launches Air Pollution Action Plan

The Supreme Court approved the Centre’s graded response action plan to tackle different levels of pollution. “Enforcement of the plan shall be under the orders...

Beijing Issues Yellow Air Pollution Alert

Chinese capital Beijing city issued its first yellow alert for air pollution in the second half of this year. The alert puts restrictions on work...

Cyclone Debbie in News

In Australia, a land of wild extremes, recent flooding caused by Cyclone Debbie has killed at least six people. Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017...

Proposal to Limit Airlines Carbon Emissions

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed a proposal by the United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the binding limits on carbon dioxide...

Green Climate Fund and India: Latest Developments

Recently, Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) has been signed between Green Climate Fund (GCF) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Several of the...

Climate Targets Signal ‘Unprecedented Momentum’

According to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, implementation of the national climate target plans prepared by countries ahead of the Paris...

Nepal Drains Imja Glacial Lake

In Nepal, army has finished draining a dangerous glacial lake near Mount Everest to a safe level. The Imja glacial lake, at nearly 5,000 meter...

New Species of ‘Eel’ Discovered

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India ( ZSI) have a discovered a new species of eel along the coast of Digha in West...

National Green Tribunal Ask States to Stop Crop Burning

A day after dense smog engulfed the National Capital Region the National Green Tribunal has asked Delhi and four northern states to issue stringent...

National Seismological Network

At present National Centre of Seismology (NCS) , Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), maintains a National Seismological Network (NSN) comprising of 84 (eighty four)...

Agreement on International Solar Alliance Signed

Over 20 countries have become signatories to the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance. The Framework Agreement of ISA was opened for signature in...

$80 Million Fund for Energy Efficiency

$80 million fund has been launched to expand energy efficiency in developing countries. According to India Lead- Global Strategic Communications Council the new fund is...

New Species of Pika Mammal Discovered

Scientists have discovered a new species of Pika, a mammal belonging to the rabbit and hare family ( Lagomorpha ), in the Himalayas in...

Mobile App To Control Air Pollution Launched

Supreme Court-appointed pollution watchdog, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), launched a mobile app "Hawa Badlo", aiming to improve air quality with public participation. Jointly...

UN Report: El Nino Drives Concentration of CO2

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged again to new records in 2016, and, based on readings of the longest-established greenhouse...

USA China Ratify Paris Climate Agreement

The United States has joined China to formally ratify the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions. In Paris 2015, nearly 200 countries agreed on a...

Cyclone ‘Nada’ in Bay of Bengal

India Met Department (IMD) has declared the formation of cyclone ‘Nada’ over South-West and adjoining South-East Bay of Bengal. The cyclone will continue to move...

International Solar Alliance Established

India launched an International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the CoP21 Climate Conference at Paris, with an announcement by Prime Minister Modi that the revolution...

Heavy Mudslide in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone devastating landslide near the capital Freetown is one of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf...

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

According to United Nations, there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items...

Increased CO2 Enhances Plankton Growth

Coccolithophores (tiny calcifying plants) have been increasing in relative abundance in the North Atlantic over the last 45 years, as carbon input into ocean...

Typhoon Jebi: Strongest Storm in Japan

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people as it faces extremely strong winds and heavy rain consequence of typhoon Jebi's...

Antarctic Ice Sheet is Affecting Climate Change

An international team of researchers has concluded that the Antarctic Ice Sheet actually plays a major role in regional and global climate change -- a...

Trillion Trees Program Launched

Recently, the 'Trillion Trees Program' was launched by three conservation organizations – BirdLife International, the Wildlife Conservation Society and WWF. 'Trillion Trees Program' is a...

H5N8 Virus Confirmed in Karnataka

India has reported an H5N8 virus in Karnataka. It was confirmed among birds in the village of Itagi, in Hosapete taluk; all 1,593 of...

Whales Reached Tamilnadu Coast

In an unusual phenomenon, 45 dead, short-finned pilot whales were washed ashore between Kallamozhi and Manapad in Thoothukudi district. Of these, 37 were adults...

Trash Skimmers for Surface Cleaning Of Ganga River

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)  introduced trash skimmers for surface cleaning of Ganga in six more cities in January. The cities are Rishikesh,...

Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit 15 Million Year High

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) urged world leaders to take note of the profound implications of record-high carbon dioxide readings...

Central Zoo Authority: New Composition

The Environment Ministry has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA). The CZA is a statutory body chaired by the Environment Minister and tasked with...

Plan to Boost Climate Resilience in Africa

Noting the significant impact climatic activities have on African people and countries, the World Bank Group announced today a new plan outlining actions required...

Forest Fires in Portugal and Canada

60 people have been killed in huge forest fires in central Portugal. Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, described these fires as “the greatest tragedy”. Three...

France Launches Its Climate Change Plan

France’s minister of the environment Nicolas Hulot has unveiled a detailed a plan that includes ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars by 2040. The...

UN Adopts 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 193-Member United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Assembly’s formal adoption of the new framework, Transforming Our World: the 2030...

Concept Of ‘Capturing Waste Carbon Dioxide’ In News

As part of its climate change commitments in the aftermath of signing the historic Paris agreement India is now exploring the possibility of carbon...

Cleaning of Mula-Mutha River in Pune

The Government signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for pollution abatement of River Mula-Mutha in Pune under National River Conservation...

Narmada Seva Yatra in News

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at the temple at Narmada Udgam Sthal - the origin of the River Narmada. Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

Hurricane Hermine Strucks Florida

Hurricane Hermine struck Florida and brought threats of floods, landslides, surges and even tornadoes. Hermine, which has been marked Category 1 made landfall in Florida's...

Land Degradation Neutrality in India by 2030

Land Degradation is a global concern for sustainable development, conservation of biodiversity and mitigating and adapting to climate change. It refers to reduction or...

World’s African Penguins are in Trouble

According to researchers, as the climate changes and fisheries transform the oceans, the world's African penguins are in trouble. According to them, young penguins aren't...

Global Mercury Emissions Drop

Accroding to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing...

Climate Phenomena ‘La Nina’ Starts

According to Japan's Weather Agency, La Nina has set in and may continue through the winter. There is a chance that La Nina may...

ICHR Pilot Project on Ram Setu in News

The Indian Council of Historical Research will undertake a two-month pilot project on 'Ram Setu' this year to archaeologically "ascertain" if the structures were...

Bharat Stage-VI Norms: Official Information

Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, vide their notification GSR 889E dated 16.09.2016, has mandated mass emission standard for BS-VI throughout  the  country with...

Steps Taken to Tackle Air Pollution in Delhi-NCR

Union Minister of Environment chaired the meeting on the issue of tackling air pollution in Delhi-NCR region. The meeting noted that the air quality in...

Typhoon Megi Reaches China

Typhoon Megi has reached China's Quanzhou City with winds packing over 118 km per hour speed after causing havoc in Taiwan. Megi, the 17th typhoon...

New Initiative To Protect Ocean Resources

The World Economic Forum and the the Marine Science Institute of University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), have announced a partnership to improve the...

‘Green Digital Finance Alliance’ Formed

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and a the leading Chinese online financial service provider Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial) rolled out an innovative...

Agreement to Mitigate Aviation Emissions

Government, industry and civil society representatives have agreed  on a new global market-based measure (GMBM) to control CO2 emissions from international aviation. The historic move...

NGT Bans Registration of Diesel Vehicles in Delhi

National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders that no new diesel vehicles will be registered in Delhi in order to curb the growing menance of air...

Cyclone ‘Kyant’ in Bay of Bengal

India Met Department has proclaimed that the deep depression over East-central Bay of Bengal has strengthened into typhoon "Kyant." 'Kyant' lay focused around 620 km...

‘Super Sponge’ Created to Clean Oil Spill

Scientists have created the non-toxic ‘super-sponge’ to clean oil spill in the turbulent waters of the Arctic Ocean. An oil spill is the release of...

Small Ponds Contribute Towards Global Warming

According to a study published journal Nature Climate Change, small natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming. Scientists in Britain found that...

Endangered Plant Species Found in India

Two new species of balsams (impatiens) have been discovered by the officials from the shola forests on the periphery of the Eravikulam National Park...

NGT Bans Plastic Bags in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags which are less than 50 microns in the entire national...

Earthquake Hits Asian Region

An earthquake measuring 6.9 at the Richter Scale hit Pakistani capital Islamabad and parts of eastern Punjab and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The quake's focal...

Healing of Antarctic Ozone Layer

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have identified the "first fingerprints of healing" of the Antarctic ozone layer. The team found that the September ozone hole...

Global Sea Level Rise and Steps Taken by India

According to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that global mean sea level had risen by 0.19m over...

Cyclone Ockhi and Search Rescue Operations

Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Ockhi is an active tropical cyclone currently threatening and impacting India, and is the most intense to exist in the...

Tropical Storm Pakhar and Typhoon Hato

Severe Tropical Storm Pakhar has swept into southern China, bringing heavy rain and strong wind to Hong Kong and Macau as the region reels...

Aravalis Region Expanded to Entire NCR

A government panel has approved that all non-cultivable hill land, rocky and sandy areas in the ecologically sensitive Aravalis in the entire National Capital...

Typhoon Malakas and Meranti in China

China's meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for typhoon Malakas, forecasting strong winds and heavy rain. Malakas, the 16th typhoon in 2016, was observed 135...

UN Declaration on Climate Change

Ahead of the UN climate change conference starting on 30 November, a declaration on climate issues has been signed in Iceland by the city...

Delhi Metro Solar Project Listed With UN

The Delhi Metro’s solar rooftop plants has become the first of its kind green project to be registered with United Nations on climate change...

Year 2015 is Hottest on Record

Earth has just had the hottest January-September on record, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today, adding that the average air and...

River Ganga is Recognised as Living Entity by Court

The Uttarakhand High Court has recognised river Ganga as the first living entity of India. Recognising a river as a living entity means granting...

New Species of Songbird Found

Researchers have found two new endemic genera and a new species of songbird in Western Ghats of India. Researchers has designated two new genera, the...

Wildfires in California Driven by Santa Ana Winds

Wildfires in the forests of southern California are driven by Santa Ana winds. It has displaced the thousands of people from this area. About 200,000...

China Imposed $28 Million Pollution Fines

Beijing's environmental regulatory authority levied fines totalling about 183 million yuan ($27.76 million) for violations of pollution laws in the Chinese capital last year. The...

Gangetic Dolphins Survey Launched

The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered...

Cyclone Roanu in Andhra Coast

Cyclonic Storm Roanu is an active tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal currently affecting the eastern coast of India. It is the first...

Seismic Zones in India

Earthquake - prone areas of the country have been identified on the basis of scientific inputs relating to seismicity, earthquakes occurred in the past...

2011-2015 is the Hottest 5-Year Period

In a new detailed analysis of the global climate between 2011 and 2015 – the hottest 5-year period on record – the UN World...

Hurricane Newton Hits Mexico

Hurricane Newton thrashed Mexico's northwestern resort of Los Cabos. It uprooted trees and blow away tin roofs as thousands of tourists and locals hunkered down. The...

Mali Becomes First Country to Ratify Kigali Amendment

Mali has become the first country to ratify the Kigali Amendment, a ground-breaking amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a major...

World Environment Day Theme in 2017

‘Connecting People to Nature’, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and...

IGI Airport Gets Carbon Neutral Status

Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has become the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral status. DIAL is a GMR Group-led...

Japan Signs Paris Agreement

Japan ratified the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to decrease emissions and prevent climate change, four days after the global pact officially entered into...

New Species of Snow Leopard Found

Three sub-species of snow leopard differentiated by geographical location: 1. the Northern group, Panthera uncia irbis, found in the Altai region, 2. the Central group, Panthera uncia...

Geologists Discovered Biggest Fault

Geologists have discovered the biggest exposed fault on the earth at the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia and worked out how it formed. The...

Deep-Earth Area of Melting Carbon Discovered

Scientists have used the world's largest array of seismic sensors to map a deep-Earth area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million square kilometres. Situated under...

Area Near Ganga Declared “No-Development Zone”

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed Rs 50,000 fine on anyone found dumping the waste within 500 meters from the edge of River...

Hyogo Framework for Action: Building Resilience After Disasters

The Hyogo Framework for Action is a 10-year plan to make the world safer from natural hazards. This famework came out of the World...