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New Zealand Makes Climate Risk Reporting Mandatory
19
Sep

New Zealand Makes Climate Risk Reporting Mandatory

New Zealand Makes Climate Risk Reporting Mandatory New Zealand has become the first country in the world to make climate risk reporting mandatory for banks, asset managers and insurers. Under new legislation announced on September 15, 2020, large financial institutions would be required to report annually on governance, risk management and strategies for mitigating climate...
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Delhites Breathe the Cleanest Air in 5 Years
10
Sep

Delhites Breathe the Cleanest Air in 5 Years

Delhites Breathe the Cleanest Air in 5 Years  Delhi on Monday, i.e., 31st of August 2020, recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 41 – the lowest since 2015 and from the time when the Central Pollution Control Board first started keeping the air quality records.  According to the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) 4:00 pm bulletin, the average AQI in Delhi was 41 falling under the “good”...
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IEX gets go ahead for green energy trading
08
Sep

IEX gets ahead for green energy trading

IEX gets go ahead for green energy trading Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) has received consent from Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), to commence the trading of green energy on its power trading platform, and will offer trade in four type of contracts- Green Intra-day contracts, Day- ahead contingency contracts, Daily contracts and weekly contracts. And...
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Adverse effects of Air Pollution on Bees and Pollination
05
Sep

Adverse effects of Air Pollution on Bees and Pollination

Adverse effects of Air Pollution on Bees and Pollination It has been asserted many times by leading researchers, scientists and other environmental professionals that if bees were to deplete in numbers or perish from the face of the Earth, then it would pose grave consequences for the whole ecosystem.These are pretty interesting creatures as well...
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Greenland Ice Sheets melted: Breaks record
28
Aug

Greenland Ice Sheets melted: Breaks record

Greenland Ice Sheets melted : Breaks record The sea level is rising at a speed which will be beyond repair due to the change in the climate. The melting of glaciers caused by global warming and climate change has caused an average annual increase in the oceans of one millimeter. Researchers said that the annual...
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No National Board for Wildlife Clearance required for the Projects which would not need Environmental Clearance
22
Aug

No National Board for Wildlife Clearance required for the Projects which would not need Environmental Clearance

No National Board for Wildlife Clearance required for the Projects which would not need Environmental Clearance The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has said that the projects which do not require an environmental clearance, will no longer have to get wildlife clearance within the Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZ). The National Board for Wildlife...
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Massive Explosion In Beirut
06
Aug

Massive Explosion In Beirut

Massive Explosion In Beirut On Tuesday evening, the capital city of Lebanon, Beirut experienced a catastrophic explosion (at around 6:10 pm local time) shaking buildings all over the city. It caused severe damage and casualties which was caught on camera and widely circulated on social media. There were two explosions that occurred barely within minutes...
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Global Witness Report recorded 212 murders of Environmentalists
05
Aug

Global Witness Report recorded 212 murders of Environmentalists

Global Witness Report recorded 212 murders of Environmentalists Global Witness, an independent watchdog revealed 212 murders of the environmentalists or activists in a single year, 2019, making it the most dangerous breaking year for people who try to protect their homes, forests and rivers against industries which are harmful to the environment. On an average,...
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29
Jul

Pollution returns to River Yamuna as toxic foam flows in the river after easing of lockdown

Pollution returns to River Yamuna as toxic foam flows in the river after easing of lockdown Yamuna River had begun to heal as fewer pollutants were being let out in the river amid the lockdown following the COVID-19 pandemic, which is now once again getting back to be polluted. With relaxation in restrictions by Central...
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28
Jul

Climate Changes May Lead To Warmer Months Ahead

CLIMATE CHANGES MAY LEAD TO WARMER MONTHS AHEAD The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported, that many regions of the world can expect above average temperatures in the coming months even without the existence of an warming El Niño phenomenon. The UN agency has released its latest report on El Niño / Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a...
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28
Jul

The World’s Forest Area Is Decreasing, But the Rate of Loss Has Lowered

The World’s Forest Area Is Decreasing, But the Rate of Loss Has Lowered The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (‘FAO’) has recently in May 2020 released the key findings to its Global Forest Resources Assessment study (FRA 2020), which seeks to turn the tide on deforestation, or the conversion of land to...
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24
Jul

Yellow turtles found in Balasore, Odisha

Yellow turtles found in Balasore Locals from Sujanpur village in Soro Block in Odisha’s Balasore district rescued the unique and extraordinary yellow turtles on Sunday, 19th of July, 2020. Bhanoomitra Acharya, a wildlife warden claimed it to be the rarest and prettiest turtle ever.  Research studies have stated that there have been various instances in...
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22
Jul

The Indus Dolphins are Struggling for Survival

Indus dolphins are amongst the world’s eight officially living populations of the dolphins. The Indus dolphin locally known as ‘Bhulan’ is a subspecies of the South Asian river dolphin along with the other popular Ganges river dolphins. These dolphins are found in freshwater rivers and cannot survive in saltwater like their marine counterparts. According to...
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20
Jul

WORLD’S SMALLEST PRIMATE ‘RED-LISTED’ BY IUCN.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is an international organization which plays an active role in biodiversity conservation by majorly carrying out research, field projects, data analysis and awareness. The IUCN recently published a ‘Red list’ of threatened species, which is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. This list...
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13
Jul

Draft EIA Policy: Centre being urged by former bureaucrats to withdraw the same

A group of over 60 former bureaucrats wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to environment minister Prakash Javadekar asking for withdrawal of the proposed Environment Impact Assessment Policy 2020. Additionally, they asked for a “friendlier” policy. Quoting them, “It is clear that what the amended policy [EIA] really intends to do is...
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08
Jul

The mysterious death of Elephants in Botswana

In what is being termed as a conservation disaster by some and potential to be a global health crisis, “hundreds” of elephants have been reported to have died in Botswana. It has been reported that around 280-350 (and counting) elephants have died around the Okavango Delta in the past two months. Botswana is home to...
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07
Jul

Pangolin scales officially removed from the list of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In what can be held as a great conservatory move, pangolins have been removed from the list of Traditional Chinese Medicine 2020, better than as the Chinese Pharmacopoeia 2020. China upgraded all species of pangolin from second class to first-class protected animals, because of their decreasing number. As per the Chinese Pharmacopoeia,  depleted wildlife species...
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07
Jul

The South Pole warming three times faster than the global average

According to research led by Ohio University professor Ryan Fogt and OHIO alumnus Kyle Clem, the South Pole has been warming at an alarming rate of three times more than the global level over the past 30 years. Clem, the author of the study is a current postdoctoral researcher in climate science at Victoria University...
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07
Jul

China’s annual Dog Meat Festival conducted despite pandemic

China’s 10 day annual dog meat festival ended on 30th June 2020 in the South-Western city of Yulin, despite the risks of the same highlighted by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The Yulin’s “Lychee and Dog Meat” festival runs from June 21-30, attracting thousands of visitors during one of the hottest weeks of the year wherein...
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06
Jul

Conservation of vultures: Their role in curbing spread of zoonotic diseases

Vultures are admittedly fascinating creatures, even though a lot of cultures disregard them as scavenging, lowly creatures. This is largely due to their eating habits, since they mostly feed on dead animals and are thus associated with death, making them appear sinister and full of foreboding. Most people do not see their value as scavengers...
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29
Jun

New Town Kolkata Development Authority Comes up with Rooftop Greens

With the destruction Amphan has caused in Kolkata, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority has come up with an innovative proposal of rooftop garden in all the new buildings. The NKDA will be sending the policy to the state government in few days, as said by the NKDA official. This idea of rooftop garden was...
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26
Jun

Mediterranean : Climate Change Hotspot

The Mediterranean has long stood out for being particularly sensitive to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases in successive generations of global climate models (GCMs). The last International Panel on Climate Change report (IPPC, 2013) highlights the impacts of global warming on the Mediterranean as one of the most vulnerable regions in the world. Also, the...
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23
Jun

World Rainforest Day: Introduction

Blackwater lake, rainforest, and a whitewater river in the Amazon. Photo by Rhett A. Butler founder of Mongabay. That tropical rainforests are important to the world, would be an understatement. Housing the highest number of species, boasting  of rich biodiversity, storing more carbon in aggregate than any other terrestrial ecosystem, and hosting the majority of...
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11
Jun

Great Britain moves on from coal

Britain has been on its way beyond a significant milestone at midnight on Wednesday. Britain, who, in the 1880s brought coal power to the world, has been running its electricity network since midnight, April 9,without burning coal. That makes it two whole months. The electricity demand fell considerably, as the lockdown in Britain was imposed...
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10
Jun

Gas Leak leads to Fire In Assam

A massive fire broke out at the damaged Baghjan oil well in Tinsukia district of Assam on Tuesday. For the last 14 days, the oil well has been emitting gas uncontrollably. The conflagration at the oil well of Oil India Ltd. has been so huge that it can be seen from a distance of more than...
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08
Jun

The ‘ Man- Animal’ Conflicts

The National Green Tribunal on Friday took suo moto cognizance of the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala’s Palakkad city on May 27 and formed a committee, directing it to submit an action-taken report in the matter, PTI reported.  The next hearing is scheduled for July 10. NGT has issued notice in the matter to the Central Government...
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08
Jun

Opening of tiger reserves for tourism

The tourism industry, which has been severely affected by COVID-19 situation for the last three months, has received a great deal of relief when the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India announced the opening of tiger reserves. The National Tiger Conservation Authority has issued certain regulations that must be followed by...
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08
Jun

Russian President Vladimir Putin Declares State of Emergency over Massive Fuel Leak

Image source: https://cdnph.upi.com/svc/sv/upi_com/8581591310473/2020/1/f262f4f2c5f4ab948de75a7a6c55d438/Russia-declares-state-of-emergency-in-Siberia-after-oil-spill.jpg In the wake of massive fuel leak in the Russian city of Norilsk, President Vladimir Putin has announced state of emergency in the same city. A disaster of global scale that is one of the worst occurred in the Arctic took place last week on Friday, the 29th of May. A reserve...
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08
Jun

World ocean day 2020: a note

8th June is celebrated as World Ocean Day. With our oceans getting sicker day by day, the importance of this day has increased, at least from the awareness point of view, if we argue that dedicating one day cannot save our oceans.World Ocean Day was first introduced at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro...
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04
Jun

Recent Locust Attack In The Indian Subcontinent: A Note

In the past few days, India has been facing worst locust attacks in decades, also known as ‘tiddi’ (‘tiddi’) that have entered the country earlier than their normal time of June and July. India, Iran, Pakistan, and a few African nations are reeling under one of the worst locust invasion in decades, worse is expected....
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28
May

Dean Schneider: Activist Or Just Another Joe Exotic?

“Instagram influencer” and “animal activist’ Dean Schneider has been posting a lot of videos proclaiming his love for wild animals and how he is “one of them.” However, with Joe Exotic creating havoc on screens in 2020, Dean Schneider started being compared to him and he came under fire over one of his clips. The...
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28
May

Explaining the recent rapid death of bats

Bats are vital to the health of our climate. We might not often see them, bats are hard at work each night as they eat thousands of insects, pollinate flowers, and spread seeds that produce new plants and trees around the world. It is suspected in the past that there has been a rapid increase...
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22
May

International Day for Biodiversity 2020- A Note

"2020 is a year of reflection, opportunity, and solutions. It is expected, from each of us, that we will "Build Back Better" by using this time to increase the resilience of nations and communities as we recover from this pandemic," the UN said.
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22
May

Funds slashed for tiger reserves across India

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Friday, 22nd May, 2020 decided to slash funds by 15% for tiger reserves across the country. This might come as quite a shock for tiger reserves, considering the adverse effect which the pandemic has already had on the tourism sector, which is almost 25%, speaking numerically. Tiger reserves are considered a safe haven for tigers and...
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21
May

Is Antarctica turning “green”?

Antarctica is turning green. Wondering why? It’s because of the presence of “green snow”. Intrigued? Read on! Green snow is visible from space, or so says the headlines and this is indeed the case because it is turning prominent with each passing day.  Attributed to increasing temperature and rapid climate changes, Antarctica is turning green...
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