Category Archives: Environment

SC bans sale and registration of Bharat Stage-III vehicles

The Supreme Court of India has banned the sale and registration of vehicles that do not comply with BS IV emission norms from 1 April. The apex court observed that the “health of the people is more important than the …

World’s largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica

The Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Hobart agreed to establish the first Antarctic and largest Marine Park in the world encompassing 1.55 million km2 (600,000 sq mi) in the Ross Sea. The treaty was …

Global deal on climate-changing HFC: Deal Summary and Indian gain/ loss

Deal Summary

  1. Developed countries
  • These countries will start to phase down the climate impacting family of harmful refrigerants gases called HFCs by 2019.
  • They would have to reduce their usage of these chemicals by 2036 to 85 per cent below

25 Most endangered Primates of the world

According to the latest list of Earth’s 25 most endangered primates, Madagaskar alone houses 5 and India 1. For India, Himalayan Grey Langur was included in the list as most endangered primate of India.

The list of 25 most endangered

Categories of Protected areas in India

Protected areas in India

  1. National parks: IUCN Category II

India’s first national park was Hailey National Park, now Jim Corbett National Park, established in 1935. By 1970, India had 5 national parks; today it has 103 national parks. All …

Protected areas: IUCN and India

Protected areas are those in which human occupation or at least the exploitation of resources is limited. The definition that has been widely accepted across regional and global frameworks has been provided by the International Union for Conservation of Nature …

State-wise National Parks of India

State-wise break up of National Parks (July, 2015)

  1. No.
Name of State/ Protected Area Year of Establishment Area (km2) District(s)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
1 Campbell Bay NP 1992 426.23 Nicobar
2 Galathea Bay NP 1992 110.00 Nicobar

ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGY TOPICS FOR CIVIL SERVICES-2016: Biodiversity

In the Civil Services exam, questions on environment are asked mainly from FOUR sections. They are

  1. BIODIVERSITY
  2. CLIMATE CHANGE, ITS IMPACT AND HUMAN EFFORTS
  3. ECOLOGICAL IMBALANCES AND INDIAN EFFORTS
  4. WORLD CONFERENCES/ MEETING/PROTOCOLS/ ORGANISATIONS

The first section deals in biodiversity, its …

Chinese demand for ivory alternative, threatens rare Hornbill bird

Increased demand for alternative ivory in China has now threatened Hornbill, due to curb on illegal ivory trade of African elephant. So, Chinese effort provided safety to African elephant but on the other hand it ringed alarm bell for the …

ENVIRONMENT CAPSULE OF THE FORTNIGHT- Maurice Strong, Hobura Bustard & Bear

  1. Maurice Strong remembered for putting environmental issues on global stage

On Wednesday/ 27.1.15, in a packed reception hall across from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, members of Canada’s political and international elite gathered to pay tribute to the unique way that …

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