[UPSC Mains Focus] World Environment Day: India Inc must get water positive

June 5, 2020 | Financial Express (Link) Mains Paper 3: Environment Prelims level: World Water Day 2020 Mains level: Facing problems related to water resources Context: Rising population and climate…

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[UPSC Mains Focus] This World Environment Day, it’s time to give back to nature

June 4, 2020 | Business Line (Link) Mains Paper 3: Environment Prelims level: World Environment Day theme 2020 Mains level: Environment conversations and awareness Context: Since 1974, World Environment Day…

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Importing African Cheetahs [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Importing African Cheetahs Why in News? The Supreme Court (SC) has recently given a green signal to introduction of African Cheetahs in a suitable area…

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State of Climate of India in 2019 [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] State of Climate of India in 2019 Why in News? The State of Climate of India Report was released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD)…

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Camel Culling in Australia [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Camel Culling in Australia Why in news? Australia began a five-day cull of up to 10,000 camels, using sniper fire from helicopters. What is the…

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Australia Wildfires [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]  Australia Wildfires Why in news? Australia is witnessing an unprecedented catastrophic fire season that began in August 2019, with large-scale destruction, mainly in New South…

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Bushfires in Australia [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Bushfires in Australia Why in news? Australia is witnessing widespread bushfires, and the country has declared a state of emergency for the state of New…

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India State of Forest Report [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] India State of Forest Report Why in news? The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change recently released the biennial “India State of Forest…

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India’s policies for ‘Urban Lakes’ [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] India’s policies for ‘Urban Lakes’ ENVIRO & BIODIVERSITY | CONSERVATION, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION & DEGRADATION, EIA Prelims level: Urban lakes in India Mains level: Wetland conservation…

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Amendment to the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Amendment to the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 [PIB] Context To address unprecedented situation arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19 and to ramp…

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Guidelines for implementing Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Guidelines for implementing Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017 [CAA Featured Article] Context Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has notified the Guidelines…

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Green Economy [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Green Economy [CAA Featured Article] Context Recently, renowned environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev was awarded the 2020 Tyler Prize for his work in the domain of…

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Biorock or Mineral Accretion Technology [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] BIOROCK OR MINERAL ACCRETION TECHNOLOGY [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), with help from Gujarat’s forest department, is attempting for the…

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10 New Ramsar Sites in India [CAA Featured Article] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] 10 NEW RAMSAR SITES IN INDIA [CAA FEATURED ARTICLE] Context The Ramsar Convention has declared 10 more wetlands in India as sites of international importance.…

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Know all about the National Board for Wildlife [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] KNOW ALL ABOUT THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR WILDLIFE [DOWN TO EARTH] Context The National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) hasn’t met since 2014. Policy decisions and…

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Armed Forces: their role during crisis, procedures for requisition [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] ARMED FORCES: THEIR ROLE DURING CRISIS, PROCEDURES FOR REQUISITION [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context As the Army moves in to take over the COVID-19 quarantine facility…

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Third mass bleaching of Great Barrier Reef [The Time of India] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] THIRD MASS BLEACHING OF GREAT BARRIER REEF [THE TIME OF INDIA] Context A survey has found record sea temperatures had caused the third mass bleaching…

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COVID-19 and its impact on climate talks [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON CLIMATE TALKS [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Amidst the pandemic, people are breathing cleaner air and are witness to clearer, bluer…

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Tropical Butterfly Conservatory [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] TROPICAL BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY [DOWN TO EARTH] Context The Tropical Butterfly Conservatory Tiruchirappalli (TBCT) has been developed in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruchirappalli to create awareness among the…

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What is Earth Hour? [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WHAT IS EARTH HOUR? [THE HINDU] Context The Earth Hour, observed annually on the last Saturday of March, was recently celebrated. Earth Hour Earth Hour…

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Species in news: Himalayan Ibex [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SPECIES IN NEWS: HIMALAYAN IBEX [THE HINDU] Context A recent study by scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has proved that Himalayan Ibex,…

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Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) [Live Mint] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PRIME MINISTER’S NATIONAL RELIEF FUND (PMNRF) [LIVE MINT] Context Keeping in view the novel coronavirus crisis across the country, various govt. employees, celebrities and political…

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Protecting Peatlands can help attain climate goals [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PROTECTING PEATLANDS CAN HELP ATTAIN CLIMATE GOALS [DOWN TO EARTH] Context Peatlands, which play a crucial role in regulating global climate by acting as carbon…

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Species in news: Carissa carandas (the Great Hedge of India) [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SPECIES IN NEWS: CARISSA CARANDAS (THE GREAT HEDGE OF INDIA) [THE HINDU] Context Carissa carandas, a  multi-utility wild berry, whose thorny plant the British had used…

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GreenCo Rating System [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] GREENCO RATING SYSTEM [PIB] Context The Union Ministry of Railways has informed about the applications of Greenco Ratings on Workshops and Production Units of Indian…

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Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] DANUBE-ODER-ELBE CANAL [DOWN TO EARTH] Context Environmental organisations from across central and Eastern Europe have criticised a major project intending to link three rivers and…

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Dumping of radioactive Nuclear Waste [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] DUMPING OF RADIOACTIVE NUCLEAR WASTE [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context In a controversial move, Japan has decided to dump the radioactive heavy water from the Fukushima…

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Earth’s spin has slowed over time [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EARTH’S SPIN HAS SLOWED OVER TIME [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Earth spun 372 times a year 70 million years ago, compared to the current 365.…

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Effects of Himalayan slip on its Hydrology [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EFFECTS OF HIMALAYAN SLIP ON ITS HYDROLOGY [PIB] Context Researchers from the Indian Institute of Geomagnetism have found the mighty Himalayas subside and move up…

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Oculudentavis khaungraae [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] Oculudentavis khaungraae [The Indian Express] Context Scientists have found the skull of a 99-million-year-old flying dinosaur that is tinier than the tiniest bird known to…

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Methanotrophs: the methane-oxidizing bacteria [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] METHANOTROPHS: THE METHANE-OXIDIZING BACTERIA [PIB] Context Scientists at Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have isolated 45 different strains of methanotrophic bacteria which have been found…

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New environment impact norm cuts time for public hearing [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NEW ENVIRONMENT IMPACT NORM CUTS TIME FOR PUBLIC HEARING [THE HINDU] Context A set of key updates to India’s Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Act has…

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Species in news: Red Panda [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SPECIES IN NEWS: RED PANDA [THE HINDU] Context According to a report by the TRAFFIC report, there has been a considerable reduction in the poaching…

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Explained: Cycle 25/ Solar Cycle [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EXPLAINED: CYCLE 25/ SOLAR CYCLE [THE HINDU] Context The sunspots identified by researchers from IISER Kolkata herald the start of a new solar cycle called…

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Person in news: Gaura Devi [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] PERSON IN NEWS: GAURA DEVI [PIB] Context Union HRD Minister along with senior women officers of the Ministry planted a sapling in memory of Gaura…

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Law for Rain Water Harvesting [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] LAW FOR RAIN WATER HARVESTING [PIB] Context The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has issued the Model Building Bye Laws, 2016 for guidance of…

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Species in news: Swamp Wallaby [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SPECIES IN NEWS: SWAMP WALLABY [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Researchers reported that the swamp wallaby, a marsupial related to the kangaroo, is pregnant throughout its…

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Biomethanation Process [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] BIOMETHANATION PROCESS [PIB] Context In an all India coordinated project, efforts are on to produce bio-gas for kitchen use and quality manure for fields using…

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National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA) [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] NATIONAL INTERLINKING OF RIVERS AUTHORITY (NIRA) [THE HINDU] Context The Central government is working on the establishment of an exclusive body to implement projects for…

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Species in news: Eurasian Otters [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SPECIES IN NEWS: EURASIAN OTTERS [THE HINDU] Context Researchers conducting a study in Odisha’s Chilika Lake have found the presence of a viable, breeding population…

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Migratory species in India [The Hindu] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] MIGRATORY SPECIES IN INDIA [THE HINDU] Context With new additions to the wildlife list put out by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species…

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Bharat Stage (BS) VI emission norms [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] BHARAT STAGE (BS) VI EMISSION NORMS [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Oil marketing companies have informed that there will definitely be a marginal increase in retail…

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Explained: Why snow in Antarctica is turning blood-red [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EXPLAINED: WHY SNOW IN ANTARCTICA IS TURNING BLOOD-RED [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context Over the last few weeks, photographs of “red snow” off the coast of…

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Locust Invasions and its mitigation [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] LOCUST INVASIONS AND ITS MITIGATION [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The locust, a short-horned, desert grasshopper that attacks standing crops and green vegetation, has been making…

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Explained: Marine Heatwave (MHW) [Down To Earth] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] EXPLAINED: MARINE HEATWAVE (MHW) [DOWN TO EARTH] Context Scientists have observed unusually high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the Pacific Ocean around the western coast…

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‘1000 Springs’ Initiative [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] ‘1000 SPRINGS’ INITIATIVE [PIB] Context Union Tribal Affairs Ministry has launched “1000 Spring Initiatives” and an online portal on GIS-based Spring Atlas with hydrological and…

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Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) [PIB] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] INDIAN NATIONAL CENTRE FOR OCEAN INFORMATION SERVICES (INCOIS) [PIB] Context The INCOIS Hyderabad has launched a trio of products for users in the marine realm.…

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Solar Storms [Down To Earth][CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] SOLAR STORMS [DOWN TO EARTH] Context According to a research, sudden releases of high-energy particles from the sun, called solar storms, can mess with the…

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World Air Quality Report, 2019 [The Indian Express] [CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation]

[CurrentAffairs.Academy – UPSC Current Affairs Preparation] WORLD AIR QUALITY REPORT, 2019 [THE INDIAN EXPRESS] Context The 2019 World Air Quality Report was recently released World Air Quality Report The World Air…

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