Online Current Affairs based on Environment

21 Mar, 17

Ganga and Yamuna rivers are living entities: Uttarakhand HC

  • It is the first time a court has recognized a non-human as a living entity in India.
  • The recognition came while the court was hearing a 2014 public interest litigation (PIL).
  • The bench comprising Justices Rajiv Sharma and Alok Singh also held that if the state government failed to fulfil its responsibility regarding the rivers, then the central government should step in.
  • The court also directed the central government to constitute the Ganga Management Board within eight weeks to look into the issue of cleaning and maintaining the river.
  • Recognizing the rivers as a living entity grants them new found legal identity and all rights laid out in the Constitution of India.
  • The two rivers thus have the right to be legally protected and not be harmed/destroyed.
  • The court’s recognition of the rivers comes just days after New Zealand according a living entity status to its third largest river, Whanganui.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Which two rivers are given the title of the "living entities" by the Uttarakhand High Court? 
 - Ganga and Yamuna. 

18 Mar, 17

Whanganui river granted same legal rights as human being

  • In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being.
  • The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years.
  • The new status of the river means if someone abused or harmed it the law now sees no differentiation between harming the tribe or harming the river because they are one and the same.
  • Two guardians will be appointed to act on behalf of the Whanganui river, one from the crown and one from the Whanganui .
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
In a world-first  agreement, which river of New Zealand has been granted the same legal rights as a human being? 
- Whanganui. 

9 Mar, 17

Environment Minister launches Web Portal for obtaining CRZ Clearances

  • The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave, launched the web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone clearances.
  • The Minister termed the launch of the portal as a good example of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
  • The Portal is a web-based system for obtaining clearances required from the Ministry under the “Coastal Regulation Zone” (CRZ) by the Project proponents.
  • The system will enable the Project proponents and the concerned State/Union Territory bodies like;
    1. The State Coastal Zone Management Authorities (SCZMAs) and,
    2. Municipal/Town Planning agencies in tracking the status of their proposals.
  • The system is based on web architecture, similar to the existing systems in place for according environmental and forest clearances.
  • The Portal is a very user-friendly initiative, which enables submission of applications for CRZ clearance in a single-window interface and facilitates quick flow of information related to CRZ clearances.
  • The portal allocates a unique identity for each proposal for all future references. It is accessible from any computer with internet facility.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Who launched the web portal for obtaining Coastal Regulation Zone clearances? 
 - The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Anil Madhav Dave. 

5 Mar, 17

WCCB Conducts Operation Thunderbird & Operation Save Kurma to Combat Wildlife Crime

  • The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests coordinated nationwide ‘Operation Thunder Bird’ from January 30 to February 19, 2017 to combat illegal trade of wildlife animals in the country.
  • The operation was undertaken in coordination with International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).
  • Besides, WCCB also convened a turtle specific operation code-named as ‘Operation Save Kurma’ from December 15, 2016 to January 30, 2017.
  • The operation brought about an awareness among the enforcement agencies to focus on the existing trade routes and major trade hubs in the country so as to deal with the menace of wildlife crime.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under which ministry coordinated nationwide ‘Operation Thunder Bird’ from January 30 to February 19, 2017 to combat illegal trade of wildlife animals in the country? 
- Ministry of Environment and Forests. 

28 Dec, 16

Ken-Betwa river linking project: Wildlife board panel gives nod for Phase I

  • THE STANDING committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) cleared Phase-I of Ken-Betwa river link project in its first meeting with new Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave as chairman.
  • The minutes of the meeting held on August 23, was approved.
  • The Rs 10,000-crore project requires diversion of 5,258 hectares of forest land, including 4,141 hectares of Panna Tiger Reserve.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) cleared Phase-I of Ken-Betwa river link project in its first meeting with which new Environment Minister as chairman? 
 - Anil Madhav Dave. 

26 Dec, 16

Kirloskar Vasundhara awards for four environmentalists

  • Ayyappa Masagi, Vengurla's Ramdas Kokare, Pune-based Central Water and Power Research Station and filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu are set to be recognized for their contributions to the environment.
  • They will receive the prestigious Kirloskar Vasundhara awards at the 11th edition of the Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, to be held in Pune from January 4-11.
  • The theme of the festival is 'Save River, Save Life'.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
What is the theme of 11th edition of the Kirloskar Vasundhara International Film Festival, to be held in Pune from January 4-11
 - 'Save River, Save Life'.

5 Dec, 16

Bird festival organised in Uttar Pradesh

  • A three-day bird festival is being organised by the Uttar Pradesh government in Chambal.
  • The festival was inaugurated by Cabinet Minister Abhishek Mishra.
  • Tim Appleton, who reportedly started the world's first bird fair in England, was also present during the inauguration.
  • The festival will feature talks by prominent ornithologists and workshops by professional photographers.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

The  three-day bird festival which  is being organised by the Uttar Pradesh government is organized in which city ? 

 - Chambal. 

31 Oct, 16

Wild Animals Count Could Fall 67% from 1970-2020: Study

  • The number of wild animals across the world could fall by 67% in the fifty years to 2020, according to a study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
  • It attributed the fall in animal numbers to the destruction of forested areas and pollution.
  • WWF researchers reportedly monitored the changing presence of 14,152 populations of the 3,706 vertebrate species to draw conclusions.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

What is the percentage of wild animals  across the world, which could fall in the fifty years to 2020, according to a study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF)?

 - 67%.

7 Sep, 16

Ankasamudra to become a conservation reserve

  • The Karnataka State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has given its approval for declaring Ankasamudra Lake in Hagaribommanahalli taluk, Ballari district, a bird conservation reserve.
  • This will be the third bird sanctuary in the state after Puttenahalli and Ranganathittu.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Which lake has been approved as bird conservation reserve in Karnataka on 7.09.2016?

- Ankasamudra

30 Jul, 16

29 July: International Tiger Day being observed

International Tiger Day (29th July) is being celebrated world wide to raise awareness for tiger conservation and to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers.
International Tiger Day was created in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit with the aim to double the Tiger population by 2022.
Quick Question for SSC/ Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
When is International Tiger day observed?
- 29th July

29 July: International Tiger Day being observed

International Tiger Day (29th July) is being celebrated world wide to raise awareness for tiger conservation and to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers.
International Tiger Day was created in 2010 at the St. Petersburg Tiger Summit with the aim to double the Tiger population by 2022.
Quick Question for SSC/ Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
When is International Tiger day observed?
- 29th July

19 Jul, 16

Dabur and DRDO unit tie up for high altitude medicinal plants

Dabur has tied up with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO’s) unit Defense Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), Leh for sustainable cultivation of high-altitude medicinal plants in Ladakh.

As per this deal, both organizations will educate farmers and help enhance livelihood opportunities in the cold desert area.

This is the first step towards the goal of implementing conservation & environmental development benefits in Leh-Ladakh.

Under this tie-up with the unit of DRDO, Dabur will also impart training to the villagers on sustainable cultivation of herbs.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exam 2016-17:

Recently DRDO has tied up with which Ayurved Company to educate farmers and help enhance livelihood opportunities in the cold desert area of Leh-Ladakh?

- Dabur

13 Jul, 16

30 Jun, 16

Govt launches web portal to keep a check on environmental approvals for mining of minerals

A new web portal has been launched for online submission and monitoring of environmental approvals for mining of sand and minor minerals. Launching the web portal at a workshop on mining of sand and minor minerals.

QUICK Question for BANK PO/IBPS exam 2016-17:

What is the governments initiative to keep a check on environmental approvals for mining of minerals?

- A new web portal has been launched for online submission and monitoring of environmental  approvals for mining of sand and minor minerals.

19 Jun, 16

16 Jun, 16

Annual 45-day fishing ban in Tamil Nadu begins

Tamil Nadu has more than 1,076 km long coastline and is one of the leading states in marine fish production.

Mechanised boats fishermen have been instructed not to venture into the sea. This restriction has been applied to avoid disturbance caused by trawlers to marine life during the breeding season. The aim of this ban is to facilitate breeding of fish and conservation of fish stock in marine ecology

The ban would remain in force from April 15 till May 29.

Quick Question: Why was there ban on fishing in Tamil Nadu?

- To facilitate breeding of fishes

15 Jun, 16

Norway becomes the first country to ban deforestation

Norway has become the first country in the world to prohibit deforestation. In this regard, Norwegian Parliament had pledged to make government’s public procurement policy deforestation-free. The step was taken by Norwegian Government based on official recommendations of Norwegian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Energy and Environment as part of the Action Plan on Nature Diversity.

Quick Question: Which is the first country to ban deforestation?

- Norway

4 Jun, 16

Asia's first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme launched

On 3 June 2016 the Haryana Government launched Asia's First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore. It is a significant step in the direction of saving the endangered species.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar jointly released two Himalayan Griffons into the wild from the Conservation Centre. These birds were wing-tagged and were leg-ringed for identification.

The Union Government became prominent vulture breeding and conservation centre in India after successfully breeding Himalayan Griffon Vultures.

19 May, 16

10 May, 16

Ministry of Environment & Forests launches web-based application on Integrated Waste Management System

On 9 May 2016 the Ministry of Environment and Forests launched a web-based application on Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS). The system’s web address is www.iwms.nic.in.

The government launched the system for better management of waste. The user-friendly application is capable of tracking the movement of hazardous waste.

The objective of the IWMS is to enhance transparency in the working of the Ministry and other Centre/State level regulatory bodies. To reduce the time taken for processing applications, seeking various types of permissions under the recently notified waste management regulations.

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