Online Current Affairs based on Environment


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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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'.
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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. 

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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%.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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UP creates world record by planting 5 crore saplings


Uttar Pradesh has created a world record by planting more than five crore saplings in just ten hours.

The forest department of the state started the largest statewide plantation drive in 24 hours from 10 AM.

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

Which Indian state holds world record in planting maximum saplings ?

- Uttar Pradesh

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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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WWF released report titled Protecting People through Nature


World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released a report titled ‘Protecting people through nature’ with the subtitle ‘Natural world heritage sites as Drivers of sustainable development.’ The report was launched in April 2016.

The report says that nearly half of the 229 natural and mixed World Heritage sites in 96 countries around the world, including Western Ghats, face significant threats.

Almost half of all natural World Heritage sites, and their outstanding universal value, are threatened by harmful industrial activities. Eleven million people depend on these sites, and could be affected negatively by the impacts of harmful industrial activities.

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