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Railways bans use of single-use plastic

The world is actually littered with plastics. The rapid pilferation of plastics has contaminated land spaces and takes up massive amounts of dump fill space. The pollution is even more critical as plastics take a long time to degrade. What are single-use plastics? The single-use plastics are the plastics which are most commonly used for ..

Jamnagar Refinery to produce only Jet Fuel and Petrochemicals

In light of the growing uncertainty over the future of gasoline-powered cars, one of the world’s largest oil refineries and India’s largest oil refinery, the Reliance Industries owned Jamnagar Refinery has decided to eliminate most of liquid fuels portfolio to produce only a specific variety of high-end fuels. What has happened? The RIL-board is concerned ..

Species Protection in India

India is home to diverse species of both flora and fauna which are found all across the nation. While the Indian Government is concerned about the protection of the biodiversity of India, a few species are under threat. For the protection of such species, the Indian government has instituted various norms for the protection. To ..

2019 edition of International Day of Tropics

The International Day of the Tropics is observed every year on June 29 to raise awareness to the specific challenges faced by tropical areas, the far-reaching implications of the issues affecting the world’s tropical zone and the need, at all levels, to raise awareness and to underline the important role that countries in the tropics ..

Lecanorchis taiwaniana discovered in Assam

In Assam, a type of orchid – Lecanorchis taiwaniana (parasitic bloom) – has coincidentally discovered by Assam’s forest officer named Jatindra Sarma. The parasitic bloom is a variant of a Japanese orchid. It is found to have a maximum height of 40 cm and a blossoming period of five-six days. It is a Myco-heterotroph and ..

“Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates”

Recently, a study titled “Hotspots of human impact on threatened terrestrial vertebrates” published in the journal PLOS Biology has reported that human impacts on species occur across 84% of the earth’s surface. A team of scientists led by James Allan (University of Queensland) found this when they mapped the distribution of 8 human activities — ..

India’s first genetic bank for wildlife conservation inaugurated in Hyderabad

In Hyderabad, India’s first genetic bank for wildlife conservation has been inaugurated by Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan at the Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES) in CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) to protect India’s biodiversity and environment. It is dubbed as National Wildlife Genetic Resource Bank (NWGRB), ..

The 2018 World Rangers Day (WRD)

The World Rangers Day (WRD) is celebrated every year on July 31 to remember and appreciate the crucial services rendered by rangers who protect, conserve and preserve the biodiversity of our forests at the cost of their lives. The day also commemorates all the selfless men and women who lost their lives protecting defenseless animals ..