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Tunga Dam construction: Number of Migratory birds decreases

The number of migratory birds arriving to Mandagadde bird sanctuary has reduced due to the construction of Tunga dam. Highlights Earlier around 10,000 migratory birds would arrive at the Mandagadde bird sanctuary in July 2020 and go back in December after hatching of eggs. Today, their numbers have reduced to 500-600. The decline in the ..

“Sankalp Parva” begins

On June 28, 2020, the initiative to plant trees called “Sankalp Parva” began, The initiative is to run between June 28, 2020 and July 12, 2020. Highlights The initiative was launched by Ministry of Culture. Under the initiative at least five trees are to be planted either in office campus or where ever possible in ..

SANDRP: “Draft EIA Notification of GoI encourages environment violations”

The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) says that the draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification that was recently issued by the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change dilutes the EIA process. It also says that the draft encourages environment violations in case of big irrigation projects. Background The Ministry of ..

June 20: International Horseshoe Crab Day

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) observed the first International Horseshoe Crab Day on June 20, 2020. Highlights The aim of the observance was to create awareness about the ancient creatures and also help in their conservation. Why the Observance? The Horseshoe crabs have existed since the times of dinosaurs. They are important ..

Coal mine auctions opens access to forests in Central India

Forty-one coalmines that were up for auction include fully explored and partially explored mines in states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. In this list, some of the mines are in biodiversity rich forest areas of central India, including a few in one of the largest contiguous stretches of dense forests called Hasdeo ..

GreenCo Rating System

The implementation of the GreenCo Rating System in the Indian Railways was discussed recently in the Rajya Sabha by the Union Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry. About the System The GreenCo (or Green Company) Rating System was introduced by the CII to evaluate the ‘environment friendliness’ of companies. The system uses 10 parameters ..

NTPC raises Japanese yen loan worth $750 million to reduce air pollution

Indian Maharatna Public sector enterprise NTPC Ltd has recently raised $750 million syndicated Japanese yen loan, which will help to reduce air pollution from its power projects across India. This is the highest single-foreign currency loan raised by the enterprise and also the largest syndicated Japanese yen loan raised by an Asian firm. The yen-denominated ..

Pollution in India: Short Essay

The problem of pollution has its roots in the problem of overpopulation. Humans have created too much trash and there is too little space on the planet to dump it in. Landfills are filling up faster than ever. Incinerators are creating more air pollution than the trash. With both population and pollution increasing at equal ..