Barren Island: India’s only live volcano active again
According to scientists from Goa based National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), India’s only live volcano at Barren Island in the Andaman and Nicobar has become active again. After lying dormant for 150 years, Barren Island volcano had erupted in 1991 and since then it is showing sporadic activity. Now it is erupting in small episodes of five to 10 minutes.
January 2017 is third warmest month in 137 years
Last month was the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by Nasa scientists. Last month’s temperature was 0.20 degrees Celsius cooler than the warmest January in 2016.
Antarctica’s Sea Ice Shrinks to New Record Low
Sea ice in Antarctica has hit a worrisome milestone, reaching its lowest recorded extent this week, according to data from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.
India’s air pollution is world’s deadliest compared to China: Study
According to a new study of global air pollution India’s rapidly worsening air pollution is now surpassing China’s as the deadliest in the world. The report was issued jointly by Health Effects Institute, a Boston research institute focused on the health effects of air pollution, and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, Seattle based population health research centre.
181 Irrawaddy dolphins counted in Odisha census
According to new census carried out by the Odisha State Forest and Environment department in 2016, as many as 181 Irrawaddy dolphins have been sighted in the state. This marks a significant drop from 2015 survey which had recorded 450 dolphins. The 2016 dolphin census in Odisha reported Humpback dolphins (34), bottlenose dolphins (31) and five pantropical spotted dolphins.
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is annually held on February 2 to celebrate how wetlands, which are lands saturated by water, help maintain biodiversity on Earth.
World's primates facing extinction crisis
World's primates facing extinction crisis: Study. Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it's the fault of the human race that its closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns.
Ken-Betwa River linking project receives environment, forest & tribal clearances.
The ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project has received formal environment, forest and tribal clearances. The project aims at addressing water needs of dry swathes in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
China’s top legislature has passed Environment Tax to levy environment tax on polluters, especially on heavy industries.
It will enter into force on January 1, 2018. The law aims to improve taxpayers’ environmental awareness, force companies to upgrade technology and shift to cleaner production.
Eco-activist Anupam Mishra passes away.
Environmentalist Anupam Mishra, whose seminal work on water conservation, Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab (roughly, the ponds are still good as gold), fired the imagination of common people and ecology warriors alike and gave wings to India's indigenous wisdom on the subject, passed away at AIIMS on Monday morning.
Mishra believed that India was a water-literate society in the past and sought to harness traditional knowledge to improve the present. Born out of his involvement with the drought in Rajasthan in 1987, Aaj Bhi... demonstrated how ponds nourished people living in the hinterland and towns for centuries and explained why their preservation, maintenance and regeneration were imperative