Environment & Biodiversity

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UNGA Declares 2023 as International Year of Millets

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution was sponsored by India and supported by over 70 nations. Key Points The resolution titled ‘International Year of Millets 2023’ was initiated by India with Nepal, Bangladesh, Kenya, Russia, Nigeria, and Senegal and was co-sponsored by over 70 nations. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the 193-member General Assembly, declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets. The resolution is aimed at raising awareness about the health benefits of the grain and its suitability for cultivation under changing climatic conditions. India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti pointed out that although millet cultivation has been historicallyRead More...
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Australia to Get World’s First Platypus Sanctuary

Australian conservationists have announced their plans to build the world's first refuge for the platypus with an aim to promote breeding and rehabilitation as the duck-billed mammal faces extinction due to climate change. Key Points The New South Wales State government and the Taronga Conservation Society Australia have announced a plan to build the specialist facility, mostly ponds, and burrows for the semi-aquatic creatures, at a zoo 391 km from Sydney by the year 2022. This facility will be able to house up to 65 platypuses. These facilities will be helpful in building our knowledge about platypuses so that we don’t let this iconic creature slip off the earth. In late 2019 and early 2020, various concerns were raised regarding the increase in the chances of platypus goingRead More...
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Himalayan Serow Spotted for the First Time in Assam

Himalayan serow, a mammal somewhere between a goat and an antelope, has become the newest creature to be spotted in Assam. Key Points On December 3, various nature guides had spotted the Himalayan serow, a goat-antelope, in the Manas Tiger Reserve. Himalayan Serrow, which is a high-altitude dweller usually found 2,000-4,000 metres above sea level, was seen being chased by wild dogs. The animal was then confirmed as the Himalayan serow. It was spotted close to the border with Bhutan in Manas’s Bansbari-Mathanguri forest. The Himalayan serow has been spotted for the first time in the tiger reserve or anywhere else in Assam. The sightings of rare animals and birds in Manas Tiger reserve are a result of better access to remote parts of the protected area where extremists andRead More...
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Study: Argentine Titanosaur Could be the Oldest Ever Found

As per scientists, a colossal dinosaur dug up in Argentina could be the oldest titanosaur ever found, having roamed what is now Patagonia some 140 million years ago at the beginning of the Cretaceous period. Key Points As per the La Matanza University, Ninjatitan zapatai, a 65-foot lizard, was discovered in the year 2014 in the Neuquen province of southwest Argentina. Researcher Pablo Gallina of the Conicet scientific council said that the main importance of this fossil, apart from being a new species of titanosaur, is that it is the oldest recorded for this group worldwide. Titanosaurs were members of the sauropod group — gigantic plant-eating lizards with long necks and tails that may have been the largest animals ever to walk the Earth. The new discovery meant titanosaursRead More...
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Black-browed Babbler Reappears After 170 years

A bird that was assumed extinct was sighted recently. The bird which has been sighted is Black-browed Babbler. It was last seen more than 170 years ago in the rainforests of Borneo. Key Points Ornithologists were surprised to rediscover Black-browed Babbler which was believed to be extinct. The bird was only ever been documented once. It was first described by scientists around the year 1848, eluding all subsequent efforts to find it. According to Global Wildlife Conservation, in the late last year, two men in Indonesian Borneo saw a bird but they didn't recognize it. However, they took pictures of the palm-sized creature before releasing it back into the forest. Ornithologists were astounded to find that the Black-browed Babbler was alive. The bird was not seen since beforeRead More...
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Critically Endangered Alpine Plant Species Discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

A group of scientists has discovered a new species of alpine plant in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The team of scientists belongs to three institutes of the country. Key Points The new species of alpine plant discovered by the scientists belong to the family of Himalayan sunflower. This was informed by a member of the team of scientists, Lobsang Tashi Thungon. He is a research fellow in the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology. The new species is named Cremanthodium indicum. The plant species generally flowers from July to August and is endemic to Penga-Teng Tso Lake of Tawang district, where it was discovered. Two other scientists on the team are Rajeev Kumar Singh, a scientist at Botanical Survey of India (BSI), and Dipankar Borah, an associateRead More...
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UN lists 4 priority Areas to Address Climate Crisis Risks

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has listed four priority areas for the international community to address the risks posed by the climate crisis to peace and security, along with putting a greater focus on prevention through strong, ambitious climate action. Key Points UN Chief listed the four priority areas while addressing the Security Council high-level video conference open debate on climate and security. First, a greater focus on prevention through ambitious and strong climate action is required. The world must get on track to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid climate catastrophe. A truly global coalition must be created to commit to net-zero emissions by the middle of the century. On the second priority, immediate actions to protectRead More...
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Karnataka to Set up a Flower Processing Centre

Karnataka's Horticulture Department will set up a flower processing centre to convert unsold flowers into various useful products. This centre will be set up in association with the International Flower Auction Bangalore (IFAB). Key Points This incubation centre will process flowers and convert them to value-added products like floral papers, natural dyes, flower petal powder for cosmetic usage, incense sticks, floral arts, floral embedded works, and silica-stored flowers. Such a centre was needed as flower farmers suffer huge losses whenever there is a glut or market disruption. Such farmers can learn the art of converting flowers into useful products through the flower processing centre. The centre will be capable of processing all kinds of flowers. The centre will comeRead More...
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Dragonfly Survey at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) – Highlights

A 4-month dragonfly survey has recently concluded at the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS). The survey has spotted 84 species of odonates (order of insects comprising dragonflies and damselflies) belonging to 59 genera under 11 families. Key Points The survey was jointly conducted by the Forest Department and Ferns Nature Conservation Society (FNCS). Out of the 84 species that have spotted, 35 damselflies were and 49 were dragonflies. Before this, a previous survey had identified 75 species of odonates belonging to 50 genera under 11 families. The survey was conducted by the Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS) in the sanctuary in the year 2016. As odonates are amphibiotic insects, the survey focused more on water bodies in the sanctuary. As per the results, streams had theRead More...
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Mass Migration of Blue Earthworms in Meghalaya

Scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have for the first time prepared a report on the two-way mass migration of blue earthworms in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills Mawlyngot area. Key Points Every year, an army of blue earthworms migrate about 300 metres up and down the steep slopes in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills. These earthworms are around 1.6 feet. But the locals apparently beat them to observing these earthworms, scientifically called Perionyx macintoshi, and the role they play in enhancing the fertility of soil on their land to shift to ecologically sustainable organic farming. On the other hand, scientists Ilona Jacinta Kharkongor and Bhaskar Saikia found areas where “unsustainable land-use practices” have drastically reduced the population of earthwormsRead More...
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