Environment: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2018 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • Nov 14, 2018
  • 1 NASA to Launch Space Laser to Measure Earth’S Polar Ice [ Sci-Tech, Env., Space and ISRO ]

    NASA is preparing to launch its $1 billion (abt Rs. 7,210 cr. ) ICESat-2 mission, using advanced lasers to uncover true depth of melting of Earth’s ice sheets. Satellite mission, called ICESat-2 should provide more precise information on how these frozen surfaces are being affect

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  • Nov 9, 2018
  • 1 Petroleum Minister Laun. SATAT Initiative to Promote Compressed Bio-Gas as an Alternative [ Sci-Tech, Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) aimed at providing sustainable alternative towards affordable transportation.

    • Initiative was launched with PSU Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs i. e. IOC, BPCL, and

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  • Nov 7, 2018
  • 1 Env. Ministry, World Bank Release Report on Strengthening Forest Fire Management in the Country [ Policy-Governance, Env., Disaster Management ]

    Ministry of Environment & Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) & World Bank Report have jointly released report on Strengthening Forest Fire Management in Country. Report discusses policies on forest fire prevention & management (FFPM) at national, state & local levels.

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    Image of Forest Fires in India

    Image of forest fires in india

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  • 2 Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery [ Sci-Tech, Env. ]

    Foundation stone for 2nd Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited being set up at Baulsingha village, Bhatli Tehsil, Bargarh ditrict, Odisha was laid by Governor of Odisha.

    Map of Baulasingha village - (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery

    Map of Baulasingha Village - (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery

    Map of Baulasingha village - (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery

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  • Nov 4, 2018
  • 1 PM Modi Gets UN‘S’ Champions of the Earth’ Award [ Int. Rel & Org., Env., Awards ]

    PM & French President awarded UN’s highest environmental honour, ‘Champions of Earth Award’ at ceremony in Delhi, for pledge to eliminate single use plastic in India by 2022. Cochin International Airport honored w/award for Entrepreneurial Vision, for its leadership in use of sus

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  • Nov 3, 2018
  • 1 Government Launches Air Quality Warning System in Delhi to Combat Air Pollution [ Policy-Governance, Health, Env. ]

    Union Environment Minister launched Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi Region. System is designed w/help of American & Finnish models to predict extreme air pollution levels.

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    Image of Killer Air

    Image of Killer Air

    • W/early information on bad air quality, people can

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  • Oct 29, 2018
  • 1 Petroleum Minister Launch SATAT Initiative to Promote Compressed Bio-Gas as Alternative [ Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Petroleum Minister will launch Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative in New Delhi on penultimate day of ongoing Swachhta Hi Seva campaign.

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    Image of Anaerobic Digester

    Image of Anaerobic Digester

    Minister will launch initiative w/P

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  • Oct 24, 2018
  • 1 Declaring SAI Stadia as “Plastic Free Zones” [ Sports, Env. ]

    Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports are celebrating Swachhta Pakhwada from 1st to 15th August, 2018 under Swachh Bharat Mission Programme of Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation.

    Image of Top 10 Plastic Waste Generators

    Image of Top 10 Plastic Waste Generators

    Image of Top 10 Plastic Waste Generators

    Department o

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  • Oct 23, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Steps for Curbing Plastic Pollution:India Laun. Plastic Free Zones World Envt. Day–2018 (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    India was global host for “World Environment Day –2018” & joined nations which hosted this prestigious event. With “Beat Plastic Pollution” as theme for this day, India went big w/announcement to wipe out all single-use plastics from country by 2022.

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    Image of Film of Filth

    Image of Film of Filth

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  • Oct 17, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Policy Framework to Promote & Incentivize Enhanced Recovery Methods for Oil & Gas [ Eco., Env. ]

    Union Cabinet approved Policy framework to promote & incentivize Enhanced Recovery (ER) / Improved Recovery (IR) / Unconventional Hydrocarbon (UHC) production methods. Scheme does not involve any physical procurement of crops as farmers are paid diff. b/w MSP price & sale or moda

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  • Oct 9, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India (Important) [ Env., Geog. ]

    Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Himalayan state of Sikkim was included in UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), making it 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to achieve this recognition.

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    Image of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve

    Image of Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve

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  • 2 State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index [ Env., Schemes & Proj., Ranks & Indices ]

    ‘State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index’ was released by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) & Alliance for Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) to assesses state policies & programmes related to energy efficiency.

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    Image of Working Towards an Energy Efficient India

    Image of Working towards an Energy Efficient India

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  • 3 Making of Green Propellant: Indian Space Research Organisation [ Sci-Tech, Env. ]

    Scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have reported progress in development of environment-friendly propellant to power satellites & spacecraft. New propellant is blend based on hydroxyl ammonium nitrate (HAN).

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    Image of A Greener Alternative

    Image of A Greener Alternative

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  • Oct 7, 2018
  • 1 “PARIVESH” - an Environmental Single Window Hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Prime Minister, launched PARIVESH - an environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife and CRZ clearances on occasion of World Biofuel Day on 10th August, 2018. It is environmental single window hub for Environment, Forest, Wildlife & CRZ clearances launched rec

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  • Oct 5, 2018
  • 1 India’S First ISTS Connected Wind Power Project Commissioned [ Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    126 MW wind power capacity, part of India’s 1st inter-state transmission system (ISTS) auction, was commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat. It was part of India’s 1st ISTS auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) in February 2017.

    Image of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

    Image of Inter-state Transmission System (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

    Image of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

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  • Oct 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 India’S First Biofuel Powered Flight Undertakes Maiden Voyage (Important) [ Env. ]

    India’s 1st first-ever environment friendly biofuel powered flight b/w Dehradun & Delhi was propelled by blend of oil from jatropha seeds & aviation turbine fuel. 43-minute flight was operated by Spice Jet’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, w/20 officials & 5 crewmembers on board.

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel using jatropha seeds

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel Using Jatropha Seeds

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel using jatropha seeds

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  • 2 Govt. of India & the World Bank Sign $300 Million Agreement to Help Scale-Up India’S Energy [ Eco., Env. ]

    Union Govt. (Finance Ministry) inked $220 million Loan Agreement w/World Bank to scale-up India’s Energy Efficiency Program. It also signed $80 million guarantee agreement w/World Bank.

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    Image of WRI India

    Image of WRI India

    • Loan will be provided to EESL by World Bank thru

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  • 3 NCCCM: Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water [ Sci-Tech, Health, Env. ]

    National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (NCCCM), has developed visual detection kits for detection of Fluoride, Chromium (VI) & Iron. Technology is introduced in country thru. technology transfers to private entrepreneurs.

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    Image of Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water

    Image of Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water

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  • Sep 27, 2018
  • 1 NMCG Organises “Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan” Based on Report of FRI Report [ Env. ]

    National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) organised ‘Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan’ in 5 main Ganga basin states – U’Khand, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal. This week-long afforestation drive was organised during 9th July to 15th July, 2018 as ‘Shubharambh Saptah’.

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    Image of Going down the Drain

    Image of going down the drain

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  • Sep 24, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Policy for Disposal of Waste and Pollution Control: Steps to Manage and Reduce Waste (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Ministry, in supersession of Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, has notified Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. Project proposals are appraised by concerned State Level Expert Appraisal Committees & while recommending proposals for grant of clearance, env

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  • Sep 21, 2018
  • 1 High Lvl. Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal-C.K.Mishra Committee [ Env., Committees & Bodies, Culture ]

    High level Inter ministerial meeting was held on 16th July 2018 to deliberate on various issues & actions to be taken to conserve Taj Mahal. Meeting focused on action points needed to overcome Air & Water pollution in & around Taj Mahal.

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    Image of High Level Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

    Image of High Level Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

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  • Sep 5, 2018
  • 1 NIWE Has Installed a Remote Sensing Instrument – LiDAR for Assessment of Offshore Wind Resource [ Sci-Tech, Env. ]

    National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has installed remote sensing instrument- LiDAR for assessment of offshore wind resource at Gulf of Khambat, off Gujarat Coast. IREDA is non-banking financial institution under Ministry of New & Renewable Energy.

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    Image of National Institute of Wind Energy

    Image of National Institute of Wind Energy

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  • Aug 31, 2018
  • 1 Invasive Species: Giant Hammerhead Worms Invading France [ Env. ]

    For two decades, sizable, squishy invaders are permeate French ecosystems & preying on small, soil-dwelling creatures. Invaders are giant hammerhead flatworms - brightly colored specimens.

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    Image of Giant Hammerhead Worms Invading France

    Image of Giant Hammerhead Worms Invading France

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  • Aug 29, 2018
  • 1 IRCTC Introduces Bagasse Based Food Packaging to Commemorate World Environment Day 2018 [ Env., Railways ]

    Ministry of Railways PSU IRCTC introduced bagasse based food packaging to commemorate World Environment Day 2018. Details regarding Bagasse based food packing by IRCTC. This initiative comes as a part of the Railways’ drive to go green as it also aims at boosting the nation’s sug

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  • Aug 28, 2018
  • 1 Environment Ministry, Teri & UNEP Strategize the Roadmap for ‘Urban Sustainability’ in the World [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Ministry of State (Independent Charge), Housing & Urban Affairs, India said that India will succeed in achieving its SDGs by highlighting importance of sustainable smart cities. By 2050, India’s population is expected to grow to 1.7 billion, adding further pressure on country’s u

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  • 2 ‘Catastrophic’ Coral Die-Off on Great Barrier Reef During 2016 Heatwave [ Env. ]

    Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffered “catastrophic die-off” of coral during extended heatwave in 2016, threatening broader range of reef life than previously feared. Scientists have recorded worst mass coral bleaching event on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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    Image of Threats to Coral Reefs Climate Change

    Image of threats to coral reefs climate change

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  • 3 🌟 Proposal for Dam Safety Bill, 2018 Approved (Important) [ Env., Bills, Disaster Management ]

    Union Cabinet approved proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in Parliament on 13th June, 2018 after wide consultation w/leading Indian experts & international experts.

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    Image of Proposal for Dam Safety Bill, 2018

    Image of Proposal for Dam Safety Bill, 2018

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  • Aug 27, 2018
  • 1 🌟 “Methanol Economy” NITI Aayog Working on Road Map on World Environment Day, 2018 (Important) [ Eco., Env. ]

    NITI Aayog is working on roadmap for full-scale implementation of methanol economy in country in near future, which would curb pollution, & reduce India’s dependence on oil imports as well.

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    Image of Methanol Economy

    Image of Methanol Economy

    Uses and Advantages of Methanol

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  • Aug 20, 2018
  • 1 UGC directs universities to ban plastic cups, bottles [ Env. ]

    University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all varsities & higher educational institutions to ban use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles & bags on their campuses.

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    Image of Beat Plastic Pollution

    Image of Beat plastic pollution

    • Directive by commission come

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  • Aug 16, 2018
  • 1 World Bank Approves Rs. 6,000 Crore Atal Bhujal Yojana [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Env. ]

    World Bank has approved Water Resources & River Development Ministry’s Rs. 6000 cr. worth central sector scheme, ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana’. Scheme will be implemented over period of 5 years from 2018 - 19 to 2022 - 23 w/assistance from World Bank.

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    Image of Atal Bhujal Yojana

    Image of Atal Bhujal Yojana

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  • Aug 13, 2018
  • 1 Zoological Society of London’S (EDGE):Genital-Breathing ’Punk Turtle’ Joins Endangered Species List [ Env. ]

    Australian river turtle w/bright green ‘hair’, spikes under its chin & ability to breathe thru its genitals is featured on new list of endangered reptiles. Mary River turtle, native to Australian state of Queensland, is placed at 30th on Zoological Society of London’s Evolutionar

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  • Aug 12, 2018
  • 1 NITI Aayog to Launch Composite Water Management Index [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    NITI Aayog announced to launch Composite Water Management Index w/aim to achieve objective of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Composite Water Management Index will be useful tool to assess & improve performance in efficient management of water resources.

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    Image of Water Management Index

    Image of Water Management Index

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  • 2 Bengaluru Water Scarcity [ Env. ]

    Bengaluru is one of 10 metropolitan cities besides Cape Town that is fast moving towards ‘Day Zero’ - situation when taps start running dry. Analysis by Down To Earth, magazine published by green think-tank Centre for Science & Environment, showed that at least 200 cities globall

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  • Aug 11, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Third Partners Meeting of the Global Peatlands Initiative: Brazzaville Declaration Signed (Imp.) [ Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    The Brazzaville declaration was singed to promote better management and conservation world’s largest tropical peatlands-Cuvette Centrale region in Congo Basin from unregulated land use and prevent its drainage and degradation.

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    Image of Democractis Republic of Congo

    Image of Democractis Republic of Congo

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  • Aug 9, 2018
  • 1 IMD Forecasts a Normal Monsoon in 2018L Impact of El-Nino and IOD [ Env. ]

    Rainfall would be 97 % of the 50-year average with a 56 % probability that rains would be normal to excess, the India Meteorological Department said in its first stage long range forecast.

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    Imsg of Tracking The Monsoon

    Imsg of Tracking The monsoon

    Normal monsoon could be a

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