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Science Express for raising biodiversity awareness flagged off

The third phase of Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi.

The train with its innovative exhibition aims to spread awareness amongst masses in general and youth in particular about the exceptional biodiversity of India.

Science Express is a flagship programme of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ministry of Science and Technology and Indian RailwaysThe train covering a span of 194 days at 57 locations would reach out to 30 lakh students.

In fact, the train was the brand ambassador of the COP-11. It exhibited India’s rich biodiversity to delegates from over 190 nations.

IUCN adds 8 more Indian bird species to 2014 Red List

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added eight new bird species found in India to the 2014 Red List. Now, over 170 species of birds in the country stand threatened.

The eight species of birds newly added to the Red List are:

  1. Woolly-necked stork
  2. Ashy-headed green pigeon
  3. Red-headed falcon
  4. Andaman teal
  5. Andaman green pigeon
  6. Himalayan griffon
  7. Bearded vulture
  8. Yunnan nuthatch.

Tiger population improves in Uttar Pradesh

The number of tigers Uttar Pradesh has improved in the core area of Dudhwa tiger reserve. The initial figures for two years, 2011 to 2013, have shown 72 to 80 tigers in the core area of the reserve.

As per tiger census 2010-11, there were 118 tigers in Dudhwa reserve. In all, 72 to 80 tigers have been estimated in these areas. Once figures for Katarniaghat wildlife sanctuary, North and South kheri forest division come, tiger numbers might increase up to 125.  

UP has a major tiger population in Dudhwa tiger reserve comprising Dudhwa National Park (680 sq km), Kishenpur Sanctuary (204 sq km) and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (440 sq km); Pilibhit (720 sq km); North Kheri (350 sq km) and South Kheri (460 sq km).

Bijnor forests in west and Suhelwa (Gonda-Bahraich) and Sohagibarwa wildlife sanctuaries (Maharajganj) in east have smaller tiger populations.

CII-GEC launched “EPEAT” environmental rating systems for electronics

CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development along with US based the Green Electronics Council launched Indian debut of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) environmental-rating system for electronics.

The Green Electronics Council is a U.S-based non-profit organization that manages the EPEAT system.

EPEAT ratings have been benefiting environments by helping companies, governments and consumers around the world compare and buy devices with comparably less environment cost.

India is the 43rd country in which EPEAT registration and verification services are now available to help consumers select products that reduce their environmental impact.

EPEAT, which is an acronym for “Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool,” rates products on a lifecycle basis. The system addresses the elimination of toxic substances, the use of recycled and recyclable materials, product design for recycling, product longevity, energy efficiency, corporate performance and packaging attributes, as well as requiring manufacturer responsibility for collection and responsible recycling of all registered devices. Manufacturers must register their products in EPEAT on a country-by-country basis to ensure all product and service criteria are supported and verified for local markets.

Currently, the EPEAT system rates PCs and Displays, Televisions and Imaging Equipment (printers, copiers, scanners etc.), with standards for Servers and Mobile Phones in development. At present, India registrations include Desktops, Notebooks, Workstations, Thin Clients and Displays. Devices will be continually added to the Registry as they are deemed compliant with EPEAT’s environmental requirements.