Environment Current Affairs 2017

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US to create world’s largest protected marine area off Hawaii

United States is going to create world’s largest protected marine reserve area named as Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument off the Hawaiian coast. It will be created by expansion of present national monument off Hawaii. US President Barck Obama will use his power to expand this national monument. Key Facts With this expansion, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine… Read More »

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BRICS countries adopt Udaipur Declaration on disaster

The two-day meeting of Ministers of Disaster Management (MDM) of BRICS countries concluded in Udaipur, Rajasthan with the adoption of the Udaipur Declaration. This was the second meeting and in the follow up of the first meeting of the BRICS MDM convened by the Russia in St. Petersburg in April, 2016. Udaipur Declaration BRICS nations… Read More »

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Gymnothorax indicus, new species of eel found in Bay of Bengal

Scientists from have discovered Gymnothorax indicus (proposed name Indian unpatterened moray), a new species of eel (a snake-like fish) in the northern Bay of Bengal region along the West Bengal coast. It was discovered after it was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast.… Read More »

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CSMCRI researchers develop photocatalyst to completely degrade industrial dyes

Researchers from the Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI), Bhavanagar, Gujarat have developed photocatalyst that can completely degrade three industrial dyes in the presence of sunlight. This photocatalyst is able to completely degrade three industrial dyes — methyl orange, methylene blue and reactive black-5. Key Facts The photocatalyst was developed using titanium dioxide… Read More »

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Assam Government launches Rhino horn verification process

The Assam Government has launched Rhino horn verification process for verifying rhino horns stored in various treasuries of Assam since 1980. The process will be responsible for verifying the genuineness of the rhino horns, which were recovered since 1980s and stored in various treasuries. The process of verification will be conducted by 12-member Rhino Horn… Read More »

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Steps taken by Government to protect Protected Species in India

There are 909 entries of taxa (including species, families, genus, orders and classes) of animals, birds and plants in the various Schedules of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. Various steps have taken by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to protect these species. This information was given by Minister of… Read More »

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