International Union for Conservation of Nature Current Affairs - 2020

What is Sandalwood Spike Disease which is Threatening Sandalwood Forests in India?

India’s sandalwood trees are facing a serious threat from the destructive disease called Sandalwood Spike Disease (SSD). The infection has remerged in the natural habitats of sandalwood in Kerala and Karnataka and Kerala. Key Facts As per the report, the sandalwood trees in Marymoor forests of Kerala and several other forest regions in Karnataka are heavily Read More…

IUCN adds more than 7,000 to its Red List

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has added more than 7,000 animals, fish and plants to its endangered Red List. IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species shows that more and more species assessed are being threatened with extinction. It also warned against mankind’s destruction of nature that is driving species to brink of Read More…

Denmark’s Inger Andersen takes over as UNEP’s Executive Director

Denmark’s Inger Andersen recently took charge as the new Executive Director (ED) of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She will hold the designation for period of 4-years. About Inger Andersen Inger is a Danish economist and environmentalist with over 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making. Now as ED of Read More…

 For the first time Grizzled Giant Squirrel Nests sighted near Gingee

For the first time more than 300 nests of Grizzled Giant Squirrel were sighted by researchers at Pakkamalai Reserve Forests near Gingee (in Eastern Ghats) in Tamil Nadu. About Grizzled Giant Squirrel It is a large tree squirrel in genus Ratufa (Scientific name is ‘Ratufa macroura’). Features: It is an agile climber and is almost Read More…

Purple Frog to be crowned Kerala’s state amphibian

Purple frog could be soon designated as Kerala’s state amphibian. The proposal for this is being mooted by Kerela’s leading Herpetologists (a specialist in study of reptiles and amphibians). The odd-looking species is endemic to Western Ghats. The title would help in protecting species fragile habitat. About Purple Frog Scientific Name: Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (N. sahyadrensis). Read More…