Climate change and Coral Reefs

Coral Bleaching When coral polyps are too hot, they expel their zooxanthellae. Since zooxanthellae are responsible for the colors of many corals, when coral polyps expel their zooxanthellae, the coral turn white, a phenomenon called coral bleaching. The zooxanthellae return to the polyps when the water cools, but repeated bleaching events lead to the deathContinue reading “Climate change and Coral Reefs”

India’s Top 5 threatened turtles

India’s Top 5 threatened turtles Most threatened top five turtles in India are: Batagurbaska: The northern river terrapin found in the Sundarbans. Batagurkachuga: Red-crowned roof turtle from the National Chambal Sanctuary, spread across Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Chitraindica: South Asian narrow-headed softshell turtle found in the gangetic river system. Nilssonianigricans: Black softshell turtleContinue reading “India’s Top 5 threatened turtles”

National Clean Air Progamme

About NACP In December 2017, the Union government announced the National Clean Air Progamme (NCAP) that proposes multiple strategies to combat air pollution across the country. NCAP is India’s first attempt at working out a coordinated system to curb air pollution. It requires the states to frame their own Clean Air Programmes. The primary goalContinue reading “National Clean Air Progamme”

Plastic waste in India

Plastic waste in India According to Central Pollution Control Board of India data, India generates 15,342 tonnes of plastic waste per day (about 5.6 million tonnes annually), out of which Delhi alone contributes to 690 tonnes daily — making it the largest contributor, followed by the likes of Chennai (429.4 tonnes per day), Kolkata (425.7 tonnes)Continue reading “Plastic waste in India”

When India became republic

Headline : When India became republic Details : Why in News?  India is celebrating its 69th Republic Day. History of Republic day Republic Day in India is a day to remember when India’s constitution came into force on January 26, 1950, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. India acquired its long cherished independenceContinue reading “When India became republic”

Loktak lake

News Summary The model of a floating laboratory ties into a larger initiative by the Centre’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to monitor the health of aquatic systems in the northeast. Last September, the DBT announced plans to have multiple floating boats cruising the 3,500-km Brahmaputra river and collecting water samples to track its health. NeedContinue reading “Loktak lake”

What is a National Disaster?

What is a National Disaster? According to 10th Finance Commission (1995-2000) a disaster is a national calamity of rarest severity if it affects one-third of the population of a state. Factors to be considered to classify a ‘calamity of rare severity’ are: Intensity and magnitude of the calamity, Level of assistance needed, Capacity of theContinue reading “What is a National Disaster?”

About Blue Flag certification

About Blue Flag certification The tag is given to environment-friendly and clean beaches, equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists. To achieve the Blue Flag standards, a beach had to strictly comply with 33 environment and tourism-related conditions, some of the conditions are given below: To achieve the Blue Flag standards, a beach mustContinue reading “About Blue Flag certification”

About Pesticides

About Pesticides The term pesticide covers compounds including insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, molluscicides, nematicides, plant growth regulators and others.   Benefits of pesticides Improving productivity: Food grain production has increased almost fourfold from an estimated 169 million hectares of permanently cropped land. Protection of crop losses/yield reduction: Weeds reduce yield of dry land crops byContinue reading “About Pesticides”