ENVIRONMENT


Monthly Current Affairs March 2016 “ENVIRONMENT” key points to Remember.
Researchers discovered a new snake species in the Western Ghats in Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts
The climate changes can affect the people worldwide. A recent study shows that it is likely to cause 500,000 deaths by 2050 – China and India – report by The Lancet
Union Government signed an important Raptor MoU for the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia.
UP Government announced to conduct a sparrow campaign at school levels to create awareness about the conservation of birds – ‘Gauraiya Diwas’
Zoological Survey of India.
=> Over 50 animal species have been judged as critically endangered and 310 asendangered out of 96, 000 animal species present in India
Fossil of 250 million year old reptile species discovered in Brazil – Teyujag paradoxa
A group of Scientists led by Matias Jones of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile have discovered four enormous planets
=> HIP8541b, HIP74890b, HIP84056b and HIP95124b
A new species of pale-gold colored frog discovered in Andes in Colombia by Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) research
British astronomers have discovered a cluster of nine “monster” stars R136. 30 million times brighter than the Sun
Biosphere reserve shared by Kerala and Tamil Nadu Agasthyamala placed in the new 20 Biosphere reserves list released by UNESCO
Gov notified new norms aimed at curbing the over 6,000 tonnes of uncollected plastic waste generated daily by industries
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified new environment standards for Gensets running on various kinds of fuels
Most disasters & Vulnerable – Study
=> The largest number of people affected by natural disasters – Asia
=> The largest number of people affected by political, instability, corruption, poverty and inequality – Africa
CSIR(Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants) discovered ‘L-Menthol’ derived from Mentha plant that can be used as anti-cancer drugs
Union environment ministry notified new plastic waste management rules, The Plastic Waste Management (PWM) Rules 2016 – replace the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011 =>Thickness of plastic carry bags from 40 microns to 50 microns.
One of the most active volcanoes in the heart of Alaska region Pavlof Volcano erupted
Sand-eating tadpoles Micrixalidae discovered by scientists from the Various Universities in the Western Ghats