- India may not ratify Paris deal in 2016: India’s climate negotiators have indicated that they will hold off ratifying the deal until later in order to preserve some “flexibility”.
- Who’s responsible for the wetlands? A new report assesses the shocking state of wetlands governance in the country.
- Black carbon accelerating Himalayan glacier melt: Increased deposition of “black carbon” produced by burning fossil fuels and biomass is leading to rapid glacier melt in the Himalayas and Tibetan plateau.
- Postage stamp sized water purifier? Stanford scientists have created a mini device which uses solar energy to kill 99.99 percent of water-borne bacteria in just 20 minutes.
- $400 million fund for renewable energy firms: In an effort to promote green energy, the government is planning to set up a 400 million USD fund to protect such firms from delayed payments by discoms.
- EU hits energy targets six years early: New data shows that the EU’s falling greenhouse gas emissions are roughly equal to shutting 400 power stations off. However, sceptics believe that the ongoing recession has been responsible for falling emissions.
- “Act against unauthorised industrial units”: The NGT has ordered the Delhi and UP governments to take action against illegal units which are operating within residential areas.
- 10%: The amount of the earth’s wilderness destroyed over the last 25 years
- What did life look like 3.7 billion years ago? New fossils found in Greenland could help solve this mystery. These fossils are the oldest found till date and push back the record of life by 220 million years.
- Arctic “gardener” foxes: Did you know that Arctic foxes can “grow” their own gardens in the Tundra? Organic waste from these foxes supports an unusually large amount of green and researchers have described the foxes as “ecosystem engineers”.
- What is the IUCN Red List all about? Watch this video to find out more about the race against time to save the world’s flora and fauna from extinction:
In which of the following states would you find the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard? (a) Sikkim (b) Rajasthan (c) Kerala (d) Telengana
Shalini Iyengar is an environmental lawyer and Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.