EQ: Tiger Reserves, Amur Falcons, Electric Cars, Idols & More
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Goa declares tiger reserves: In a sweeping move, the Goa government has decided to upgrade all of Goa’s existing wildlife sanctuaries to the status of a tiger reserve.
The Amur falcons have arrived: The incredible Amur falcons have returned to their winter sites in Nagaland and Manipur on the same day as they did the year before. Known for their incredible migratory routes, the bird’s numbers represent a success story for community-centric conservation.
Drones to monitor sharks: Australia has announced plans to use drones to track shark activities. This is expected to also aid in mitigating the danger of shark attacks along the country’s coastline.
World’s smallest floating nuclear reactor: China is developing what is supposedly the world’s smallest nuclear reactor for deployment in the South China Sea. Environmentalists have expressed serious concerns about such a plan given the hazards of nuclear energy.
2 million e-cars sold by 2016: New data has revealed that around 2 million electric cars will have been sold worldwide by 2016 end. While this is tiny compared to traditional cars, it does show that electric cars are increasingly coming of age.
Amaravathi construction can continue: The NGT has clarified that there is no stay on construction at the site of Andhra Pradesh’s new proposed capital. However, the builders would need to abide by the Court’s final order.
109: The number of glacial lakes formed in Himachal Pradesh in just two years.
Rampal Power Project troubles? A proposed Indo-Bangladesh coal power project has raised the ire of environmentalists who have pointed at its proximity to the fragile Sunderbans ecosystem.
Extinct no more! In a rare piece of good news for biodiversity, the iconic Chinese freshwater dolphin, believed to have become extinct, might have been sighted in the river. Locally known as the “baiji”, the dolphin is a sign of the river ecosystem’s overall health.
Watch an video on the toll that climate change takes worldwide here:
Which state is the Mhadei wildlife sancturary located in? (a) Goa (b) Maharashtra (c) Karnataka (d) Madhya Pradesh
Shalini Iyengar is an environmental lawyer and Faculty at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology.
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