Current Affair Category: Environment & Ecology

February 20, 2024

Promoting Tiger Conservation through Sports: The Kula Mama Volleyball Tournament at Melghat Tiger Reserve                 

Introduction: The ongoing Kula Mama Volleyball Tournament-2024 at Melghat Tiger Reserve’s (MTR) Semadoh is not just about sports; it’s a powerful initiative echoing the urgent need to safeguard tigers and the pristine forests. Engaging local youths in such endeavors amplifies the message of conservation, fostering a sense of responsibility towards protecting these vital ecosystems. Exploring […]

February 16, 2024

Discovery of Bonnet Mushroom Growing on Golden-backed Frog in the Western Ghats

Introduction to the Golden-backed Frog: In the verdant foothills of the Western Ghats in India, scientists have made an intriguing revelation: a Bonnet mushroom sprouting from the side of the diminutive Golden-backed Frog. Insight into the Golden-backed Frog: Endemic to the Western Ghats of Karnataka and Kerala, particularly above the Palghat Gap, the Golden-backed Frog […]

February 16, 2024

Exploring Coal Gasification for Sustainable Development                            

Introduction: The Ministry of Coal, Government of India, is organizing an Industry Interaction in Hyderabad to facilitate the advancement and widespread adoption of coal/lignite gasification initiatives throughout the country. Understanding Coal Gasification: Coal gasification is a transformative process that involves the conversion of coal and water, along with air and/or oxygen, into syngas. Syngas is […]

February 15, 2024

Invasive Threat: Cuscuta Dodder’s Encroachment                                          

Introduction: The Chengalpet forests and Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary face a menacing intruder: Cuscuta dodder, an invasive weed. Its unchecked spread poses a significant danger to the local ecology, vegetation, and the habitat of migratory birds. Understanding Cuscuta Dodder: Originally hailing from North America, Cuscuta dodder is a parasitic vine devoid of roots. It has already […]

February 15, 2024

Upholding Conservation: Overview of the Convention on Migratory Species                      

Introduction: The Fourteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (COP14) is scheduled to convene in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, from 12-17 February 2024. This significant gathering underscores the ongoing global efforts to safeguard migratory species and their habitats. Convention Overview: The Convention on the […]

February 14, 2024

Odisha Designates Gupteswar Forest as Biodiversity Heritage Site

Introduction: • In a recent development, the Odisha government has officially recognized the Gupteswar forest located in the Koraput district as its fourth Biodiversity Heritage Site (BHS). This move underscores the significance of preserving unique ecosystems with rich biodiversity, aligning with national efforts to protect ecologically fragile areas. Understanding Biodiversity Heritage Sites: • Biodiversity Heritage […]

February 14, 2024

Rediscovery of the Fire-Capped Tit in Aravalli Hills: Early Signs of Reverse Migration

Introduction: • Birdwatchers have recently noted a remarkable phenomenon in the Aravalli hill region: the return of various bird species, among them the fire-capped tit, signaling a potential reverse migration as the transition from winter to summer unfolds. Overview of the Fire-Capped Tit: • The fire-capped tit, a diminutive avian species belonging to the Paridae […]

February 14, 2024

Understanding Brumation: A Survival Strategy for Reptiles

Introduction to Brumation • Picture this: you spot an alligator, seemingly lifeless, with only its snout peeping out from beneath the water’s surface. Is it alive or dead? There’s a third possibility often overlooked: brumation. Defining Brumation • Brumation, akin to hibernation in mammals, is a state of dormancy or reduced activity observed in reptiles. […]

February 6, 2024

Emerging Threat: Thrips Parvispinus and Its Impact on Horticultural Crops

Introduction: • The Union Agriculture Minister recently addressed concerns in the Rajya Sabha regarding the emergence of Thrips Parvispinus as a potential threat in the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh regions. This invasive pest species poses a significant risk to agriculture, particularly in its ability to potentially supplant the native chilli thrips, known as scirtothrips dorsalis. […]

February 6, 2024

Restoring Megaherbivores to Madagascar: The Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Introduction: • A groundbreaking initiative spanning six years aims to reintroduce giant tortoises to the wild in Madagascar, potentially heralding the return of thousands of megaherbivores to the island after a hiatus of six centuries. Overview of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise: • The Aldabra giant tortoise, the world’s second-largest land tortoise species, ranks just behind […]

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