Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron are selected in the Policy Leadership category for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance. India's Cochin International Airport - the world's first fully solar-powered airport - is also selected for the award in the Entrepreneurial Vision category.
Noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil has warned Goa may face the same fate as the flood-battered Kerala if it does not take precautions on the environmental front. Like in some other states, Goa, too, is witnessing activities which are driven by greed for unlimited profits, said Gadgil, who headed a committee that authored a study on the Western Ghats a few years ago.
The other Indian biosphere reserves in the list include Nilgiri, Gulf of Mannar, Sunderban, Nanda Devi, Nokrek, Pachmarhi, Simlipal, Achanakmar-Amarkantak, Great Nicobar and Agasthyamala.
Scientists have identified absorbent materials that can help soak up pollutants found in urban waste water in less than 24 hours. Researchers from University of Seville in Spain evaluated two types of phyllosilicates: a highly-charged expandable synthetic mica (Na-Mica-4), and one obtained from cation exchange with an organo-functionalised mica (C18-Mica-4).
India on the occasion of the World Environment Day on Tuesday pledged to eliminate all single-use plastics (items like carry bags, straws and water bottles among others) from the country by 2022 — the year which coincides with 75 years of the country's independence.
The UGC has directed all varsities and higher educational institutions to ban use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles and bags on their campuses.
Environment minister Harsh Vardhan also unveiled a related mobile app (GSDP-ENVIS) here, terming it an ambitious programme of the ministry that will help boost employability and entrepreneurship of the youth in the country.
Young seal found with a plastic air vent filter stuck around its neck was rescued by vet Christopher Tansley after being spotted by passers-by in the sea off Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk.
State-run fuel retailers will not additionally raise petrol and diesel prices to recover the cost of upgrading to Bharat Stage-VI fuels in Delhi, the country’s first city where 100% petrol pumps will be officially selling the cleaner fuel from Sunday.
Union environment minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday made an impassioned appeal to the people to switch off all non-essential lights for an hour on March 24 to mark the Earth Hour, saying he himself will do so.
With 28 countries who have ratified the ISA treaty in attendance, the meet has snowballed from an initially modest event to a big ticket one which will see an eclectic mix of geographies lying between the two tropics.