•Government launches BS-IV grade fuels across India:
üSupreme Court banned sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1, 2017.
üBS-I, BS-II and BS-III stages were launched in 2000, 2005 and 2010 respectively.Higher the Bharat Stage- it emits less amount of pollutants like Carbon Monoxide, NOx, Sox etc. compared to BS III vehicles.
•Cabinet approves ratification of the Second Commitment Period (Doha Amendment) of Kyoto Protocol
üThe first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol
was from 2008-2012.
was from 2008-2012.
üThe United States andCanada
•Union Environment Ministry Launched Prakriti Khoj:
üObjective of generating interest about the science among school children.Online environmental quiz competition- at the national level with the related to environment.
•National Green Tribunal (NGT) declares No Development Zone in close vicinity of Ganga:
ü100 meters from the edge of the Ganga river.
üIt has also banned dumping of waste within 500 meters from the edge of Ganga river.
üIt draws inspiration from the India's constitutional provision of Article 21, which assures the citizens of India the right to a healthy environment.
üPrincipal Bench of the NGT- New Delhi.Present Chairperson of NGT: Swatanter Kumar (Retd. Justice)
•Government launches Gaj Yatra campaign to protect elephants:
üUnion Ministry of Environment and Forest.
ü 15 months campaign- led by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)Mascot- ‘Gaju’
•Kanha Tiger Reserve becomes first in India to get official mascot.
•Named Bhoorsingh the Barasingha (swamp deer).
•Roads clear for Ken-Betwa river linking project:
üThe project will provide irrigation facilities in Madhya Pradesh (Panna, Chhattarpur, Tikamgarh districts), and Uttar Pradesh (Banda, Mahoba and Jhansi districts).
•Scientists discover lost continent Zealandia submerged in Pacific Ocean.
•Supreme Court stayed Uttarakhand High Court order:
üGranting Human Status to Ganga & Yamuna rivers.In March 2017, New Zealand Parliament passed a bill declaring Whanganui River as ‘legal person’ (making it first River in the world to get this status).
•Majuli Island to be First Carbon Neutral District of India by the year 2020.
•India has ranked 75th in environmental impact survey.
•India's first 2nd generation ethanol bio-refinery will be set up by Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) at Bhatinda.
•Lakshadweep island Parali-I vanishes
•Snow leopard no longer endangered:
ü‘endangered’ to ‘vulnerable’
üFirst listed as endangered by the IUCN in 1972.
•United States withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement.
•Goa declares ‘COCONUT’ palm as State Tree.