International Leopard Day 2023

   Source: DTE   Context: International Leopard Day is a new annual event that was officialized on May 3, 2023, with the launch of a dedicated portal, “” by the Cape Leopard Trust (CLT).   About Leopard:

Fit for 55

   Source: EU   Context: The Fit for 55 packages is a set of proposals aimed at revising and updating EU legislation and implementing new initiatives to align EU policies with the climate goals agreed by the Council and the European Parliament. The package is named after the EU’s target of reducing net greenhouse gas …


   Source: ADB   Context: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced the Innovative Finance Facility for Climate in Asia and the Pacific (IF-CAP) program to accelerate climate change financing in the region.

Biosynthetic clock  

Source: TH   Context: Scientists have discovered that the ageing process of cells is controlled by a genetic regulatory circuit that can be manipulated to extend their lifespan. This circuit functions like a clock, guiding the cell through two distinct pathways of ageing. By manipulating this circuit, scientists have been able to generate a negative …

  Startup India Seed Fund Scheme

   Source: ET   Context: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is conducting a third-party impact assessment of the Startup India Seed Fund Scheme to evaluate its performance in benefiting the startup community.   About Startup India Seed Fund Scheme (SISFS):

World Press Freedom Index 2023

  Source: TH   Context: India has slipped in the World Press Freedom Index 2023 rankings, coming in at 161 out of 180 countries, indicating a decline in press freedom.   About the Press Freedom Index

Northern Lights In India

 Facts for Prelims (FFP) Source: TOI   Context: The Indian Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru recently captured a rare occurrence of aurora in Ladakh, India, on camera. This is the first time that such an occurrence has been witnessed in Ladakh   About Aurora:

Return to Roots

   Source: Newsonair   The Australian High Commission in India announced its Government Grant for a project in Kargil called “Return to Roots.” This project aims to integrate traditional knowledge with the current school science curriculum in alignment with the goals of the National Education Policy, which includes increasing scientific engagement among school children of …

Debt-for-climate swaps

GS Paper 3 Syllabus: Environment, Conservation   Source: DTE   Context: In the past decade, debt-for-climate swaps have grown relatively popular among low- and middle-income countries. Insta Links: