Nilgiri Tahr

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH    Context: The Tamil Nadu government is conducting a three-day survey to estimate the population of the Nilgiri Tahr, a species listed as endangered by the IUCN  

Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: UNEP  Context: The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) celebrates its 10-year anniversary as a key player in advancing climate technology and innovation.    About Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN): Established as the implementation arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Mechanism and …

Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Law

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Forbes    Context: The European Parliament gave its approval for the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), a significant step toward its formal adoption by the European Union. The CSDDD introduces a legal liability for companies regarding environmental and human rights violations within their supply chains. It applies not …

Paro Statement

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IUCN  Context: The Sustainable Finance for Tiger Landscapes Conference, held in Paro, Bhutan, concluded with the Paro Statement, committing to mobilize an additional $1 billion over the next decade to conserve tigers and their landscapes. Tiger Range Countries present included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, and …

Golden trevally

Facts for Prelims (FFP)    Source: Business Line  Context: The ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute achieved a significant breakthrough in mariculture by successfully developing seed production technology for golden trevally, a high-value marine fish. This accomplishment is expected to create new opportunities for sustainable seafood production and enhance India’s mariculture potential. Golden trevally is considered …

Neptis philyra

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI  Context: Butterfly enthusiasts made a remarkable discovery in Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Lower Subansiri district, India, spotting the elusive Neptis philyra, also known as the long-streak sailor, for the first time in the country. The butterfly, initially described in Russia in 1859, is native to East Asia but …

Forests as a national asset

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: The Supreme Court of India emphasized in a recent judgment that forests are a crucial national asset and a significant contributor to the country’s financial wealth. This ruling came amidst criticism of the Forest Conservation (Amendment) Act of 2023, which is accused of facilitating encroachments in protected …

Vasuki Indicus

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: NDTV    Context: A fossil vertebrae discovered in Gujarat has been confirmed as belonging to the largest snake to have ever lived, named ‘Vasuki Indicus.’ Unearthed in 2005 by scientists from IIT-Roorkee, the snake is estimated to have been 11-15 meters (about 50 feet) in length and weighed around …

Bumblebees

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PHYS.ORG   Context: According to a new study, bumblebees demonstrate resilience to common pesticides. Researchers exposed bumblebee colonies to individual and combined insecticides and fungicides, finding no negative effects on learning ability or flight activity.  

Gray Slender Loris

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: The Print  Context: A Gray Slender Loris was rescued by forest officials in North Goa.  

Ashwagandha

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Business Line   Context: Ashwagandha, a 3000-year-old Indian herb, is gaining global attention and popularity for its numerous health benefits. Scientific research highlights its potential in stress management, cognitive function, physical performance, and more.  

Baobab trees

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: DTE  Context: The Global Society for the Preservation of Baobabs and Mangroves (GSPBM) has launched a pioneering initiative to revive Madagascar’s iconic baobab trees.   Previous News about Baobab Trees:

Eurasian Otter

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: Economic Times  Context: The first Eurasian otter in India was radio-tagged in the Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) in Madhya Pradesh. The Eurasian otter was first photographed in the STR in 2016, expanding its known range to central India.   Previous News about Eurasian Otters (17th March 2023):  

Spotted deer

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The introduction of chital, or spotted deer, to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the early 1900s for game hunting by the British has resulted in a population explosion that now poses a significant problem for authorities. But now the chital population exceeding the carrying capacity of …

Forever chemicals

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH   Context: A recent study by IIT Madras has uncovered the presence of ‘forever chemicals’ known as pre- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Chennai’s Buckingham Canal, Adyar River, and Chembarambakkam Lake. PFAS are synthetic chemicals found in everyday products and are known to persist in the environment, posing …

Artificial reefs

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: In a pioneering initiative in Maharashtra, Mumbai is preparing for the installation of 210 artificial reefs near Worli Koliwada. The artificial reefs, composed of recycled cement and steel, will increase the sea surface area by 50-60 square feet per module. They are expected to attract small and …

Venomous jellyfish blooms

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: An unusual occurrence of venomous jellyfish blooms, particularly Pelagia noctiluca, was reported along the Visakhapatnam coast in Andhra Pradesh recently. Pelagia noctiluca, rarely seen on the East coast of India, is known for causing various illnesses including diarrhoea, vomiting, extreme pain, and anaphylactic shock. The blooms are …