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July 2019 - Environment News

  • The Union Environment Ministry has selected 12 beaches in India to vie for a ‘Blue Flag’ certification. These beaches are at Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Bhogave (Maharashtra), Ghoghla (Diu), Miramar (Goa), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka), Kappad (Kerala), Eden (Puducherry), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Rushikonda (Andhra Pradesh), Golden (Odisha), and Radhanagar (Andaman & Nicobar Islands).

  • India's first garbage cafe was launched Ambikapur Municipal Corporation in Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh. Under this program, any person fetching a kilo of plastic waste to the garbage cafe will be assured of a full meal while those collecting at least 500 grams will get breakfast. The city of Ambikapur has been ranked second cleanest city in India after Indore.

  • Members of a Nilgiris-based conservation group spotted two butterflies, usually found in the Devala-Nadugani belt, in the Kotagiri slopes, where they are rarely seen. The Wynter Blyth Association (WBA) members were on a weekly butterfly walk in Kotagiri when they spotted the elusive Dark Pierrot (Tarucus ananda) and the Pointed Lineblue (Lonolyce helicon). What was interesting about the find was the fact that the last sighting of the Dark Pierrot in the Coonoor and Kotagiri slopes was in 1978 by Larsen B Torben.

  • India’s first dragon blood-oozing tree. Researchers discover Dracaena cambodiana in Assam’s West Karbi Anglong dist. Assam has added to India’s botanical wealth a plant that yields dragon’s blood — a bright red resin used since ancient times as medicine, body oil, varnish, incense and dye. A trio of researchers has discovered Dracaena cambodiana, a dragon tree species in the Dongka Sarpo area of West Karbi Anglong. The team’s report has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

    In India, the Dracaena genus belonging to the family Asparagaceae is represented by nine species and two varieties in the Himalayan region, the northeast and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But Dracaena cambodiana is the only true dragon tree species.

  • Researchers from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru have discovered a new vine snake species in the southern Western Ghats. The species 'Pro ahaetulla antiqua' is believed to have evolved around 26 million years ago. It was first discovered in 2011. It looks similar to Ahaetulla dispar which is a small-sized vine snake with similar morphological characters. The vine snake species are not only a new species but also belong to a new genus.

    The unique features of the snake was studied by the researchers from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru along with Chennai Snake Park, Chennai and Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai. The study was funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), DBT-IISc Partnership Programme and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. There are similar species in Africa and South America. The Asian vine snakes are distributed throughout Asia.

  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on 25 July 2019 launched the State-wide tree plantation programme – ‘Clean-Green Arunachal Campaign 2019’ – by kickstarting the campaign by planting 1 lakh tree saplings within the next 24 hours. The campaign is being held as part of Van Mahotsav celebration has also set the target of planting 1 crore tree within the next five years.

  • Earth Alliance launched. Leonardo DiCaprio, Laurene Powell Jobs and Brian Sheth will launch Earth alliance to tackle climate change.mCaprio has merged his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation into Earth Alliance. The alliance will work globally to protect ecosystems, climate change, support renewable energy, and secure indigenous rights to the benefit of all life on earth.

  • India's first elephant rehabilitation centre will be situated in Kottoor, Kerala. It is an ecotourism village. It is being planned on the lines of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka. It will have an elephant museum, mahout training centre, super-specialty hospital, a retirement home and crematorium for the animals, will house orphaned, injured and older elephants.



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