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  • Disappearing butterflies: Blame uneven rainfall, insecticides

    Source:Hindustan Times / 16-Sep-2016

    A report of World Wildlife Fund, 2013 mentioned that butterflies like the monarch have been decreasing in population across the world due to climatic changes. Abnormal rainfall, extreme summers and winters contribute too. The report also suggests that herbicides and pesticides used excessively on plants have reduced their population. “The WWF classifies butterflies as only ‘nearly-threatened.’ Their habitats are degraded driven by commercial development and lack of awareness,” says Mohammad Khaliq, a conservationist. “Everyone is aware of the uneven rainfall this time and this will affect the population further. Much of the larvae are being destroyed because of excessive rainfall.” Read more at:

  • Air Pollution: The Billion Dollar Industry

    Source:ENN: Environmental News Network / 13-Sep-2016

    The World Bank has released a new report highlighting the fact that air pollution costs world governments billions upon billions every year and ranks among the leading causes of death worldwide.The estimates — drawn from a number of sources, including the World Health Organization’s most recently completed data sets compiled in 2013 — can for the first time begin to examine the overall welfare cost of air pollution. Read More On:

  • BWM Convention Will Enter Into Force in 2017

    Source:IISD- Natural Resources Policy and Practice / 08-Sep-2016

    The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention's entry into force is expected to minimize the spread of invasive aquatic species (IAS) via ships' ballast water, thereby enhancing protection of the marine environment, biodiversity conservation and standardized approaches for industry. Read More On: ""