SURVEYS - 2019 September

September 24

Rising surface temperature in the tropical Pacific Ocean for prolonged periods leads to a climate process called the El Nino, which has become more extreme due to human-induced climate change. The researchers, including the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, said El Ninos have become more intense in the industrial age, which stand to worsen storms, drought, and coral bleaching.

September 12

India’s best represented university — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore - fell from the 251-300 cohort last year to the 301-350 in World University Rankings 2020, compiled by UK-based Times Higher Education. The second-generation IITs established after 2008-09 have leaped ahead of other top schools and older IITs including those in Mumbai and Delhi.

September 9

Meghalaya the north eastern state of India and known to be the wettest part of the country is the home for rain forests. A study by the Department of Botany, North eastern hills says that Namdapha rainforests are similar to the forests found near the Equator.

September 5

According to the latest report by World Gold Council (WGC), United States leads the country list with total gold reserves of 8,133.5 tonnes followed by Germany (3,366.8 tonnes), International Monetary Fund (IMF) (2,451.8 tonnes), Italy (2,451.8 tonnes) and France (2,436.1 tonnes). India is at the 10th spot with 618.2 tonnes.

September 3

A study is led by the Global Tiger Forum (GTF) with governments of Bhutan, India and Nepal which is also supported by the Integrated Tiger Habitat Conservation Programme (ITHPC) of the IUCN and German Development Bank has confirmation by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) about the presence of tigers in high-altitude regions of Sikkim, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh in a study submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment. The report provides the action strategy for a high altitude tiger master plan with gainful portfolio for local communities and ensuring centrality of tiger conservation in development, through an effective coordination mechanism, involving stakeholders and line departments operating within the landscape.