Environment and Ecology Current Affairs For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus

Prelims   General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity, and Climate Change

General Studies -III (Mains) – Conservation, environmental pollution, and degradation, environmental impact assessments.


As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 will be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and mains will be starting from 20th September 2019 in which current affairs will play a crucial role.

So in this article, we will be updating all important Environment and Ecology Current Affairs between January 2018 to August 2019 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.


December 2018

  • Climate talks kick off in Poland
  • India Water Impact Summit-2018
  • NOAA’s annual report on the Arctic
  • Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction Notified
  • New proposals emerge in climate meet
  • Nations inch towards a climate deal
  • Outcome of COP24
  • Asiatic Lion Conservation Project launched
  • India submits NR6 to the CBD

November 2018

  • Neutrino Observatory project stay
  • Guideline for Operation Greens
  • BASIC meet in India
  • Global CO2 levels hit new record

October 2018

  • UN report on ‘mission impossible’ climate target
  • India’s first ever NES to kick off
  • UN-backed award for Sikkim
  • Early Warning System launched
  • First ever WHO’s global meet to tackle pollution
  • 3rd Decadal International year of Reefs-2018
  • How BS-VI norms will affect
  • India tops in deaths due to toxic air

September 2018

  • Successful Test of NAG
  • Cabinet approves the continuation of IDWH
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from Indian paddy fields very high: study
  • Severe storm occurrences caused Kerala floods: CWC
  • Monsoon weakening, withdrawal to begin after 17 Sep, says IMD
  • Pollution cools monsoon days
  • More river stretches critically polluted: CPCB
  • Monsoon into the below-normal zone
  • A new mechanism for Environment Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Smuggling of frogs led to an increasing number of snake’s bites
  • An initiative to protect Hornbill 68

August 2018

  • Kanchenjunga BR in WNBR
  • World Biofuel day
  • India lost one-third of its coastline
  • Reasons behind Kerala floods
  • India’s first Humboldt penguin dies

July 2018

  • New materials for sustainable developed
  • State to imposes polythene ban
  • Monitoring committee for the clean Yamuna

June 2018

  • SoE 2018
  • World’s largest iceberg set to disappear
  • Composite Water Management Index
  • The plastic ban in Maharashtra
  • World bank report on Climate change

May 2018

  • WHO’s 20 most-polluted cities
  • Govt to set up marine observation system
  • Blockchain-based technology for water conservation
  • National Policy on Biofuels 2018 approved
  • ‘Green Good Deeds’
  • A dispute over the power plant in India

April 2018

  • How tiny sea creatures affect Earth’s climate
  • A new draft of CRZ
  • India’s forest cover grew

March 2018

  • Free conversion of PIO cards to OCI stopped. 82
  • 24 per cent of solid waste generated
  • Draft of NEP unveiled
  • Bio-medical Waste Management Rules Amended

February 2018

  • First-time microbes in space
  • 8 of every 10 cities breathe toxic air
  • Ammonia in Yamuna water
  • India to host World Environment Day

January 2018 

  • Submit an action plan on the use of fly ash
  • World environment award for KISS
  • India’s automated ocean pollution system.
  • EPI report 2018.
  • No single judge at NGT

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