Archive For The “Environment Current Affairs 2018” Category

NTCA to build a national data base for tigers

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will establish a national data base for tigers, and each one of the big cats will have a unique identification number and code. The initiatives of providing UID will aid in better bio-monitoring of tigers.  OBJECTIVE: Providing UID will enhance monitoring and also give the exact estimate of the…

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E-eye Project in Corbett National Park

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E-Eye Project: A pilot surveillance project being piloted in Corbett National Park in which live electronic surveillance is done with the help of cameras with video recording facility mounted on towers. The project will help in tracking the movement of animals, human interference and checking poaching. These cameras will generate alerts to the control room…

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Expert committee suggests 10-year moratorium on GM food crop field trials

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The 5-member, Technical Expert Committee appointed on the directions of Supreme Court, has recommended a 10-year moratorium on field trials of all Genetically Modified (GM) food crops. The panel, in its interim report, suggested that the field trials should not be done till an independent committee of experts and stakeholders examines and assesses the potential…

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Alternatives to Endosulfan available

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The Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) Review Committee to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants approved the assessment of 100 chemical alternatives to insecticide and acaricide Endosulfan.  The committee also suggested its non-chemical alternatives. Which of the approved alternatives are used in India? Among the approved alternatives which are used in India, some are:- Malathion…

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Uttarakhand tops in “Environmental Performance Index (EPI)”

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Uttarakhand (scored 0.8123) topped the list of best-performing States and Union territories in terms of environmental performance. As per the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) released by Planning Commission: · Uttarakhand is followed by Himachal Pradesh (0.7316), Chandigarh (0.7270), Sikkim (0.7149), and Andhra Pradesh (0.7147). · Best states in terms of air quality: Mizoram, Kerala, Goa,…

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India, Pak talk towards resolution of Sir Creek Issue

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India and Pakistan recently concluded a meeting with an aim to resolve Sir Creek dispute. Besides, issues on Siachen and Kashmir are other territorial troubles b/w the two nations were also discussed. Image Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk Both countries agreed on certain issues including: De-linking maritime boundaries from land. Marking from seaward to the point where both…

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“Ocean-grabbing” a danger to world’s fisheries: UN

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As per a UN expert on right to food, ‘Ocean-grabbing’ is as serious a threat as ‘land-grabbing’.  What is “Ocean-grabbing”? An aggressive industrial fishing by foreign fleets. How and to whom is it threatening? Ocean grabbing is mainly concerned with the interest of smaller fishermen, local communities and sustainable fishing. It is a threat to…

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Etheostoma Obama: Freshwater Fish named after Barack Obama

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Etheostoma obama, or the spangled darter, is a newly discovered species of relatively skinny orange and blue speckled freshwater fish that has been named after US President Barack Obama due to Barack Obama’s “global vision of environmental protection and conservation”. Scientists have discovered 5 new species of freshwater fish called Darters (belongs to perch family)…

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Negative Impact of Nutrients On Coastal Ecosystems

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Salt Marshes along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and other highly developed coastlines have witnessed deterioration of salt marsh. The disintegration has accelerated in recent decades, with some losses caused by sea-level rise and development. As per recent studies, nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus originating from septic systems, sewerage, and soil fertilizers on land flow with…

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No plans to dump nuclear waste in Kolar mines: NPCIL

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Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) Removing the fears of the people of Kolar in Karnataka, the NPCIL submitted in the Supreme Court that no decision had been taken to dump nuclear waste in the inoperative Kolar Gold Mines of Bharat Gold Mines Ltd.           Source:gktoday

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Scientists oppose TECs recommendations of 10–year ban on field trials of GM crops

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Scientists have opposed the recommendations made by the Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India which has recommended a moratorium of 10 years on all field trials of transgenic food crops and field trials of transgenics in those crops for which India is a centre of origin or diversity. Why this…

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200 nations meeting in Doha for talks on global warming

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Around 200 nations are meeting in Qatar capital Doha for the annual talks over global warming. The twenty years old talks over reducing greenhouse gas emissions have not yet fulfilled their main purpose. The negotiators at Doha will focus on extending the Kyoto Protocol which was adopted in 1997, and is set to expire this…

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Italian court convicts scientists who were not able to give earthquake warning

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An Italian court sentenced six scientists and a government official 6-year imprisonment on the charges  of manslaughter. The scientists were accused of not being able to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila in 2009. All the convicts who were member of National Commission for the Forecast and…

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Dumping of N-waste at KGF ruled out

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The centre made it clear that it has no plans to dump Nuclear waste (N-waste) from Kudankulam Nuke Power plant in the defunct gold mines of Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Karnataka. The reported move by the Govt to dump the waste at the KGF was opposed by various political parties. The team of experts…

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26,000 hectares in Bagalkot will have Drip irrigation

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Drip irrigation project is planned to irrigate nearly 26,000 hectares of land in the command area of the Krishna in Bagalkot district. The project would cost Rs. 800 crore. What is Drip Irrigation? Drip irrigation or trickle irrigation or micro irrigation or localized irrigation, is an irrigation method deployed to save water and fertilizer by…

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Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts again

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Mount Tongariro, a volcano situated on New Zealand’s North Island, erupted for the second time this year. Where exactly is Mount Tongariro? Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of Lake Taupo, and is the northernmost…

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Australia clears plan to protect Murray-Darling Basin

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Australia approved a plan aimed at saving vital Murray-Darling Basin river water sytem. About Murray-Darling Basin: The Murray–Darling Basin is a river network sprawling for one million square kilometres (400,000 square miles) across five Australian states (New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland South Australia) in the interior of south-eastern Australia. The…

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Scientists: Greenland losing 200 million tonnes ice every year

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Using satellite data, Scientists confirmed via Glacier-covered Greenland has had an average net loss of 200 billion tons of ice every year since 2003. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) which can detect mass changes on the surface of the Earth over time. GRACE does this by detecting subtle increases and decreases in gravity,…

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WMO: Greenhouse Gases Level Reached Record High in 2011

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World Meteorological Organization (WMO) In its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, WMO held that that the atmospheric volume of the greenhouse gases, which are often blamed for the change in atmosphere, reached a record high in 2011. As per the survey, the volume of carbon dioxide, the prime greenhouse gas grew at almost identical rate in…

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BP agrees to pay $4.5 billion in penalties for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster

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BP Plc will pay $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to felony misconduct in the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the worst US offshore oil spill ever. The settlement includes a $1.256 billion criminal fine, the largest such levy in US history. About BP plc, Supermajors, Deepwater Horizon

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By 2017, US can become world’s biggest oil producer

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The world’s foremost energy watchdog, the  International Energy Agency (IEA) in its recent report “World Energy Outlook 2012” has held that US can become the world’s largest oil producer by 2017. How would this happen ? Predictions for USA and Global Predictions….

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