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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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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Vulture population rises in India

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As per a recent report by the Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS) rapid decline in the number of critically endangered Indian vultures has stopped. India’s vulture population has risen for the first time in last 20 years, after a sharp decline in their numbers by more than 99%. Vulture numbers decreased in India from 4…

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No resolution achieved during Antarctic Ocean sanctuary talks at CCAMLR

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No resolution could be reached during the talks at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), at Hobart in Australia. The commission is made up of 24 countries and the European Union. What is CCAMLR? Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) was established in 1982.  The Convention…

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Orissa slaps a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on ‘errant miners’

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The Orissa steel and mines department has imposed a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on 27 miners in the mining circle of the mineral-rich Keonjhar district for extraction of ore beyond the permissible limits. Companies which have been slapped with penalties include Tata Steel, Aditya Birla-owned Essel Mining and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation. Tata…

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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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