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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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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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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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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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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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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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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