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  • Dec 30, 2020
  • 1 FRA Helps Dhenkanal Tribals Gain Land Rights [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    FRA Helps Dhenkanal Tribals Gain Land Rights

    • Munda and Santhal tribals recently got forest rights under the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
    • They were brought to Dhenkanal district in Odisha from Jharkhand over a century ago to work in its forests.
    • The Odisha government issued a notificatio…

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  • Dec 24, 2020
  • 1 Sustainability Increases if Ethanol is Made from Sugarcane Juice [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Sustainability Increases if Ethanol is Made from Sugarcane Juice

    • Sugarcane is a cash crop that requires large amount of water and land to cultivate.
    • It has enjoyed immense political patronage which led to India becoming the second-largest sugarcane producer.
    • However, the country has…

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  • Dec 23, 2020
  • 1 Centre Launches Pilot Project to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Centre Launches Pilot Project to Reduce Emissions from Agriculture

    • The Union government recently launched Green-Ag project in Mizoram.
    • The aim of the project is to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices.
    • The project is designed to achieve mul…

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  • Dec 19, 2020
  • 1 E-Waste to Increase 38% by 2030 [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    E-Waste to Increase 38 % by 2030

    • The Global E-waste Monitor, 2020 report has been released.
    • As per the report, global e-waste will increase by 38 percent in the decade between 2020 and 2030.
    • There was 53.6 MT e-waste in 2019.
    • That is a nearly 21 percent increase in just five years.

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  • 2 Paddy Puzzle [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Paddy Puzzle

    • A unique tussle has been going on between Haryana government and the state՚s paddy farmers for some time now.
    • The state government encouraged farmers to grow paddy for more than 50 years since the Green Revolution.
    • But now the government wants them to shift to other cro…

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  • 3 Hilsa Vanishing from Poor and Middle Class People’S Menu in Odisha [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Hilsa Vanishing from Poor and Middle Class People՚s Menu in Odisha

    • Hilsa, a prized variety of fish, is vanishing from the menu of poor and middle class people in Odisha.
    • The reasons are
      • Over-exploitation of fish stocks
      • Construction of dams
      • Usage of gill nets
      • Climatic factors

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  • 4 Upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Amid Coal Mining Row Assam Government Decides to Upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to a National Park

    • The Assam government has decided to upgrade the 111.942 sq. km Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary in to a National Park.
    • It is located within the larger Dehing Patkai Elephant…

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  • 5 Climate Change Can Affect Diseases Spread by Insect Vectors [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Climate Change Can Affect Diseases Spread by Insect Vectors

    • Recently, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and International Livestock research Institute (ILRI) released a report.
    • Report says that climate change is a major factor in disease emergence.
    • The survival, reproduc…

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  • 6 Man Taken by Estuarine Croc in Fatal Attack [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Man Taken by Estuarine Croc in Fatal Attack

    • In Bhitarkanika, a man went missing after being dragged into a river by an estuarine crocodile in Odisha՚s Bhitarkanika National Park.
    • Similarly, a milk supplier was attacked in the morning while he was standing near the bank of the croco…

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  • 7 Migration Reduces Transmission of Pathogens between Species [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Migration Reduces Transmission of Pathogens between Species

    • The migration behavior of several species is changing due to man-made factors like
      • climate change
      • habitat loss
    • Recently a report jointly released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and ILRI (International Lives…

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  • 8 Odisha Uses Satellite Technology to Prevent Encroachment of Govt Land [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Space/ISRO ]

    Odisha Uses Satellite Technology to Prevent Encroachment of Govt Land

    • The Odisha Chief Minister used BLUIS (Bhubaneswar Land Use Intelligence System) .
    • The system will help in preventing encroachments of government lands with the help of satellites.
    • BLUIS is a web and mobile based s…

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  • Dec 19, 2020
  • 1 States Reject FRA Claims [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    States Reject FRA Claims

    • Fourteen states rejected 543,432 claims under SC and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
    • West Bengal has rejected about 92 per cent of all reviewed claims i.e.. 54,993 rejections out of 59,526 claims.

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  • 2 Study Predicts Four Outcomes for Aquaculture Industry Amid COVID-19 Impact [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Study Predicts Four Outcomes for Aquaculture Industry Amid COVID-19 Impact

    • Because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the relatively young industry suffers curb in
      • Exports
      • Layoffs
      • Reduced demand
      • Reduced production
    • Aquaculture is a fast growing industry that farms fish and other marine …

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  • 3 Green Carpenter Bee Jewel of Nature Scientists Fight to Save Green Carpenter [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Green Carpenter Bee Jewel of Nature Scientists Fight to Save Green Carpenter

    • The green carpenter bee is an iconic, beautiful native species described as a ‘Jewel of Nature’ for its metallic green and gold Colouring.
    • Carpenter bees are so named as they excavate their own nests in th…

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  • 4 National Fish Farmers Day 2020 [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    National Fish Farmers Day 2020

    • National Fish Farmer՚s Day is celebrated on July 10 annually.
    • On the day, a webinar was hosted by the Department of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in association with National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) .
    • National Fish Farmer՚s Day i…

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  • 5 COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Possible in Some Indoor Settings-WHO [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    COVID-19 Airborne Transmission Possible in Some Indoor Settings-WHO

    • The World Health Organization (WHO) has said airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in closed and improperly ventilated indoor settings is possible.
    • It also said that short-range aerosol transm…

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  • Nov 17, 2020
  • 1 Extraordinary Endemic Vegetation in Uttarakhand in the Last Three Years (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Extraordinary Endemic Vegetation in Uttarakhand in the Last Three Years

    • Uttarakhand is home to vast variety and unique range of floral faunal diversity.
    • A tulip garden in Uttarkhand՚s Munsiyari town gained attraction on the internet a few days ago.
    • Tulip gardens are a minor part of …

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  • 2 Monsoon Brings 70% More Than Normal Rains (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Monsoon Brings 70 % More Than Normal Rains

    • In the first week of monsoon between June 1 and 7, India witnessed 70 % more.
    • Heavy rains are being attributed to untimely formation of severe cyclonic storm Nisarga in the Arabian Sea.

    Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune

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  • Nov 12, 2020
  • 1 Environmental Consequences of Hydro Project in Athirapally (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Environmental Consequences of Hydro Project in Athirapally

    • Controversial Athirapally Hydro Electric Project.
    • Chalakudy River, Thrissur district, Kerala.
    • Work is to be started after getting environmental clearance from the centre.
    • This project will be the seventh dam along the 145-km …

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  • Nov 9, 2020
  • 1 Important Happenings (DTE 1-15 August 2020) [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Important Happenings

    Overview

    • Endgame 2050: Sofia Pineda Ochoa, the new documentary also includes a fictional segment set in 2050 to enable people to imagine the consequences of our continued inaction — a harsh future of food and water shortages, runaway climate…

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  • Nov 7, 2020
  • 1 Bulk Drug Parks [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Bulk Drug Parks

    • Three bulk drugs parks and four medical devices parks will be established in the country by Department of Pharmaceuticals.
    • One of the Bulk drugs Parks is being established in Bhatinda, Punjab.
    • Location of Bhatinda has
      • Good connectivity
      • Water and land availability
      • Presen…

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  • 2 Indian Railways on Mission Mode of Becoming a “Green Railway” [ Environment/Ecology, Railways ]

    Indian Railways on Mission Mode of Becoming a “Green Railway”

    • A few initiatives have been taken by Ministry of Railways to transform Indian Railways into Green Railways by 2030.
    • These initiatives will mitigate global warming and combat climate change.

    Overv…

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  • Nov 3, 2020
  • 1 Threat to Biodiversity (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Economy, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Apis Dorsata Bee

    • Largest producer of wild honey.
    • An Indian Rock Bee.
    • Dorsata are destroyed in a single day in the Bengaluru between January and June 2020.
    • Dorsata is an important pollinator.
    • The giant honey bee build nests that are exposed in lofty sites.
    • The largest species of the Api…

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  • 2 Tiranga Disease & Viral Diseases in Tomato (DTE 1-15 July 2019) [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Down-to-Earth ]

    Tiranga Disease & Viral Diseases in Tomato

    • Tiranga disease has stirred up similar panic and helplessness among farmers in Maharashtra.
    • Across Pune, Satara, Ahmednagar and Nashik.
    • Tomatoes turning abnormally yellow, ripening prematurely getting mushy and deformed.
    • Crop loss up to 90 %…

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  • Nov 2, 2020
  • 1 Largest Solar Power Plant of Navy Commissioned [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    Largest Solar Power Plant of Navy Commissioned

    • A 3 MW Solar Power Plant at Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala has been commissioned.
    • It is in line with Government of India initiative of ‘National Solar Mission.’
    • National Solar Mission aims to achieve 100 GW of solar power by 2022.

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  • 2 Environment Matters (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Unemployment Rate

    • 2.3 times increase in the unemployment rate in the past one year.
    • 75.8 % unemployment rate in Puducherry in April 2020.
    • 47.1 % unemployment rate in Jharkhand in April 2020.

    Climate Change-Seasonal Variations

    • 2019 was the 7th warmest year on record with an annual avg.…

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  • 3 Deadlines (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Deadlines

    • More than 70 % of coal-fired power plants will not meet the environment norms by 2022.
    • Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) .
    • Reported b Delhi based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.
    • About 56 % of the country՚s energy needs are gene…

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  • 4 Dangerous Dilution (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Dangerous Dilution

    • Change of Forest Rights Act in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MOTA) will hit forest-dwelling communities hard.
    • One fourth of India՚s tribes live in these three states.
    • These states modified the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditio…

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  • 5 Wildlife be Damned (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Wildlife Be Damned

    • Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
    • A gas well on fire poses an existential threat to Assam՚s Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
    • Smoke mushroom hangs over Assam՚s Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
    • Billowing methane and crude oil uncontrollably for the …

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  • 6 Daily Dose of Antibiotics (DTE 16-30 June 2020) [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    • Injection of antibiotics in livestock.
    • Chances of these antibiotics being passed to humans.
    • Delhi based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment.
    • Farmers should wait after an antibiotic is given to an animal before its milk is sold.
    • Use of only penicillin, gentamicin, streptomyc…

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