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  • Mar 12, 2020
  • 1 Climate Change-Global Scenario [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Climate Change-Global Scenario

    Green Growth

    • OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) released a report.

    • Title- “Green Growth Indicators 2017”.

    • Highlights-The slow progress in achieving the Green Growth.

    • Fostering economic growth and development.

    • Ensuring

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  • 2 Deep Ocean Mission and Resource Management: Problem of Ghost Gear-Fishing [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Drawn up of a 5-year plan to explore the deep ocean. Drawn up by the Central government. Exercise coordination- Ministry of Earth Sciences. The blueprint of “Deep Ocean Mission” has been recently unveiled by the MOES. Mission proposes to explore the deep ocean similar to the spac

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  • 3 Renewable Energy: Pradhan Mantri JI-Van Yojana and Government Interventions [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Renewable Energy

    Pradhan Mantri JI-Van Yojana

    • Approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
    • “Pradhan Mantri JI-VAN (Jaiv Indhan- Vatavaran Anukool fasal awashesh Nivaran) Yojana.
    • Provides financial support to Integrated Bio-ethanol projects using lignocellulosic bioma

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  • 4 Dead Zones and Montreal Protocol Assessment [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Dead Zones

    • The Gulf of Mexico’s annual “dead zone”.

    • Likely to persist for decades.

    • Hypoxic zones or Oxygen minimum zones (OMZ) are areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration.

    • Animal life suffocates and dies.

    • Most marine life either dies if they are mobile such as fi

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  • 5 World’s Newest Nation: Bougainville and SDG India Index 2019 [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    World’s Newest Nation: Bougainville

    • Largest island of Solomon Islands Archipelago.

    • A huge reserve of minerals especially Copper and Gold.

    • Bougainville violence began in the late 1980s being triggered by conflict over an enormous opencast copper mine at Panguna.

    • The mine was a

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  • Mar 9, 2020
  • 1 Project WASCAL and World Bank Report on Climate Change [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Project WASCAL (West Africa Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land). A regional climate change project. Sponsored by Germany. To combat climate change in West Africa. Is working on more precise rain forecasts for farmers. WASCAL database

    Foundation on which our

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  • 2 Global Warming and Climate Change and Global Environment Outlook Report-UNEP 11 [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Globe has entered into an Anthropocene era. Humans have begun to impact our environment at the global scale. Variety of Indian bio-diversity would be seriously affected. Populations of more than 40 % of large mammals have declined.

    Impacts of Anthropocene Era

    • Insect biomass has

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  • 3 National Clean Air Programme and World Air Quality Report 2018 [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Launched by the Centre. Objective includes comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution. Aims to augment the air quality monitoring network across the country. Strengthening the awareness and capacity building activities. City-specific a

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  • 4 Air Pollution Report-WHO [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Report released by WHO on air pollution and child health. Sidelines of its first ever global conference on Air Pollution and Health. About 93 % of the world’s children under the age of 15 (1.8 billion children) breathe polluted air every day. Includes 630 million children under 5

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  • Mar 4, 2020
  • 1 Pollution: Uranium Contamination in Ground Water and Construction and Demolition Waste [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Widespread uranium contamination in groundwater across India. Demand of an urgent response. Groundwater contamination-Must be probed and mapped. Safe sources need to be identified. Over 30 micrograms per litre (mcg/l) of the heavy metal in parts of north-western, southern and sou

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  • Mar 2, 2020
  • 1 Fast Track Court for Rape Cases [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    Government of India has asked to setup 1023 Fast track courts in the country. Their main function is to trail dispose of rape cases and cases under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The total estimated cost to set up FTCs is about Rs. 767.25 crore. It has b

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  • Feb 24, 2020
  • 1 CSIR Developed Anti-Diabetes Medicine [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a scientifically validated herbal product NBRMAP-DB as anti-diabetic formulation. This formulation is effective in treating type 2 diabetes.

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  • Feb 19, 2020
  • 1 Invitation to Participate in Tide Turner Plastic Challenge [ Environment/Ecology ]

    World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) a leading conservation organization ispleased to introduce the, “Tide Turner Plastic Challenge” in partnershipwith UN environment to engage youth in conversation, action and advocacyaround reducing the use of single-use plastic from our day to day

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  • Feb 14, 2020
  • 1 Telecom Industry Did No Research on Health Impacts of 5G’, Harmful Effects of 5-G Technology [ Science/Technology, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    India plans to launch trails for 5G trials in 2020. The fifth generation wireless network is 50 times faster than its predecessor 4G.

    Overview

    • The 5G networks when integrated with satellites will open the way for new applicatio

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  • 2 Skills Build Platform [ Education, Science/Technology ]

    Recently the government has developed is a digital platform. The digital platform focuses on holistic learning of the child. Also it has been aligned with Skill India initiative by the government of India.

    Overview

    • India is the 4th

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  • Feb 12, 2020
  • 1 A Rare Transit of Mercury [ IAS Upd. ]

    November 11-Mercury skipped the vast, glaring face of the sun. A rare celestial transit. Planet Mercury Facts, Nearly tidally locked to the Sun. Known as a gravitational lock also. Rotation of the planet has been slowed down to match its orbit around the Sun.

    For notes and so

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  • 2 Air Pollution-Increasing Glaucoma [ IAS Upd. ]

    Higher amounts of fine particulate matter. At least 6 % more chances of having glaucoma. Glaucoma, A group of eye conditions. Damages the optic nerve. Caused by an abnormally high pressure in ones eye. Above age 60-Major cause of blindness.

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  • Feb 5, 2020
  • 1 Double trouble: A drug for alcoholism can also treat cancer by targeting macrophages [ Science/Technology ]

    A drug for alcoholism can also treat cancer by targeting macrophages: New research presents a first-of-its-kind cancer treatment strategy that targets a pro-tumor protein FROUNT and suppresses tumor-associated macrophages.

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  • Feb 4, 2020
  • 1 Arctic Emergency [ Science/Technology ]

    Arctic Emergency refers to the surface air that is being warmed at twice the global rate. It has been observed that the over the last five years temperatures in the Arctic have exceeded all the records since 1990. The rapidly melting of sea ice has resulted in in the oceans absor

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  • 2 Delhi’s Air Quality [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    According to weather forecasting agency Skymet in November 2019 Delhi’s air quality reaches mark of 500 with that Delhi becomes the world’s top polluted City. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded the Air Quality Index at 552 for Delhi on the

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  • Feb 3, 2020
  • 1 Extraction and Storing of CO2 from Vehicle Exhaust [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Researchers from Switzerland find an indigenous method to curb CO2 emissions from commercial vehicles like trucks and buses. 30 % of the total CO2 emissions in Europe coming from the transportation out of which Road going vehicles accounts for 70 % of emission.

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  • 2 Typhoon Phanfone [ Environment/Ecology, Disaster Management ]

    The Philippines was hitted severely by a typhoon Phanfone which came on December 19,2019 and ended on December 29,2019. Phanfone is the 21st typhoon to hit the Philippines in 2019. The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world because it is located in t

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  • Jan 5, 2020
  • 1 Operation Clean Art [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Clean Art is a Pan India operation to crack down the smuggling of mongoose hair. Operation Clean Art is carried out by the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau which is a statutory body working under the Ministry of Environment. The mongoose is hunted for their hair to make paintbrushes

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  • Jan 2, 2020
  • 1 National Institute of Design Amendment Bill, 2019 (NIDAB) [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Rajya Sabha by the Minister of Commerce and Industry on July 2019 to declare 4 National Institutes of Design as Institutions of National Importance. In the last 60 years, the parliament declared 141 institution

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  • 2 Integrated Coastal Zone Management Program [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    The pollution which is created by the humans at the coastal areas making beaches dirty and the oceans are filling with pollution. To address these issues, the integrated coastal zone management program was launched. It is working under the Ministry of Environment Forest and Clima

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  • Dec 25, 2019
  • 1 Geography (16 to 28 February 2019) [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    India’s Polar Science Research: The government of India in 2018 renamed the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Goa to National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Goa. The melting sea ice has been impacting even the monsoons in India for years. Du

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  • 2 Geography and Summary (1 to 15 Feb 2019) [ Science/Technology, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Biodiversity Conservation: Biodiversity is a global asset with tremendous value for the present and future generations. It includes species diversity, genetic diversity and ecosystem diversity contributing to human welfare, directly and indirectly and therefore representing a si

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  • 3 Geography and You Summary (1 to 15 Feb 2019) Polar Biology [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Health, Geography ]

    Polar Biology: The Antarctic and Arctic regions along the earth are inhabited by the organisms adapted to live in extreme environmental conditions. Microorganisms exhibit high level of adaptability and diversity which helps contribute significantly to the bio-geochemical process

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  • Dec 24, 2019
  • 1 Olive Ridley Turtles [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Olive Ridley turtles are the migratory species that come to India for nesting during the winter season. They are famous for synchronized nesting in mass numbers and this kind of nesting is referred to as Arribadas. They are found in warm and tropical waters such as the Pacific Oc

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  • Dec 23, 2019
  • 1 Global Bio-India Summit [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    First Global Bio-India Summit-2019 was organized in New Delhi from 21st to 23rd November, 2019. This Summit was organized by the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology and co-organized by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council. Th

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