Current Affairs Notes: Vulnerable Houbara Bustard; U.S. & Climate Action

Houbara Bustard Eleven members of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) royal family had arrived in January 2021 Pakistan’s Panjgur district in Balochistan to hunt the internationally protected and highly vulnerable houbara bustard under a license issued by Pakistan’s foreign ministry. They’re a shy, rare bird breed, the size of a chicken – and hunting them …

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Lessons To Be Learnt From Uttarakhand Glacier Burst

The Centre and the Uttarakhand government cannot ignore the larger context of the State’s increasing frailty in the face of environmental shocks. Deep gorges and canyons have attracted many hydroelectric projects and dams, with little concern for earthquake risk. Red flags have been raised repeatedly: Moderate quake took place in the region in 1991; 2013 …

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What Climate Agenda Should India Pursue?

India should frame its Climate Policies in such a ways that meet diplomatic, developmental and climate interest simultaneously. Pursuing net-zero emission policy is neither feasible nor advisable. A pledge of net-zero emissions by 2050 will be appreciated by the developed western countries; diplomatic advancements, but such policy, especially if bound by a low, will adversely …

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Should India Pursue Net Zero Emission Policy?

Net Zero Emission The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its report in 2021. Updated national pledges on emission limits are expected this year. US President Joe Biden has already placed the climate crisis near the top of its foreign policy agenda. There is plenty at stake for India, including diplomatic, economic and …

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River Conservation In West Bengal

The deteriorating health of rivers, water bodies and wetlands has become a critical agenda in West Bengal in the run-up to the assembly elections. Apart from Adiganga, the East Kolkata Wetlands, Saraswati river in Howrah; Bidyedhari, Ichamati and Churni rivers in the southern and northern fringes of Kolkata have been identified critically vulnerable stretches. The …

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Arguments For And Against Big Tech Companies

Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter, Amazon are generally called Big Tech companies. These companies are being seen as becoming too big for their boots. Arguments In Favour of Big Tech Companies We are all ardent users of Big Tech goods and services. Big Tech companies provide citizens powerful platforms to transact, express themselves, seek out …

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Odisha Has a Maximum Number Of Contaminated Sites; Lodha Tribe; Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary

Centre for Advanced Radiation Shielding and Geopolymeric Materials Odisha topped the list of states and Union territories with the maximum number of contaminated sites, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Of the 112 sites in India contaminated by toxic and hazardous substances, 23 were in Odisha followed by Uttar Pradesh (21) and Delhi (11), …

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