Environment Notes 2021

Current Affairs Notes: Odisha Proposes State’s Second Biosphere Reserve; Chilika Was A Part Of The Bay Of Bengal

Odisha Proposes State’s Second Biosphere Reserve The Odisha government has proposed a second biosphere reserve in the southern part of the state at Mahendragiri. The 5,569-square kilometre Similipal Biosphere Reserve is Odisha’s first such reserve and was notified May 20, 1996. The hill ecosystem acts as a transitional zone between the flora and fauna of …

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Current Affairs Notes: Pesticide Pollution; Light Pollution

64% Of World’s Arable Land At Risk Of Pesticide Pollution According to a study, published in Nature Geoscience, around 64 per cent of land used for agriculture and food crops is at risk of pesticide pollution and almost a third of these areas are considered to be at high-risk. The study was conducted on agricultural …

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Ground Water Pollution In India

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) generates ground water quality data on a regional scale through ground water quality monitoring throughout the country. This monitoring indicates the occurrence of Fluoride, Arsenic, Nitrate, Iron and Heavy Metals beyond the BIS permissible limits for human consumption in isolated pockets in various parts of the country.Water being a State …

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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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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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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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FSSAI’s GMO Threshold; Ultrafine Particles; State Of India’s Environment; Solar ‘Gigawatt Club’

FSSAI’s GMO Threshold According to the Coalition for a GM-Free India,  one per cent threshold for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food crops imported into India, is unacceptably high. The threshold has been set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). In August 2020, FSSAI had issued the order that 24 food crops …

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Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW)

The southern India received unusually heavy rainfall from January 1 to January 17. Tamil Nadu received almost 10 times the rainfall that it receives in this period. Sixteen of the districts received 10 times (or more) the normal rainfall. Same thing happened in Kerala and Karnataka with 19 and 12 times the normal rainfall for …

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