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ENVIRONMENT - April 2020

Apr 2020

Aug 04, 2021

Massive Melting Event Strikes Greenland

  • Greenland's enormous ice sheet has been struck by a massive melting event, with enough ice vanishing in a single day to cover the whole of Florida in two inches (5 centimeters) of water.
  • Since July, roughly 9.37 billion tonnes (8.5 billion metric tonnes) of ice has been lost per day from the surface of the enormous ice sheet, twice its normal average rate of loss during. The huge loss comes after temperatures in north Greenland soared to above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), which is double the summer average.
  • High temperatures on July 28 caused the third-largest single-day loss of ice in Greenland since 1950; the second and first biggest single-day losses occurred in 2012 and 2019. Greenland's yearly ice loss began in 1990.

Aug 03, 2021

Shantanpara Shalom Hills Blossom with Neelanurinkji Flowers after 12 Years

  • Idukki`s Shalomkunnu (Shalom Hills) under the Santhanpara Panchayat are blossoming with the blue Neelakurinji flowers, which bloom once every 12 years. Strobilanthes kunthiana, known as Neelakurinji and Kurinji in Malayalam and Tamil, is a shrub that is found in the Shola forests of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • The Nilgiris Hills, which means 'blue mountains', got its name from these Neelankurinji flowers. This time over 10 acres of Neelakurinji flowers have covered the Shalomkunnu. However, these hills are not open for tourists this time due to COVID-19.

Aug 02, 2021

China, India Miss UN Deadline to Update Emissions Targets

  • China and India have missed a United Nations deadline to submit fresh targets for cutting their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The world's two most populous countries are among dozens that ignored the deadline of July 30 set by the UN climate change agency to provide an update on their plans for curbing the release of planet-warming gases.
  • China is the country with the world's highest emissions, while India is third. The United States, which submitted its new target in April, is the second-biggest global emitter.
  • UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa welcomed that 110 signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change had met the cut-off date, which was extended from the end of 2020 due to the pandemic.
  • But she said it was far from satisfactory that only 58% had submitted their new targets in time.
  • Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria and 82 other nations also failed to update their nationally determined contributions, or NDCs, for the UN to include in a report it is preparing for an international climate change conference in November.

Jul 31, 2021

Fourteen Tiger Reserves of India Get (CA|TS) Recognition

  • From India, 14 tiger reserves have received the accreditation of the Global Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS), on the occasion of International Tiger Day on July 29, 2021. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) recognized the 'BaghRakshaks' for their efforts in protecting Tigers and forests. The NTCA's quarterly newsletter STRIPES was also released during the event.
  • The tiger reserves of India that have received prestigious global accreditation from CA|TS are: Mudumalai and Anamalai Tiger Reserves, Tamil Nadu, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Kerala, Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Uttar Pradesh, Valmiki Tiger Reserve, Bihar, Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra, Satpura, Kanha and Panna Tiger Reserves, Madhya Pradesh.
  • CA|TS has been agreed upon as an accreditation tool by the global coalition of Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) and has been developed by tiger and protected area experts.
  • Officially launched in 2013, it sets minimum standards for effective management of target species and encourages the assessment of these standards in relevant conservation areas.

Jul 30, 2021

KVIC and BSF Launch Project Bold in Jaisalmer

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in collaboration with the Border Security Force (BSF) in a first of its kind project has launched Project Bold with the primary aim of developing green cover in the Indian deserts of Rajasthan.
  • KVIC along with the BSF planted 1000 bamboo saplings under Project Bold.
  • The saplings were planted in Tanot village in Jaisalmer.
  • Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena, the chairman of KVIC, launched this first of a kind plantation program in the presence of Shri Surendra Panwar, Special DG of the BSF.
  • Project BOLD, which stands for Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought, aims to provide livelihood, reducing desertification and providing multi-disciplinary rural industry support to the local population of the area.
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