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ENVIRONMENT - October 2022

Oct 2022

Mar 06, 2023

Iran Claims to Have Unearthed Massive Lithium Deposit

  • As per a senior official in the Iranian Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade (MIMT), a deposit located in the western province of Hamedan, Iran contains some 8.5 million metric tons of lithium ore.
  • According to Ebrahimali Molabeigi, who leads MIMT's exploration department, the discovery was made in western province of Hamedan and more such lithium ore deposits are expected to be discovered soon.
  • If true, this discovery would be a major boost for Iran, whose economy has suffered under US sanctions and embargoes for decades.
  • According to the US Geological Survey, the world's largest identified lithium resources (not counting Iran) are as follows: Bolivia, 21 million tons; Argentina, 20 million tons; Chile, 11 million tons; Australia, 7.9 million tons; China, 6.8 million tons. India 5.9 million tons in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Mar 04, 2023

Scotland First to Ban Environmentally Harmful Anaesthetic

  • Scotland became the first country in the world to stop its hospitals using the anaesthetic desflurane because of the threat it poses to the environment.
  • NHS data suggests the gas, used to keep people unconscious during surgery, has a global warming potential 2,500 times greater than carbon dioxide.
  • Banning it in Scotland, from its peak use in 2017, would cut emissions equal to powering 1,700 homes a year.

Mar 02, 2023

TN, UNEP to Work Together to Make Cities Cooler

  • The Tamil Nadu government signed an MoU with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a comprehensive urban cooling programme to meet objectives under Tamil Nadu State Action Plan on Climate Change.
  • UNEP, in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, is implementing a national cooling programme to support Indian cities to implement sustainable cooling and heat resiliency strategies. The programme is being delivered under the framework of Cool Coalition and the India-Denmark Green Strategic Partnership.
  • The MoU shall facilitate collaboration between Tamil Nadu and UNEP to address the rapidly increasing demand for cooling in cities while supporting implementation of initiatives to adapt and counteract rising extreme heat.

Feb 28, 2023

UNDP, NITI Aayog Host Virtual Event for Mission LiFE

  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the NITI Aayog hosted a hackathon with young people from across the world to contribute ideas and innovations to promote sustainable living and climate positive behaviour as part of the Government of India's Mission LiFE.
  • The Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) campaign aims to bring individual action to the forefront of climate action and these nudges are as small as encouraging individuals to consume less plastic, waste-less food, and prefer public transport, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said.
  • Mission LiFE was launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in Gujarat in 2022.

Feb 26, 2023

World's Largest Ice Rink Stays Shut for First Time Due to Mild Canada Winter

  • Canada's renowned Rideau Canal Skateway, the world's largest natural ice skating rink, will not open this season for the first time due to a lack of ice, its operator said, blaming the closure on climate change.
  • The 7.8 km (4.9 mile) Rideau Canal Skateway, first opened over 50 years ago, is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada's capital city Ottawa that is a top attraction for skating enthusiasts seeking outdoor thrills during Canada's usually biting cold winters.
  • The National Capital Commission (NCC), which maintains and operates the Skateway has previously said that it can only open when the ice is at least 12 inches (30 cm) thick, for which there must be 10 to 14 consecutive days of temperatures between -20 Celsius and -10 Celsius.
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