INDIA SHOULD MONITOR PM1
focus has mostly remained on PM2.5 and PM10, and less on ultrafine particles qualified under PM1
PM2.5 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <2.5 μm) & PM10 (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <10 μm)
In many countries, inhalable particulate matter PM10 and PM2·5 have been regarded as criteria pollutants
scientific community has detected a rising concern of PM1; This particulate is more likely to reach deeper into the respiratory system
ultra-fine particles are small enough to infiltrate the body through tiny pores in the skin which is meant for perspiration and bodily functions
INDIA HAS 96 WASTE-TO-ENERGY PLANTS
96 waste-to-energy projects for generation of electricity based on urban, industrial, agricultural and municipal solid waste
during the last three years, funds to the tune of Rs 76 crore were allocated under the ‘Waste-to-Energy’ programme
Funds have been allocated under the Waste-to-Energy and Biomass programmes
setting up of Waste-to-Energy projects for generation of biogas/bioCNG/power.
According to the report, the rise in the sea level was not uniform
Formation of cyclone Pawan on the morning of December 5 in SW- Arabian Sea.
highest number of cyclones in a single year since 1976, when nine cyclonic storms had formed in the region,
Six of the cyclones this year were of the ‘Severe’ or ‘Higher’ category
Cyclone Fani in April-May and Cyclone Maha in October were of the
‘Extremely Severe’ category, with wind speeds greater than 200 km/hr
Cyclone Vayu, Cyclone Hikaa and Cyclone Bulbul were of the ‘Very
SEVERE UREA SHORTAGE IN SOME STATES
An extended monsoon in these states increased wheat acreage, leading to spiraling urea demand
Due to the availability of excess water, farmers were able to bring more land under wheat cultivation.
Because urea’s nitrogen content is high and gets readily converted to ammonia in the soil
it is one of the most suitable nitrogenous fertilisers for wheat crops
DAVI KOPENAWA WINS ALTERNATE NOBEL PRIZE
Davi Kopenawa, the “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest,” has received this year’s Right Livelihood Award,
He lives in his community, Watoriki (the Windy Mountain), practising shamanism
He has led his people’s 20-year campaign to protect their Amazonian territory
Combined with the Yanomami territory in Venezuela, it is the largest area of rainforest under indigenous control anywhere in the world
Davi has frequently been threatened by the gold miners and politicians who target the resources inside the Yanomami territory
INDIA HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATES IN WOMEN
There is a 52 percentage point difference in the employment rates of men and women in India: OECD Economic Survey
Turkey comes next & Sweden and Norway are best in the category with less than five percentage point difference.
Currently, unemployment among young, educated women in urban areas is quite higher
underemployment and poor job quality remain important issues.
11 million people enter the labour market every year and that the employment rate has also declined in the country.