[Reports and Indices] World Investment Report 2020

Context Recently, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released the World Investment Report 2020. The report monitors the global as well as regional FDI trends and also documents the national and international investment policy developments.  About the Report According to the report, global FDI flows are forecast to decrease Read More …

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Context June 17 is observed worldwide as the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. Theme 2020: Food. Feed. Fibre United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification: legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. It derives directly from the 1992 Earth Summit. It was established in 1994 and addresses Read More …

What is Dexamethasone ?

Context A low-cost, widely used steroid, dexamethasone, has become the subject of discussion after researchers from the Recovery Trial reported that it helps reduce death rates in certain Covid-19 patients. What is dexamethasone? an anti-inflammatory drug, commonly used to treat conditions in which the body’s immune system does not function properly, and causes Read More …

Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region

Context Recently the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has released the “Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region” Report. About the Report:  It is India’s first-ever national forecast on the impact of global warming on the subcontinent in the coming century. The average surface air temperatures over India could rise by Read More …

 ‘Jet Zero’ plan

Context Recently, the United Kingdom (U.K.) announced a ‘Jet Zero’ plan to bring down its aviation emissions. About the Plan The Jet Zero aims to bring down greenhouse gas emissions from aviation to make carbon-free transatlantic flights possible within a generation. The UK has formed a group bringing together leaders from aviation, Read More …

IFLOWS-Mumbai

Context Recently Maharashtra’s Chief Minister  and Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology, launched an Integrated Flood Warning System called ‘IFLOWS-Mumbai’. Mumbai is only the second city in the country after Chennai to get this system.  What is ‘IFLOWS-Mumbai’? a monitoring and flood warning system able to relay Read More …

Guidelines for Import of Exotic Species

Context Recently, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) issued an advisory to make a voluntary disclosure for people importing “exotic live species”. About Exotic species:  The Exotic Live Species are plant or animal species that move from the original range to a new one. They areinvasive, non-indigenous and bioinvaders. They Read More …

Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)

Context Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Bengaluru and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital for cooperation in the field of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Astrophysics. About the MOU & Space Awareness This MoU will pave the way for future collaborations Read More …

Lonar Lake Turned Dark Pink

Context Recently, the 56,000-year-old Lonar crater sanctuary lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra state has turned dark pink. Lonar Lake is famous as the world’s Largest Basaltic Impact Crater. Similar phenomenon of the water in the lake turning dark pink takes place in Umria lake in Iran. About Lonar Lake Also Read More …

What is GM Crop ?

Context In the current kharif season, farmers would undertake mass sowing of GM seeds for maize, soyabean, mustard brinjal and herbicide tolerant (Ht) cotton, although these are not approved. What are genetically modified seeds? Conventional plant breeding involves crossing species of the same genus to provide the offspring with the Read More …