GMO Mustard Field Tests, Polio Making Comeback, Emissions Gap Report & More – Weekly News

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  1. India is all set to get a new elephant reseda soon. Union Ministry of Forest, Environment & Climate Change (MoFECC) has given its nod to the Terai Elephant Reserve (TER) in Uttar Pradesh, which will be spread in a 3,049 sq km area, including Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) & Pilibhit Reserve (PTR).
  2. The world needs more urgent climate action. This is recommended in the Emissions Gap Report 2022 released on Wednesday. The UN study found that the world is still short of the Paris Agreement goals, with no credible pathway to a 1.5-degree Celsius temperature increase in place.
  3. India is set to see highest growth globally in energy demand through 2030. According to the World Energy Outlook 2022 released by the International Energy Agency on Thursday, the growth in India ‘s energy demand will rise at more than 3% annually from 2021 to 2030.
  4. Polio is a worry again as the fight to end the disease is at a crossroads due newer case being reported in countries that had long been free of it. Many inoculation drives are hit by Covid disruptions in US, UK & elsewhere due to van hesitancy.
  5. India’s GM crops regulator, GEAC, recently approved the environmental release of G M mustard for seed production & testing. GM mustard is the outcome of publicly funded R&D. Many environmental activists are shocked and feel that the regulators have given in to the developer’s wishes.
  6. 53% in state pollution boards are reportedly linked to ‘polluters. The Delhi – based think tank Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in its report found that individuals representing potential polluters (local authorities, industries & public sector corporations) account for 53 % of the board members in the State Pollution Control Boards.

Govind Tekale

A retired teacher at Sainik School Kazhakootam, besides his lifelong reading passion he is now an avid writer.

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