Dead White-Backed Vultures, Ozone Layer Depletion, Delhi And Kolkata Top Two Most Polluted Cities & More – Weekly News

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  • A rare white elephant has been born in western Myanmar. The baby weighs about 80 kilograms and stands roughly 70cm tall according to Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.
  • Report released by US based Health Effects Institute (HEI) that Delhi and Kolkata figure as top two most polluted cities. Delhi and Kolkata reported 106 deaths and 99 deaths per lakh of population, each due to exposure to PM2.5 in 2019.
  • Nepal’s holiest river Bagmati’s colour changed from clear to brown and then black, spoiled by garbage and raw sewage that is dumped directly into the waterway.
  • U.S is on the verge of reviving a long-shot global hope to limit warming temperatures to 1.5 Celsius. The 1.5 Celsius warming limit was enshrined into the Paris agreement in 2015 as a shared goal of world governments. 
  • In Botswana’s northern Chobe district more than 50 white-backed vultures were found dead, while about 100 more discovered in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, according to Vulpro Killing, pushed birds closer to extinction.
  • The UN Biodiversity Conference will convene governments from around the world to agree to a new set of the goals for nature over the next decade through the convention on Biological Diversity post-2020 framework process. 
  • Thousands of dead fish have appeared along the Oder River after mass die-offs in recent weeks. The Polish government says experts have found toxic algae in water samples from a river on the Polish-German border.
  • Ozone layer depletion could have serious effects on human health and the environment. The extent of the ozone hole is strongly driven by stratospheric temperature, with warmer temperatures leading to a smaller ozone hole.

Krutika Surana

Krutika Surana is currently pursuing masters degree in mass communication and journalism from Amity University Mumbai. Her interests are Investigations, Reporting, Politics etc.

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