Climate change: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

European Union Parliament voted for 60% Emission cut by 2030

Published: October 7, 2020

On October 6, 2020, the European Union Parliament voted updating its climate target to reduce emissions by 60% by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels. Earlier EU had set a goal of reducing 40% emission by 2030. Highlights The World Wildlife Fund and other Non-Governmental Organizations were insisting on at least 65% emission reduction by ..

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Amazon at the risk of changing from Forest to Savanna

Published: October 6, 2020

A team of Europe based scientists have recently found that the tropical forests especially the Amazon forest are slowly changing into Savannah like environment.  Highlights According to the study around 40% of Amazon forest are at the risk of changing into Savannah like environment. This is mainly because of increased Greenhouse gas emissions and reduced ..

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What are “Zombie Fires” that are burning the Arctics?

Published: October 1, 2020

The Zombie Fires in the Arctic region are becoming frequent. This says that the fire regimes in the Arctic are changing rapidly. These regions were once-frozen Tundra. What are Zombie Fires? A Zombie fire is a fire from a previous growing season. It can smolder (burn slowly with smoke and no flame) under the ground ..

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September 29: International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction

Published: September 29, 2020

Every year the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction is observed on 29th September 2020. This is the first ever observance of the day by the Food Agriculture Organization, United Nations. It was designated by the UN in 2019 Highlights Globally 14% of food produced is lost between harvest and retail. ..

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What are Medicanes?

Published: September 22, 2020

The Mediterranean hurricanes are called medicanes. The scientists have recently warned that these hurricanes have now become more frequent lately. This is mainly due to human induced climate change. How are medicanes different from tropical cyclones? The medicanes are usually formed during winter season. They occur once or twice a year.  They occur in colder ..

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