Environment Current Affairs

Latest Environment Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2019 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2019.

Nagar Van Scheme

On June 5, 2020, the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the “Nagar Van” scheme. The scheme was launched to mark the Environment Day.

Key Features

The scheme emphasises on urban forestry. Under the scheme, around 200 urban forests are to be developed all over the country in next five years.

Also, a film was played that narrated about the initiatives of Punaikars along with the Department of Forests. The film also iterated the fact that 16.8 hectares of barren hill has now been converted into green forests. Today the forest is rich in biodiversity. It has 23 plant species, 15 butterfly species, 29 bird species, 10 reptiles. The forest now helps in maintaining ecological balance. This Warje Urban forest will act as a role model for the rest of the country

India

India has 8% of world biodiversity with only 2.5% of world land mass. It should also carry 16% of humans and cattle as well. Also, the fresh water availability in the second most populous country in the world is just 4%.

Amery Ice Shelf: Increase by 24% by 2021

The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research has predicted that the Amery Ice Shelf is to expand 24% by 2021. The Ice Shelf would expand another 24% by 2026.

Highlights

The NCPOR observations is based on 16 year-long satellite observations. This covered 60,000 sq km of the Amery Ice Shelf.

Amery Ice Shelf

Amery Ice Shelf is located in the east coast of Antarctica. It is one of the largest ice shelf in the world. The mass balance and dynamics of the ice shelf help in understanding the changes in global climate scenario.

About the study

The Amery Ice Shelf extended by about 550 metres in 2017, 1470 metres in 2018 and 2200 metres in 2019. If the extension of the ice shelf continues, the positions will coincide with actual boundary conditions.

National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research

The NCPOR is the Indian Institution that performs country’s research activities in Polar and southern oceans. The institute is located in Goa. It performs geoscientific surveys in the extended continental shelf, deep-sea drilling in Arabian Sea basin and also explore the ocean for resources such as multi-metal sulphides, gas hydrates, etc.