Environment Current Affairs 2018

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ICT industry produces 830 million tonnes of CO2

As per a latest report published in journal Environmental Science & Technology, Internet and other components of information communication and technology (ICT) industry annually produces more than 830 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, and is likely to double by 2020.

How does ICT industry produce CO2?

that the information communications and technology (ICT) industry, which delivers Internet, video, voice and other cloud services accounts for around 2% of global CO2 emissions which is equivalent to what emitted by the aviation industry. The calculation for CO2 emission was done by taking into account the data traffic, energy use and CO2 production in networks and other elements of the ICT industry.

How it can be controlled?

Introduction and use of more efficient power usage of facilities, more efficient use of energy-efficient equipment and renewable energy sources are three major ways to slash ICT emissions of CO2.

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet warming rapidly

As per a new study, the western part of Antarctica is experiencing nearly twice as much warming as previously thought. The temperature record from Byrd Station, a scientific outpost in the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS), recorded a marked increase of 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit (2.4 degrees Celsius) in average annual temperature since 1958 — that is, three times faster than the average temperature rise around the globe. This finding places West Antarctica among the fastest-warming regions on Earth.

Its melting currently contributes 0.3 mm to sea level rise each year — second to Greenland, whose contribution to sea level rise has been estimated as high as 0.7 mm per year.

What is Byrd Station?

It is an important scientific outpost in the center of the WAIS which is the indicator of climate change throughout the region. It is located some 700 miles from the South Pole and near the center of the WAIS.

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