Environment & Biodiversity Current Affairs - 2019

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IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report

The IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report was compiled by Greenpeace in association with IQAir AirVisual. The index measures the presence of fine particulate matter PM2.5 in the air.

Findings of the Report

  • Seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India.
  • Gurugram led all cities in pollution levels in 2018, even as its score improved from the previous year.
  • The five most polluted cities in the world are Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Bhiwadi (India) and Faisalabad (Pakistan).
  • 22 of the top 30 most polluted cities are in India. Remaining five are in China, two is in Pakistan and one is in Bangladesh.
  • Beijing, once among the most polluted cities in the world ranked 122nd in the list of the most polluted cities last year based on PM2.5 data.
  • Faisalabad in Pakistan, Hotan in China and Lahore were the only three non-Indian cities in the top 10.
  • 64% of the over 3000 cities studied exceeded the WHO’s annual exposure guideline for fine particulate matter PM2.5.
  • 100% of measured cities within the Middle East and Africa exceeded this guideline, while 99% of cities in South Asia, 95% of cities in Southeast Asia, and 89% of cities in East Asia also exceed this targe

The report identifies some of the major sources or causes of ambient air pollution which include emission of a complex mixture of air pollutants from Industries, households, cars, and trucks.

The report adds that fine particulate matter comes from fuel combustion, both from mobile sources such as vehicles and from stationary sources such as power plants, industry, households, agriculture or biomass burning.

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New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019

India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian Rhinos namely Greater one-horned rhinoceros, Javan rhino, and Sumatran rhino.

India, Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia have signed the New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019 declaration for the conservation and protection of the species at the Second Asian Rhino Range Countries Meet organised by the Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry in collaboration with IUCN Asian Rhino Specialist Group, WWF- India and Aaranyak.

Fact Box: IUCN Status

Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros: Vulnerable

Javan Rhinoceros: Critically Endangered

Sumatran Rhinoceros: Critically Endangered

New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019

The 12 point strategic actions outlined under the declaration are:

  • To collaborate for strengthening protection regimes, strategic information gathering, and real-time sharing of actionable information on rhino crime and its horn trade to secure the rhino population within and between range countries.
  • To initiate research on various habitat parameters including invasive species threatening the suitable habitats of Asian rhinos and take appropriate steps to optimally manage the habitats.
  • To explore possibilities of expanding rhino ranges within the country or between rhino range countries for optimal population management.
  • To strengthen transboundary collaboration among India, Nepal, and Bhutan for the greater one-horned rhino conservation and protection.
  • To identify connectivity and corridors across international boundaries and keep them functional, safe and secure for free movement of Asian rhinos and other wildlife.
  • To increase the engagement of the local communities as stewards to secure the future of rhinos in range countries.
  • To initiate proactive monitoring on potential adverse impacts of climate change on rhino health and their habitats in range countries.
  • To undertake studies on Rhino health issues & potential diseases and take necessary steps for management intervention.
  • To regularly organize exposure visits for managers and frontline staffs of the rhino range countries and to document the best practices for wider dissemination.
  • To collaborate and strengthen wildlife forensics for the purpose of investigation.
  • To accelerate natural and conservation breeding of critically endangered Sumatran rhino including best use of all available individuals and technologies.
  • To call to the attention of all countries that possible opening of international trade of rhino horn and other derivatives will have a severe detrimental impact on rhino populations in Asian rhino range countries.

On the occasion, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change re-affirmed India’s commitment towards rhino conservation in India and added that national strategy will further pave the path for long term conservation of the Greater One-Horned Rhinos in India.

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