Current Affairs - March, 2020

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Corona Virus: NASA reports Pollution Levels in China have dropped greatly

On March 2, 2020, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reported that Nitrous Oxide pollution in China has declined greatly between January and February 2020.  According to the report, nitrous oxide pollution has declined by more than 100 tonnes of carbon-dioxide.

Highlights

The report says that every year, after New Year Celebrations, air pollution in china peaks to its highest. However, this year, due to economic slowdown caused by the fear of virus, the pollution was at its minimal. This was mainly because of closure of several businesses and factories all over China.

Current Scenario

The World Health Organization has said that COVID-19 can be contained. This is because out of 80 countries that have been infected with the virus, 38 of them have less than 10 cases.

Controversy

Though WHO is optimistic, the Health Agencies believe that the countries have to assess their preparedness in fighting the disease. They say that 30% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 infections require critical care. In such scenario, apart from financial support, the countries should also possess skilled hands that are capable of operating the critical care equipment.

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Global Coalition for Biodiversity launched on World Wildlife Day

On March 3, 2020, on the sidelines of the World Wildlife Day celebrations, Global Coalition for Biodiversity was launched. The initiative was launched by the European commission. The coalition was named “United for Biodiversity”.

Highlights

The Global Coalition is constituted of national parks, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and science museums that are spread all over the world. The Coalition has called the institutions all over the world to join before the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, China. The Convention is to be held in China in October 2020.

The coalition has been welcomed by several organizations including United Nations Environment Programme.

IPBES at the Coalition

The Coalition cited Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services findings that more than 1 million species are under risk of extinction. The Coalition hence adopted a pledge to appeal to visitors of the institutions associated with it to “raise voice for Nature”.

What is IPBES?

IPBES is Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. It was established in Panama City in 2012 by 94 countries. It is not a part of United Nations. However, on the request of IPBES, the United Nations Environment Programme provides secretariat services to IPBES.

IPBES focuses on assessments, building capacity and knowledge, policy support on Biodiversity.

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