Current Affairs – November, 2013

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COP-19 climate talks at Warsaw concludes

The 19th Conference of Parties (COP-19), to the Kyoto Protocol concluded in Warsaw, Poland.

The UN Conference on Climate Change 2013 concluded with negotiating countries reaching a compromise on how to combat global warming. They came out of the long standing impasse by approving a way out for a new global climate treaty to be signed in Paris in 2015.

What was the purpose of COP19 talks at Warsaw?

Al these deliberations are focused towards reaching a new global climate treaty which will replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which sets targets for developed nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Kyoto Protocol is valid till 2020. Keeping this in view.the global agreement has to be agreed on by 2015 and in force by 2020, which made it imperative that delegates thrash out a large part of the draft version this year (2013) for consideration at next year’s COP-20 in Lima, Peru.

What is the outcome of COP-19 talks at Warsaw?

Delegates to COP19 agreed that all nations should work to cut emissions from burning coal, oil and gas as soon as possible, and ideally by the first quarter of 2015. Major decisions adopted at this conference include decisions on further advancing the Durban Platform, the Green Climate Fund and Long-Term Finance, the Warsaw Framework for REDD Plus, the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage and other decisions

SFC test fire Dhanush missile successfully

India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile from a naval ship off Odisha coast.

Dhanush Missile:
  • Surface-to-surface missile developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP)
  • Naval variant of India’s indigenously developed ‘Prithvi’ missile
  • Single-stage, liquid propelled
  • Can carry conventional as well as nuclear payload of 500 to 1,000 kg and strike both land and sea-based targets
  • Already inducted into the armed services