Global Warming Current Affairs - 2020

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Greta Thunberg named TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year

The Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who became voice of a generation facing climate change emergency was named as Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. The magazine announced 16-year old Thunberg as its choice among other 2019 finalists, which included The Hong Kong Protesters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump, and anonymous whistleblower whose memo on Trump’s dealings with Ukraine triggered impeachment inquiry.

Others honoured by TIME for year 2019:

Athlete of the Year: US Women’s Soccer Team

Guardians of the Year: the US Public Servants

Entertainer of the Year: Singer Lizzo

Business Person of the Year: Disney CEO Bob Iger

About Greta Thunberg

She is a Swedish environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning movement, which became known as “Fridays for Future,” prompted millions of people in about 150 countries “to act on behalf of the planet. She had been nominated for a Nobel peace prize, recognised for her mobilisation of students in her ‘Fridays for Future’ weekly school strikes.

BIMSTEC: International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems held in New Delhi

A three day “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming systems” is being held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated on December 11, 2019. The seminar is being organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Highlights

The seminar is attended by all the seven BIMSTEC countries. It includes Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Myanmar. The seminar focuses on adopting technological interventions in small holding farming. It will also give attention to targets set by BIMSTEC countries in reducing emissions at those levels to mitigate agricultural situations.

The objective of the seminar is to enable improvement of tropical small holder farming system that are resilient to climate change and will provide greater productivity.

BIMSTEC

The seminar is being organized by Government of India as an initiative at the fourth BIMSTEC summit that was held at Katmandu in August 2019. As all the BIMSTEC countries are lying in adjacent areas of Bay of Bengal and have similar type of climate, the solutions provided at the seminar are suitable and more reliable for all the countries.

Climate Smart Agriculture

According to FAO, Climate Smart Agriculture is an approach that reorients agriculture towards food security in a changing climate. FAO also hosts Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture. It aims to improve nutrition, food security and resilience. The alliance has three aspirational outcomes namely improving farmers, building climate resilient farmers and reducing green house gases emitted due to agriculture.