UN Environment and WHO agreed to a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12 million deaths a year, mostly in developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The agreement will step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and anti-microbial. . . . .
India recorded 98 tiger deaths and 17 cases of seized bones, skins, and claws, resulting in an estimated total loss of 115 tigers in 2017. While some of them died due to natural causes, several were electrocuted, victims of poisoning, poaching, and road or rail accidents, or were caught in traps, according to data for the year. . . . .
Gaming disorder is soon to be classified as a mental health condition for the very first time. The International Classification of Diseases is a diagnostic manual that’s published by the World Health Organisation. It was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990. The eleventh edition of the manual is due to be published in 2018 and. . . . .
A task force has been set up under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary (Nripendra Misra) to the Prime Minister to tackle the issue of air pollution in Delhi- NCR, the government said. The NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) had sent notices to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana in view of. . . . .
In a first-of-its-kind move in the country, Agra municipal corporation has launched an initiative to provide gas heaters to the public at 10 major city intersections this winter. The move comes in the wake of the ban on the burning of firewood and cow dung cakes in the eco-sensitive Taj Trapezium Zone. The gas heaters. . . . .
In a bid to improve healthcare delivery in the state, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched four healthcare programmes including two free health schemes. The four health care programmes which Patnaik launched included ‘Aama Clinic Yojana’ for urban people, ‘NIDAAN Yojana’ for free dialysis at designated government. . . . .
The Drugs Controller General of India has granted permission to an Indian firm to conduct Phase-I clinical trials for a Zika vaccine. Zika is an infection spread by the Aedes egypti mosquito. Infections in pregnant women can cause children to be born with brain deficiencies. “The application was on the Zika virus vaccine,. . . . .
Going high-tech in its bid to curb a dengue outbreak in the city, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has now turned to drones. The civic body is planning to use drones to identify breeding grounds of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. About 40 people have died due to dengue in West Bengal till November. Fact sheet: Dengue. . . . .
Hospitals have to set up approval committees for considering cases of passive euthanasia, and any distortion of facts before such panels may lead to a maximum of 10 years in jail and a fine of up to Rs 1 crore, a redrafted bill states. What is the function of the panel? The panels will decide on applications of ‘living. . . . .
A group of scientists recently discovered a shark and has estimated it to be over 500 years. But latest updates claimed the shark tested was 392 years old contradictory to earlier claims of it being 512 years old. According to reports, the Greenland shark was found living in the Arctic and could very well be the oldest. . . . .
A total of 15.6 million (1.56 crore) abortions took place across India in 2015 according to a research paper published in The Lancet Global Health medical journal. Out of them 81% — take medicines at home instead of going to hospitals. Overall, 12.7 million (81%) abortions were medication abortions, 2.2 million (14%) were. . . . .
The southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu affected by Cyclone Ockhi. Ockhi is the first cyclone originated in this cyclone season from the Bay of Bengal. Fact sheet: Meteorological department works under Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Scientists say a number of severe quakes are likely to rise strongly next year because of a periodic slowing of the Earth’s rotation. Scientists have warned there could be a big increase in numbers of devastating earthquakes around the world next year. They believe variations in the speed of Earth’s rotation could trigger. . . . .
The advanced developing countries quartet BASIC comprising India, China, Brazil, and South Africa have reiterated political commitment to the “full, effective, and sustained” implementation of the UN Climate Convention and its treaties, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Fact sheet: The BASIC countries (also. . . . .
The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which will become a legal entity on December 6, has planned to add 1,000 gigawatts (GW) of solar power across the globe by 2030. It is estimated that the plan to create 1000 GW of solar power capacity will need an investment of nearly 1,200 billion Euros by 2030. The current installed. . . . .
2017 will be one of the top three hottest years: WMO Year 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, according to a provisional statement on the State of the Climate released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The average global temperature from January to September 2017 was approximately 1.1°C. . . . .
Around 20.8 million children across the world are still missing their first measles vaccine dose. Report by: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UN Foundation, UNICEF and WHO According to the report, in 2016, an estimated 90,000 people died from measles, which was an 84% drop from more than 550,. . . . .
A statement issued by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here on Monday said the sawfish may be the most endangered fish species in India. Sawfish is elasmobranchs. . . . .