NGT questions Delhi, UP, Haryana governments over severe air quality
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 7 November 2017 asked the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana over worsening air pollution levels in the states.
It also questioned the governments for not undertaking the preventive steps to control the severe air quality in the region. The bench also noted that the ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breathe properly.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar rebuked the state governments for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation as the Delhi-NCR region witnessed heavy smog and severe air quality on 7th November morning as pollution levels breached the permissible standards.
2017 set to be in top three hottest years with record-breaking extreme weather: WMO
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on 6 November 2017 stated that the year 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including disastrous hurricanes and floods, devastating heatwaves and drought.
The average global temperature from January to September 2017 was approximately 1.1°C above the pre-industrial era.
As a result of a powerful El Nino, 2016 is likely to remain the warmest year on record, with 2017 and 2015 being second and/or third. 2013-2017 is set to be the warmest five-year period on record.
The above WMO statement was released on the opening day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany.
COP-23: India to play constructive role in combating climate change
The 23rd annual conference of the parties (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) kicked off in Bonn, Germany on 6 November 2017 with the aim to hold to the path of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The conference would be held from 6 November till 17 November 2017. India at the summit firmly asserted its stand, saying it considers climate change as a major threat and will play a positive and constructive role in combating it.
India’s theme for COP 23 is ‘Conserving Now, Preserving Future’. The conference takes place against the backdrop of several destructive natural events including hurricanes, forest fires, floods, droughts, melting of ice and impacts on agriculture that have impacted nations across the world.
Indian telescope AstroSat measures X-ray polarisation of Crab pulsar star in Taurus constellation
India’s multi-wavelength space telescope AstroSat has been successful in measuring the X-ray polarisation of the Crab pulsar star in the Taurus constellation. The findings were published in the journal Nature Astronomy on 6 November 2017.
The Astrosat team documented the results of their 18-month study of the Crab pulsar in the Taurus constellation and measured the variations of polarisation as a highly-magnetised and exotic object that spins about 30 times every second.
Indian scientists used the data from the CZT Imager (CZTI) which is made of a semiconductor called “Cadmium Zinc Telluride” and consists of 16384 tiny essentially independent detectors to measure X-rays coming from the celestial objects.
Indo-Bangladesh joint military exercise SAMPRITI-7 begins
India and Bangladesh armies on 6 November 2017 began the joint military exercise SAMPRITI-7 in Meghalaya’s Umroi cantonment.The exercise began with the inauguration of the up to date Joint Training Node at Umroi Cantonment which is about 25 Km from Shillong, Meghalaya.
A total of 14 officers from the Bangladesh Army and 20 Officers from the Indian Army will be taking part in this seventh edition of the Exercise SAMPRITI.
The Field Training Exercise (FTX) will see participation of one Infantry company each from the Bangladesh Army and elite Red Horns Division of the Indian Army.
The joint exercise will conclude on 11 November 2017.