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Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 18 August 2022


Editorials/Opinions Analysis For UPSC 18 August 2022


Contents

  1. West Nile virus
  2. Delhi and Kolkata are the world’s most polluted cities

West Nile Virus


Context

The West Nile virus was found in two people, one in Brooklyn and one in Queens, as well as a “record number” of infected mosquitoes throughout the city, according to the New York City Health Department.

Relevance

GS Paper 2: Health

Mains Question

Virus attacks are common in various parts of the world, but we also see a sluggish attitude of governments and the WHO. Analyze the strategic planning of international stakeholders in the case of health. (150 Words)

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Delhi and Kolkata Are The World’s Most Polluted Cities


Context

  • According to the United States-based Health Effects Institute’s recent report titled Air Quality and Health in Cities, Delhi and Kolkata are the top two most polluted cities in terms of exposure to harmful fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
  • The report looks at pollution and its effects on global health in over 7,000 cities around the world, focusing on two of the most dangerous pollutants: fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Relevance

GS Paper – 3: Environmental Pollution & Degradation

Mains Question

Describe the key points of the World Health Organization’s recently released revised Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) (WHO). What makes these updates different from the last one in 2005? What changes are needed in India’s National Clean Air Programme to meet revised standards? (250 Words)

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