World Wildlife Day 2022

Context: Recently, the United Nations has declared the theme for the year 2022 World Wildlife Day. Further, in times of pandemics, the threat of zoonotic diseases due to emerging climate change scenarios, wildlife protection has garnered renewed attention, the focus of the global community.  Relevance: GS II- Environment and Ecology Dimensions of the Article: About World Wildlife […]

LOCKDOWN AIR: LESS NO2, SAME PM 2.5, URBAN OZONE

Introduction While traffic pollution has been falling, the lockdown may be leading to the generation of a dangerous pollutant, urban ozone, which can cause airway inflammation in humans. Results of a research done in UK: Nitrogen oxides The level of decline ranges from 20% to 80%. Levels of nitrogen oxides fall less in rural areas […]

Animal Poaching Registers a Sharp Increase During Lockdown

Why in news? The instances of poaching of wild animals and birds, including the endangered chinkara or Indian gazelle, have registered a sharp increase across Rajasthan during the COVID-19 lockdown, with the hunters taking advantage of slack monitoring and sparse public movement in the remote areas. Armed poachers have been moving inside the national parks and […]

NO IMPROVEMENT IN GANGA WATER QUALITY AFTER LOCKDOWN

Why in news? The lockdown in the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may have dramatically reduced air pollution across the country but it hasn’t significantly reduced pollution in the Ganga, according to a report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Details The dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration, a measure of the amount of free oxygen […]