2nd Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC | Prelims & Mains 2020
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” –Jim Ryun
Coastal flooding set to rise 50%
Coastal flooding set to rise 50% over 80 yrs: Study
WHY IN NEWS:
This was a study published in a journal by two Universities .
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 1 : 3 : Climate Change : Floods
COASTAL FLOODING SET TO RISE
- University of Melbourne
- University of East Anglia (UEA).
- Coastal flooding is set to rise by about 50 per cent over the next 80 years .
- This could threaten assets worth 20 per cent of global gross domestic product.
- The analysis shone the spotlight on the social and financial impact of climate change.
- This would mean about 77 million more people will be at risk of experiencing flooding.
- This would threaten an area with an economy worth up to $14.2 trillion.
- Climate change is also increasing the frequency of extreme seas which will further increase the risk of flooding.
- While only 32 per cent will be caused by regional sea level rises.
- Research shows that large parts of communities residing in low-lying coastal areas are at risk of being devastated so we need urgent action.
- Vulnerable areas need to start building coastal defences.
- There is a need to increase our preparedness to mitigate climate change.
Researchers warn that the extent of the increased risk showed how vulnerable large parts of the world will become unless appropriate action is taken.
SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 2nd Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC| Prelims & Mains 2020
Black swan genome
Scientists map black swan genome to better understand immune response
WHY IN NEWS:
The researchers wanted to understand as to why black swans were so susceptible to HPAI.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Diseases : Health
- Australian scientists have mapped the genome of the black swam, a species highly susceptible to the avian flu virus, in order to better understand immune response and protect public health.
- More than 50 per cent of the 800 people infected globally by HPAI since 2003 have not survived.
- Research is available publicly in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information under bio project code: PRJNA640810.
- Asian highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) or (H5N1) virus occurs mainly in birds and is highly contagious.
- HPAI Asian H5N1 is especially deadly for poultry.
- Asian H5N1 was first detected in humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong.
RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH
- While the risk from Asian H5N1 is low to most people.
- Sporadic human infections with Asian H5N1 virus have occurred in other countries, primarily in Asia and Africa.
- Most human infections with Asian H5N1 viruses in other countries have occurred after prolonged and close contact with infected sick or dead birds.
- The research team has already identified certain genes that might be responsible for the manner in which black swans are affected by HPAI.
SOURCES:THE HINDU & PIB | 2nd Aug Daily Current Affairs Analysis for UPSC
MSME Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari launches Khadi’s Gift Box of Silk Mask
WHY IN NEWS:
You can now gift your families and friends an attractive gift box of exclusive Khadi Silk Face Masks.
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Miscellaneous
GIFT BOX – KVIC
- The gift box consists of four handcrafted silk masks in different colors and prints.
- The masks are packed in a beautifully crafted handmade paper box in black color with golden embossed printing.
- The silk mask gift boxes are priced at just Rs 500 per box and now available at all KVIC outlets in Delhi NCR.
- Idea behind launching the gift box is to tap the foreign market .
- The gift boxes will have one printed Silk Mask and three other masks in solid attractive colors.
- The Silk Masks have three pleats and come with adjustable ear loops and attractive beads.
- These triple-layered silk masks are skin-friendly, washable, reusable and bio-degradable.
- Indian population look for reasonably priced gift items for their loved ones during the festival season.
- This will provide the artisans with sustainable livelihood during the most difficult time of Corona pandemic.