Tuvalu

Mapping     Source: TOI  Context: Australia has made a historic agreement to provide climate refuge to citizens of Tuvalu, a Pacific nation facing the severe impacts of climate change, particularly rising seas.   About the agreement: The agreement, known as the Falepili Union, allows up to 280 Tuvalu citizens to reside, work, and study …

Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH)

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: WHO  Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced an Operational Framework for constructing climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems. Framework is important to implement the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH) goals.   What are climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems? Climate-resilient and low-carbon health systems are …

Pusa-2090

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: IE  Context: The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has developed an improved rice variety, Pusa-2090, as an alternative to Pusa-44, associated with stubble burning. What is Pusa-44? It is a variety of rice, known for its high yield but longer maturity period, which contributes to post-harvest stubble burning, as …

Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: PIB  Context: The Chief Commissioner of Persons with Disabilities delivered two impactful judgments aimed at promoting accessibility and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities in India.   What is the Judgement about?  Government Office Accessibility Mandate: Government offices in non-accessible buildings must relocate services. Services should be moved …

Underwater Volcano Eruption

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TOI   Context: A new island has emerged near Japan’s Ogasawara island chain following an underwater volcano eruption in late October 2023. The island formed through phreatomagmatic eruptions triggered by the interaction of magma with seawater. What are phreatomagmatic eruptions?  Phreatomagmatic eruptions are volcanic events triggered by the interaction …

Leather puppetry

Facts for Prelims (FFP)   Source: TH  Context: Leather puppetry, an ancient art form in Andhra Pradesh, is facing extinction.   What is Leather puppetry? It is an ancient art form that involves the use of puppets made from goat skin. Puppeteers craft puppets depicting characters from Hindu mythology, and performances often revolve around themes …

Climate Finance: ‘Loss and damage’ fund

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: TH  Context: In the face of the intensifying climate crisis, the focus has shifted towards the prominence of “adaptation” and “loss and damage” (L&D) in the climate crisis. Despite acceptance at COP 27, efforts to operationalize the L&D fund have faced significant challenges.   What is Climate …