14.09.18 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current

ANDHRA PRADESH

  • Investment safety and security cell opened

 

  • The initiative to set up the AP Investment Safety and Security Cell would strengthen the police-industry relationship.

 

  • Issues such as cyber crime, safety and security for establishing an industry, visa for foreigners related to the industry, safe accommodation for overseas employees and workers and other issues can be raised with the cell

 

  • The AP Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Grievance Redressal Cell was also opened on the occasion.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

·        IWC defeated the proposal to create Whale Sanctuary

 

  • The International Whaling Commission (IWC) defeated a proposal to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic at a meeting in Brazil. The proposal received support from 39 countries but was opposed by 25. Brazil first introduced the proposal in 2001.
  • Japan and few other nations argued that there is no need for sanctuary because countries are not currently doing commercial whaling in the South Atlantic. Other environmental groups and conservationists argued that the sanctuary would protect whales from being hunted, trapped in fishing gear or struck by ships.

 

·        NASA to launch ICESat-2 to measure melting ice

 

  • NASAis set to launch the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2), a satellite equipped with the most advanced laser instrument of its kind. ICESat-2 will provide observations of how the Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers and sea ice are changing.
  • ICESat-2 represents a major technological leap in the ability to measure changes in ice height.
  • ICESat-2 will measure height using Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS). It measures the height by calculating the amount of time taken by individual light photons to travel from the spacecraft to Earth and back.
  • ATLAS will fire 10,000 times each second, sending hundreds of trillions of photons to the ground in six beams of green light. ICESat-2 will measure the heights of the ice along the same path in the polar regions four times a year to provide seasonal ice elevation changes.

 

·        UN alarms the rise of global hunger due to climate change

 

  • The United Nationssaid that the number of hungry peoplein the world is growing again. In much of the developing world, it is due to climate change that causes havoc on crop production. South America and Africa face acute food insecurity and malnutrition.
  • UN agencies said in an annual report that the number of hungry people facing chronic food deprivation increased to 821 millionin 2017 from 804 million in 2016.
  • The analysis in the report found that climate variability, extreme drought and floods are the reasons that affect the production of wheat, rice and maize in tropical and temperate regions.
  • UN is to target groups that are most vulnerable to malnutrition, including infants, children, adolescent girls and women. It called for greater efforts to promote policies that help communities build resilience.

 

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