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Down To Earth Magazine – June 2022, Part 2 | Important Environmental Current Affairs from DTE Magazine


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What is the EU Mission for Adaptation to Climate Change?

  • The frequency and severity of climate and weather extremes is increasing so EU has taken a step to build strategies to adapt with climate in mission mode.
  • It will support the European Green Deal and the EU Climate Adaptation Strategy.
  • The signatories belong to 18 EU member states.
  • The Mission Adaptation aims to support at least 150 regions and communities in accelerating their transformation towards climate resilience by 2030.
  • As part of the mission, the signatories will receive €370 million in 2021-23 to develop pathways towards climate resilience while having access to climate data and methodologies for climate risk assessments and receiving tailor-made guidance on effective adaptation measures.
  • Seventeen private companies, service centres, research networks and local action groups have agreed to become friends of the mission.


Global Sustainable Development Report, 2022

  • India has been ranked 121 out of the 163 countries in the latest global Sustainable Development Report, 2022.
  • The country’s rank has slipped for the third consecutive year in the annual report.
  • India faces major challenges in achieving 11 of the 17 SDGs. It includes SDG 8 (ensuring decent work) and SDG 2 (ending hunger)


Visible Shift in Monkeypox Virus Spread

1958: Monkeypox virus was identified for the first time in a macaque colony in Denmark.

1971: First human case was reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970 and in Nigeria in 1971. The number of human cases increased from 48 in 1970-79 to 520 in 1980- 89. Cases found only in Africa.

2003: The US records the first human case of monkeypox outside Africa. From 2000-09, Africa records 10,117 human cases and the rest of the world records 47 cases. In 2010-19, Africa records 19,065 human cases. The rest of the world’s tally remains just six.

2022: On May 6, the United Kingdom records fresh human outbreak. By June 2, human cases were reported in 27 non-African and seven African countries. The world records 824 human cases, almost 95% of the cases reported outside Africa.


India’s POX Problem

  • The recent spread of monkeypox to non-endemic countries has trained the spotlight on re-emerging viruses such as buffalopox, which was first isolated in India in 1934.
  • The zoonotic disease endemic to India has its roots in smallpox vaccines. Live viruses used to inoculate buffaloes to produce the smallpox vaccine in India evolved into buffalopox over time.
  • India has recorded several sporadic outbreaks of the disease.
  • Human cases were reported across five districts in Maharashtra between December 1985 and February 1987.
  • The next major outnreak was recorded in three Maharashtra districts in 1992-96.
  • In 2008- 2009, Maharashtra’s Sholapur and Kolhapur districts recorded 21 human cases.
  • The last outbreak was recorded in 2018 when 28 human cases of buffalopox were diagnosed in the state’s Dhule district.
  • A majority of the infected people were milkers and had close contact with buffalos.
  • Recent trends suggest that increasing numbers of outbreaks in the Indian subcontinent are being recorded, but awareness about diagnosis, treatment, and preventive measures in humans is much lower, according to a study published in the Clinical Dermatology Review journal in August 2020.


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