NEW DELHI : Developed nations should fulfil their commitments for climate finance before developing countries could be expected to step up action on climate change, India has said ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the 23 September summit being hosted by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. It is expected to call upon leaders of various countries to enhance emission reduction targets to what they have already agreed to under the Paris Agreement in the form of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
Interestingly, a turnout of 132 per cent has been recorded in the world's highest polling station in Tashigang village of Lahaul and Spiti district, a district official said.There are a total 49 registered voters in the Tashigang polling station. Of these, 33 voters cast their votes till 3 pm. Apart from the registered voters, 32 members of the election staff deployed at the polling station and several nearby booths cast their vote after showing election duty certificate (EDCs) issued to them, the official said.
The research paper describes OMFIF or the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum as "an independent think tank for central banking, economic policy, and public investment a non lobbying network for best practice in worldwide public private sector exchanges." At its heart are Global Public Investors central banks, sovereign funds and public pension funds with investable assets of $36tn, equivalent to 45% of world GDP.The clarity on whether blockchain can provide sufficient cost and efficiency benefits remains. The research covers 21 central banks that participated in OMFIF s survey conducted between July September 2018. Respondents came from institutions that are researching and trialling wholesale CBDCs (38%) as well as those that are not currently active in this field (62%). The report provides a holistic view of approaches to setting up a wholesale CBDC and offers guidance for institutions on how to tackle the many challenges in store, the report said.
Global health leaders declared war on lifestyle diseases Thursday, decrying the impact of tobacco, alcohol and soft drinks on the world's poor while calling for taxes to curb consumption and finance health care.In half a dozen studies in The Lancet, a leading health journal, experts detailed the link between poverty and non communicable diseases (NDCs) such as stroke and diabetes, made the case for consumer taxes opposed by industry and many politicians.
WHO stresses governments worldwide to take action against non communicable diseases with "bolder political actions" to save the millions of people who succumb to them at an early age. As per the latest Non communicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017 WHO report, cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes are the most common disease which kill up to 15 million people aged anywhere between 30 to 70 every year. The report finds progress uneven across the globe and insufficient in terms of addressing these diseases.They include four main factors causing risk of NDCs which include tobacco consumption, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and a continued use of alcohol."Bolder political action is needed to address constraints in controlling NCDs, including the mobilization of domestic and external resources and safeguarding communities from interference by powerful economic operators," says the WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday.RELATED STORIES'Pay Attention Elders Regular Exercise Is The Way To A Healthy Life''India, Indonesia Far Behind In Measles Vaccination: WHO'The points of this report by WHO for curbing NDCs included 29 points of which these are the key points:1. Developing government policies to deal with NDCs2. Setting of time bound targets to deal with NDCs3. Strengthening of health systems through primary health care and covering health universally.The ten best performing countries include Costa Rica and Iran. The two have successfully achieved 15 of 19 indicators followed by Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey and Britain who have achieved 13 indicators. Finland, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Thailand are next with successful achievement of 12 indicators."The world is not on track to meet the target set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals of a one third reduction in premature NCD deaths by 2030," Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director for the prevention of NCDs concluded."The window of opportunity to save lives is closing. If we don't take action now to protect people from NCDs, we will condemn today's and tomorrow's youth to lives of ill health and reduced economic opportunities," he added. Message
While the biggest win was the Climate Agreement coming into force in time for the 2016 climate summit at Marrakech, Morocco, the uncertainty regarding America's continued participation in the treaty as well as global temperatures already warming over 1 degree of the 1.5 degree, and carbon dioxide levels crossing 400ppm, increases that can tip us over to fast tracked long term anthropogenic and ecological change are most worrying.Intended Nationally Determined Contributions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (INDCs) are the foundation of the climate treaty and climate action. India's three pronged INDC commitment includes: (1)175Gw of renewable energy installation; (2) reducing its emission intensity by 33 35 per cent of its 2005 levels by 2030; (3) afforestation to sink 2.5 to 3 gigatonnes to carbon.
A fight it was. A big global warming fight put up by the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to get the world to accept the need to limit global temperatures to 1.5 deg; C, not 2 deg; C from the pre industrial era, because they believed a lower global warming limit of 1.5 deg;C would be essential for their survival. What difference does 0.5 deg; C make, one may ask. A world of a difference
Sputnik Yakov AndreevMillions of US Citizens Use Potentially Cancer Causing TapwaterHe further said that "As per the National Cancer Registry program of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), one out of eight men has the possibility of developing cancer in his lifetime (0 74 years). Similarly, one out of nine women has the possibility to develop cancer in her lifetime (0 74 years)."Elaborating the efforts of the government to counter the problem, she added that her ministry is running the National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS). The cancer related components of this program include provision of cancer treatment facilities in addition to early detection and prevention activities of cancer across the country for all types.
This is one of the many historical facts revealed in the newly published 'Coffee Table Book; on state police, titled Himachal Pradesh police -- Guardians of the Hills;.The book, authored by Inspector General of Police Zahur Haider Zaidi and his team, including young IPS officer Gurdev Chand Sharma, was released on Saturday at a conference of SPs and DCs held in Shimla.
This basic circuitry is well established by early adulthood, but throughout the lifespan, adult brains depend on experience-dependent neuroplasticity to enable new behavior patterns. Given the general acceptance of the relatively new idea that neuroplasticity endures in adults, the ability to augment its mechanisms could yield new approaches to associated psychiatric disorders. Here, the researchers sought to determine if augmenting N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) signaling would promote experience-dependent plasticity. They tested a drug called D-cycloserine (DCS) on a group of participants who were monitored via a recently developed EEG paradigm for changes in plasticity.The participants, divided into groups that received either DCS or placebo, engaged in three cognitive tasks: A weather prediction task, an information integration task and an n-back task, once before administration of DCS or placebo, and again 31 hours later. They determined that participants who received DCS showed greater potentiation of plasticity following the high-frequency visual stimuli of the tests than did those who received placebo. "Our findings of enhanced acquisition of the weather prediction task and the information integration task are consistent with other findings of enhanced incremental learning following DCS administration, including on category learning, motor learning, and mental rotation learning tasks," the authors write.