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The Hindu PDF 10 December 2023 Analysis


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The Hindu Epaper Analysis 10 December 2023 for UPSC

Green turtles nesting range expands under warming climate: Page 11

  • Green Turtles and Climate Change:
  • Rising global temperatures may expand green turtle nesting range in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Study in Scientific Reports highlights potential nesting range increase by over 60%.
  • Worst-case climate scenario predicts westward expansion, covering North African, Italian, and Greek coastlines.
  • Climate Impact on Sea Turtles:
  • Human-caused climate change raises global sea surface temperatures.
  • Green turtles, particularly vulnerable, as offspring sex depends on incubation temperature.
  • Limited research on green turtle population (Chelonia mydas) in the Mediterranean.
  • Research Methodology:
  • Model developed to predict suitability of Mediterranean coastline for green turtle nesting.
  • Evaluation against 178 confirmed nesting locations (1982-2019), mainly in Turkey and Cyprus.
  • Sea surface temperature, sea salinity, and human population density key factors affecting nesting site suitability.
  • Greenhouse Gas Emission Scenarios:
  • Four greenhouse gas emission scenarios considered for the year 2100.
  • Worse climate scenarios associated with greater nesting range increases in the Mediterranean.
  • Potential Nesting Range Expansion:
  • Under worst-case scenario, nesting range increases by 62.4% points.
  • Expansion includes North African coastline (Algeria), much of Italy and Greece, and south Adriatic Sea.
  • Concerns and Warnings:
  • Warning about increased human contact due to expanded nesting range.
  • Central and western Mediterranean, with higher human population, may negatively impact nesting success.

Why did Michaung bring so much rain?: Page 12

  • Formation of Cyclone Michaung:
  • Identified as a well-marked low pressure area in the southwest Bay of Bengal on November 29.
  • Expected progression: depression by November 30, deep depression by December 2, and cyclonic storm by December 3.
  • IMD forecasted its movement towards coastal Andhra Pradesh, bringing rain to north Tamil Nadu on December 3-4.
  • Named ‘Michaung’ on December 3 as it became cyclonic.
  • Path and Impact in Tamil Nadu:
  • Approached north Tamil Nadu, affecting Chennai, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, and Chengalpattu.
  • Rainfall and strong winds, leading to localised flooding and power cuts.
  • State government declared public holiday on December 4-5 due to forecasted heavy showers.
  • Intensification and Factors:
  • Intensified into a super-cyclonic storm on December 4.
  • Cyclones use warm sea surface as ‘fuel’; Michaung spent more time over the warm sea, contributing to intensification.
  • Climate change conducive to cyclone intensification.
  • Madden-Julian oscillation (MJO) on December 3 maintained favorable conditions for rain formation, assisting intensification.
  • Significance of Intensification:
  • Cyclones draw heat from the sea, intensification enhances this process.
  • Study (May 2020) indicates a 15% increase in tropical cyclones with wind speeds over 185 km/hr since 1979.
  • Intensification complicates forecast models, allows storms to make landfall with more energy, and brings devastation to new areas.
  • Landfall and Dissipation:
  • Crossed over land south of Bapatla district in Andhra Pradesh on December 5.
  • Heavy rain and winds with sustained speed of 90-100 km/hr.
  • Storm weakened into a cyclonic storm after landfall.
  • By December 6, devolved into a well-marked low-pressure area.

What does a special package mean for PVTGs?: Page 12

  • PVTGs Population Status:
  • Tribal Affairs Ministry reported to Rajya Sabha that PVTGs population is not in decline, contrary to State-wise Census data showing a 40% fall in nine States/UTs in the first decade of the century.
  • PVTGs defined as tribal communities with declining or stagnant population, using pre-agrarian technology, economically backward, and low literacy.
  • 75 such communities in 18 States and UTs, with the highest number in Odisha (15), Andhra Pradesh (12), Bihar and Jharkhand (9).
  • PM-JANMAN Scheme Overview:
  • ₹24,000 crore Pradhan Mantri-Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan approved by Cabinet.
  • Aims to provide basic facilities like roads, power, homes, mobile connectivity, etc., to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
  • Finance Minister announced PM-PVTG Development Mission during Budget Session with a planned ₹15,000 crore expenditure over three years.
  • Package Allocation and Implementation:
  • ₹24,104 crore allocated; central share ₹15,336 crore, State share ₹8,768 crore.
  • Implementation in 22,000 villages where PVTGs reside.
  • Nine ministries involved in program implementation.
  • Goals include building pucca homes, connecting roads, piped water, mobile medical units, anganwadi centers, multipurpose centers, hostels, mobile towers, vocational training centers, Van Dhan Vikas Kendras, off-grid solar power systems, and solar street lights.
  • Challenges and Data Issues:
  • Lack of current data is a significant challenge.
  • The government lacks accurate and current population data for PVTGs; estimates population around 28 lakh.
  • Baseline surveys conducted to understand village needs, but no results made public.
  • The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is yet to compile an accurate and current dataset of PVTGs’ populations.
  • No separate Census for PVTGs since 1951; National Advisory Council (NAC) in 2013 recommended a specific Census for PVTG communities.

Are crimes against women on the rise?: Page 12

  • Crimes Against Women in 2022:
  • Crime rate declined in 2022 (258.1 per lakh population), but crimes against women increased by 4% compared to 2021.
  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) annual report released on December 4.
  • Nature of Crimes Against Women:
  • Majority of crimes: cruelty by husband or his relatives (31.4%), kidnapping and abduction (19.2%), assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty (18.7%), and rape (7.1%).
  • 13,479 cases registered under Dowry Prohibition Act.
  • Factors Contributing to Crimes:
  • Activists and lawyers attribute to a patriarchal society.
  • Despite education, unchanged male mindsets and societal attitudes.
  • Strengthening of regressive value systems in recent years.
  • Increase in Registration of Crimes:
  • Over 4.45 lakh cases of crimes against women registered in 2022.
  • Equivalent to nearly 51 FIRs every hour.
  • Rate of crimes against women per lakh population: 66.4.
  • Challenges in law implementation contribute to the increase.
  • Key Laws for Women’s Safety:
  • The Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956.
  • The Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961.
  • The Commission of Sati (Prevention) Act, 1987.
  • Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.
  • The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013.
  • The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986.
  • Challenges in Law Implementation:
  • Shoddy police investigations and time delays in delivering justice.
  • Lack of trained police officers, particularly in investigations.
  • Slow court proceedings; cases take four to five years at trial courts.
  • Disproportionate workload on women police personnel due to low representation (11.7%).
  • High pendency in courts due to limited workforce.

The Grand Vizier of COP-28: Page 13

  • Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber – COP-28 President:
  • President of COP-28, UAE’s Industry Minister, and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil.
  • Believes his energy sector experience enables him to involve more industrialists in climate talks.
  • Aims to bring industrialists to the table at COP and commit to a timeline to phase out fossil fuels.
  • COP-28 Overview:
  • Conference of Parties (COP-28) held in Dubai.
  • Theme focused on climate change, with pavilions hosting conferences, exhibits, food courts, and more.
  • Role of Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber:
  • As the President of COP-28, plays the role of Persuader-in-Chief.
  • Tasked with getting heads of state and ministers to find common ground on climate change.
  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) addresses rising greenhouse gas emissions.
  • UNFCCC and COP Meetings:
  • UNFCCC in force since 1994, involving 194 countries acknowledging the threat of rising greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Classification of countries as ‘Annex’ and ‘Non-Annex,’ with financial responsibilities for clean energy development.
  • Annual COP meetings aim to reach agreements on addressing climate change goals.
  • President’s Responsibilities:
  • President ensures observance of rules, works with delegations for consensus on key issues.
  • President-designate spends a year raising global ambition to tackle climate change.
  • Develops a vision for the best possible outcome of the meeting.
  • Expected to maintain neutrality and rise above national constraints for the greater UNFCCC good.
  • Controversy Surrounding Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber:
  • Criticism due to his position as CEO of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), a major oil company.
  • Concerns raised about his ability to further the elimination of fossil fuels.
  • Critics suggest potential conflict of interest, as the fossil fuel industry contributes to a significant portion of annual emissions (around 60%).

China consumer prices fall fastest in 3 years: Page 14

  • Consumer Prices in China:
  • Consumer prices in China fell the fastest in three years in November.
  • Consumer Price Index (CPI) dropped 0.5% year-on-year and compared with October.
  • Deeper than median forecasts, indicating rising deflationary pressures.
  • Factors Behind Consumer Price Decline:
  • Weak domestic demand casts doubt over the economic recovery.
  • Three main factors contributing to the decline: falling global energy prices, fading winter travel boom, and chronic supply glut.
  • Year-on-year core inflation (excluding food and fuel prices) was 0.6%.
  • Policy Concerns and Outlook:
  • Data is alarming for policymakers, raising concerns about downward pressure in 2024.
  • Calls for further policy support to shore up growth.
  • China’s central bank Governor Pan Gongsheng suggested inflation was expected to be “going upwards,” despite recent data.
  • Producer Price Index (PPI):
  • PPI fell 3% year-on-year in November, marking the 14th straight month of decline.
  • Quickest decline since August, with economists predicting a 2.8% fall.
  • Economic Challenges in China:
  • Multiple headwinds in 2023, including local government debt, an ailing housing market, and tepid demand.
  • Chinese consumers tightening purse strings amid uncertainties in the economic recovery.
  • Moody’s issued a downgrade warning on China’s credit rating, citing costs to bail out local governments and control the property crisis.

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