MALUKA IAS
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Date : 05 November 2018
Sr. No.  Topics Points to remember… Why in news…???                                                                                                     
1. Queen Heo
  • Originally named Princess Suriratna, is believed to have travelled to the Korean city of Gimhae from Ayodhya in AD 42 as a 16 year old.
Ms. Kim, the first lady of South Korea has been invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of a park in Ayodhya dedicated to India-born Korean Queen Heo Hwang-ok.
2. Greater flamongoes
  • The long-legged and long-necked birds were last seen in a group about two and a half decades ago, while a lone flamingo was recorded in the 2016 Asian Water Bird Census at Sirra Yanam village in East Godavari district.
  • The greater flamingoes are the filter feeders and get their characteristic pink colour from their diet of brine shrimps and algae available in the coastal wetlands. It assumes that the flamingoes are the indicators of healthy coastal environment.
A large number of birds visited this year to Hope Island, Andhra Pradesh – A part of the Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread over 235 sq. km, the sanctuary is an abode for about 35 species of mangrove plants and another 120 species of rare birds.
3. How weather impacts pollution
  • A combination of factors leads to increases or decreases in pollution. The most important are:
  • Low temperature: Pollution increases with decrease in temperature.
  • High humidity: increases the carrying capacity (of pollution) of air, leading to more accumulation of pollutants.
  • High wind speed: Leads to dispersion which improves air quality.
The change in wind direction leads to impact pollution levels in Delhi because of paddy burning season in Punjab and Haryana.
4. Green Building
  • Green Buildings are structures that are designed to utilise less resources than conventional buildings. Buildings accounts for up to 40% of the total energy consumption in India.
  • It stresses the need for sustainable construction and operation strategies during design and planning stage itself. Objectives include minimising water demand and promoting recycling, besides air pollution control measures.
  • “Green Buildings are much more healthy entities in terms of designing but the air that is going to come inside would be something that is present outside but to a certain extent you could minimise or reduce the damage through a green buildings.
  • A green buildings can reduce the interference from outside pollutants.
Green Rating for Integrated Habitation Assessment (GRIHA) Council, a non-for-profit society jointly setup by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Ministry of New and Renewal Energy to promote green buildings in India.