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Environment Current Affairs May 3rd Week 2019

 1. Mexico City declares environmental emergency

 
Mexico City has declared an environmental, ordering vehicles off the road and postponing the semi-finals of the first-division football league as a blanket of smog enveloped the sprawling capital.   
A series of wildfires on the city`s outskirts have combined with stagnant weather conditions to cloak the metropolitan area of more than 20 million people in a grey cloud. 
Pollution levels passed the critical 150 points on the authorities` air quality index. 
The Mexican football league said that under the recommendation of city officials, it had decided to postpone the first leg of the first-division semi-final between Leon and Mexico City club America from night to tomorrow because of the pollution. 
 
2. NGT directs 18 states, 2 UTs to submit action plan on utilization of treated wastewater
 
The National Green Tribunal directed 18 states and two Union Territories to submit an action plan to ensure utilization of treated waste to reduce pressure on the groundwater resources throughout the country. 
Hearing a plea, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the states and UTs to submit the action plan within three months to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
The green panel said the states which have still not furnished their action plans are defaulters for violating the directions of the tribunal for which no valid reason can be seen. 
It noted that only nine states and five UTs have submitted the action plan. 
Accordingly to the CPCB status report, the states which have not submitted action plans include Gujarat, Assam, Bihar, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. 
 
3. New vine snake species discovered in Odisha
 
A new vine snake species has discovered from the eastern state of Odisha after a gap of 113 years. 
It has been found in the regions of Similipal, Balasore, and Boudh. Zoologists from different institutes have participated in the discovery and the research was published in the Journal of Natural History. 
Zoologists have named snake species as Ahaetulla Laudankia of Laudankia.
This snake belongs to the family Colubridae.
It has a total of three prominent genera, Oxybelis found in the American continent, Thelotornis found in African continent and Ahaetull found in India and South-east Asia. 
The species, Laudankia vine snake, has been found in Similipal, Balasore and Boudh. Of nine species of vine snake reported from across the country so far, Odisha is home to three - common Indian vine snake, variable coloured vine snake and Laudankia, which is also found in Maharashtra and Rajasthan.
 
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Environment Current Affairs May 3rd Week 2019

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