Trans Fat, Cope India 2019, EU aims to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050
- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched a new mass media campaign in order to create awareness about trans fats and eliminate them in India by 2022.
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- It is a 30-second public service announcement to be broadcast in 17 languages for a period of four weeks on YouTube, Facebook, Hotstar, and Voot.
- The campaign will warn citizens about the health hazards of consuming trans fats and offer strategies to avoid them through healthier alternatives.
- This campaign will concentrate on the demand side (consumers), who in turn, will push the supply side (food manufacturers) to come up with various strategies in order to reduce and later replace trans fats.
What is Trans-fats:
- Trans-fatty acids (TFAs) or Trans fats are the most harmful type of fats which can have much more adverse effects on our body than any other dietary constituent.
- These fats are largely produced artificially but a small amount also occurs naturally.
- It leads to higher risk of heart disease, risk of developing heart disease and stroke, higher risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, infertility, certain types of cancers and can also lead to compromised fetal development causing harm to the yet to be born baby.
India’s first indigenous film festival
- India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in the year 2019 in Odisha.
- It is an initiative of activist film collective Video Republic, that has been campaigning for indigenous communities in the State.
- It will showcase films made by indigenous people or made by non-indigenous filmmakers in collaboration with the indigenous communities.
- The festival aims to be a platform for indigenous communities from the world over to share, have a dialogue, collaborate and to use cinema as a mode of united assertion, resistance and activism against exploitative forces.
EU aims to be ‘climate neutral’ by 2050
- The European Union says it is aiming to become the first major economy to go “climate neutral” by 2050.
- The EU says the move will also cut premature air pollution deaths by 40%.
- Under the plan, emissions of greenhouse gases after that date would have to be offset by planting trees or by burying the gases underground.
- Scientists say that net-zero emissions by 2050 are needed to have a fighting chance of keeping global temperatures under 1.5 degree Celsius for this century.
What is climate neutrality?
- Emissions are balanced by methods of removing warming gases from the atmosphere.
- So the warming emissions that are created by cars and power plants should be counteracted by the greenhouse gases removed from the air by the planting of new forests or through carbon capture technologies which would see the CO2 buried underground.
Cope India 2019
- The air forces of India and the US will participate in a joint exercise, Cope India 2019 (CI19) in Bengal.
- The exercise has evolved to incorporate subject matter expert exchanges, air mobility training, airdrop training and large-force exercises, in addition to fighter-training exercises.
- The first Cope India was held at the IAF station in Gwalior in February 2004.
- Cope India had grown in scope with the involvement of fighter aircraft and force multipliers such as the Airborne Warning and Control System.
- Recently, Yudh Abhyas 2018- India and US joint military training exercises took place in the foothills of the Himalayas at Chaubattia in September 2018.