SURVEYS - 2019 May

May 27

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recognized Algeria and Argentina as malaria-free countries, after no new cases of the deadly disease have been reported for at least 3 consecutive years. According to WHO, 38 countries and territories have been declared free of the disease. Algeria is the second country in Africa to reach this milestone, where the malaria parasite was discovered by French physician Dr. Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran in 1880.

May 26

Founder of Hyderabad-based NGO ''Serve Needy’’ Gowtham Kumar, created Record for serving food to more than 1,000 people on a single day. Mr. Kumar achieved the target after got himself included into Universal Book of Records for serving food to more than 1,000 people in a single day. He served food to more than 1,000 people at three different places.

May 15

Global Drugs Survey

The Global Drugs Survey 2019 report was released. An independent research organisation based in London, United Kingdom (UK) has done the largest global survey on recreational drug-use. The GDS of recreational drug-use for the first time polled respondents from India which found that more than any other nationalities, Indians are seeking help to reduce their alcohol intake which reflects awareness of abuse.

May 9

A survey on bats was conducted in the Munnar Wildlife Division that has found seven new species for the first time. The survey was conducted in two phases in the protected area that could spot 20 species belonging to six families including 11 species in general categories. These include 17 insectivorous bats and three fruit bats. It was conducted using advanced bat monitoring and detecting devices in besides traditional methods. Munnar Cantor's Leaf-nosed bat , Anderson's Leaf-nosed bat , Peyton's Whiskered Myotis and Lesser Hairy-winged bat were some of the rare bats identified during the survey.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) stated that climate change and sea level rise could reduce number of tigers in Sundarbans by 96% within a few decades. This climate change would lead to rising sea level and existential threat to the Sundarbans. By 2070, there will be not be suitable habitats of tiger remaining in Bangladesh Sundarbans. UN findings states that if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued at current rate, the atmosphere would warm as much as 1.5C (above preindustrial levels) by 2040.

May 3

In a documented research it was found that continuous exposure to noise above 85 decibel can have harmful impacts on physiological activities in human body. High decibel noise level also affects hearing and learning behaviour. To inform the public of the necessity of creating a quiet home, school and recreational environment the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory, CSIR-NPL, organized a workshop.

May 2

The annual assessment by scientists of Global Forest Watch which uses satellite imagery and remote sensing to monitor tree cover, declared that from Brazil to Ghana almost 1/3rd of area destroyed, nearly 36,000 square km, was pristine primary rainforest. Study also showed in the new deforestation hotspots the increase in tree loss was due to illegal mining, forest clearing and expansion of cocoa farms.