16 October 2018 Current Affairs:
The Centre launched a Pollution forecast system that can alert about the likelihood of extreme pollution events and dust storms three days in advance. The system was unveiled by the Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. It will be made available to the public via the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Environment Pollution Control Authority in the next two days.
The National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, the IMD and the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, are involved with developing the application.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB):
♦ Formed: 22 September 1974
♦ Head Office: New Delhi
♦ Chairman: Sh. S.P. Singh Parihar
♦ Member Secretary: Dr.Prashant Gagawa
♦ CPCB of India is a statutory organisation under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC)
♦ The board conducts environmental assessments and research
♦ It is responsible for maintaining national standards under a variety of environmental laws, in consultation with zonal offices, tribal, and local governments