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UPSC question paper – 2006-2010 – Issues on Environment, Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate Change

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UPSC previous year question paper of subject Issues on Environment, Ecology, Biodiversity & Climate Change from the year 2006-2010 with answers.

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#1. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty drawn at [2010]

#2. Consider the following which can be found in the ambient atmosphere : [2010] 1. Soot 2. Sulphur hexafluoride 3. Water vapour Which of the above contribute to the warming up of the atmosphere?

#3. What are the possible limitations of India in mitigating the global warming at present and in the immediate future? [2010] 1. Appropriate alternate technologies are not sufficiently available. 2. India cannot invest huge funds in research and development. 3. Many developed countries have already set up their polluting industries in India. Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

#4. India is a party to the Ramsar Convention and has declared many areas as Ramsar sites. Which of the following statements best describes as to how we should maintain these sites in the context of this convention? [2010]

#5. As a result of their annual survey, the National Geographic Society and an international polling firm Globe Scan gave India top rank in Greendex 2009 score. What is this score? [2010]

#6. A pesticide which is a chlorinated hydrocarbon is sprayed on a food crop. The food chain is : Food crop – Rat – Snake – Hawk. In this food chain, the highest concentration of the pesticide would accumulate in which one of the following ? [2010]

#7. Consider the following statements : [2010] 1. The boundaries of a National Park are defined by legislation. 2. A Biosphere Reserve is declared to conserve a few specific species of flora and fauna. 3. In a Wildlife Sanctuary, limited biotic interference is permitted. Which of the statements given above is / correct ?

#8. Consider the following statements : [2010] 1. Biodiversity hotspots are located only in tropical regions. 2. India has four biodiversity hotspots i.e., Eastern Himalayas, Western Himalayas, Western Ghats and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

#9. Consider the following pairs : [2010] Protected area Well-known for 1. Bhiterkanika, Orissa — Salt Water Crocodile 2. Desert National Park, — Great Indian Bustard Rajasthan 3. Eravikulam, Kerala — Hoolak Gibbon Which of the pairs given above is / are correctly matched ?

#10. Due to their extensive rice cultivation, some regions may be contributing to global warming. To what possible reason/ reasons is this attributable ? [2010] 1. The anaerobic conditions associated with rice cultivation cause the emission of methane. 2. When nitrogen based fertilizers are used, nitrous oxide is emitted from the cultivated soil. Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

#11. The concept of carbon credit originated from which one of the following? [2009]

#12. Consider the following statements: [2008] 1. Salt-water crocodile is found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 2. Shrew and tapir are found in the Western Ghats of the Malabar region. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

#13. Where was the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+10) held? [2008]

#14. Consider the following statements: [2008] 1. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in respect of carbon credits is one of the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms. 2. Under the CDM, the projects handled pertain only to the Annex-I countries. Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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