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100mtr long lake formed in Uttarakhand due to heavy rains

The continuous rainfall and landslides in various parts of Uttarakhand resulted in the formation of a 100-metre long and 50-metre deep lake near Garhwal-Dehradun border. The people living nearby have been asked to vacate the area. Authorities warned people of a possible threat. Uttarakhand will c.....

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Try out these right steps to grow apple trees

While Apple seeds can grow apple trees, choice apples including Fiji, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, etc.  are replicated from grafted trees. Growing these trees right includes multiple steps such as preparing the soil, choosing the right apple variety for the area, planning it well, nurturi.....

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Heavy rains in several parts of Delhi

Delhi received heavy rains, causing traffic jams in some areas. It recorded a maximum temperature of 31.9 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was 26.3 degree Celsius. A Met department official said that the temperatures were normal for this time of the year. The Palam Observatory recorde.....

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Climate change is real and its effects are unprecedented

For the first time in history, the thickest, most ancient sea ice in the Arctic region has started to crack, thereby opening waters off the north coast of Greenland, which are typically frozen solid all year round. The phenomenon that shocked scientists probably occurred due to a heatwave that br.....

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Scientific environment opinion disregarded by India

There is nothing ‘natural’ in the natural disasters like floods taking place in India. It is the compromised decision-making on development and infrastructure projects that have wrecked the lives of rural and forest dwelling people. India’s Environment Impact Assessment process .....

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California introduces pro-plant resolution for sustainability

Recognizing the urgent need to consider the environment and individual health when making food choices, California announced ACR 279, a resolution that encourages citizens to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. The recent dietary guidelines offered by the U.S. government failed t.....

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Exorcising oceans of ghost gear through tags

The World Animal Protection has successfully lobbied the UN FAO to start tagging fishing nets and help prevent ghost gear that get lost or abandoned at sea. 640,000 tons of such gear entangle and kill marine animals and also increase ocean plastic. Fishing nets will need to be marked with special.....

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Regular things that destroy both our health and environment

Some products that we use actually affect our environment and our health as well. Take for instance, the Nitrogen and phosphorus in detergents that we use destroys the marine plants. Paint Thinners pollutes the air inside our homes and cause irritation in our eyes and burning sensation on the ski.....

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Kolkata school instills a sense of social responsibility

Kolkata’s Union Chapel School has been successful in instilling in their students a sense of community and social responsibility. The school emphasizes on various eco friendly measures such as rain water harvesting, judicious use of natural resources and electricity, banning plastics and cr.....

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Crocodile scare in Tamil Nadu after floods

Stray crocodiles are triggering panic in the villages of Cauvery delta district’s of Tamil Nadu after floods. The villagers have demanded the crocodiles must be rescued. But the forest officials said that the flood waters should recede first before any rescue operation. Senior forest offici.....

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Kerala flood declared calamity of severe nature

The Central Government has declared the recent floods in Kerala, which caused widespread devastation and left more than 200 dead, as a “calamity of severe nature,” paving the way for  greater financial and other assistance for the state from the Centre. According to the early est.....

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Possibility of floods in Mecca: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Meteorology Authority announced on Sunday of the possibility of floods in Mecca due to heavy rains. It forecasts an unstable weather over Mecca, Minna and Arafat tonight. The embroidered cloth that wraps around Kaaba was displaced due to the high winds in Mecca. Haj season is usually manage.....

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Kerala to focus on rehabilitation after relief from rains

The monsoon rains, which claimed more than 300 lives in Kerala, has finally subsided and the focus is now on the rehabilitation of marooned people. The red alert has been lifted in most districts of the state. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an assistance of Rupees 500 crores and h.....

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Armed forces to step rescue and relief in Kerala

The armed forces have joined hands to rescue the people affected by floods in Kerala. The death toll has risen from 25 to 67 on Wed alone. Updates have been issued by the govt: Public transport system has collapsed with the airport closed, SOS sent to centre and TN, NDRF teams step up to rescue e.....

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Pinarayi Vijayan sends SOS to Tamil Nadu

Kerala CM, Pinarayi Vijayan has sent an SOS to the PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Raj Nath Singh and Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami on raising the level of water in the Mullaperiyar dam. The water level at the dam has reached 142 feet, which he wants at 139. The dam has been a contentious issue betwe.....

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37 people dead in rain related incidents in Kerala

37 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Kerala today, rising on an alarming rate . A red alert has been issued across the state. Kochi Airport will remain closed till Saturday due to heavy rains and floods. Train services have also been affected with number of trains cancelled. Th.....

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Assam’s dwindling forest and poaching endanger its elephants

Assam’s conflict between humans and elephants has leveled up with wild elephants killing 700 humans and 100 elephants being victims of poaching, train-related accidents, poisoning and electrocution. Shrinking natural habitat is a major reason. As per India’s 2017’s elephant cens.....

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Kerala Floods: Red alert in 12 districts, 33 dams open

Red alert has been issued for at least 12 districts in Kerala due to the ongoing torrential rains. Death toll has risen to 44. So far, 33 dams have been opened in the state. The red alert has been issued in Wayanad, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kasaragod, Malappuram, Palakkad, Idukki, Ernakulam, Alappuzha,.....

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Study finds India’s most districts cannot stand draught

A combined study by IIT-Indore and Guwahati says that over 60% districts in India have no capacity to withstand a drought like situation. The ecosystem resilience map prepared using NASA’s remote sensing system said that only 241 of the 634 districts, or 38%, were resilient to droughts. 68%.....

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Kochi airport suspends flights as runway submerges in flood

The Cochin International Airport suspended all flight operations till 2 pm and diverted to Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode after flood water submerged the runway. The airport is situated near the bank of swollen Periyar River. Shutters of Idamalayar, Idukki and Mullaperiyar dams were opened Tues.....

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Govt issues alert after Yamuna started to cross danger mark

The river Yamuna has begun to flow crossing its danger level of 204.83 metres after receding two weeks back.  Now it has reached 205.15 metres. Delhi may witness a flood-like situation as more water was released from Haryana’s Hathnikund barrage. Officers are directed to be proactive i.....

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Thermocol plates continue to be used in food stalls

Environmental activists have claimed that several food stalls beaches in Mumbai still use thermocol plates and bowls to serve food, despite the ban on plastics. The NGO Lets Green Foundation has initiated a campaign to carry regular green up drives at city beaches. The BMC has said that the peopl.....

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Problems with elephant sanctuaries

Elephant sanctuaries are for protecting them with all amenities. Any interaction like riding and taking photographs or bathing causes trouble to them. It faces inconveniences for the tourists too. Thailand promotes largest elephant camps with deadly rituals called Phajaan. TRAFFIC and other organ.....

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Energy efficient bio batteries to cut down e-waste

US Scientists have developed an easy to make, low-cost, flexible and biodegradable polymer paper-based batteries. It combats power wastage and is an eco-friendly alternative to the regular batteries. The aim of the battery is to cut down the e-waste. It has also been successfully tested for bio-d.....

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Centre offers all assistance to rain hit Kerala

The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has offered the Centre’s all possible help to Kerala that is reeling under incessant rains. Talking to the Kerala CM, the PM Modi also offered assistance to those affected. The Sate has requested the Army’s help to provide urgent assistance in mos.....

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US advises citizens not to visit rains hit Kerala

The US has issued an advisory to its citizens touring India not to visit Kerala because of torrential rains ensued floods and landslides. The advisory said, “Avoid all areas throughout Kerala affected by landslides and flash floods.” Lower regions of the state have been submerged in w.....

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Torrential rains: Kerala CM says situation is very grim

26 people were killed and several others went missing in different incidents of landslides and flood triggered by the continuous rainfall in Kerala. Shutters of 22 dams were opened, including the largest one in Idukki, as the water level continued to rise. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan d.....

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Shutters of 23 dams opened in Kerala

In probably a first in Kerala, the shutters of 23 dams have been opened. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the situation is highly alarming, and that they were taking measures to mitigate the situation. The unprecedented rains had caused severe damage in several districts of Kerala. In various area.....

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Idukki dam shutters lifted about 50cm after 26 years

Nearly 16 deaths have been reported so far in Kerala due to flash floods and landslides driven by torrential rains. Major landslips occurred in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur and Palakkad districts. Wayanad district almost isolated from the rest of the state by a series of landsli.....

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Torrential rains wreak havoc in Kerala, 16 people dead

Nearly 16 deaths have been reported so far in Kerala due to flash floods and landslides driven by torrential rains. Major landslips occurred in Idukki, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Kannur and Palakkad districts. Wayanad district almost isolated from the rest of the state by a series of landsli.....

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Idukki dam shutters likely to open today amid heavy rains

A red alert has been declared across Kerala as the relentless rains compelled authorities to open the shutters of major dams, triggering to landslips and floods. The shutters of Iddukki reservoir, of which water level touched 2,398.80 feet will be lifted for a trial run. At least 16 people are fe.....

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Microplastics and Chemicals found in Antarctica’s Waters

Antarctica’s waters are polluted with alarming levels of microplastics and hazardous chemicals.  Microplastics were found in snow and water samples collected by the Greenpeace. Even waste from the fishing industry like Buoys, Nets and Tarpaulins drifted in between the ice bergs. Plasti.....

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Yet another earthquake strikes Indonesia, kills 82

The earthquake that struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok on Sunday has killed at least 82 people and has shaken neighbouring Bali. Buildings as far away as Denpasar on Bali have been destroyed including a departmental store and an airport terminal. People were seen screaming with panic .....

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Trichy Corporation showcases environment-friendly products

Trichy Corporation organised a 2-day Solid Waste Management exhibition, which has set a platform for its residents to know about the environment-friendly options for recycling waste. The exhibition showcased cloth bags and utensils made of coconut shells, an alternative to their plastic counterpa.....

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Celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi the eco-friendly way

Mumbai plans to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in a eco-friendly way. It is a 10-day celebration in the month of September. Artists Dattadri Kottur makes idols with eco-friendly clay and a seed inside it. By watering, it will be dissolved, and you can generate a new plant in your garden. Artist Rohit.....

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Jellyfish like organism found at Goa’s beach

A poisonous marine organism has been spotted at Baga beach in Goa. The organism is called ‘Portuguese-Man-Of-War.’ A private lifeguard agency alerted the Goa Tourism department about the development and has advised people not to venture into the sea. The organism is commonly known as .....

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Second wave of floods hit Assam

A second wave of floods have hit the state of Assam in which close to 90,000 people have been affected badly. The floods have affected 153 villagers in six districts. The floods, which have hit the state since last month, have affected around 10.99 lakh people. 41 people have lost their lives due.....

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Nagaland’s Sishunu village becomes tobacco-free

Residents of Sishunu were recently praised for their efforts by Ministry of Rural Development, as the village has achieved all 3 objectives through funds delivered under MGNREGA. From now, no tobacco products will be sold inside the village premises. Smoking and chewing tobacco will be banned acr.....

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Yamuna water level has started receding after threat

The Yamuna River, which rose to its highest level in the last five years, has starting receding. The level had dropped below danger level to 204.82 meters on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to further recede.  Earlier, as many as 13,915 people had been shifted to safer areas due to impen.....

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Indian groundwater is found to have high levels of toxins

Nearly 50% of districts in India have high levels of groundwater contamination with the nitrates level exceeding permissible limits. The discharge of toxic elements from industries and landfills and diffused sources of pollution, like pesticides and fertilisers over the years, have been the cause.....

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Idukki dam nears full level, officials on alert

The water level in Idukki dam is approaching its maximum. Kerala Govt has put the army, navy, airforce and coast guard on alert to meet any emergency in case water is released. The water-level touched 2,394.72 feet at 1 pm today against the full level of 2,403 feet. Officials said an alert would .....

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Know how to plant fruit trees in your yard

The concept of converting yards into gardens is more acceptable now composed of a healthy annual mix of annual crops. The many reasons include their long-term food production with minimal maintenance. You might hue harvest with less square footage. You can also find a fruit tree size for every ne.....

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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia kills 3

A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing at least 3 people. It hit at 6:47 am local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. Two others  were injured and one house was badly damaged. Island authorities have temporarily closed the hiking trails.....

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Water level crosses dangerous mark, people evacuated

The water level has increased in the low-lying areas near Yamuna river, reaching a dangerous mark of 205.30 at 5 pm on July 28. More than 500 people were evacuated and the Delhi Govt will make a public announcement today to spread awareness. Tents are set up in the ground and food will be served .....

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Necrophilia is present in animal kingdom

Necrophilia is defined as having a sexual act with corpses. Astonishingly, necrophilia is observed in animal kingdom too. Crows have been observed to be necrophiliacs sometimes across species. Kangaroos too are classified in this category.  Ducks are observed to have aggressive necrophiliac .....

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Heavy rainfall affects daily life of Delhi people

The continuing heavy rainfall in the Delhi-National Capital Region has affected badly the daily life of people. People are reported to have been stranded due to waterlogging. A road in Ghaziabad collapsed. The IMD has predicted heavy-to-very-heavy rainfall in Delhi NCR and heavy rains at isolated.....

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Major disaster due to dam collapse in Cambodia

Thousands of people in North-eastern Cambodia are being evacuated on Thursday as authorities try to cope with unexpected floodwaters from the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapse in Laos that has flowed south over the border. Five billion cubic metres of water were released downstream when an auxiliary.....

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Gardens should be an ecosystem of its own

Vegetable gardens with rows of plants are the least of the healthy as it pillages the soil nutrients. Our gardens could be a small ecosystem of their own. A healthy soil should be from the soil living in it and not the store bought products. Putting water features like pools will support the envi.....

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Hot weather edible plants

The summer is a good weather for growing vegetables rather than the leafy ones as they prefer cool weather. Sweet potatoes love the hot weather and they are tropical perennials. Peppers, both bell and picante variety, also like it during the hot weather. Okras are another vegetable that put out t.....

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McDonald’s to phase out plastic straws in Australia

McDonald’s will phase out plastic straws across Australia from its restaurants by 2020, in the latest move in a sweeping global environmental campaign. The company will now opt for alternatives made out of biodegradable paper. McDonald’s Australia Director said that the company will w.....

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Hawaii becomes the first state to ban pesticides

Hawaii has officially become the first state in the US to ban the use of incredibly toxic pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The pesticide has been associated with learning disabilities in children. Even sea creatures were reported to be dying due to pesticides. The bill bans the use of chlorpyrifos .....

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Cleaning the trash from the waterfalls

31-year-old Dharmesh Barai and his group of 22 members have managed to clean over 6.7 tons of garbage from 11 waterfalls in Maharashtra, including Tapalwadi, Jummapatti, Zenith et al. He started the local group Environment Life with 2 of his friends Amit Shirodkar and Vishal Kamatkar in 2008 who .....

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Snapping death worms can lie undetected for years

Unlike their land cousins, marine worms can lie undetected for years. They come in different shapes and colors and live in a wide range of habitats. The Bobbitt worm buries it 3m long body underneath the sand, leaving only its mouthparts poking out waiting for the unlucky prey to swim past its an.....

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Find out why resuing and repurposing is better than recycle

Reusing and repurposing have turned out to be better than recycling. They are less expensive than recycling as you can reuse the plastic bags, wrapping papers etc. or buy used items. Recycling is energy intensive causing its share of pollution while reuse doesn’t. It makes us buy something .....

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Humans to blame for the lowest orca population in 30 years

Southern Resident orcas with the current population of 75 is the lowest in 30 years. It had been classified as endangered since 2005 and no single calf has been born the past 3 years. These orcas live in the Salish Sea off the coast of Southwest British Columbia. Humans are to blame with over fis.....

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Why some people cannot resist eating

A new research has given some insights into why some people may be prone to over eating than others. The results may also help prevent obesity at a younger age. The study on children found which regions of the brain reacted more strongly when food was being rewarded along with money, even when no.....

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Soccer Team use uniform made of recycled Ocean plastics

Juventus Soccer club has revealed the new uniform for its players for the current season made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. It is manufactured from100% recycled polyester interlock material. The design was created by Adidas. Even Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will also .....

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Monsoons likely to intensify in Maharashtra

The Indian Metrological department (IMD) has stated that the intensity of rains would further increase next week. Mumbai had received intermittent rains on Saturday and the Colaba and Santa Cruz Observatories recorded a rainfall of 6.2 mm and 18.1 mm respectively. The MET department said there is.....

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Eco-friendly alternatives to use instead of plastic

The world is finally taking notice of the plastic being disposed everywhere every single day. Skip plastic with these greener alternatives. Instead of plastic cutlery, go for wooden cutlery. Carry muslin pouches to the grocery store. Disposable water bottles can be replaced by reusable glass bott.....

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Bihar gets cheapest potable water, thanks to initiative

Bihar’s drinking water problem is being solved by an unique initiative that makes the state get the cheapest drinking water in the world.The ambitious project ‘Sulabh Shauchalaya’ cost around Rs. 20Lakh, providing 8k liters of potable water per day at a nominal cost by convertin.....

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Bee saving paper to save Bee’s

Bees are responsible for pollinating 30 % of natural produce. Beehive population is constantly decreasing over the years due to varying factors. Bee Saving Paper is one of the positive initiatives in this direction. The paper comprises of Lacy Phacelia seeds and energy rich glucose. The designers.....

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Ireland becomes the first country to divest from fossil fuel

Ireland’s lower house of Parliament has recently passed a bill to end public funding of fossil fuels and opt for more sustainable energy sources.  With this step, Ireland will set an important precedent for other nations. It has become the first country to formally divest from fossil f.....

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New green compost plant for North Delhi

North Municipal Corportaion of Delhi is setting up  4 bio-methanation plants and 6 aerobic drum compost plants in its jurisdiction. The cost of this project will come from the Ministry of Home and Urban Affairs. Experts believe 50% of the green or organic waste generated by North Delhi can b.....

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Nilgiri Tahr threatened by climate change

Scientists predict climate change can affect Nilgiri Tahr’s habitat in the ghats, notably in Tamil Nadu’s Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and wildlife sanctuaries around here. There could be severe loss of habitat in the future in these regions. However, Tahr strongholds in Kerala.....

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We must learn from Bhutan’s renewable energy goals

Bhutan is world’s only carbon neutral country and is believed to be one of world’s greenest countries. Its new government’s priority is to make sure Bhutan doesn’t contribute to the growing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It practices planting trees in abundance and us.....

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Delhi tops third in premature deaths due to air pollution

According to a new study, nearly 15,000 people died prematurely in Delhi due to pollution by fine particulate matter in 2016. It ranked national capital third in a list of cities reporting most deaths due to air pollution. Shanghai was ranked first and Beijing second in most premature deaths. PM .....

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Kerala is on 'high alert' till July 17 regarding monsoon

State Govt of Kerala has issued high alert on rain-related disasters till July 17. The monsoon has claimed a total of 77 lives, according to CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The fishermen are advised not to go into the sea over the Southwest, Central and North Arabian Sea due to strong winds and high waves. .....

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Starbucks set go straw-less

In a positive move, coffee giant Starbucks has announced its plans to phase out plastic straws from all its stores globally by 2020. As a result of countless petitions and consumers calling for action, Starbucks will be transitioning from regular flat plastic lids to a new kind of lid with a rais.....

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Malappuram suffers a loss of Rs 11 crore due to monsoon

The agriculture sector of Malappuram has suffered a loss of Rs 11 crore because of the heavy rains, according to the latest figures of the Agriculture Department. Monsoon has affected 3,288 farmers in the district while heavy rain left crops in more than 729 hectares damaged. Ten houses were also.....

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Odisha to introduce phased plastic ban from October 2

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik will impose a plastic ban in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur and Sambalpur municipal corporations and Puri town from October 2 in the 1st phase. Plastic use will be banned across Odisha in the next 2 years. Housing and Urban development departments and panchayat.....

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Happy funeral: Bidding adieu to plastic the real way

A “funeral” was held by residents of 26 housing societies in Kandivali, Mumbai on 23rd June, for the environment’s enemy, plastic. Everyone, who participated had to give away all single-use plastic items like bags, spoons, etc. at a designated collection point in their society. .....

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Body heat may reveal passwords to hackers

A study by researchers from the University of California finds that hackers can use the heat left by your fingers on the keypad to steal passwords. Someone with a midrange thermal camera can detect keys pressed on a keyboard. They have named this type of attack as ‘Thermanators’ and c.....

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Meeting climate goals may not curb global warming

A research on global warming has revealed that the earth may become twice as warm even if the climate goals were achieved. There will also be a sea level rise by 6 metres which will cause a change in the ecosystems. The data was obtained by studying the previous warm periods. This can impact the .....

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Amid heavy rains, Mumbaikars asks ‘office jaana hai kya’

As Mumbai is fighting to cope up with water logging, trains running late and traffic jams due to heavy rains, twitter users began to ask “office jaana zaruri hai kya” (is it compulsory to go office). Mumbai and its adjoining areas have been experiencing continuous rains since Friday. .....

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Benefits you get from being in the lap of nature

A new study has found that spending time benefits amidst nature has immense health benefits. It found green spaces reduce risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress and high BP. Populations who are more exposed to green spaces or open, undeveloped land, tend .....

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Nestle extracting water from fragile National Park

Nestle, which is the biggest bottled water manufacturer in the U.S., have been extracting water from California’s San Bernardino National Forest under a permit which expired in 1988. Environmentalists are concerned as the extraction will put sensitive habitat at risk. Even a court ruling si.....

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Women drink less water in fear of open defecation

According to UN figures, around 524 million Indians defecate in the open every day. Women drink less water in the fear that they will be exposed to sexual assaults if they go in the open. They face lewd remarks, harassment, and stares from men when they go out in the open to defecate. As a result.....

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Seattle finally bans plastic utensils, even straws

Seattle becomes first major U.S city to ban plastic straws and utensils from July 1, 2018. This will help alleviate the disastrous effect of non-biodegradable plastics on the environment. Food-services in Seattle will not be permitted to handout plastic straws, forks, spoons, knives and cocktail .....

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Skip supermarket meat, has antibiotic resistant bacteria

Environmental Working Group’s finds 80% of supermarket meat contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria, These superbugs are resistant to at least 1 of the 14 antibiotics tested by NARMS. EWG tells customers to know more about the potential contamination of the meat they eat and be vigilant abou.....

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Maharashtra eases rules on plastic ban

Maharashtra has eased a ban on plastic use a week after it has implemented. This was due to the lobbying by MNC’s and plastic industry bodies. It has issued a Govt order allowing e-com companies to use plastic packaging for 3 more months.  UN reports that such packages contribute to ha.....

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Utilising organic waste

Organic waste collected after cleaning yards need not be discarded. Nitrogen-rich grass clippings help in blocking competitive weeds and can be used as mulch. Raked leaves are also good mulch and rejuvenate soil and help reduce watering. Large branches can be cut to make garden borders and other .....

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Iceland still killing Fin Whales

The population of Fin whales is dwindling; however, the hunting for the whales in Iceland is perfectly legal. With the whaling season due to start this month, the Iceland government have set a goal to hunt 161 fin whales. A marine conservation charity Sea Shepherd UK is striving to expose the unc.....

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UAE eyes at Antarctic Icebergs for water: Report

The United Arab Emirates has made its proposed project of sourcing water from icebergs from Antarctica public. The pilot phase of the UAE-Iceberg Project, which costs around 50-60 million, will kick off during the second half of 2019. It is a project of towing icebergs from Antarctica to the UAE .....

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Gujarat get coconut shells as eco-alternative to plastic pot

Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur’s forest department has found a use for the coconut shells that are thrown away after consuming coconut water. They started using them as plant pots for placing saplings. They chop the bottom and when the saplings are planted along with the shells, there will b.....

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Opening of NYC’s 1st Public greenhouse

New York’s Horticultural society is opening the city’s first public greenhouse at Denny Farrell Riverbank state park in Hamilton heights. It will also offer nutritional education programs so that New Yorkers can learn about plants. This 2160-sq.ft. greenhouse will have outdoor gardens.....

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Japanese microscopes battered in an earthquake

The World’s 2 powerful telescopes suffered damage due to a deadly earthquake that hit the western Japanese city of Osaka. The 2 damaged units cost approximately $20 mn. One is 12 m high unit that captures 1,600 images of atomic level substances per second. The other is a 3 MV microscope tha.....

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Global warming to hit India hard

A World Bank report predicts global warming to be a serious threat to India, warning that 600 mn Indians will be moderately or severely affected by changes in temperature and rainfall and suffer lower living standards. Another report says that current efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ma.....

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Cos’ lobby Maharashtra Govt seeking ease in plastic ban

Big companies like Amazon Inc and H&M are reported to have engaged in lobbying the Maharashtra Govt for easing plastic ban. The state imposed a ban on single use of plastic last week. The ban could raise the cost for companies as they depend on plastic for packaging. The ban is the first step.....

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Lets talk trash literally: Learning about waste management

Hyderabad resident Shubhashree Sangameswaran has brought out a book ‘Let’s Talk Trash’, emphasizing the value of adopting zero-waste lifestyle, through text and simple illustrations. It suggests ways to avoid plastic at homes, workplaces and during travel too. The book that came.....

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Trees suffer from malnutrition due to pollution

A study in UK showed that tree characteristics and local air and soil quality affect mycorrhizae, a fungi that provide mineral nutrients to the tree roots. Pollution leads to malnutrition in plants since characteristics of the tree and local environmental conditions (atmospheric pollution and soi.....

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Deficit rains worries farmers of 290 districts

Even after the early arrival of monsoons in Kerala and flooding in some states, rest of the
nation has nearly 290 districts receiving deficient and largely deficient rainfall. As of last
week, 5 states and union territories, including Gujarat, have received largely deficient rain

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19 of India’s 25 dirtiest cities are in West Bengal

Cities of West Bengal fared poorly in a nationwide cleanliness survey as 19 of the 25 dirtiest cities in India are from the state. The cities that include Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampore, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura, fared poorly on sanitation indicators such as waste collection, open.....

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Nurture nasturtium in your garden

The ‘bejewelled’ Nasturtium with its bright flowers not only make your garden look good but also helps in many ways. Nasturtium repels squash beetles, keeps aphids and cabbage moths away from precious vegetable and fruit plants, block weeds from growing and protect soil erosion. The s.....

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Small things you can do to avoid plastic

China plans to ban the import of plastic waste and govt are trying to find ways to manage plastic waste. Each one’s role may help in reducing plastic waste. Replace cosmetics with home-made ones, buy milk in a vessel and bread in paper bags, use steel utensils and cutlery, Use organic sanit.....

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Don’t throw away your banana stems, grow veggies in them

Banana plant’s stem is usually thrown away after the bananas have been harvested. In Indonesia they use this stem as a planter for growing short root plants. Adopting this technique can help India reduce tonnes of banana plant wastage occurring on a regular basis. This unique is viable for .....

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Mumbai plastic ban: Rs 5,000 fine for first time offenders

Maharashtra government’s ban on dozens of daily-use plastic items has come into effect in Mumbai city. From now on, plastic bags from a local grocer, takeaway containers from restaurants and even garbage bags to dispose waste will become illegal. First time offenders will be fined Rs 5,000......

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We are not telling you to go vegan, check out why

Growing knowledge about the environmental impact of industrial animal agriculture is making more people turn to plant-based foods. But these people’s diets don’t fit into any one label. Brian Kateman started the Reducetarian Foundation to define people who are actively eating less mea.....

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Brief history of these commonly used vegetables

We use a variety if vegetables with different nutritional benefits but we do not know their hidden history. Onions were likely to have been wild onions and must have been cultivated at least 5k years ago. Carrots were first cultivated 1.1k years ago in Afghanistan and was purple. Aztecs cultivate.....

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McDonald’s transition from Plastic to Paper Straws

In an initiative to address the problem of plastic pollution, McDonald’s in UK have begun to replace plastic straws with paper. It has also announced plans to add alternatives to plastic straws in its outlets all over the world. It has already begun testing plastic-free straws in Belgium an.....

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Animals turn nightly to avoid humans: Study

A study published in the journal Science reports that animals are trying to avoid human activity by turning nocturnal. This can be viewed as path for animals to coexist with humans. However, it has negative sides such as mismatch between animal traits and environment, disruption to foraging behav.....

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Ajay Devgn-Kajol to campaign against plastic use

Ajay Devgn and Kajol together will create awareness against the use of plastic bags in Maharashtra. Officials said that the couple may also be present at the exhibition organised by the BMC on Jul 22 to find a solution to plastic bags. They have also campaigned earlier for social causes like wome.....

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A Seed to solve water scarcity problems

The Moringa oleifera seed, found in India could be of major significance in providing fresh water in water scarce regions. A new water filtration method called ‘F-sand has been developed using plant parts and sand for water purification. This medium is safe and effective. The protein from t.....

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Students on a mission to create awareness against plastic

As much as 32 students from Karnataka spend three to four hours every week to clean the city. They are on a mission to ensure the city is free of plastic garbage and create awareness against the use of plastic. Inspired by the PM Modi 'Swachh Bharat Mission', they coordinate their activit.....

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Mount Everest turns into a rubbish dump

Mount Everest has turned into the world's highest rubbish dump as an increasing number of big-spending climbers pay little attention to the ugly footprint they leave behind. At least 600 people have climbed the peak this year. And the trash that has accumulated from 65 years back is exposed d.....

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Anushka & Kohli ill-treated on Insta for giving green lesson

The star couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were being subjects of rebuke for giving an environmental lesson to a man in a luxury car on Instagram. Anushka scolded the man in question who had tossed a plastic wrapper out on the road from his car's window. Kohli shared the video to which th.....

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Why we humans really need bats

Bats are often associated with fallacious assumptions as blood sucking animals in pop culture. However, they do carry dangerous disease vectors such like Ebola. But bat population are extremely beneficial in pest control and pollination in cultivation and gardening, to do away with pesticides. On.....

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Kristin Kagetsu makes eco-friendly sanitary pads

In India, 84% of women lack access to sanitary pads. But, on average, every woman using sanitary pads contributes 60kg of pad waste in her lifetime, generating 100,000 tons of waste annually. Saathi pads, founded by Kristin Kagetsu, makes pads that are biodegradable. The pads are made from banana.....

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Shield yourself from the harmful effects of air pollution

Air pollution in cities could be harmful for your respiratory health. To stay away from it sport an N95 grade mask to filter air, keep indoor plants and quit smoking. If you have a throat irritation drink the turmeric–honey concoction or switch to a Mediterranean diet. Asthmatic patients ar.....

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Meatless Monday across America

Meatless Monday has become a tending hash tag across social media. It is a campaign initiated by the Humane Society of the United States to transform whole school districts, corporate cafeterias and hospitals to go meatless once a week. A study shows the impact of the campaign has helped to keep .....

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India hit by the worst water crisis: NITI Aayog

CWMI report released by Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari states that India is facing one of the worst water crisis. About 60 Cr people face high water crisis and there are about 2 lakh deaths per year due to unclean water. Gujarat ranked first in efficient management of water resources......

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Reasons to plant Wildflowers

With full bloom of spring, wildflowers begin to make their presence felt across the country side. There are plenty of reasons to plant them. It brings diversity to wildlife. It attracts other pollinators such as butterflies. It works in favor of vegetable and fruit gardens. They are self- seeding.....

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Ditch coal and drastically reduce premature births

Burning coal poses lots of environmental and health hazards like air pollution, climate change, increased risk of asthma, heart and lung diseases and cancer. Now a study has found that burning coal can also increase the risk of premature births and when they tested areas where plant closures we d.....

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Ice in Antarctic melts faster than previously anticipated

The researchers have warned of the melting of ice in Antarctica at an alarming speed and the catastrophic consequences around the world due to the subsequent rise of sea level. As a result of melting, some 200bn tonnes of ice are now being lost to the ocean, it said. It has pushed up the global s.....

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Pope warns leaders to stop using future threatening fuels

Pope Francis has condemned continued use of environment destroying fossil fuels in a speech at a recent conference held at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He made his most urgent statement to all global leaders about climate change and how our dependence on fossil fuels is rapidly acceleratin.....

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Here’s how animal lovers can help change the world

Animal lovers with their passion can help create a more sustainable, humane and compassionate world. You can choose to eat more plant-based foods as animal agriculture is a destructive industry. You can reduce your carbon footprint by buying less and ditching traditions that produce enormous amou.....

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Bats woo their mates by belting out high-pitched tunes

Doctoral student Cory Toth is on a mission to listen to bats, particularly the New Zealand short-tailed bat. His research found that the bat not only sings but also produces most song output. The fuzzy haired males exercise their vocal chords on an average of 6 hours at a time, producing 100,000 .....

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India may do pollution check using satellites

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is planning to use satellite data to control air pollution. They plan to use the Chinese and the US model of assessing fine particles of using satellite images. The initial tests will be done in the ground-based stations in the cities like Delhi. This ca.....

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Climate change may affect agricultural production: Report

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says that vegetable may become dearer due to climatic changes and water scarcity. It could lead to a fall in vegetable production in parts of Europe, Africa and South Asia. The UN has asked governments globally to take action to support .....

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Priyanka attends Nick’s cousin’s wedding in US

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have been spotted in each other’s company for quite a while now. They were recently seen together attending Nick’s cousin’s wedding at Atlantic City. Priyanka was dressed in a gold wrap dress was seen spending time with his family. They also went t.....

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Drip irrigation increased rice yield of TN farmers

For long, it has been assumed that paddy can only be cultivated using large volumes of stagnant water. However, a group of innovative farmers from Tamil Nadu proved this assumption wrong by using drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is a process, which delivers water directly to the root zone, which .....

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Uranium contamination found in India’s groundwater

Findings published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters have found widespread uranium contamination in the groundwater from aquifers across 16 states in India. These levels are much above the WHO provisional standard for the country. The WHO has set safe provisional drinkin.....

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All about terrace gardens

Terraced gardens are appropriate for sloped landscapes. The best place for terraced gardens is on the hillside. The terrace is narrower in areas with more slopes. It retains enough water without draining and degrading the landscape. It also makes accessing the gardens easier. Ideally, terraces ar.....

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Extreme heavy rains today, Mumbaikars asked to stay indoors

Indian meteorological department has forecasted ‘extremely heavy rains’ between Saturday and Monday in Mumbai and has advised people to stay indoors. It is likely to extend to north coastal Mahrashtra, including Mumbai today. Overcast skies and intermittent rain have reduced the day t.....

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Bees comprehend the numerical notion of zero

Scientists have discovered that honeybees can understand the concept of zero. Putting them on par with monkeys and birds which can also grasp the precise notion of nothing. They also understand the concept of same and different. Proving that the size of the brain does not matter and has opened ne.....

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Natural air purifiers placed at the Delhi airport

Counted among the 20 busiest airports in the world, the Delhi airport, spread across an area of around 3.9 million square feet, has been covered with about 35,000 plants and shrubs. This prevents wastage of water and tackles indoor pollution effectively, as the plants are natural air purifiers. T.....

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Monsoon rains disrupt Mumbai, BMC staff on high alert

Indian Meteorological Department has warned of rain and thunder across Mumbai over the next 24 hours and advised residents to stay indoors. BMC has cancelled Saturday and Sunday holidays of its officers and are putting them on standy to deal with any possible disruptions over the weekend. Mumbai .....

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Neurotoxic pesticides poison children’s brain

According to an estimate by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA,) more than 33 million pounds of organo phosphates are sprayed on American crops each year. These neurotoxic pesticides not only poison farm workers but also damage children’s brain on food. Even minimal exposure to this pesti.....

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Kerala government offices boycott polluting plastic

This World Environment Day, Kerala government is keeping up with its ambitious Haritha Keralam Mission by banning disposable plastic items in its offices. Officials will be using ink pens and switch to steel cutlery in place of plastic and other utensils. The facilitators of this objective are Su.....

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Drones to prevent rotting of areca nuts

CPCRI has come to the rescue of areca nut or betel nut farmers, by providing a solution to protect their crop from fruit rot. Two innovative prototypes are: A tractor with a mounted sprayer and a drone can help spray copper sulphate, before monsoons. Tractor mounted sprayers can spray upto 100 fe.....

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Greenland had warmer temperatures in the past

Scientists have discovered the remains of ancient life that survived the last ice age from mud northwest Greenland. From the studies of the two periods Holocene and Interglacial, it is found that Greenland experienced warmer temperatures, which could be responsible for the sea-level rise. Current.....

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Fun Fact: Prawns have their own personalities

A new study has found that prawns have distinct pesonalities. Some of them are recklessly adventurous while other are yet to come out their shell. This study also found that the cautious crustaceans are the best hunters and adept at keeping the food they find for themselves. The adventurous ones .....

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India pledges to make 100 monuments plastic-free

India is hosting World Environment Day 2018, where the world comes together to combat single-use plastic pollution, with the theme ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. The Indian Government has committed to organise and promote World Environment Day through public interest and participation thro.....

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Monsoon to reach Maharashtra tomorrow: IMD

India Meteorological Department said monsoon would reach Maharashtra and surrounding regions by June 6. “Monsoon is expected to reach Maharashtra and surrounding areas by tomorrow. Rainfall is expected to reach by June 7-8 in Mumbai. Heavy rain will begin from June 9-10,” it said. The.....

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A great start for Mumbai’s housing society

Matoshree Pearl in Mumbai, a housing society with its successful and efficient waste management, paved the way for organic fruits and vegetables. In 3 months, they achieved the green housing society project with recycled kitchen waste to organic compost. They changed all CFL to LED lights for ene.....

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World Environment Day: ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’

With ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ as theme for this year’s World Environment Day, the world has pledged to combat single-use plastic pollution. India, being the host of 2018 World Environment Day 2018, has organized a series of public awareness activities. It also pledged to make 10.....

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A family keeps plastic bags out of their life for 4 years

A family from Chhattisgarh that is committed to make the earth clean and green has been practicing the habit of not using plastic bags for the last four years. Since they have came to know the adverse effects of plastic, they decided not to use plastic bags setting an example for others. They sug.....

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Fighting for the personhood of animals

Animal right groups have been advocating for ‘personhood for animals,’ a campaign being recognised in recent times. The Federation of Animal Protection Organisations has been in the forefront since 2010. It aims to bring legal framework to grant personhood for animals. The state of ca.....

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Alia Bhatt takes zero- Plastic Pledge

Young bollywood actor Alia Bhatt who is a self-proclaimed environmentalist recently took the pledge to ban plastic entirely from her life. She also appealed to her fans urging them to consider following suit. She recently tweeted, #BeatPlasticPollution, urging her fans to switch to steel or glass.....

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India among top 5 e-waste contributors in the world

A report by ASSOCHAM says India is among the top 5 e-waste generating countries in the world besides China, the US, Japan and Germany. Among the states, Maharashtra is the top contributor of e-waste with 19.8% but recycles only about 47,810 tonne per annum. The global volume of e-waste is expecte.....

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Former tobacco farmer couple now grows 15 kinds of Okra

Shankar and Roopa, a farmer couple from Hittne Heebagilu, used to grow tobacco but couldn’t yield enough to support their own needs. They, along with 20 farmers in their village, were helped by the Sahaja Samrudha, a Bengaluru social enterprise who helped them shift to more lucrative and su.....

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Amazon could be the key to regulate global climate system

Photosynthesis in tall Amazonian forests of 30m is 3 times less sensitive to precipitation variability than in shorter of less than 20m. Tropical rainforest play a critical role in regulating global climate system, representing Earth’s largest terrestrial CO2 sink. Study was done by Columbi.....

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Heavy rains likely in AP, Telangana and Kerala: IMD

The India Meteorological Department has warned Parts of 14 states, including UP, Bihar, Maharashtra and Bengal of thunderstorms accompanied by gusty winds and lightning. It also predicted about very likely heavy rains at isolated places coastal Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. In the latest instants du.....

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Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts, kills 25, injures hundreds

At least 25 people, including 3 children, have been killed and nearly 300 injured when most violent Fuego volcano erupted in Guatemala. It spewed an 8km stream of lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions. This eruption is the biggest in .....

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UN praises India for committing to beat plastic pollution

India has been praised for committing itself to challenge plastic pollution by adopting innovative practices by a UN senior official. Naysan Sahba, director of the UN Environment programs, said India has set an example at the world stage by showcasing best practices and innovations. India is the .....

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Mercury dips in Capital

After a dust storm hit Delhi NCR yesterday, it brought some relief from scorching hot weather as the mercury slipped down to a few degrees. The maximum temperature on Saturday was 2 degrees below normal at 38.3 degrees Celsius. The MeT Department has predicted a dust storm or thunderstorm on Sund.....

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The oldest European tree is in Italy

A Heldreich’s pine tree tucked away in a national park in southern Italy has been scientifically dated and is 1230 years old. The tree that survived major climate changes underwent a growth spurt in recent decades as seen in the larger rings added to the trunk. The park is home to 500-600 y.....

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Hike and clean up the environment

The Green Trails Mission by Hikes is an initiative to make the mountains emerge better place than they currently are. Each month, they along with trekkers collaborate with local population to bring down tons of waste piled up on the mountains. The waste is then segregated of non bio- degradable i.....

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KVIC sets Honey Mission World Record

A Khadi and Village Industries Commission have been on the forefront in protecting honeybees which are on the brink of extinction.  On May 20, this year the KVIC distributed 1000 bee keeping boxes to the Mishing tribe from the forest of Kaziranga.  The move not only encourages bee keepi.....

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Ernakulam Collectorate to have a new eco-friendly look

Sujith Karun, district coordinator of Haritha Keralam Mission, said 1st phase of implementing green protocol at Ernakulam collectorate, has been successfully completed. Part of embracing an eco-friendly system, vertical gardens and flower pots have been placed on the premises, and they will adopt.....

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Fragrant ways of charming females

Check out the interesting ways how the crested auklets attract female partners. Crested male auklets release citrusy scents that can intoxicate females and are also an indicator of their fitness levels. Birds with larger crests emit higher quantities. The odour secreted through feathers in the ma.....

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Study finds majority whales killed by our plastic trash

A new study has found that most of the endangered sperm whales found dead in the eastern Mediterranean sea since 2001 were killed by our plastic waste. Postmortems of 9 of the 24 dead sperm whales reveals that their stomachs were blocked by large amounts of ingested plastic that made them experie.....

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Global population’s rising demand for Coconut milk

Global population continues to steer clear of cow’s milk and demand for the coconut milk is rising. A study has found the rise of vegan diet is credited for the accelerating growth rate of coconut milk industry. Coconut milk is made from the grated ‘meat’ of a fully mature cocon.....

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Port Blair Airport flooded due to heavy rains

Operations in the Veer Savarkar Airport in Port Blair was affected due to heavy rains leaving it under ankle-deep water. Passengers were stranded at the airport as the flights were delayed due to bad weather. Skymet weather forecast says the rains will continue over the next 24 hours. The islands.....

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Mangalore returns to normalcy after 3 days heavy downpour

Mangalore, the coastal region of Karnataka is returning to normalcy after three days continuous downpour that submerged the region. Sources said Mangalore city witnessed ‘unforeseen’ rainfall, flooding roads, damaging shops and houses. The Centre is sending additional teams of NDRF to.....

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Monsoon hits Kerala, expects normal rainfall: IMD

The India Meteorological Department has informed the arrival of the Southwest Monsoon to Kerala coast and some parts of Tamil Nadu, 3 days before its scheduled arrival. The IMD predicted 7% normal monsoon for the year 2018-19. Since India’s agriculture is dependent on monsoon, a good rainfa.....

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More than 40 dead due to thunderstorms

The thunderstorms and lightning has claimed 40 lives in total in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand since May 28; 9 persons were killed and 6 others injured in UP alone. In Unnao district, 5 were killed and 4 injured. In Bihar, the toll went up to 17 and in Jharkhand it was 18. The IMD has issued a warning .....

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Britain sets up troops to protect endangered rhinos

Britain is reported have decided to send troops to Malawi to protect the endangered black rhinos of Africa from being poached. The ivory trade posing a threat to this mammal is worth around 17 bn pounds. The Duke of Cambridge called the destruction of animal life an almost unthinkable travesty. R.....

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Bats are our friends, not foes

After the initial outcry that bats were responsible for spreading the fatal Nipah virus, it has been discovered that the analysis was wrong. Though bats are primary reservoirs of viruses that cause zoonotic diseases, such outbreaks are rare. Bats help farmers by providing organic manure and also .....

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Finally!Major Animal Agri Cos fined for destroying Amazon

Each year, around 4Million Hectares of the Amazon forest are destroyed in South America by Animal Agricultural companies like Bunge and Cargill. The Brazilian government’s IBAMA environmental enforcement agent has finally hit these agribusiness with huge fines of $29 million for large-scale.....

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North Atlantic Whales in danger of extinction

Whales play a significant role in the functioning of marine ecology. However, their population is dwindling.  6 out of 13 whale species are classified as endangered. The North Atlantic whale is one of the most endangered species. They are threatened by human activity which if left unchecked,.....

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Destructive Kilauea volcano makes residents flee their homes

Destructive Kilauea volcano erupted and soared that has turned the Big Island's Leilani Estates housing development into a wasteland today. The authorities have told the residents to flee from their homes, as the lava was headed towards them. It is the most destructive eruption of Kilauea in .....

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Raveena Tandon’s wildlife photographs for a cause

Raveena Tandon’s wildlife photographs will feature alongside works of 75 other photographers in support of Sarita Subramaniam and PV Subramaniam. She is joining the Earth Brigade Foundation's effort to help avert water crisis in wildlife sanctuaries. She said that by destroying forests,.....

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TNPCB issues closure order to Sterlite, power disconnected

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board has ordered to close Sterlite Copper Smelter plant in Thoothukudi with immediate effect citing noncompliance of certain conditions under the previous Consent To Operate. After releasing its plan to resume production activities, TNPCB recommended disconnectio.....

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New sub species of the blue whale

The world’s largest mammals make an impressive journey during spring, from oceans around the world, to the poles, where they give birth to calves and gorge on krills. However, a new study shows that blue whales around New Zealand are distinct, non-migratory species. They seem to be sub spec.....

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Conduct a waste audit

Achieve zero-waste through the following steps. First get to know your trash and organize using tally marks to get a visual image of what you need to get rid of to stop accumulating waste. Start looking for zero-waste swaps for those with highest tally. For immediate results, stop using coffee cu.....

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Delhi’s day temperature expected to soar

The Safdarjung Observatory in New Delhi recorded the hottest day of the season with the mercury shooting up to 46 degree C in some parts of the city. The reading is 4 notches above season’s average. As per forecast, it is likely to be hot on Wednesday and strong surface winds are expected t.....

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Bad air is major cause for pre-mature deaths in India: Study

The increase in the number of pre-mature deaths in India has been linked to worsening air quality as one of the major reasons. A study conducted by IIT-Delhi said that the level of Particulate Matter 2.5 is more than 2 times of its National Standard and 8 times of the WHO’s annual permissib.....

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Reduce plastic usage with these ways

Plastic isn’t degradable and ends up being dumped in the oceans and polluting it. You can always turn down plastic bags and use your own cloth bags. Pick up loose and local fruits and vegetables instead of the ones in plastic boxes. Skip the disposable cutlery each time you have food delive.....

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Protect your local pollinators

Keeping with the spirit of World Bee Day, an entomologist and horticulturist gives tips to protect the natural pollinating agents. They suggest growing more gardens and fewer lawns, planting more native flowers, diversifying gardens in terms of size, shape and color, providing sources of water an.....

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Things you need to know about Siamese cats

Siamese cats is unmistakable for its markings. They usually have a life expectancy of 15-20 years or sometimes more. They are rumored to come from ancient Siam, present Thailand and was considered sacred. They crave attention and affection from their humans and stay close to one family member. Co.....

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Marine animals can’t stop eating plastic

Around 180 species of marine animals have been documents for eating plastic, right from tiny plankton to gigantic whales. Plastic doesn’t look like food but it smells, feels and even sounds like food for them. Plastic has been found inside the guts of human consumed fish. This is due to the.....

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Brisbane bans plastics for good

Brisbane city council has completely banned the use of plastics in its venue. Earlier, it was only for plastic straws, bottles and balloons. It is a unique step by the council to protect the waterways and Moreton Bay. Disposable plastics are non- biodegradable wastes that are harmful for planet. .....

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Costa Rica to be first fossil fuel free country in 3 years

Costa Rica is an eco-friendly country that produces 99% of power using renewable energy. It aims to achieve in becoming world’s 1st fossil fuel-free country in the coming years. It is the fastest growing in auto industry and public transportation that depends fully on diesel. Besides this, .....

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Beached dolphin at Odisha beach saved by good samaritans

An Irrawaddy dolphin had washed ashore on an Odisha beach and 2 good samaritans had saved it by putting it back to sea. This took place at Puri district’s Beleswar beach on Tuesday. A passerby had taken the video of the rescue and informed Subhendu Mallik, Honorary Wildlife Warden of Khorda.....

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Activists make sand sculpture to free Morgan

Ceta Journal is working on a campaign with 2 sand sculptures to free orcas and dolphins from captivity in Tenerife to raise awareness of female orca Morgan’s plight, held in Loro Parque since 2011 after she was found swimming emaciated and alone off the Dutch coast in 2010. She was captured.....

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New sanctuary to provide safe home for retired elephants

International animal welfare organization, FourPaws is constructing Elephant’s Lake, the largest elephant sanctuary in Southeast Asia, in Myanmar’s Bago region. Out of Myanmar’s 7000 elephants, around 1000 of them are mostly retired elephants of the logging industry. This sanctu.....

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The secret cherry that is taking over Canada

Saskatchewan’s prairie cherries can survive at temperatures as low as -40oc and can be eaten straight from the tree. These dwarf sour cherries are tartar than traditional sweet cherries, and have been a culinary staple on the praries for decades. They grow plentiful on short, stout bushes p.....

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Dust, thunderstorms wreak havoc in Delhi, UP, AP, Bengal

Dust storms and thunderstorms wreaked havoc in Delhi, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh killing at least 41 people and leaving behind a trail of destruction. At least 18 people dead in UP, said officials.  At several places in north India including Delhi, high-velocity winds uprooted trees and .....

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New Zealand sinkhole reveals 60,000 year old volcano

The spectacular sinkhole, which formed on a North Ireland farm in New Zealand, has grabbed attention worldwide. Rain dissolved underground limestone thousands of years old, eventually causing the ground to collapse, which created the canyon. The rock deposits are estimated to be 60,000 years old......

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Carbon dioxide in atmosphere is highest in 800,000 years

Researchers have reported that concentration of carbon dioxide in atmosphere has reached its highest rate in 800,000 years. Scientists fear it will have deadly consequences which will be nearly impossible to reverse unless drastic changes are made. Carbon dioxide causes the green house effect whi.....

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Maryland bans the sale of pet mill animals

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill to ban the sale of domestic animals from “pet mills” in retail pet stores. The bill encourages pet shops to work with local shelters in order to adapt cat and dogs who need a loving home. This is a huge step to end animal cruelty and inhuman.....

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Railways to start eco-friendly plates on premium trains

Passengers on premium trains are served meals on eco-friendly disposable plates instead of polymer ones. The scheme was started at the Seladah Rajdhani, where passengers were served in bagasse plates. The fibrous remains were left behind after extracting sugarcane juice. These plates can be dispo.....

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Mexico city bans Captive Dolphin Facilities

Mexico City is taking incredible steps to end the senseless captivity of dolphins including Dolphin Discovery Six Flags. The step was taken to save them from psychological distress of being separated from the family. They suffer injuries in tank or try to attempt suicide. By recognizing the probl.....

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Arabian Sea’s dead zone and Cheeseburgers to blame

A new study has found a massive dead zone in the Arabian Sea and is the world’s largest. It is located in the Gulf of Oman and around the size of Florida, much larger than expected and still growing. These dead zones have low levels of oxygen that cannot support marine life. It is mainly fr.....

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Wet Wipes are made of plastic, did you know?

As part of UK’s efforts to reduce single-use plastic waste gaining momentum, wet wipes are their latest target. The Environmental secretary is planning to eliminate the wasteful baby wipes. This is due to the fact that it is non-biodegradable and they break into smaller pieces, releasing co.....

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Tourism accounts for a tenth of global CO2 emissions

Tourism, both international and domestic, account for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions, 4 times than previously estimated, according to a study. This multi-trillion industry’s carbon footprint is expanding rapidly, mainly due to the energy-intensive air travel. Tourism is growing at a really .....

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Delhi hit by high-velocity dust storm, schools shut

A high-velocity dust storm hit the national capital Delhi, with a wind speed of 70km per hours.  Earlier, the Delhi Govt had ordered to close all evening schools and put search and rescue teams on standby in the wake of the meteorological department issuing a warning of heavy rain and thunde.....

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Waterholes to save animals on highways

The state forest department’s Pune division has devised a unique plan to save animals from road kill this summer. Waterholes, the lifeline for wild animals in the scorching heat will be set up on either side of highways so that the wild animals are not hit by speeding vehicles while searchi.....

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Hawaii volcano erupts and destroys belongings

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted, spewing lava into the air, destroying 26 homes located in the Leilani Estates subdivision. Molten rock and toxic gas have been bursting from fissures in the ground. The residents, who were evacuated, had to leave with their bare necessities from the area and .....

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Home Ministry issues thunderstorm warning to 13 states

Thunderstorms and rain are likely in at least 13 states and two union territories today, the Union Home Ministry has said in an advisory. Schools in Haryana have been asked to remain closed over the next 2 days. The home ministry alert comes after 124 people died and over 300 were injured in thun.....

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125people killed in storms in India

About 125 people have been reported to be killed in the fierce dust storms raging in northern parts of India. High-speed winds and lightning have devastated villages and the death toll is expected to increase. UP, Rajasthan and parts of Andhra Pradesh were affected by  storms that brought do.....

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Big brands stay away from Mohair after cruelty revelations

PETA conducted 1st ever investigation of how mohair is made. It is made by shearing the Angora goats’ undercoats and is commonly used in sweaters and scarfs. The investigations revealed cruelty being dealt on these goats and countless goats die after careless shearing. Brands like H&M, .....

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High-intensity storm cause 22 deaths in Rajasthan

In a high-intensity squall which swept through Alwar, Dholpur and Bharatpur districts in Rajasthan, 22 people are believed to be dead and over a 100 injured. The storm has caused major destruction in Alwar, uprooting 100 trees that fell on stationary vehicles and snapped electricity cables. The p.....

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Whale shark logs longest recorded migration

Researchers tracked a female whale shark from the eastern Pacific to the western Indo-Pacific for 20,142 kilometres, making it the longest whale shark migration route recorded. The shark named Anne’s position was based on signals from a Smart POsition and Temperature(SPOT) tag tethered to h.....

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WHO finds Delhi world’s most polluted city, Mumbai at fourth

Delhi once again topped in the world’s most polluted city list prepared by WHO. Air quality data compiled from megacities with a population of 14 million or more found Mumbai to be the fourth polluted city after Cairo and Dhaka. It said that about 90% of people across the world are exposed .....

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Bengaluru couple makes eco-friendly trash bags

There is a talk about reducing the use of plastic in daily life. A couple in Bengaluru Arun Balachandran and his wife Jyoti has come out with an alternative solution for plastic trash bags. These bags are made from newspapers, Maida and jute threads. They approached the NGO in Bengaluru and thus .....

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‘Suicidal’ octopus colonies found near sea floor

Scientists exploring the ocean floor’s rocky patch for fluid samples from cooled and hardened lava, discovered deep sea octopuses living in warmer water instead of their normal cold environs. This is dangerous for octopus as warm water, low oxygen is not an ideal place. Severe stress and no.....

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Singapore mourns for the world’s first tropical polar bear

Singaporeans mourned for ‘Inuka’ the first polar bear that was born and bred in the Singapore zoo. The 27-year-old icon was put down by wildlife authorities due to age related health issues. The social media was filled with requests to let him die naturally. The zoo will no longer has.....

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The sight of apricots blooming is enchanting in Ladakh

The Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department has released a video showcasing the visuals of apricot trees in full bloom in the Aryan valley in Ladakh. Belonging to the Drok-pa community, the villages chosen in the Aryan valley are Darchik, Hordass, Dah, Garkon, Biama, Hanu and Chulichan. They have a .....

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Australia’s mammal extinction rate could worsen

Researchers in Australia’s government funded Threatened Species Recovery Hub have identified 10 Australian Birds and 7 mammals, whose extinction could be prevented if the government and communities acted. Australia’s mammal extinction rate is highest in the world, and identification o.....

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Things you can do to save Planet Earth

The world celebrates Earth Day on April 22 and the year 2020 marks its 50th anniversary. However, its origin is traced back to 1970 when Gaylord Nelson noticed the damage to the earth caused by oil spill. Here are a few things to save our earth: Walk or cycle when going nearby, car pool, plant a .....

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Maharashtra Government bans the cancer-causing element

After imposing a ban on a range of plastics, Maharashtra could become the first state to prohibit the use of microplastics. The ban is aimed at protecting marine life, threatened by microplastics. These plastics used in face wash, lipstick are not filtered out through wastewater treatment and goe.....

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fruit flies enjoy sex too and resort to alcohol otherwise

Scientists have discovered that fruit flies also enjoy sex like human beings. They also resorted to alcohol if denied the pleasure. Ejaculation as a rewarding activity seems to be a universal phenomenon. The experiment also revealed how substance addiction works because drugs affect the same syst.....

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Dried leaves of trees amplifies rice grain yield

The dried leaves of nitrogen-rich trees like Shisham, amaltas and neem, when supplemented with soil, can increase the content of soil microbial biomass, thus increasing the grain yield of rice. Microbes in soil deteriorate organic matter and releases plant nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous,.....

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Disturbing animals in K’taka forests will be costly

Official of the Karnataka Forest Department has said motorists making a pit stop inside the Karnataka forests and disturbing the wildlife will now have to pay a hefty fine. As per the order, the KFD staff will register the entry and exit time of all vehicles and will track them using the Gasthu a.....

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Rise in sea levels can lead to floods and erosion

According to a new research sea levels are raising rapidly. The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster, thus contorting to the raise in sea level. At this rate, the sea level is expected to rise by 2 feet by the end of this century. Latest data has shown that the pace at which .....

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BMC collect plastic from home

Maharashtra’s plastic ban has made BMC take extra efforts to enforce the rule. They already have plastic collection bins and PET bottle crushing machines at public places. Now they have started their toll-free helpline that will offer plastic pickup service. 24 dedicated garbage trucks will.....

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Kerala Village adapts Organic Farming

Parakkadavu village, which is situated on the banks of Chalakkudy River in Kerala, has been in the news recently. The people of the village unanimously adapted organic farming. The idea was motivated by Parakkadavu Service Co-operative Bank. Apart from financing the initiative, the bank also has .....

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Eggs infected by salmonella

Salmonella outbreaks have led to illnesses and millions of eggs being recalled. The harmful strain of Salmonella enteritidis bacteria enters eggs through indirect or environmental contamination externally or may contaminate eggs internally. Knowledge about food safety, hygienic practices and poli.....

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