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India still lagging far behind other nations in plastic ban

Jan 9, 2018 By Dr. S. Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) New Delhi: In 26 States/Union Territories in India, some form of plastic ban is imposed, but its implementation is lax. The latest to…

China greenlights 5 new genetically modified crops amid trade talks

Jan, 8, 2019 Beijing: China approved imports of five new varieties of genetically modified crops, paving the way for US agricultural firms to sell more biotech seeds to Chinese buyers, as Beijing and Washington seek…

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Forest land the size of Kolkata diverted for projects in past three year

Jan 7, 2019 Kolkata: The Indian government has diverted over 20,000 hectares (the size of Kolkata) of forest area for developmental activities such as mining, thermal power plants, dams, road, railways and irrigation projects in…

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Greenland’s melting ice sheet releasing tons of methane: Study

Jan 6, 2019 London:The Greenland ice sheet emits tons of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought, say researchers. The study, led by…

Japan to restart commercial whaling from July 2019

Dec 26, 2018 Tokyo: Japan on Wednesday announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) conservation body and that it will restart commercial whaling from July, 2019. Commercial whaling was banned by the IWC…

New sustainable ‘plastics’ in the offing

Dec 25, 2018 Jerusalem: Researchers have developed a new sustainable biopolymer technology to make bioplastic polymers which may one day free the world of its worst pollutant, finds a new study. The process to make…

Linking Kerala floods to anthropogenic climate change ‘difficult’, finds a study

Dec 24, 2018 Thiruvananthapuram: Is the devastating 2018 flood in Kerala linked to climate change? Based on a study that does not find any long-term increase in the mean or heavy monsoon rainfall in the…

Scientist bats for millets, indigenous cattle breeds to survive climate change

By M Chenna Nagaraj Dec 18, 2018 New Delhi:Faced with serious problem of malnutrition leading to stunted growth and anaemia among children, Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is promoting revival of indigenous climate resistant millet and…

Over 1,000 institutions to shun fossil fuels

Dec 14, 2018 Katowice (Poland): Over 1,000 institutions with managed investments worth $8 trillion have committed to phasing out fossil fuels, says a report. The number of institutions committing to fossil fuel divestment has increased…

Climate agreements should be mandatory: Nobel laureate William Nordhaus

Dec 8, 2018 Stockholm: American economist and 2018 Nobel laureate William Nordhaus said on Saturday that participation in climate agreements needs to be mandatory for all countries. Nordhaus, a 77-year-old economics professor at Yale University,…

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