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Aug 06, 2020 19:57
As most plastic enters the oceans via rivers, the authors say a “complete halt” of such pollution entering the ocean using river barriers - especially in key polluting rivers - could prevent most of the pollution they otherwise predict over the next...
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  • Covid-19 plastic pollution: Masks made from banana-tree species could help cut Covid plastic waste

    The fibre, stripped from the trunks of the abaca tree, was used for saltwater-resistant ship ropes and Manila envelopes in the 19th century. Up to 30% of Japan’s banknotes are made of it and abaca yarn has been used in Mercedes-Benz cars.

    Jul 29, 2020 15:08
  • Thawing permafrost reveals woolly mammoth skeleton in Russia’s Arctic lake

    Part of its skull, several ribs and foreleg bones, some with soft tissue still attached to them, were retrieved from Russia’s remote Yamal peninsula above the Arctic circle on July 23. Scientists are still searching the site for other bones.

    Jul 29, 2020 12:00
  • World Nature Conservation Day 2020: History, Significance, How to live sustainably

    Observed every year on July 28, World Nature Conservation Day came into practice as the day to educate people about the best practices to protect our natural resources as our planet Earth has only a limited amount of resources left that we hugely rely on each day like water, air, soil and trees.

    Jul 28, 2020 11:47
  • Monsoon belt receives deficient rain in July; north, central India still dry

    Until July 22, northwest India has a deficiency of -16% and northeast India has a surplus of 16%, contrary to what was predicted in June.

    Jul 23, 2020 01:43
  • Lonar lake turned pink due to salt-loving ‘Haloarchaea’ microbes

    Haloarchaea or halophilic archaea is a bacteria culture which produces pink pigment and is found in water saturated with salt, Agharkar Research Institute Director Dr Prashant Dhakephalkar told PTI.

    Jul 22, 2020 14:28
  • Warming waters drive unprecedented algal blooms in Antarctica, scientists find

    The blooms occurred in October-November of 2017 during the austral summer and spring in the southern hemisphere.

    Jul 22, 2020 09:10
  • Cool plan: Better aircon can slow global warming

    Making air conditioners and fridges more energy efficient and using more climate-friendly refrigerants can significantly slow global warming, according to a UN-backed report.

    Jul 18, 2020 18:24
  • Ecuadorian hummingbirds chirp ultrasonic songs of seduction

    For the first time, scientists have shown that these hummingbirds can sing and hear in pitches beyond the known range of other birds, according to research published Friday in the journal Science Advances.

    Jul 18, 2020 09:13
  • Bhagirathi eco-sensitive zone gets green nod

    In a review meeting on the Rhar Dham road project chaired by Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said the ministry has approved the ZMP which will help expedite the road project.

    Jul 18, 2020 08:13
  • Greta Thunberg demands ‘crisis’ response to climate change

    In an interview with Reuters television, the 17-year-old said governments would only be able to mount a meaningful response once they accepted they needed to transform the whole economic system.

    Jul 16, 2020 18:34
  • To curb climate change, Burger King addresses elephant in the room, and it’s a cow

    On Tuesday, Burger King introduced its Reduced Methane Emissions Beef Whopper, made with beef sourced from cows that emit reduced methane.

    Jul 15, 2020 16:39
  • Lockdown learning: How to switch to eco-friendly living

    The single-use plastic is seeing a spike more than ever amid the pandemic. Here’s how you can make environment conscious choices to create a sustainable lifestyle.

    Jun 27, 2020 10:09
  • Baby gharials return to Yamuna after almost a decade

    This was a strong indicator that ghariyals had chosen the Yamuna as another natural habitat and the river could be a cornerstone in conserving bio-diversity if the work to clean it gained pace.

    Jun 25, 2020 13:58
  • Coal mine auction opens up forest stretches

    The list of 41 mines suggests that several of them are in biodiversity rich forest areas of central India, including a few in one of the largest contiguous stretches of dense forest called Hasdeo Arand spanning 1,70,000 hectares (ha).

    Jun 19, 2020 06:28
  • Reintroduced otter populations in Canadian west coast yield economic benefits: Study

    According to a new study, the return of the otters in Canada’s west coast led to indirect effects on the ecosystem known as “trophic cascade.”

    Jun 13, 2020 10:09