Environment

Should coffee carry cancer warnings?

That undisputed fact led a Los Angeles judge to rule this spring that coffee companies must provide cancer warnings to coffee drinkers. The ruling cast a shadow on a daily and often essential rite for millions of people around the world. But now, the state of California has intervened, telling …

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In China, rainbow trout gets a new name: salmon

When Chinese state TV accidentally revealed much of the “salmon” sashimi eaten in the country was actually rainbow trout, domestic fish farmers faced a crisis of consumer confidence. After fishing for a solution, they came up with an idea: to officially deem the rainbow trout a type of salmon. Over …

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Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve enters UNESCO list

Eleven Indian reserves now listed inWorld Network of Biosphere Reserves The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve (KBR) of Sikkim, the highest biosphere reserve in the country that includes the third highest mountain peak in the world, Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), has been included in the UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WHBR). The …

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There lies the catch

Such nets dry up the marine wealth, not leaving even fishlings and fish eggs behind. Large quantities of juvenile fish are sold to poultry farms for as cheap as Rs. 5 a basket. Bycatch such as snakes, puffer fish, ray fish and olive ridley turtles are thrown back into the …

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Piaggio bets on alternative fuel tech

Italian firm developing CNG, LPG and battery-powered vehicles to help meet 5 million sales target Piaggio Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (PVPL), a unit of Italy’s Piaggio Group, is focussed on developing vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as CNG, LPG and electrically charged batteries to achieve its target of selling 5 …

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River finally turns healthy

The water quality in the Yamuna has improved significantly due to a rise in inflow of floodwaters, and the river is at its “healthiest” this year, experts have said. The improvement in quality is largely due to the increased oxygen content in the water, which cleanses the river and helps …

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Retain coconut gene bank at Kidu

A delegation, led by Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D.V. Sadananda Gowda, met Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harshvardhan in Delhi on Tuesday to urge him to take steps to retain the Research Centre and International Coconut Gene Bank for South Asia of the Central …

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Swachh Bharat: Corpn. gears for STAR ranking

Coimbatore Corporation, which has been participating in the Central Government’s survey of ranking cities on cleanliness, is now gearing up to participate in its STAR ranking system, which starts from August 2018. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has introduced STAR ranking to …

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