Environmental Issues

The plastic question is hard to crack

Is a total ban the solution? Making a choice appears difficult as alternatives are not as green as previously thought Bryony Drought was frozen in the fruit section. To her left on a recent shopping trip, the 26-year-old London school teacher saw “normal” bananas, grown using pesticides and chemical fertilizer. …

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Migratory birds at Chilika face flu threat

Lakhs of migratory birds which have congregated at the Chilika lake are facing a threat to their lives following the detection of avian influenza virus barely a few kilometres away from the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary. Some crows and chickens were found dead inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block last week. …

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Warming is heating up the Arctic fast

Warming is heating

Global warming is heating the Arctic at a record pace, driving broad environmental changes across the planet, including extreme storms in the mid-latitudes, a major U.S. scientific report said on Tuesday. Persistent heat records have rattled the fragile Arctic in the past five years, a record-long warming streak, said the …

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A rare blitz for trees

A rare blitz for trees

Blitzes are swift, vigorous attacks and usually part of military parlance. But there was nothing military about citizens as they looked up at trees across India on December 1 and 2: they were on a ‘bioblitz’, recording the flowering and fruiting of common trees. The Winter Tree Quest’s results now …

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Gujarat stares at acute water crisis

Following a deficit monsoon, Gujarat is staring at an acute water crisis as the 204 dams and reservoirs that supply water for drinking and irrigation to various parts of the State are drying up even before the winter ends. Kutch, parts of Saurashtra and north Gujarat are likely to face …

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