India among top five countries in e-waste generation: Study

India among top five countries in e-waste generation: Study

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Despite the government’s emphasis on Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan and Smart Cities project, India continues to be among the top five countries generating e-waste, an ASSOCHAM-NEC recent study said here on Monday.   The other countries topping the chart of e-waste generation are China, USA, Japan and Germany. The study was […]

The planet’s pernicious plastic plague peril

The planet’s pernicious plastic plague peril

Children participate in an awareness programme ahead of World Environment Day, in Jabalpur on Monday, June 04, 2018. This year’s Environment Day theme is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’. (Image: PTI) (June 5 is World Environment Day)   By Dr Bradnee Chambers IANS | June 4 Thanks to the wonders of modern industrial technology we are now […]

Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste

Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste

Fishermen boats are seen at a beach covered with plastic waste in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam on June 4. (REUTERS Photo)   THANH HOA, Vietnam, June 4 (Reuters): There’s almost more plastic than sand on this long, tree-lined beach: Plastic helmets, plastic furniture and the plastic leg of a shop mannequin all jut out of […]

Kat Von D, Rafael Reyes have gothic wedding ceremony

Kat Von D, Rafael Reyes have gothic wedding ceremony

Los Angeles, June 4 (IANS): Tattoo artiste Kat Von D, who is known for her cosmetic line that launched in 2008, got married to The Prayers musician Rafael Reyes in a gothic-inspired ceremony here.   The couple had officially married in February, but the proper ceremony took place on Saturday. The couple took to Instagram to […]

Plastic bags jam stomach of dead pilot whale in Thailand

Plastic bags jam stomach of dead pilot whale in Thailand

Up to 80 plastic bags extracted from within a whale are seen in Songkhla, Thailand, in this still image from a June 1, 2018 video footage by Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. (REUTERS Photo)   BANGKOK, June 3 (Reuters): Some 80 pieces of plastic rubbish weighing eight kg (17 lb) were found in […]

Endangered mountain gorilla population recovers to over 1,000

Endangered mountain gorilla population recovers to over 1,000

Gihishamwotzi, 18, an endangered silverback high mountain gorilla from Sabyinyo family, rests atop trees inside the forest in the Volcanoes National Park near Kinigi, northwestern Rwanda. (REUTERS File Photo)   GOMA, Congo, June 1 (Reuters): The population of mountain gorillas, one of the world’s most endangered species, which survives on the forest-cloaked volcanoes of central […]

240-mn-year-old lizard fossil ‘ancestor’ of all reptiles

240-mn-year-old lizard fossil ‘ancestor’ of all reptiles

An artists’ impression of Megachirella wachtleri walking through the vegetation in the Dolomites 240m years ago.      Toronto, May 31 (IANS): Paleontologists have identified a 240-million-year-old fossil of a lizard as the “ancestor” of all modern lizards and snakes, providing key insight into the origin and evolution of one of the largest groups of […]

Narendra Modi discourages use of plastic

NEW DELHI, MAY 27 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke of the adverse effects of plastic and appealed to people not to use things made by using low grade materials .   “I appeal to everyone to understand the importance of this theme. Let us make sure that we don’t use polythene, lower […]

India needs strong commitment to manage its waste: Experts

India needs strong commitment to manage its waste: Experts

A man sorts bottles at a plastic junkyard on World Environment Day, in Chandigarh, India. REUTERS/Ajay Verma   Singapore, May 25 (PTI) India needs to have a strong commitment on waste management with concerted efforts from all stakeholders including policy-makers, bureaucracy and the people, experts here said. The call came during the launch of a […]

Illegal online sales of endangered wildlife rife in Europe

London, May 23 (IANS): The online sale of endangered and threatened wildlife was rife across Europe, ranging from live cheetahs, orangutans, bears, polar bear skins, live reptiles and birds, a new investigation has revealed.   Researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw) spent six weeks tracking adverts on 100 online marketplaces in four […]

Plastic pollution needs to be curbed: UN Environment head

Plastic pollution needs to be curbed: UN Environment head

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats and countries need better waste management to cope with the sheer quantity of plastic rubbish that is fouling the waters and environment, says United Nations Environment head Erik Solheim.   “Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats the planet […]