Himachal bans use of thermocol plates

Himachal bans use of thermocol plates

Shimla, June 5 (IANS): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday announced a ban on use of thermocol plates in the state as they are major cause of pollution, as well plastic water bottles less than one litre capacity at official functions.   Making the announcement at the state-level function to mark the World […]

Bhutan to observe World Environment Day by going traffic free

Bhutan to observe World Environment Day by going traffic free

Representational Image (Reuters File Photo)   Thimpu, June 4 (IANS): Bhutan will observe Pedestrians’ Day to mark the World Environment Day on Tuesday.   According to a notification from the Royal Bhutan Police (Traffic division), all the core urban town areas across the country will be closed for traffic.   In Thimphu city, the main […]

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 […]