In an attempt to build a sustainable environment, Indore’s Central Jail prisoners developed eco-friendly Ganesha idols. The unique idols are made from clay with a seed of fruits or flower plants in the centre. The report published by ANI reported that the Central Jail Superintendent, Dr Alka Sonkar mentioned that these idols made by the prisoners have seeds immersed in them and they can be used to plant trees after the Ganesha Chaturthi.
A recent study published by the European Drought Observatory reveals that Europe is currently suffering from the worst drought it has witnessed in the last 500 years. The severe drought situation has been affecting the region since the beginning of this year, and the situation has been worsening ever since.
New research from Harvard University suggests that rapid global warming was the primary driver of reptile evolution. The results of a recent study cast doubt on the rationales previously accepted for the reptiles' evolution.
In an attempt to boost the solar energy sector in the country, a special solar rooftop scheme has been announced by the Tamil Nadu state government. With this scheme, consumers can get solar panels installed on their roofs. This scheme has been started jointly by the Government of India and the Ministry of Renewable Energy. Citizens have to visit solarrooftop.gov.in, which is the official website URL, to enjoy the offered benefits.
A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) has shown that switching to propane as a refrigerant of ACs can reduce the rise in global temperature. According to the report, the use of space coolers increases in cities around the world during the summer season. Most of these are used in AC, even in split AC. It is estimated that the electricity consumed in the summer is about one-tenth of the electricity supply in the world. If this trend continues, the energy demand for space coolers will triple by 2050. The increase in energy consumption and the variety of space coolers will also increase the risk to the environment.
The road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, launched India’s first double-decker EV bus in Mumbai last week. The EV bus is manufactured by Ashok Leyland’s subsidiary firm, Switch Mobility, which specializes in manufacturing electric vehicles.
A workshop held at the National Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal on the ill effects of microplastics on food security and sustainable development highlighted that microplastics reaching the fields can become a big threat to our health. The two-day workshop was organized under the Global Challenges Research Fund project of UK Research and Innovation.
In an attempt to reduce the dependency on electricity and firewood to run heating systems in the extremely cold regions of Leh, engineers have developed a bio-gas-powered floor heating system. The Ministry of Science and Technology reported that the eco-friendly project initiated at the Thiksey Village Leh is fulfilled in collaboration with the SMEF’s Brick School of Architecture and the Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering.
New research conducted by the geographer and former HOD Professor JS Rawat of Kumaon University reveals that the existence of 353 non-Himalayan and rainy rivers in Uttarakhand has come under threat due to global warming. According to research, the amount of water in these rivers' sources is decreasing yearly. These rivers do not have enough water even during the monsoon season. If the situation does not improve in the next 20 years, many rivers' existence may end.
The Regional Center of Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU) has started two new courses. Along with helping the youth find jobs, these courses will also help in dealing with natural calamities. The last date for admission and registration is August 25.