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A home designed to be away 29.1.2017
On Earth, there are few places that can replicate an alien environment 54.6 million kilometres away. These are not traditional picnic spots you can simply drive to in an SUV, expecting tranquility. At some sites you won’t survive the night without special gear. Which is why scientists and those training for long trips into deep space have been using these locations to prepare for journeys that have never been attempted by mankind before. And on January 28, an all-Indian team will set foot on one such site for 15 days. They will be cut off from the outside world — no phones, no transmissions, no email alerts. All six will reside in tight confines to study the effects of what life ‘elsewhere’ can do to human physiology and psychology. It’s scientific Bigg Boss with spare oxygen tanks and without that actor guy. Their destination is the Mars Desert Research Station, or the MDRS. It’s one of four facilities operated by the Mars Society and with its barren, almost lifeless surroundings in a Utah desert in the ...
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House Republicans to take first crack at repealing Obama-era regulations 28.1.2017 World – The Indian Express
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US House to take first crack at repealing Obama-era regulations 28.1.2017
Washington: Determined to reverse eight years of a Democratic administration, House Republicans are on track to overturn a handful of rules finalised in President Barack Obama's final months in office to deal with climate change, federal contracting and background checks for gun ownership. Opponents criticise the regulations as job killers that will hold the US economy back. Now, they're turning to an oversight tool used successfully only once before to void a rule issued by a federal agency. All that will be required to make the regulation invalid is a simple majority of both GOP-led chambers approving a joint resolution of disapproval and the president's signature. The House will take the first crack this week. A look at the regulations being targeted: Rule to reduce methane emissions on public and tribal lands The Interior Department updated its regulations to require oil and gas producers to limit flaring, the controlled burning of natural gas for safety, maintenance and other reasons. Also required ...
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Why India's canals could help fast-forward its solar-energy plans 28.1.2017 Features
Installing solar-panels over 30% of Gujarat's canals could meet fifth of India's solar power targets
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Climb up to avoid danger 28.1.2017
Vervet monkeys will rush up a tree to escape a leopard lurking through the forest floor. Most other smaller primates exhibit similar behaviour, and scamper up a tree, when they are confronted with danger at ground level. Human beings are beginning to exhibit behaviour similar to the small monkeys in a forest, where they rush up to heights to avoid dangers ion the ground. In Manhattan, builders and town planners have realised that if they stay at ground level, they may get washed out into the sea, the next time a nasty storm hits them. This is what happened when Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012 made its angry presence felt in the East coast. So what are they doing now? They are going higher, much like the primates in the forest. The new prestigious towers called the American Copper Building in Manhattan, does not have the fancy penthouse that is usually owned by the rich and famous. Instead the 48th floor of this building will house survival equipment, the next time the building is ...
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Pollen Collection Chamber in Coimbatore 27.1.2017 BusinessLine - Agri Business
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Sudarshan Bhagat inaugurated the ‘Pollen Collection Chamber’ and the National Hybridisation Garden (NHG) at the Sugarcane Breeding Institu...
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In deep water 27.1.2017 BusinessLine - BL Ink
Trapped between rising waters and socio-political maladies, the tiny isles of the Maldives have little to look forward to
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End of coconut water? World's trendiest nut is under threat of extinction 27.1.2017 News
The coconut palm is popularly known as the "Tree of Life" - all its parts are useful.
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So, let's talk green: Lots to do before we can rest 25.1.2017
Often we sail down the road towards development, not fully aware of what lies ahead. That trend has shifted over the last decade, thanks to meaningful and in-depth reports being published by experts. One such report is the Global Risks Report, which has been published every year since 2005. The Swiss non-profit and influential advisory group, World Economic Forum has released its 12th annual Global Risks Report called The Global Risks Report, 2017. The report concludes that economic inequality, societal polarization, and intensifying environmental dangers are the top three trends that will shape global developments over the next ten years - not least of all this year. The report is the result of assessment from some 750 experts assessing 30 global risks and 12 underlying trends that could amplify these risks. But what caught my attention is the reference to climate change and environmental risks. One of the complicated charts within the report illustrates a cluster of interconnected environment-related ...
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Mystic Mantra: Nature - A divine work 25.1.2017
An essential necessity for human existence is the environmental protection and care for all the creations. As the year 2017 falls, people around the world strive for cleaner air and water and greener Earth. Given the increasing pollution causing an irreparable damage to flora and fauna, the world leaders aspire to reach an accord by the end of this year to cut down on emissions following the Kyoto Protocol, an agreement between several countries that they will protect the environment and fight the global warming. Though this is an insurmountable task to achieve in a short span of time, however, it would be easier if each of us draws an inspiration for the environmental protection from his/her own faith/tradition. Every religion and culture has something to offer to the people trying to protect the increasingly polluted environment. These traditions need to be refreshed and revived. According to the world scriptures, human soul and the environment are an integral part of one living, conscious whole. For ...
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Drought in Kenya puts livestock at risk; crop failure triggers fear of starvation 24.1.2017 Downtoearth
Kenya is prone to drought because only 20 per cent of the country receives adequate and regular rainfall
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After US, rising sea level may soon gobble up an entire island in Canada 23.1.2017 Downtoearth
Land bigger than 300 football fields has been swallowed by the sea within the span of a few generations
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Using wastewater to grow crops can address water scarcity in agriculture 23.1.2017 Downtoearth
Water is vital for food production and climate change threatens this most precious resource
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Centre intends to notify rules for regulating livestock markets, taking care of seized animals 20.1.2017 Downtoearth
Every year, tens of thousands of cattle are routinely smuggled across the borders into Nepal for sacrifice
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Trump must confront climate challenge, but will he? 20.1.2017 Downtoearth
People in the US must turn up the heat on Donald Trump so that he doesn’t water down Obama's environmental agenda
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10 highlights from the State of India's Environment report 18.1.2017 Downtoearth
How India performed on key environment and development issues in 2016
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After Great Barrier Reef, bleaching kills 70 per cent of Japan’s coral reef 13.1.2017 Downtoearth
Coral in the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa has turned dark brown and is covered with algae, according to a government study
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Methane, other short-lived greenhouse gases cause long-term sea-level rise: study 10.1.2017 Downtoearth
Even greenhouse gases that don’t last long in the atmosphere can have centuries-long impact on sea level
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Can UK environment survive Brexit onslaught? 28.12.2016 Downtoearth
Following Brexit, the UK will no longer be under obligation to adhere to progressive policies on cutting greenhouse gas emissions and environmental legislation from the EU
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The Parched Nation 26.12.2016 Columns – The Indian Express
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