plunging into a pool of waste without safety equipment and barely any clothing, a young clean sewer line in Paltan area. Often times, these worker sustains injuries from working in cramped drains or suffer from eye problem, respiratory and skin diseases Environmental charter for the new government America’s renewable energy capacity is now greater than coal It is time to impose ban on single-use plastic A quarter of Dhaka’s wetlands gone Australia’s climate and extinction crises are crying out for political solutions Team of Minamata mercury waste experts at UNEP, Osaka, Japan on May 27,2019 Straws Made Of Wild Grass Are Vietnam’s Newest Zero-Waste Option Organic farmers association in Kerala wins international award for innovative farming An International Conference on Minamata Convention
Category archives for: Environmental livelihood

The challenging economics of climate change

Global climate change has become one of the dominant discourses in the scientific and public policy arena. Studies from scientific research show that global warming is now a real phenomenon, as there has been an unusually rapid increase in the Earth's average surface temperature over the past century, primarily due to the unprecedented accumulation of […]

Indonesian farmers earn more thanks to rice breeding

An  Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) study looked at the impact and value of rice breeding work of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) between 1985 and 2009 in three key rice-growing countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. For More: http://irri.org/our-impact/reducing-poverty/indonesian-farmers-earn-more-thanks-to-rice-breeding

Bill Gates Unveils Toilet That Transforms Waste Into Fertilizer, Doesn’t Require Water or Sewers

For Bill Gates, toilets are serious business. The billionaire philanthropist kicked off the Reinvented Toilet Expo in China and unveiled a new toilet that does not require water or sewers, and uses chemicals to turn human waste into fertilizer, Reuters reported. "We are all here for one reason: because more than half the world's population […]

Flood-tolerant rice saves farmers livelihoods

  Rice dies within days of complete submergence, resulting in total crop loss. These losses affect rice farmers in rainfed and flood-affected areas where alternative livelihoods are limited. Therefore, the incidences and severity of poverty in these areas are high.   For More:http://irri.org/our-impact/increase-food-security/flood-tolerant-rice-saves-farmers-livelihoods

This crab could save your life – if humans don’t wipe it out first

Few people in the world are aware their wellbeing may one day depend on a blue-blooded crab that looks like a cross between the facehugger from Alien and a gigantic louse. Fewer still realise this ancient creature now faces its greatest threat in more than 450m years. The American horseshoe crab outlived the dinosaurs and […]

Rising seas will swamp homes, report says

An increase of at least 1m is almost certain at some point in the future, the government’s advisors predict. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) warns this huge rise may happen over the next 80 years – within the lifetimes of today's children. A government spokesman said the public would be protected from the impacts […]

Rare Indian flower that blooms every 12 years

Starting late July, the Anamalai hills near Munnar in Kerala will be resplendent, clad in a purplish blue carpet. The famed neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) will burst into flower – a phenomenon that occurs once in 12 years. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Munnar hills to behold the spectacle that […]

US plan to genetically alter crops via insects feared to be biological war plan

Government-backed researchers in America are aiming to use virus-carrying insects to genetically engineer crops – raising fears the technology could be used for biological weapons. A new article in the journal Science explores the shadowy program funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). The program aims to disperse infectious, genetically modified viruses […]

Why Sulawesi’s tsunami is puzzling scientists

Friday's catastrophic tsunami event on Sulawesi Island is a puzzle. As the emergency response gathers pace, scientists are scratching their heads to understand why it generated such big waves. The magnitude 7.5 quake was certainly large – one of the biggest recorded anywhere on the globe this year. But it was what geophysicists call a […]

how to use seawater to produce food in the desert

Inside the greenhouse, tiny leaves of wild rocket, iceberg lettuce and pak choi poke through the dirt, each as small as a fingernail. Planters hold calla lilies and dragonfruit, sea samphire and gerberas. Bright strawberries dot buttery green leaves. And there are row after row of vines, draped over wires, leaves as big as dinner […]

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