Good job bringing this to light. People won't realise how huge the problem is and municipalities are woefully ill equipped to...
Agreed; mining can never be sustainable, but then how do you get the metals to make all the things you need in the course of...
Very good piece.
The days of the scarecrow are over. A team led by R K Bhatnagar at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in Delhi have found that reflective ribbons, dubbed "dashes of fire" by ornithologists, tied a metre above standing crops, frighten birds away. The ribbons, spaced a metre-and-half apart and about a metre overground, sway in the breeze and reflect sunlight, keeping birds at bay.
Birds can render useless upto 80 per cent of a farmer's produce. Bhatnagar claims that "house crows alone are estimated to damage more than 65 per cent of the sunflower crop in Punjab." Now farmers can make light of the avian pests.