2020 Tokyo Olympics will recycle e-waste to make medals
For the first time in the history of Olympics, medals will be made from metal …
India’s unemployment rate jumped to a record 6.1% in 2017-18
India’s unemployment rate jumped to a record 6.1% in 2017-18, reported Business Standard (Jan 31, 2019) Unemployment was at 2.2% in 2011-12. That means it tripled after demonetisation (November 2016). The financial daily cited the National Sample Survey Office’s unpublished Periodic Labour Force Survey.environment.
Desertification: Forest cover on the planet continues to shrink
The rate of deforestation has slowed down after 2005 yet forest cover on the planet continues to shrink, says a preliminary assessment report by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. This is the first such global assessment of land degradation. Out of 197 countries party to UNCCD, 145 have submitted data on land degradation
10 threats to global health in 2019
The world is facing disease outbreaks like Ebola, measles, drug-resistant pathogens, health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises. The World Health Organization has started a new strategic 5-year plan to address these health challenges and has listed 10 major threats to global health in 2019
Total e-waste generated would be enough to create 4,500 Eiffel Towers
United Nations has warned that the world is soon going to be hit by a tsunami of e-waste. It says that in 2018 the world has already produced 48.5 million tonnes of e-waste. 4,500 structures as big as Eiffel Tower can be created from this waste.
Why does India plan to send humanoids to space?
ISRO wants to send humanoids because it wants to test its space module before they are used by humans. A humanoid with the necessary sensors could simulate a human's space journey and send data which could safeguard human space travel.
Humans should always be in control of AI and Robots says ILO report
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) wants people to be given priority over Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation. In its new report called Work for a Brighter Future, ILO has called for a Humans-in-command approach. Humans-in-command is when machines remain machines and people retain control over these machines at all times.
One per cent of Indians hold 51.53% of the country’s wealth
The world's top 26 billionaires now own as much as the poorest 3.8 billion, according to Oxfam International. For its part, India added 18 billionaires to its kitty last year, taking the total to 119. Their wealth crossed $400 billion (Rs 28 lakh crore). The corpus jumped to $440.1 billion (2018) from $325.5 billion (2017). That’s the biggest jump since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.
The magnetic North Pole is shifting and that too very rapidly
There is unusual activity at the North Pole. The magnetic north pole is sliding away from the Arctic region of Canada into Siberia. It has always tended to drift at about a few kilometres every year. From 9 km/year in the mid 1990s it picked up speed to 55 km/year.
IMD's India 2018 weather report
How did India's weather fare in 2018? Indian Meteorological Department's report on India's climate in 2018 has some important messages. It was the sixth-warmest year since 1901, when recording started. The annual mean temperature was 0.41°C above normal. Five of the warmest years were in the last decade: 2016: +0.720°C; 2009 :+0.560°C; 2017: +0.550°C; 2010: +0.540°C; 2015: +…
Oceans are warming at a faster rate than predicted
Oceans absorb 90% of the warming caused by human carbon emissions. A new analysis by University of California, Berkeley, suggests that oceans are warming at a faster rate than earlier predictions. They are absorbing excess heat 40% faster than what was previously estimated
Lead in Maggi shows how dangerous Indian food standards are
There seems to be a problem with India’s Food safety and standards. This comes in the wake of Nestle admitting that the lead in Maggi noodles is below the Indian standard. India’s Food Safety and Standards Act prescribes a maximum of 2.5 mg/kg (2.5 ppm) as the safe level for lead in noodles. But this standard is flawed and dangerous.
Are Delhi schools serving unhealthy food?
Schools in Delhi are serving unhealthy food to the students. An inspection by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has found that to be the case. Unhealthy foods can be classified as those, which are high in fats, salt, and sugar or HFSS. These foods can lead to childhood obesity, hypertensions and heart diseases.
Universal Basic Income explained in less than two minutes
With an eye on the 2019 elections, the BJP-led government may announce a Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. Under UBI, every citizen, regardless of their identity or social and economic position, will be entitled to periodic cash payments.