How do cyclones get their name?
The process of naming cyclones started when it became difficult for the authorities …
Why has India's solar capacity addition slowed down?
India wants to add 100 GW of capacity by 2022. But according to a new report by global analytics firm CRISIL, it will only manage 60 GW by 2022. An anti-dumping duty on imported solar panels widely used in India seems to have increased the cost.
Nearly 85% rural women are engaged in agriculture but only 13% own land
Researchers convert carbon dioxide in to coal
Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have for the first time developed a process to turn CO2 into coal. The new process uses liquid metal as a catalyst to permanently and safely convert CO2 into a solid form for storing
Super Bug found in the Arctic traced back to Delhi
A scientist has found a “Superbug” gene in the Arctic region, Soil samples from Norwegian archipelago, a place which lies between mainland Norway and north pole, have now confirmed the presence of NDM-1(New Delhi-Metallo-beta-lactamase-1) gene. This multi-drug resistant bacteria was first detected in New Delhi over a decade back.
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 The financial daily cited the National Sample Survey Office’s unpublished Periodic Labour Force Survey.environment.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.