Faecal Coliform levels in Yamuna way above limits

A type of bacteria, faecal coliform is indicative of the presence of faecal material of man or animal and can result in a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. Delhi: Ammar, a Delhi-based photographer, frequently visits the Yamuna shore between the Delhi-Noida Direct Flyover and Zakir Nagar, near Okhla. “I went there last year to […]

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Crypto’s Ugly side: Bitcoin’s thirst for energy

The rise in demand for cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin (BTC), has led to an unprecedented increase in consumption of energy. Bengaluru: A single Bitcoin (BTC) transaction now needs roughly five times the energy required to complete 100,000 VISA (debit/credit card) transactions. According to a new report by digiconomist, it takes 821 kWH of energy to complete […]

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Silence, Residential zones stay awake with noise

Eight out of the 10 noise monitoring stations spread across Bangalore recorded decibel levels above the permissible limit. Bengaluru: The constant honking at a traffic jam, sounds of modified bike silencers, commotion of jackhammers and cranes working round the clock. All of this keeps the city awake as noise pollution levels stay constantly above the […]

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Ban on PoP will hit hard: Idol makers

The district administration is keen to implement CPCB’s revised guidelines for idol immersion. Indore: Around 100 families of small scale sculptors, who are already suffering losses due to the pandemic, may be forced to live on the streets if the district administration’s plan to completely ban the use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) is enforced […]

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Bottle crushers in Bengaluru Railway stations seldom used

Most passengers at Bengaluru Railway stationsare unaware of the Railways initiative of installing plastic bottle crusher machines in the railway stations to reduce the usage of plastic. By Vivek Madhu Passengers at major railway stations in Bengaluru end up littering instead of using bottle crushers leading to insanitary conditions around railway stations. “I didn’t know […]

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Karnataka falls behind in CAF fund utilisation

With a meagre 2.17 per cent increase in the state’s forest covers, it lags behind in using Rs 1,350 crore allocated by the centre to take up afforestation activities. Savyata Mishra Karnataka has been losing its forest covers gradually over the years. Although a centrally funded Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) provided the state with Rs […]

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It’s raining butterflies in Bangalore

Bengaluru has witnessed an upsurge in the number of migratory butterflies. By Kurian Joe The number of migratory butterflies has gone upto 4000 this year as compared to 1000-2500 in 2018, says  Mr. Lokhna Agri, entomologist at Bannerghatta National Butterfly Park. “The butterflies generally arrive in the early monsoon period. This year we have noticed […]

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Urbanization has sent the sparrows to the gallows

Bangalore has witnessed a decrease in the number of sparrows in the city, in the recent years By Kurian Joe Human lifestyle, environmental degradation, electromagnetic radiation from industries and telecommunication networks have lead to the disappearance of sparrows in the city.Grace, a homemaker who has been staying in city for over 15 years, says, “Bangalore […]

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