Environment – GBRI
 

As a child, almost all of us have stared in awe as fireflies lit the summer nights with their enchanting glow. However, it is very much possible that our future generations will not be lucky enough to experience the same magical feeling. That is because fireflies are on the verge of extinction, just like millions […]

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On Monday, Washington DC received a month’s worth of rain in just a few hours, causing a flooding emergency that left commuters in hazardous conditions. Roads turned into rivers and basements into pools as the torrential rains overwhelmed the city’s storm-water system. The record-setting cloudburst unleashed four inches of water in a single hour, way […]

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Hundreds of bus stops in the city of Utrecht, Netherlands, have undergone an eco-friendly makeover making them a perfect green sanctuary for both bees and humans. All 316 bus stops in the city now have green rooftops covered in sedum plants. Apart from looking beautiful, these green rooftops also help capture fine dust, storage of rainwater and provide cooling […]

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Bodega Head, a small headland on the northern California bay, witnessed some unusual scenes this June. Scores of dead mussels on the rocks, their shells gaping and scorched, their meats thoroughly cooked. This is attributed to a record breaking heatwave that is currently gripping California. Similar mass mussel deaths also occurred at various beaches across roughly 140 […]

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Despite criticism from environmentalists and animal conservationists across the globe, Japan will resume commercial whaling after more than 30 years. The fisheries ministry said it would start issuing permits for hunts on July 1. “But the starting date is subject to decisions of the whalers, weather and other conditions.” Although Japan claims its last commercial hunt […]

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The bird populations around the world are falling drastically due to human activities. Rampant use of toxic pesticides, intensive farming, shooting, loss of natural habitat – all these contribute to falling bird numbers. Now a new study has found that human activities could be preventing birds from reproducing and even developing normal social behavior and […]

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Campaign platform CDP recently formed a $10 trillion investor alliance including names like HSBC and Investec to demand major global firms to reveal the true impact of their operations on the environment. The alliance accused more than 700 big global companies of not revealing the full extent of their impact on the climate crisis, water […]

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Almost 60% of the world’s primate population is on the verge of going extinct, and you and I are responsible for it. How? Let me explain. Every time we buy products containing palm oil or say beef from South America or soy, we are contributing to activities that result in large scale destruction of the […]

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At least 36 people have been reported dead as India grapples with one of the most intense and longest-lasting heat waves in decades. Sadly, there seems to be no respite in sight anytime soon as the arrival of monsoon rains has been delayed according to government sources. India’s heat waves have grown particularly intense in the past […]

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Around 50% of India is facing drought-like conditions, with the Central government issuing ‘drought advisory’ to six states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu –  urging them to use water judiciously. With 80% of districts in Karnataka and 72% in Maharashtra hit by drought and crop failure, the 8 million farmers in […]

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