Day: August 21, 2019

Major infra projects to be screened for climate risk

RKI initiative to make projects resilient Systematic climate risk screening of major infrastructure projects, climate stress-testing of proposals and their economic and financial analysis have been mooted to improve public investments for projects under the Rebuild Kerala Initiative (RKI).The move is in the wake of the August 2018 deluge damaging a substantial share of the…

Ancient skull suggests complex brain evolution in primates

21/08/2019 – 19:50:00Back to World Home By Press Association A 20-million-year-old skull has shed new light on the mystery of brain evolution in primates.It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates, a group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their nearest kin, progressively increased over time. But research on one…

Interstellar Iron Found In Antarctic Snow

Atomic 60Fe/53Mn ratios for different target element abundances. The red line represents meteoritic ratios. The ratio in Antarctic snow (green) is significantly higher than cosmogenic production for all relevant abundances. Note, the displayed data point is valid for the chondritic abundance of atomic Ni/Fe = 0.055 The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar…

Walmart sues Tesla over solar panel fires

Tesla is in trouble over its solar panels. Image: Smith Collection/Gado / getty images By Stan Schroeder2019-08-21 14:16:49 UTC Walmart filed a lawsuit against Tesla on Tuesday blaming the company’s solar panels for seven fires.  The retail giant accused Tesla of “gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards.” The lawsuit recounts several…

Trump Plans to End Methane Curbs That Oil Companies Want to Keep

(Bloomberg) — The Trump administration is readying a plan to end direct federal regulation of methane leaks from oil and gas facilities, even as some energy companies insist they don’t want the relief.A draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency would prevent the federal government from directly targeting that potent greenhouse gas as it restricts…

Medha flays govt. stand on Alappad stir

Social activist Medha Patkar visiting the mineral-sand-mining area of the Indian Rare Earths at Vellanathuthuruth, near Alappad, in Kollam on Thursday.   more-in She wants government to open dialogue with the local people It is shocking that two public sector companies are ignoring the serious environmental impact of mining on the lives and livelihood of…

Concern over HT lines affecting cultivation

MoP may come up with guidelines on human health, safety along HT lines With the increasing concerns against ill effects of high-tension (HT) power transmission lines passing through agricultural fields and residential areas on human safety, health and also on the farm produce, the Ministry of Power (MoP) is expected to ask the Central Pollution…