Unplanned urbanization is a risk to wildlife, say experts

Human-animal  interaction has risen over years Bengaluru city has been witnessing an increasing number of wildlife sightings. Experts believe the shrinking wildlife habitat and animal corridors are the primary reasons for these as also human-wildlife conflicts. Joseph Hoover, a former member of the Karnataka State Wildlife Board, explained why elephants, leopards and other wild animals […]

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ESG funds surge in India; ‘environment’ takes the centre stage

Popularity and tangible results drive the trend As investments in ESG funds pick up pace, the environmental factor dominates in India, say investment consultants. ESG stands for ‘environmental, social and governance’ investments. These are essentially non-financial factors that are used to measure investment instruments to enable a socially responsible form of investing. While investing in […]

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Low demand makes vegan food unaffordable for enthusiasts

Confusion prevails over certification of food by PETA Many people want to turn to veganism, but it is exclusive to only a small section of society. Reason: Food items are not readily available and are extremely expensive. Ankita Kumar, 25, a software engineer, tried being a vegan but could not sustain it. “I was a […]

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Only poor neighborhoods of Bengaluru reek of garbage

By Arshreet Singh Only 3 km separate the neighborhoods of Chickpet and D’Souza Layout. The difference in the amount of garbage on the streets of these neighborhoods is astonishing. While the streets of D’Souza Layout resemble those in a European village,  Chickpet’s streets are lined with heaps of garbage. A huge pile of garbage covering […]

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Biomedical waste rose during second wave of pandemic

Disposable masks are a major  contributor to it Face shields, PPE kits, and disposable face masks have added to the medical waste generated in Bengaluru hospitals after the Covid-19 outbreak. Disposable face masks are used in huge numbers and inappropriate disposal of the same is a danger to the environment M.A. Srinath, Vice President of […]

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Banned single-use plastic is still around, adding to city’s trash

Shopkeepers, vegetable vendors and small restaurants continue to use single-use plastic bags despite a ban on them, adding to Bengaluru’s garbage menace. Plastic bags less than 75 microns thick were banned by the Centre in September this year. Under the Prime Minister’s vision, single-use plastic is to be phased out completely by the end of […]

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Plastic straws in alcometers may harm environment

They need to be thrown in biomedical waste Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) are using environment-unfriendly plastic straws in alcometers. Environmentalist Akshay Heblikar, Director of the NGO Eco-Watch, informed The Observer that proper disposal of plastic is a key aspect of keeping the environment healthy.  “It is their duty to carry out those tests… what they should […]

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Bengal, Odisha brace ahead of cyclone Yaas

Kolkata: Cyclone Yaas is likely to hit the Bengal-Odisha coast between Sagar Island and Paradip on the evening of May 26. Yaas, which comes days after cyclone Tauktae wrecked Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat, is expected to acutely affect the Bengal coast after crossing north of Odisha as a very severe cyclonic storm with a […]

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