Pollution & Climate Change

Understanding the polar vortex fiasco | Climate change and extremely cold weather event

In January 2019, an unusual weather phenomenon hit the US midwest region, plunging temperatures to a record low, bringing day to day activities to a standstill. The harsh weather conditions were attributed to what was termed as the “Polar vortex phenomenon”. Meanwhile, President Trump took the twitter by storm, once again by a tweet which […]

World pledges blueprint for more sustainable future at 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi
Environment

‘World pledges blueprint for more sustainable future’ at 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi

At a meeting of the world’s top environmental body, ministers lay groundwork for a new model of development to protect planet’s degraded resources. The Fourth UN Environment Assembly gathers under the twin themes of innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. After five days of talks at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly, […]

NRRI released high-protein and climate-smart Rice varieties
News Nutrition & Health Pollution & Climate Change

First in world, NRRI released high-protein and climate-smart Rice varieties

Cuttack, 26 Feb 2019. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh praised the National Rice Research Institute (NRRI), for recently released two high-protein rice varieties (CR Dhan 310, CR Dhan 311) and two climate-smart varieties (CR Dhan 801 and CR Dhan 802), which are tolerant to both submergence and drought and […]

Success of plastic ban in tamilnadu
Op-ed Pollution & Climate Change

Plastic Ban : Will Tamil Nadu stand a chance ?

The most debatable global topics are incomplete without this inseparable, versatile yet menacing material “Plastic”. We (India), the global host nation of the world environment day,2018 on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” had taken an “unprecedented” pledge (as described by the UN) of eliminating all single-use plastics by 2022. Even economically developed giants like the […]

Maize larva feeding on male flower
Agriculture Biodiversity

The invasive pest fall armyworm is devastating Tamil Nadu Maize fields

During the Village Stay Programme arranged by our college, we spotted the new invasive pest fall armyworm in Maize fields of Namakkal. Control measures were taken under the guidance of Mr. Mohan, Agricultural Officer (AO) of Namagiripettai  in one of one farmer’s field (Venkatesh Thumpalpatti, Namagiripettai). Initially pyralidin was sprayed to control the pest. Fifty […]