Cricket chirping soon to become a thing of the past

Cricket chirping soon to become a thing of the past

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Fireflies may more be a thing of summer evenings but still it is incomplete without the chorus of crickets providing the background music to the space. When I was young, I learnt that male crickets lure the female ones by rubbing their legs together and making that chirps after the sunset. The simple song was enough to attract the partner and balmy the ambience. Tragically, that sound is fading with time and according to entomologists, may possibly extinct in the near future. Mr Christopher Hassall, Lecturer in Animal Biology at University of Leeds, writes about this fact in The Conservation. He says that, “There is strong evidence that large numbers of crickets and grasshoppers … are declining across Europe.” It is said that 30% of the 1000 European species are…
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Plastic packaging: a convenience or a peril?

Plastic packaging: a convenience or a peril?

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Today when I opened the newspaper, the first headline I encountered was “Packaging makes up about half of the waste plastic problems!”. Say no to plastic is a common phrase which is taught to every school going child today. But, when it comes to the usage, the same child is given lunch in plastic box and water in a plastic bottle. Why is it so hard for us to give up on plastic products and adopt the innumerable replacements easily available out in the market? The answer remains veiled for the last 450 years! Facts say that 40 percent of the plastic produced is for the packaging purpose, which is used once and then discarded. If we talk about numbers then packaging contributes to 161 million tonnes of plastic. In…
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Climate change will trigger extreme weather episodes in the near future!

Climate change will trigger extreme weather episodes in the near future!

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Humanity is now facing a visible threat of extreme weather conditions: warn the climate scientists. While global warming today is resulting in herculean storms and drought driven forest-fires, it would be a mistake to treat these incidences as “new normal” and till the time the planet does not reach the stability of destruction, the near future will show the darker colours. (more…)
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Kept in the DARK

Kept in the DARK

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“Even though only 15 out of the total of 170 homes of our village are supplied with electricity, the government still considers this place electrified” says Kumar, who belongs to a small village named Fateh Nagla in Uttar Pradesh, 250 kilometres east of New Delhi. This village has been declared as electrified as it just meets the government’s definition; according to which, there should be power supply in schools, health centres and other public places. Basic infrastructure should be in place and at least 10 percent of the households should have electricity. (more…)
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