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Centre asks states, Union Territories to avoid use of National Flag made of plastic

Centre asks states, Union Territories to avoid use of National Flag made of plastic

The Centre has asked states and Union Territories to avoid use of the National Flag made of plastic.

Wow! KFC India to replace plastic packaging with edible bowls!

Wow! KFC India to replace plastic packaging with edible bowls!

KFC is introducing edible serving bowls in India by this week in a bid to make its products more eco-friendly.  

Scientists discover bacteria that eats plastic

Scientists discover bacteria that eats plastic

 Researchers at Japan's Kyoto University have discovered a type of bacteria that uses only two enzymes to break down plastic, according to a study published in the journal Science.

Scientists use micro-organisms to produce 'green' plastic

Scientists use micro-organisms to produce 'green' plastic

In recent years, biorefineries which transform non-edible biomass into fuel, heat, power, chemicals and materials have received a great deal of attention as a sustainable alternative to decreasing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Human activity driving Earth into new geological era

Human activity driving Earth into new geological era

London: The impact of human activities on the Earth has triggered a new geological era, the Anthropocene, which is marked by the spread of man-made materials such as aluminium, concrete, plastic, and fallout from nuclear testing across the planet, says a study.

"Humans have long affected the environment, but recently, there has been a rapid global spread of novel materials including aluminium, concrete and plastics, which are leaving their mark in sediments,” said Dr Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey. 

Waters is part of an international team of researchers who are trying to find out to what extent are human actions recorded as measurable signals in geological strata, and whether the Anthropocene world is markedly different from the stable Holocene Epoch of the last 11,700 years that allowed human civilisation to develop, according to the University of Leicester.

The Holocene Epoch was a time in which human societies advanced by gradually domesticating the land to increase food production, built urban settlements and became proficient at developing the water, mineral and energy resources of the planet. 

The proposed Anthropocene Epoch, however, is marked as a time of rapid environmental change brought by the impact of a surge in human population and increased consumption during the 'great acceleration' of the mid 20th century.

“Fossil fuel combustion has dispersed fly ash particles worldwide, pretty well coincident with the peak distribution of the 'bomb spike' of radionuclides generated by atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons," Dr. Waters noted. 

"All of this shows that there is an underlying reality to the Anthropocene concept", said Jan Zalasiewicz of the University of Leicester, a co-author of the study.

The researchers found that humans have changed the Earth sufficiently to produce a range of signals in sediments and ice, and these are sufficiently distinctive to justify recognition of an Anthropocene Epoch in the geological time scale.

Akhara Council decides to ban use of plastic in Kumbh Mela

To conserve the environment, the Akhara Council has decided to put a ban on the use of plastic items and loudspeakers at the venue of the ongoing Kumbh Mela here.

90 per cent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

90 per cent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

Majority of the world seabird species have plastic in their gut and 99 per cent will have gobbled down plastic by 2050.

90 percent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

90 percent seabirds have consumed plastic: Study

 Nearly 90 percent of individual seabirds alive today have consumed some form of plastic and about 60 percent of them, including albatrosses, shearwaters and penguins, have plastic in their guts, estimates a new study.

Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view

Ban on plastic packaging of food, drugs: NGT seeks Centre view

 The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre and various stakeholders to file their submissions on a proposal that there should be a complete prohibition on the use of plastic packaging in food and pharmaceutical formulations of any kind.

Inexpensive graphene made from tea tree extract

Inexpensive graphene made from tea tree extract

A cheap and quick way to manufacture the 'wonder material' graphene using tea tree extract has been developed by scientists, including one of Indian-origin.

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Gujarat CM announces ban on plastic

Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today announced a ban on the use of plastic in the state.

NGT raps govt for failing to conduct study on plastic use

The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the government for failing to come up with a study on plastic packaging of products and generation of such municipal waste, saying the people should know whether its use is harmful.

AIB: Polythene ban - Do we care enough?

A short film on how dependent we are in our day to day lives on POLYTHENE

Eco-friendly plastic substitute could reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Indian scientists

Eco-friendly plastic substitute could reduce dependency on fossil fuels: Indian scientists

Indian scientists have created an environmentally-friendly material from renewable natural marine resources that could eventually replace the fossil fuel-derived plastics commonly used in a variety of applications.

Earth Day 2015: Take the lead, make each action count!

Earth Day 2015: Take the lead, make each action count!

Earth Day is the day we celebrate our beautiful planet and pledge to protect it. Our amazing planet is constantly being ravaged by human activities and we seem to have forgotten that this is our home.

Ban on plastic packaging: NGT grants stakeholders more time

The National Green Tribunal, which is mulling ban on plastic packaging of products including PET bottles, Wednesday granted more time to various stakeholders to file their submissions on the proposal.

Scrap market closure: NGT asks authorities to reply in 2 weeks

The National Green Tribunal has granted authorities in Gokalpur scrap market area here two weeks time to ensure compliance of its orders on burning of tyres and plastic.

New device turns plastic into 3D-printing material

Researchers have developed a new desktop device that quickly turns plastic waste into raw material needed for 3D printing.

Way found to make self-folding 3D structures

Inspired by the Japanese art of origami, researchers have found a way to make reversibly self-folding 3D structures.