$2 trillion cost to de-carbonise the world is actually a bargain

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] We can avoid the worst effects of climate change and it will only cost $2 trillion a year. That’s a bargain. By Terry Barker, University of Cambridge We can avoid the worst effects of climate change, say a team of Imperial College energy engineers in a recent study,

A call for the Ganga

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] Noted activist for the preservation of the Ganga Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, formerly known as scientist G.D. Agrawal, tells us why India’s national river is different from all others He combines the clarity of a good teacher with the disdain of the activist who has

Ecuador allows drilling in UNESCO reserve

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] Ecuador’s National Assembly on Thursday gave the go-ahead to drill in the Yasuni National Park, after failing to secure international compensation for leaving it untouched. President Rafael Correa asked the assembly in mid-August to allow the move, after a call went unanswered for developed countries

New path in productive farming

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] In November last year, Agriculture Minister of Dubai Abdulla Jassim Abdulla M Almarzooqi chartered a flight to Kerala to visit Anakkayam, a village in Malappuram district. There, he headed to the Agricultural Research Station (ARS) of the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU) for a first- hand

New microscope uses neutrons to create hi-res images

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] MIT and NASA researchers have devised a new microscope that uses neutrons — subatomic particles with no electrical charge — instead of beams of light or electrons to create high-resolution images. Neutron-based instruments have the ability to probe inside metal objects — such as fuel

Singh and Obama play ‘small ball’

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu ] The September 27 Manmohan Singh-Obama meeting made some incremental moves, but the India-U.S. relationship needs more energy and stronger economies Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s White House visit September 27 was workmanlike and cordial, but the sense of barely meeting low expectations was hard to

When the President speaks

Share this on WhatsApp [hindu] By voicing his concern over the legislators’ ordinance, Pranab Mukherjee has demonstrated noteworthy and subtle use of the presidential differential in echoing public opinion Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on the draft ordinance that could have protected convicted legislators have drawn understandable attention. But, in the process,

Global AgeWatch Index 2013

Share this on WhatsApp Ageing gives us cause for celebration: longer lives throughout the world are a triumph of development. The 21st century is seeing an unprecedented global demographic transition, with population ageing at its heart. By 2050 – less than 40 years away – older people (defined as aged