Latest in Environment: Top 10

  1. Scientists in U.S., created a clothing material to keep our bodies cool to the extent which eliminates the need of air conditioning. The fabric does not even need electricity or batteries to work. Read the paper here.
  2. India is investing aggressively in eco theme parks and other tourism sites, which include a Buddhist theme park at Futala, a tourism circuit in Saurashtra and an energy park at Koradi.
  3. A study concludes that children who are raised in greenery and eco-friendly environment have higher IQs than the ones who are not. Pollution adversely affects brain development in children.
  4. California wildfires: More than 752,000 acres got burned, nearly 1,000 structures got destroyed, and 5 citizens lost their lives in the horrific historical fires.
  5. The United States Environment Protection Agency (EPA) paved way for the oil and gas industries to exploit the environment with no hindrance. The trump EPA does so by rolling back an Obama policy of curbing gas leaks at pipelines and wells. The EPA is giving the oil and gas companies the green signal to release much more climate-warming dangerous methane into the atmosphere.
  6. Despite COVID-19 lockdown, Carbon emissions did not reduce. The increase in CO2 levels just slowed down a bit and are still increasing day by day.
  7. The NASA study reveals that ice sheets of Greenland are melting at a speed that even if the global warming stopped right now, they will continue to melt at a significant rate. This is called as no point of return. They are contributing as a single most reason for the rise in ocean levels.
  8. The division of European Union’s Agricultural budget is gravely flawed. It spends money on large farms, without considering environmental contributions of those farms, ignores small farms and farmers and hence, hinders in green recovery from COVID-19. Read the study here.
  9. The scientists at Colorado State University developed a recyclable plastic with the ability to maintain its original qualities after recycling. They do it with a material called PBTL. Read the paper here.
  10. The United Nations E-waste monitor report shows that electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing domestic waste stream. A record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of E-waste got generated in 2019, and it predicts that this will be 74Mt by 2030.