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Editorial Analysis: It will take global cooperation for us to save the world’s rivers

River Conservation Approx Read Time: 4 minutes  Importance of rivers: From the Tigris to the Indus and the Yangtze to the Nile, rivers were essential to the emergence of human civilization. Millennia later, hundreds of millions of people still depend on rivers to quench their thirst, grow food, and make a living. Rivers are being …

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Why bats are the source of so many disease outbreaks?

Bat (Host of Viruses) Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: With more than 35,000 confirmed cases across the world and about 750 deaths, the Wuhan coronavirus is yet another bat-borne virus that has caused an outbreak bearing striking similarities to the SARS outbreak of 2002. Bats serve as natural hosts for numerous viruses including …

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Environmental Concerns: What is the debate around RO water?

Concerns with RO Water: Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: The Union Environment Ministry has issued a draft notification that seeks to regulate membrane-based water filtration systems in areas where the source of water meets drinking water norms of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). This primarily affects reverse osmosis (RO)-based water filtration systems …

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10-year comprehensive plan for conservation of birds

Bird Conservation Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: Amid growing threats to a number of bird species in the country, the Union environment ministry has come out with a 10-year comprehensive plan for conservation of birds and their habitats in India. The final document is expected to be released by March after fine-tuning the …

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The locust attack destroying crops in several countries

Locust destroying crops Approx Read Time: 5 minutes In News: During the past few weeks, major locust attacks have been observed in several countries in western and southern Asia and in eastern Africa. In India, locust attacks have struck parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, causing heavy damage to standing crop. Currently, at least 99 villages …

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