Prof. S Z Qasim: The First Indian To Set Foot On Frozen Continent Antarctica

By: Dr. Shah Ayaz Siddiqui, Editor-In-Chief-ICN Group The First Indian Antarctic Expedition where Prof. S Z Qasim successfully landed on 9th January 1982 and hoisted the Indian Flag on the frozen continent. Renowned Marine Biologist Prof. S Z Qasim, who first made way to the frozen continent Antarctica in 1981-82, and successfully organized and guided the next the seven expeditions, pioneered in Fisheries Biology, mari-culture, estuarine ecology, environmental pollution and Antarctic research. Prof. S Z Qasim was born on December 31, 1926 in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. He began his schooling from…

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Environmental Fallout: Changing Weather Pattern Poses Threat To Apple Cultivation

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group Farmers in mid-hills and higher hills switched over to horticulture and took to apple cultivation in a big way as the mountainous terrain is not suitable for growing agricultural crops due to topographical constraints. SHIMLA: A consequence of the fast degrading hill environment, the changing weather pattern is posing a serious threat to apple, a premium fruit crop of Himalayan hills which brought prosperity to the state of Himachal Pradesh. With snow becoming increasingly scarce and winters getting warmer by the year the apple is…

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CSE Releases New Global Study On Dumping Of Used And Old Vehicles

By: Dr. Dakter Esse, Editor-ICN About 80-90 per cent of vehicles imported to Africa are old and used. Emissions of toxic pollutants, heat-trapping greenhouse gases and black carbon are worsening public health and climate change risks. NEW DELHI: New Delhi (India)-based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), in a new global study ‘Clunkered: Combating Dumping of Used Vehicles — A roadmap for Africa and South Asia’, (www.cseindia.org) has lifted the lid on the dark underbelly of a large-scale global trade in old and used vehicles from high income to low and middle…

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Prof. Jaswant Singh: His New Scientific Expedition to Arctic

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem, Chief News Editor-ICN Group NEW DELHI: It is a matter of pleasure for the Indian scientists that it’s one of the members, Prof. Jaswant Singh has been chosen as a distinguished member of the Expedition of Arctic. There are eighth members in this team and it will complete its work in 38 days. They will take up multiple research there, mainly, they will try to know the effects of ultraviolet rays on plants. Prof. Jaswant Singh is one of the foremost scientists of India, who has…

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Think, Eat and Save the Environment

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh, Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Sr. Associate Editor-ICN Group Every year, June 5 is celebrated as World Environment Day with a new theme.This year the theme is  “BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION” According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age…

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ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING : BEAUTY OR BEAST

By: Poornima Dubey( Bureau-Ayodhya/Fiazabad ) AYODHYA: As many responsible citizens of this world , you are also  taking several steps to reduce carbon footprint at home, dutifully recycle your wastes each week, replace all the incandescent light bulbs in your home by LEDs or CFLs  but even then also you are burdening our universe with great effect of light spilling very much by a major problem of artificial lightening  at its peak named as luminous pollution means the excessive, misdirected or invasive use of artificial outdoor lighting. This form of pollution…

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HYDROPOWER PLANTS AND ROAD PROJECTS A BIG DRAIN ON FORESTS

By: Rakesh Lohumi ( Sr. Editor-ICN GROUP ) SHIMLA: Hydropower plants and road projects are taking a heavy toll of the ever depleting forest reserves in Himachal Pradesh which is having the lowest green cover among the Himalayan hill states. Being a renewable source of energy hydropower projects are largely considered to be environment friendly but they account for bulk of the forest land diverted for non-forestry use. In fact, hydropower plants and road projects have together gobbled up 80 percent of the 12005 hectare of forests diverted since the…

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Biodegradable Plastics: Finding The Market

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh( Member-Indian Scientific Expedition To Antarctica & Sr. Executive Editor-ICN Group)  Biodegradable plastics also have versatile applications such as plastic grocery bags, disposable containers, personal care products, agricultural plastics, medical devices etc. Plastics have become a very important and essential commodity in the life of modern man because of its durability, strength, flexibility, light weight and low cost of production. Plastic in the environment has been regarded as more of an aesthetic nuisance since the material is biologically inert and nonbiodegradable. More than 90% of the plastic…

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ANTARCTICA FAME SCIENTIST IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ENVIRONMENT: PROF. JASWANT SINGH

By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem (Chief News Editor-ICN Group) NEW DELHI: Prof. Jaswant Singh is one of the foremost scientists of India, who has the honor of Participating in the 22nd and 24thIndian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. He was also a Member- Task Force for the “Third Indian Station at Antarctica”, at Larsemann Hills, Antarctica. He has also contributed immensely and worthwhile as an Expert Member-District level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (DEIAA). He has been serving as the Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, Dr. R. M. L. Avadh University, Fiazabad, U.P. India for the…

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ANTARCTICA ICE SHELF CRACKS-WARNING FOR THE GLOBAL SEA-LEVEL RISE?

By: Prof. Jaswant Singh (Member-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica & Sr. Executive Editor-ICN GROUP) The data collected by the researchers on Climate change and their forecasts based on General circulation model (GCM), Earth’s and ocean water temperature is increasing. This is not only affecting the terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem but human life also. Climate change is the challenge of our generation. The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit (1.0 degree Celsius) since the late-19th century, a change largely driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into…

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