Invasive Weeds Undermining Farm Productivity, Biodiversity

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Advisor & Sr. Editor-ICN Group SHIMLA: The Himalayas are a treasure house of medicinal and aromatic plants.With no effective strategy to thwart the march of invasive alien species, which pose a major threat to the indigenous flora, more and more area is being usurped by weeds like lantana, ageratum, parthenium (Congress grass) and eupatorium. The appearance of large gregarious patches of these weeds from the Himalayan foothills in the north to the Tamil Nadu in the south is a matter of grave concern as they pose a serious…

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Ruthless Exploitation Of Rivers Undermining Mountain Ecosystems

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group  SHIMLA: The breathtaking sights and the thunder of the fast flowing Sutlej will be lost to the posterity if all the hydroelectric projects are commissioned over the next decade as planned. The river with the highest power potential in the state will virtually vanish like the mythological Saraswati. A dry river bed dotted with manmade reservoirs built to divert water for power generation will be left as the meandering river will flow only through long tunnels bored underneath the towering mountains as and when its…

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Increasing Human Activity Causing Degradation in Himalayan Region Expanding Green Cover Key to Water Crisis

By: Rakesh Lohumi, Sr. Editor-ICN Group After the famous South African city of Cape Town the worst-ever water crisis in India’s premiere hill station of Shimla this summer has raised serious concerns over the growing threat to water security. The unprecedented shortage of water in the erstwhile British summer capital is a pointer to the problems being faced by mountain dwellers due to severe degradation of the ecologically fragile Himalayan region. Increasing human activity in the world’s tallest mountain ranges has started taking its toll in states and state like…

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Phytomining Of Nickel Metal Out Of The Soil

By: Prof. Nand Lal, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, C.S.J.M. University, Kanpur  Industry needs to be encouraged to adopt new technologies that have the potential to improve mine site rehabilitation outcomes and opportunities, especially in developing countries.Phytomining has several unique features like (1) It offers the possibility of exploiting ores or mineralised soils that are uneconomic by conventional mining methods. (2) ‘Bio-ores’ are virtually sulphur-free, and their smelting requires less energy than sulphidic ores. (3) The metal content of a bio-ore is usually much greater than that…

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Phytomining Of Nickel Metal Out Of The Soil

By: Prof. Nand Lal, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences & Former Pro-VC, C.S.J.M. Kanpur University  Phytomining is a technique that uses certain plants to mine metals out of sub-economic ore bodies including soil or polluted waters. Phytominers grow a crop of a metal-hyperaccumulating plant species, harvest the biomass and burn it to produce a bio-ore.Use of phytomining has grown over the last decade, particularly in remediating contaminated lands such as mine tailings or old factory sites where metals have leached into the ground.Some of the plant species could even be used…

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Heavy Metal Contamination In Water And Risks To Human Health

By: Prof. Nand Lal, Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences & Former Pro-VC, C.S.J.M.Kanpur University & Priti Sachan      The presence of lead in the drinking water can cause damage to the kidney, nervous system, and learning difficulties. KANPUR: Water resources in the world have been profoundly influenced over the last years by human activities, whereby the world is currently facing critical water supply and drinking water quality problems. Increased urbanization and industrialization are to blame for an increased level of trace metals, especially heavy metals in water bodies. In addition to…

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India Has Enough Limestone To Help Coal-Based Thermal Power Plants Meet The New Emission Norms: CSE’s New Report

By: Dr. Dakter Esse, Editor-ICN North East  Study on flue gas desulphurization (FGD) systems refutes thermal power industry’s contention that the country does not have enough limestone Limestone is needed for operating flue gas desulphurization (FGD) systems in thermal power plants. FGD systems help control emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) from these plants.Coal-based thermal power plants have to meet new emission norms by 2022.  India is the largest emitter of SO2 in the world. Thermal power plants account for 45 per cent of total industrial emissions of SO2in the country. FGD systems in…

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Location-Hiding Technology Via Overlay Networks

By: Er. Harendra Kumar (Special Correspondent ICN Group) & Dr. Ved Prakash Chahal (Asstt. General Director Agri. Extn.) ,ICAR, New Delhi NEW DELHI: Location-Hiding Technique is an important component of a complete solution to DoS attacks. It gives Application sites the capability to hide their locations and thereby preventing DoS attacks, which depends on the knowledge of their victim’s IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Overlay networks have been proposed as a means for location-hiding [5,9,14]. We assume that an application is reachable only via the overlay network. As you can see an overly network…

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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 & Arctic, Director-Institute of Earth Sciences & Executive Editor-ICN Group  Scientists believe that the entire West Antarctica Ice Sheet is likely to collapse within the next 100 years, sending a massive volume of water into the sea. 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.…

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Chandrayaan-2 : An Unfinished Success

By: Tarun Prakash Srivastava, Sr. Executive Editor-ICN Group LUCKNOW: India is still filled with pride, enthusiasm, zeal and excitement by giving a knock to the south pole of Moon though we could not be witnesses of successful soft landing of lander Vikram on the moon surface. Communicational disconnection from Chandrayaan – 2 just before 2.1 k.m. from its destination is little painful for every Indian but not only we Indian but the entire world knows that our efforts were sincere, perfect and serious irrespective of fact that finished success has…

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