Kerala prepares data bank on marine biodiversity

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 04:43 pm
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Initiative enters second phase; first phase covered 20 km of coastline

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The Kerala State Biodiversity Board has entered into the second phase of its unique programme of mapping marine biodiversity of the state. The objective of the mapping is to produce a data bank on its marine flora and fauna, fish habitats, ecosystem, traditional fishing techniques and indigenous knowledge of the fisher communities.

Six strategies to reduce water scarcity by 2050

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 03:50 pm
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Improved irrigation techniques, better cultivars, checking population growth rate are among measures that can help lower water demand, says study

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Countries across the world are facing the problem of water scarcity. But, a study says that it is possible to significantly reduce water stress by 2050.

Green economy policies catchin on, says UNEP

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 03:29 pm
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Quarter of the world’s countries are now pursuing green economy plans, shows data released at first meet of Green Economy Coalition

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Green economy policies are spreading worldwide at an increasing pace, with more than 65 countries now actively pursuing green economy policies and 48 of them taking steps to develop national green economy plans.

Open Thread: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 12:00 pm
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Summer closed with a bang.

Six bangs, to be specific.

The shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson sparked an international uproar. Ferguson, Missouri became the latest chapter in America’s ongoing racial saga, with protests still occurring.

During the break, we followed conversations on Twitter and Tumblr, but we want to hear from you.

How are you feeling?
What does justice look like in Ferguson?
And what happens next, from a racial justice standpoint?

The post Open Thread: Where Do We Go From Here? appeared first on Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture.

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Study calls for multidisciplinary approach to build resilience of coastal communities

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In responding to growing concerns over climate change in coastal areas, it is as important to deal with urgent human needs as it is to deal with climate-related threats, according to a group of international scientists.

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It takes greater climate warming to reduce the intensity of extreme snowstorms than to reduce average seasonal snowfall, says new research

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Concerns high over US control of Internet governance

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NSA's surveillance programmes via the Internet have drawn criticisms from across the globe (Image courtesy Flickr)Discussions relating to global mass surveillance and privacy of Internet users are likely to dominate the ninth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), underway in Istanbul, Turkey, till September 5, reports The Hindu.

Coal scam: spare 46 coal blocks, Centre urges SC

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 05:31 am
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BJP government seeks to protect 46 mines, already producing coal, from imminent cancellation by Supreme Court. Cites investments and a looming power crisis as grounds

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What good is an auditor without information?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 04:41 am
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A recent letter written by the CAG Shashikant Sharma to the finance minister, seeking access to required information through RTI, exposes once more the lacunae in the powers of the Supreme Audit Institution. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the debate around the issue.

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Tells states to keep big contractors out of nutrition programme for children, and pregnant and lactating women

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imageThe Supreme Court on Monday directed two BJP-ruled states, Gujarat and Rajasthan, to start decentralised procurement of rations for the child nutrition programme, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).

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Study comparing the human genome with that of fruit flies and roundworms can offer insights into how the information in the human genome regulates development

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imageA study on the comparison of the genomes of the fruit fly, roundworm, and humans was released on August 27. This is the most detailed analysis of the comparative functioning of the genomes of the three species till date.

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The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.
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Israel announced on Sunday [31 Aug 2014] a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the military-run Civil Administration.

The War for Nothing

Monday, 1 September 2014 01:24 pm
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On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 churches. Also, 12 West Bank demonstrators, mostly children, who were shot. Celebrating a similar triumph long ago, Pyrrhus, King of Epirus, remarked: “Another such victory and we will be lost!”
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The empirical evidence establishes that death penalty does not act as deterrent. ACHR called upon the Government of India to amend all laws that provide death penalty and replace them with imprisonment for life.

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