Your Environment This Week: Energy-efficient ceiling fans, zero-emission trucks, social media and disasters

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This week’s environment and conservation news stories rolled into one.

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Gig workers in India are exposed to highly polluted air and carcinogens, finds preliminary study

About 67% of the workers surveyed, had no awareness of the adverse impact of pollution on their health.

Energy-efficient ceiling fans could save money and emissions; but it needs mainstreaming

Ceiling fans have the potential to save India’s electricity consumption by 10-15% in the next few years. 

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On a bumpy road to net zero, trucks shift gear to reduce emissions

The move to zero-emission trucks could lead the way, as India pushes to meet its 2070 net-zero targets.

Image shows a line of trucks on a railway train

Increasing carbon dioxide is making our food less nutritious

Plants growing in elevated atmospheric CO2 conditions are showing a decline in mineral, protein and vitamin content.

[Explainer] Living with microplastics, is not fantastic

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Studies show that microplastics can cause neurotoxicity, immune system disruption and other health hazards in humans, but the full extent of toxic effects on humans and animals, remains unknown.

[Commentary] Why are evolutionary scientists studying the crawlies?

Centipedes have high genetic diversity and scientists aim to understand ecology and evolution through these invertebrates.

Studies reveal impact of land use on species diversity in rock outcrops

In the northern Western Ghats, open natural ecosystems like rock outcrops, that support unique species diversity, are under threat.

Jithin Vijayan looks for the studied species under the rock. Photo by Manali Rane

Using social media images to better respond to disasters

A new AI tool was trained using one million photos of disasters to recognise disasters and incidents that need human assistance.

MP farmers burn the stubble from rabi harvest, to grow a third crop before kharif

Stubble burning of the rabi crop to plant green gram is depleting micronutrients in the soil and boosting weed growth.

Microplastics in J&K’s waterbodies dangerous to ecosystems and humans alike

Unscientific disposal of unsegregated solid waste along rivers in Jammu & Kashmir contributes to growing microplastic pollution across northwestern Himalayas.

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