Wednesday, 30 November, 2022

Topic: Microplastics

Human body’s housing ‘illegal garbage’ – Another public health crisis in developing countries

The convenience of plastic is no longer living up to its promise. Landfills overflowing and microplastics have entered the human body.

Microplastic found in human blood is alarming. It’s deeper than you think

It is possible to breathe in microplastics. Scientists have detected microplastics deep in the lungs of living people for the first time.

Microplastics, pollutants in Cauvery river causing growth defects in fish, says IISc study

Microplastics, industrial and agricultural waste being dumped into the Cauvery are causing hypoxic conditions in the river’s waters, harming marine life.

High presence of microplastics in Ganga, level of pollution maximum in Varanasi, study says

The testing was carried out in collaboration with National Institute of Oceanography in Goa and water samples were collected from Ganga at Haridwar, Kanpur & Varanasi.

‘It’s like having a cyborg baby’ — in a first, microplastics found in human placenta

According to study in Italy, pigmented plastic particles less than 10 micrometers in size were found in both foetal and maternal placenta.

Scientists used a robotic submarine to find out how much plastic the ocean floor has

There’s more than twice the amount of plastic on the ocean floor than on its surface.

Banning single-use plastic is just not enough as another whale dies of plastic consumption

Whales and other sea creatures are tricked into eating plastics. And what’s worse, they actually cause the animal to starve without realising it’s hungry.

Positive news on the HIV front, not so much on global warming

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In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.


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Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.