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  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    29th Nov, 2018

Largest Bird Discovered

Vorambe titan, which literally means “the big bird” in Greek, has been designated as the world’s largest winged creature that ever existed, by Zoological Society of London. It went extinct 1000 years ago. It existed in modern day Madagascar .It weighed on an average of 860 kg and was three meter high.

  1. Largest Bird Discovered

Vorambe titan, which literally means “the big bird” in Greek, has been designated as the world’s largest winged creature that ever existed, by Zoological Society of London. It went extinct 1000 years ago. It existed in modern day Madagascar .It weighed on an average of 860 kg and was three meter high.

  1. Cyclone Gaja

Cyclone Gaja hit Tamil Nadu coast on November 5. It was result of a low pressure system which had developed in Gulf of Thailand which later crossed Malay Peninsula and then to the Andaman sea. It finally took form of a Cyclone and hit Coromandal coast and vanished soon after few days, causing damage to life and property.

  1. Sinking Chain of Atolls of India

Due to constant rising sea level, many small atolls of Indian archipelago is sinking. Parali I Island of Lakshadweep has already sunk and Parali II has sunk almost 80% of its total area. Thinkara(14.38%) and Parali III (11.42%) are eroding at fast pace. UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC) in its fifth report has already stated rise in sea level and accelerating coastal erosion. It has stated that sea level in Lakshadweep has risen up to 0.6 m in last 20 years. This will not only cause loss in livelihood to the native people but also loss of biodiversity as large number of flora and fauna inhibit these Islands along with Particularly Vulnerable Tribal groups (PVTGs). El-Nino event has also weakened coral colonies to a larger extent.

  1. New Carbon-di-Oxide Fuel

Canadian based clean energy company Carbon Engineering has constructed a prototype plant, which is equipped with large fans for extracting carbon-di-oxide, every day. It has recently synthesized a mixture of petrol and diesel using the captured carbon-di-oxide and hydrogen split from water with clean electricity, a process they call Air to fuels (A2F).This could revolutionize the transport industry, which is considered as major polluter.

  1. Cloud brightening Project

The Marine cloud brightening project has been initiated which will spray fine mist of sea water into cloud to brighten them so that they can reflect maximum sunlight back into the space. This will be done by spraying sea water through nozzle that is being designed by University of Washington.

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