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Kesavan Unnikrishnan

Digital Journalist based in Kerala, India, India. Joined on May 15, 2008

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Adidas plans to sell shoes made from ocean plastic

Adidas plans to sell at least one million pairs of shoes partially made with ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of shoes will use an average of 11 plastic bottles.

Norway to open a doomsday vault to preserve World's information

Second doomsday vault set up in an abandoned coal mine in Norwegian Arctic will store world's most precious books in digital form to protect them from the apocalypse.

Microfibers from clothes contaminating marine environment

Studies in Canada show that microfibers used in garments such as yoga pants have become a huge threat to aquatic life. Microfibers made up 95 percent of the plastic pollution in waterways as compared to microbeads which constituted only 5 percent.

Thousands of underground gas bubbles set to explode in Siberia

As many as 7,000 massive underground methane bubbles, formed by thawing permafrost are set to explode in Siberia. Such explosions, while releasing greenhouse gases, can create massive craters and poses a major safety risk to the local people.

Graphene layer lets solar panels generate energy from raindrops

Researchers in China have developed Graphene solar panels that can generate energy from raindrops. The solar panels with a respectable 6.53 percent solar-to-electric conversion efficiency allows generation of power during periods of clouds and rain.

Monarch butterfly population drops by nearly one third

The annual overwintering count of monarch butterflies shows that butterfly numbers fell by nearly one-third this year reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers.

Iceland is drilling the world’s deepest geothermal well

Iceland is digging world’s deepest geothermal borehole into the heart of a volcano at a depth of 3.10 miles (5 km) to tap renewable energy. The extreme pressure and heat at such depths could derive 30 to 50 MW of electricity from one geothermal well.

New Zealand to ban plastic microbeads by July 2018

New Zealand plans to ban cosmetic products containing tiny plastic particles known as microbeads from July next year because of the risk they pose to aquatic and marine environments.

Heavy desert rain brings millions of shrimps back to life

Millions of mysterious prehistoric tiny shrimp, lying dormant in the desert for many years, hatch in Central Australian desert after record-breaking rain and flash flooding.

Indonesia adds more than 1,100 islands to its official tally

Indonesia has added more than 1100 to the official count of its islands, from 13,466 to 14,572. The country will also allow foreign investors to name more than 4,000 of its islands that do not have names.

Costa Rica powered by renewable energy for over 250 days in 2016

Costa Rica completes 2016 without having to burn a single fossil fuel for more than 250 days. 98.2 percent of Costa Rica's electricity came from renewable sources in 2016.

Sweden: Expectant mothers being sent to Finland to give birth

An unexpected migrant-propelled baby boom in Sweden has forced the authorities to send expectant mothers to Finland to give birth as the nation faces shortage of facilities to care for prematurely born babies

Huge World War II bomb forces mass evacuation in Southern Germany

Germany's biggest evacuation since WWII to take place on Christmas Day as authorities in Augsburg, Southern Germany, plan to evacuate 54,000 people after a 3.8-ton bomb, dropped on the city by Britain during World War II was found during building work.

North Pole experiencing temperatures 50 degrees above normal

North Pole is experiencing a heat wave three days before Christmas as depleted sea ice is drawing warm year into the region pushing temperatures 50 degrees above normal level

World's oldest seabird, Wisdom, expecting again at 66

A 66-year-old albatross named Wisdom, first tagged in 1956 and believed to be the oldest known tracked bird in the wild, has returned with a mate to a large nesting colony on Midway Atoll to lay an egg.

New Zealand town builds underpass tunnel for penguins

New Zealand town builds a 25 meter long tunnel to save blue penguins. The Oamaru underpass allows the endangered penguin species, the smallest in the World, to avoid a deadly road during their nightly trek home from the sea.

Weapons buried at sea are a major threat to marine life: Study

At least one million tons of chemical weapons dumped after the world wars lie rusting on the ocean floor. As the metal rusts away, the toxic chemicals will be exposed threatening marine life around them, scientists warn.

Ontario proposes basic income of least $1,320 a month

The Canadian province of Ontario is planning to pay a basic income of at least $1,320/month to its citizens. It will be launching a pilot project in a number of communities in the province by Spring 2017.

Melting glaciers in Bolivia could cause catastrophic floods

Bolivia, which holds 20 percent of the world's tropical glaciers has seen its glaciers shrunk by 43 percent since the mid-1980s. The melting has left behind at least 25 unstable glacial lakes capable of causing sudden and catastrophic outburst floods.

Kenya aims to break world record in tree planting

Hundreds of thousands of people across Kenya will be planting five million trees in one hour on November 11 as part of an ambitious tree planting project that seeks to beat the Guinness World Record.
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