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Kesavan Unnikrishnan

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

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The 2020 Olympics may have medals made from electronic waste

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are hoping to source the gold, silver and bronze needed to make medals for the games from millions of discarded smartphones and other small consumer electronics.

Siberian region to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas

Russian region of Yamalo-Nenets plans to slaughter 250,000 reindeer by Christmas because of overpopulation and fears of an anthrax outbreak. The animals will be electrocuted, have their throats slit and blood will be drained for export to China.

Norway plans to cull 47 of its remaining 68 wolves

Norwegian wildlife department is planning to issue hunting permits to shoot up to 47 of an estimated 68 remaining wolves living in wilderness citing harm done to livestock by the carnivores.

Residents of Hangzhou leave the city ahead of G20 summit

More than two million residents of the city of Hangzhou have gone on subsidized vacation ahead of the G20 summit. The government has distributed travel coupons worth more than $1.5 billion and free admission to scenic spots across China for its residents.

Extinct woolly mammoth could become protected species

Woolly mammoths could become a 'protected species' 4,000 years after going extinct. As the Siberian permafrost melts and reveals long-buried woolly mammoths, poachers are using their tusks to disguise the illegal sale of elephant ivory.

Massive cruise ship ushers new era of Arctic tourism

The largest cruise ship in Arctic history is sailing through the historic Northwest Passage, ushering in a new era of Arctic tourism. Until about a decade ago, only ships with ice-breaking capabilities were able to navigate the route even in summer.

Australian teen pregnancy program had a reverse effect: Study

An Australian program of giving away lifelike baby dolls that imitate a real baby to teach teen girls about the harsh realities of motherhood backfires as it found girls who took part were twice as likely to get pregnant than those who did not.

Huge sawdust dump fire in Siberia will burn for years

Environmentalists fear that world's largest sawdust dump, which is burning since 2013 in Irkutsk region of Siberia will continue burning for the next few years with truckloads of sawdust waste being added each day into the mountain of sawdust.

Spain’s pension system paid out $330mn to dead people in 1 year

Spain's National pension system which is running the biggest deficit in its history, paid out $330 million in pensions to 29,321 deceased Spaniards in one year, says a report issued by country's audit office.

3D printed turtle eggs to be used to detect poaching

A conservation group has created 3D printed sea turtle eggs containing GPS trackers. The eggs are set to be deployed this fall in Central America during an arribada, or mass nesting event when 90 percent of eggs will be poached from certain beaches.

Oil spill contaminates river in Peruvian Amazon

Peru's state energy company has reported an oil spill in a tributary of Amazon, third major one this year and 21st in last five years, raising fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend.

Singapore crushes 8 tonnes of illegal ivory

Singapore, a major transit point to ship illegal ivory from Africa to China crushed 8 tonnes of seized ivory estimated to be worth $10 million.The remains will be used as landfill at an offshore island.

Man-made meteor shower proposed for 2020 Olympics

A Japanese startup plans to create a man-made meteor shower for the 2020 Olympics opening ceremony. At $8,100 per meteor, the meteor shower could cost millions of dollars depending on the number of shooting stars and length of the shower.

Child rapists to be micro-chipped, castrated in Indonesia

Under a new law, Indonesia will plant microchips on all its convicted child rapists so that they can be monitored at all times. It will also impose chemical castration for convicted pedophiles and child rapists.

Mining plans threaten habitat of Monarch butterflies in Mexico

Endangered Monarch butterflies face their greatest threat as the largest mining company in Mexico plans to reopen a copper mine inside the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, home to tens of millions of monarchs during winter.

Five islands in Solomons submerged due to sea-level rise

Aerial and Satellite images show rising sea levels have caused five islands in the Solomons in the South Pacific to completely disappear, the first scientific evidence that confirms the dramatic impact of climate change on low-lying islands.

Canada spending millions on uneconomical seal hunt

A newly released government document says the Canadian government is spending $2.5 million to monitor the annual commercial seal hunt, the largest marine mammal cull on the planet, which had an export value of only $500,000.

Cannabis walls saved India's ancient Ellora caves

A recently published study shows cannabis helped to preserve ancient Indian paintings at Ellora caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from decaying for 1,500 years.

DR Congo plans to open its rainforests to loggers

The world's second largest tract of rainforest, twice the size of Texas, is at risk of being cut down as Democratic Republic of Congo plans to lift the moratorium on industrial logging in place since 2002.

Last known Chilean Sea Bass poaching ship caught in Indonesia

Indonesian officials plan to sink the last known illegal Chilean sea bass poaching vessel caught last week. The detention of all "Bandit 6" vessels is expected to end illegal fishing in Antarctic waters for the first time in decades.
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