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Kesavan Unnikrishnan

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

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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.

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.
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