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Kesavan Unnikrishnan

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

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Two lions, rescued from circuses, are poached in South Africa

Two lions who were rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru last year and transported to South African wild have been killed by poachers in Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.

Norway offers oil companies 93 new blocks in Arctic waters

Norway, a global leader on climate change, has announced plans to open up record 93 blocks for Arctic oil exploration. The new production licenses are expected to be awarded to oil companies in the first half of 2018.

Over 3000 of Canada's Indigenous lands are now on Google Maps

More than 3,000 Indigenous communities in Canada have been added to Google Maps and Google Earth. The move will allow the properties of 1.4 million indigenous people across the country, who have been historically excluded, to be represented in a base map.

German firm uses facial recognition to bring personalized ads

A German marketing company has started scanning the faces of waiting customers at checkout in supermarkets and post offices on a trial basis. The information is used to give personalized ads in adjacent screens targeting specific demographic groups.

House flies invade warmer Antarctica threatening native species

Scientists say that increasing number of houseflies that arrive in Antarctica on ships are surviving as the continent warms up. Their growing population can introduce deadly pathogens that could have a harmful effect on indigenous lifeforms.

Norway bans use of heating oil in buildings

Norway will be the first country in the world to prohibit the use of fossil-based oil to heat buildings. The ban will cover both new and old buildings including private homes and businesses as well as publicly owned facilities.

Scientists accidentally helping poachers to find rare species

Scientists have sent out a warning about publishing the location and habitat of endangered animals in scientific journals. Wildlife poachers are trawling online publications to target rare and exotic species as soon as the animals are described online.

World’s largest floating solar plant begins operations in China

China has announced that the World’s largest floating solar farm has finally been completed and connected to the local power grid. The plant, located on a coal mining subsidence area in Eastern China's Anhui province has a capacity of 40 megawatts.

Germany votes to end cruel fur farming

German lawmakers voted to end cruel fur farming. The new legislation will force the closure of remaining fur farms in the country where captive animals are beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their fur.

Sea salt is contaminated with micro plastics, study finds

An analysis of 16 brands of sea salt originating from eight different countries found all but one contained traces of micro plastics

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.
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