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Italy’s glaciers retreated by 40 percent: WWF

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Rome: Alpine glaciers in Italy have lost an estimated 40 percent of their area over the last three decades, a recent report released by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has said.

“The situation of glaciers on the Italian side of the Alps is very worrying,” Xinhua news agency on Friday quoted Gianfranco Bologna, scientific director of WWF-Italy and co-author of the report as saying.

The Hot Ice report was unveiled earlier this week, ahead of a crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference due to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

The report suggested that drastic measures should be adopted at the Paris summit to prevent further deterioration of the glaciers in Italy and worldwide.

With respects to the Italian Alps, the report stated glaciers currently cover a total area of about 368 sq kms compared to 609 sq kms in the 1980’s.

Friday’s figures came from the New Italian Glacier Inventory, which was presented at the 19th Alpine Glaciology meeting held in May in Milan.

The figures were compared with the 1989 World Glacier Inventory (WGI) based on data collected in the 1980’s.

The comparison suggested an area reduction of over 39 percent.

Researches said glacier melting is undoubtedly caused by human activities, and the WWF report said, “the extent of interactions between the biosphere and the human species in recent centuries is unprecedented.”

“The scientific community has been coordinating the collection of standardised data about glaciers worldwide since the end of 18th century,” Bologna said.

“We have seen them retreating slowly for over a century, and much more sharply in the last 50 years.”

The melting process is affecting the Arctic and Antarctica the most, but also glaciers around the world, such as in the Himalayas, Patagonia, Alaska, the Ural Mountains, and the Alps.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the main greenhouse gas produced by human activities and most responsible for global warming, have indeed risen to 35.3 billion tonnes per year in 2013 from 22.6 billion tonnes in 1990, according to the European Union Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR).

“On this aspect, we must also emphasise the progressive effect of global warming,” Bologna said.

“Firstly, ice is part of the water cycle. Thus, ice melting affects the availability of water for humans, and the life of the fauna and flora in mountain areas,” the expert said.

“Alpine glaciers specifically give rise to many Italian rivers, including the Po, Italy’s longest river,” Bologna said.

(inputs from IANS)

 

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Royal Enfield launches Interceptor, Continental GT 650 in India

The two motorcycles were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy's Milan.

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The two motorcycles were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy's Milan on November 7, 2017. Wikimedia Commons

The Royal Enfield on Sunday unveiled its much-awaited Interceptor GT 650 and Continental GT 650 in front of hundreds of bike enthusiasts at its annual rider mania here.
Both the motorcycles are powered by an all-new 650cc, air-cooled parallel twin engines with an oil cooler for enhanced performance. The fuel injected motor claims to deliver 47PS of power at 7,100rpm and a peak torque of 52Nm at 4,000rpm.
The two motorcycles were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy’s Milan on November 7, 2017.
The engines have a strong low and mid-range performance, retaining the Royal Enfield character of accessible torque through the rev range.
Also new to the Interceptor is the six-speed gearbox, specially developed for this motorcycle.
The gearbox is augmented by its ‘slip/assist’ clutch that facilitates easy riding in traffic with a light feel and prevents wheel-hop when downshifting gears – also a first for Royal Enfield.
The chassis has been developed from the ground up by the team at Royal Enfield’s UK Technology Centre and Harris Performance.
It has been engineered and fine-tuned for enhanced agility that can handle different terrains and speeds with ease while retaining the period classic style.
The Interceptor INT 650 ushers in the idea of the 1960’s fun, relaxed motorcycles from the sun-drenched California beaches.
With its classic tear-drop shaped fuel-tank, quilted twin-seat and distinctive wide braced handlebars, the Interceptor INT 650 looks every bit the stunning Roadster that it is.
The motorcycle is equipped with classic 18″ front and rear Pirelli tyres and twin shock absorbers, along with front and rear disc brakes with ABS.
While, the Continental GT 650 is a cafe-racer and looks almost identical to the existing Continental GT 535 as it retains the same headlamp, fuel tank and many other elements from its sibling while the rear has gone through some changes along with the new dual side exhaust muffler.
Speaking after unveiling the new motorcycles, Royal Enfield CEO and MD Siddharth Lal said: “Both the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650 will be very accessible motorcycles in India in terms of both pricing and maintenance.”
He said that with the two new motorcycles, the company wants to upgrade their 2.5 million customers in India who wants more from the Royal Enfield.
He also said that the new motorcycles will be available in the showrooms by March or April. Without announcing the prices of the new motorcycles, Lal hinted that it would be priced between Rs 3 lakh and 3.5 lakh. (IANS)

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World’s oldest Italian wine has been found: US Study

The Italian wine was found in a large storage jar and belongs to the Copper Age

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World's oldest Italian wine found. Pixabay
  • The world’s oldest Italian wine in a large storage jar from the Copper Age
  • The discovery is detailed in Microchemical Journal
  • Chemical analysis conducted on the ancient large storage jar tested positive 

Florida, USA, August 25, 2017: Researchers from the US have found evidence of the world’s oldest Italian wine in a large storage jar from the Copper Age which indicates that winemaking in the region began as early a fourth millennium BC.

The discovery, detailed in Microchemical Journal, could dramatically predate the commencement of winemaking in Italy.

Traditionally, it has been believed that the production of it developed in Italy in the Middle Bronze Age (1300-1100 BC).

Chemical analysis conducted on the ancient large storage jar tested positive.

Lead study author Davide Tanasi from University of South Florida in Tampa, US, conducted chemical analysis of residue on unglazed pottery found at the Copper Age site of Monte Kronio in Agrigento, located off the southwest coast of Sicily.

The team determined that the residue contains tartaric acid and its sodium salt, which occurs naturally in grapes and in the winemaking process.

The researchers are now trying to determine whether it was red wine or white wine. (IANS)

 

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If you are a Foodie, Check out the Best Food Festivals in the World!

Food-fanatics, always engaged in a quest for mouth-watering delicacies, can check out these renowned food festivals in the world

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Food items in food festival. Pixabay

June 14, 2017: There might be some good news for the gourmands around the globe. Food-fanatics, always engaged in a quest for mouth-watering delicacies, can check out the renowned food festivals in the world, to satisfy both their tongues and the tummies.

Here is a List that will make you make your tummy happy-

Wildfoods Festival at Hokitika in New Zealand

Celebrated in mid-march on the west-coast of the southern island of New Zealand, in the peaceful city of Hokitika, the Wildfoods Festival is a special food fest as it sees people gorging into things that they never imagined could be cooked into meals.

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The Onion Market at Bern of Switzerland

Considered to be the biggest folk-festival in the capital calendar of Switzerland, the celebrations for the Onion Market officially begins at 6 in the morning. Although people can smell the tantalizing aroma when the first onion soup starts boiling, long before 6 am.

Salon de Chocolate at Quito in Ecuador

The only chocolate festival in the world and that also a grand one, is Salon de Chocolate, celebrated with pomp and vigor on mid-June in Ecuador. The most favorite activity in the celebration, is the chocolate sculpture contest.

It should be noted that Ecuador is famed for producing more amount of quality chocolate than any other country in the globe, and this festival is surely a proud occasion marking the celebration of chocolates.

Blue Food Festival in Bloody Bay of Tobago

Blue Food Festival is celebrated in Bloody Bay, the coastal village on the Caribbean island of Tobago.

It has been 18 years since the beginning of the festival which focuses on food items made of a root plant of the taro variety called Dasheen, and the name of the festival is coined from the item itself.

There are limbo dancing, live music, and stalls of rum included in the varied activities of the celebration and that makes the festival even more vibrant.

Pizzafest at Naples in Italy

Pizzafest is the paradise for every pizza-lover in the world. During the celebration the Lungomare Caracciolo area of Napoli transforms into a pizza village, welcoming about 500,000 visitors, consuming about 100,000 pizzas of every kind.

The main attraction of the festival is the pizza making championship. The pizzerias serve the 50+ historic versions of pizzas, with classics like Napolitana, Marinara, and Margherita.

Drooling yet? So, what are you waiting for! Pack your bags and head for the lip-smacking food items waiting for you in the best food festivals around the world. Bon Apetit!

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC