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A healthy environment is very important to ensure a stable society. Pixabay

By Muskan Bhatnagar

July 28 is marked globally as World Nature Conservation Day, which reminds us of the importance of nature in our day to day lives. On the occasion of this day, we are provided with an opportunity to spread awareness regarding the conservation of nature and to build a sustainable future.

Planet Earth, our home, has a limited amount of resources that need to be utilized healthily and sustainably. A healthy environment is very important to ensure a stable society and the well-being of present and future generations.

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Every year on World Nature Conservation Day, a theme is decided and people come up with ideas and activities as a contribution to the celebration. Although, no theme was finalized this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Lets look at some reasons which are destroying our nature and its beauty, and how we can overcome them by doing our bit.

Pollution depletes natural resources and also kills the animal population. Pixabay

Causes For Destruction of Nature

  • POLLUTIONPollution depletes natural resources and also kills the animal population or wildlife. Trash, carbon emissions, oil spills and, pesticides are significant sources of pollution.
  • CLIMATE CHANGEGlobal warming leads to an increase in temperatures, sea levels, and ocean acidity that disrupt and destroy the ecosystem’s natural balance.
  • RESOURCE EXPLOITATIONOur nature contains several resources that are extracted for human use, by the process of mining, logging, and oil drilling. This leads to the destruction and exploitation of nature.
  • LAND CLEARING With the increasing population, the need to develop more land increases too. Many trees are chopped and ecosystems are destroyed in the process of housing and road development.

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These are some basic causes of degradation of the environment. Now let’s look at how we can help mother Earth by doing our bit.

Avoid wastage of resources like water. Pixabay

Few Steps You Can Follow To Help in Conservation of Nature

  • AVOID WASTAGETry not to waste food, water, and other resources that you’re privileged to have.
  • SAVE ENERGYSwitch off lights, fans, and other electrical points when not in use.
  • SAVE WATER– Turn off the tap while brushing and when not in use.
  • AVOID PLASTIC USAGE Discourage the use of plastic for various purposes.
  • ENCOURAGE CARPOOLS Once the pandemic is over, make carpooling a habit!


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Named SEE-1, the module is intended to host films, etc in the low orbit, micro-gravity environment.

S.E.E. has unveiled plans to build a space station module that contains a sports and entertainment arena as well as a content studio by December 2024, reports

Named SEE-1, the module is intended to host films, television, music and sports events as well as artists, producers and creatives who want to make content in the low orbit, micro-gravity environment. The facilities will enable development, production, recording, broadcasting and livestreaming of content.

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S.E.E. intend to produce its own content and events in the module as well as making it available to third-parties. Axiom Space, who in January 2022 won NASA's approval to build a commercial component of the International Space Station (ISS), will undertake the construction of SEE-1. The module will dock on Axiom's commercial arm, named Axiom Station, which will also host other commercial ventures, including space tourism.

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As the economy continues to recover from the prolonged pandemic.

By Rohit Vaid
The Centre might bestow infrastructure as well as industry status to new sectors to boost several pandemic hit industries in the upcoming Union Budget. Industry insiders said that several sectors and sub-industries such as hospitality, automobile retail, specific diganotics facilities and companies engaged in installation of EV charging stations amongst others might get the status.
The infra tag will enable these sectors to avail tax breaks, incentives and credit on lower interest rates. "Sectors which are in greenfield or which would need capex augmentation to help them overcome the pandemic can be looked from the lens of an infrastructure sector," said Jagannarayan Padmanabhan, Director and Practice Leader, Transport & Logistics, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory. "Also many of the already identified sectors need a sustained policy push which will help them get visibility both in terms of quantum and the time period of applicability."

Till now, activities associated with laying of power and telecom transmission and distribution lines, roads, highways, railways and construction of facilities such as hospitals, affordable housing, power generation units, water treatment plants, SEZs and certain type of hotels amongst others were given such status.

Besides, these sectors are a part of harmonised master list for infrastructure sub-sectors. However, in April 2021, exhibition-cum-convention centre was included in the list. "Given the focus around electric vehicle, and need for significant investment in charging stations, if the government adds the sector in infrastructure list, the benefits arising out of it will be significant," said Vishal Kotecha, Director, India Ratings and Research. "Infra tag on sectors increases ability to raise funds, access to dedicated funds and lenders, foreign capital, lower interest rates among others."

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A team led by chief scientist Ravi Shankar, is working on two combinations to provide the safest medication to coronavirus patients. "Experts say that a combination of antivirals with different mechanisms can be more effective to counter the viral pandemic. We are working on two combinations - Umifenovir with Molnupiravir (an antiviral) and Umifenovir with Niclosamide (anti-parasitic)," he said.

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Molnupiravur drug has received only Emergency Use Authorisation in India and abroad. Though its usage showed reduced hospitalisation during clinical trials, its biggest drawback are the side-effects, he added.

"Now, we are trying to keep a low dosage of Molnupiravir in its combination with Umifenovir which may weed out the side-effects such as the risk of cartilage and muscle damage. If successful, it will make Umifenovir more effective in Covid-19 treatment," said the chief scientist. The other combination is Umifenovir with Niclosamide.

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