Open pit copper mine at Chuquicamata

Biomining –Part 2

This is a continuing series of articles on Biomining. This is the second and concluding part of the series. Read part 1 The pure cultures of bacteria are used to solubilise the metal ions from their ores. Leaching can be direct or indirect. In case30

Biofertilizers-Blue-green algae

Biofertilizers- An Introduction

This is a continuing series of articles on Biofertilizers. This is part 1 of the series. Soil fertility depends on several factors chiefly being chemical, physical and biological. While physical and chemical factors have been the subject of countless research studies, biological factors have not30

Open pit copper mine at Chuquicamata

Biomining- An Introduction

This is a continuing series of articles on Biomining. This is part 1 of the series. Mining is one of the oldest economic activities and the technology employed to extract minerals have not changed much over the years. The crude ore is dug out from30

Solar water pump

Punjab Chief Minister asks for 80% subsidy on solar water pumps

Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal requested the centre to increase subsidy on solar water pumps in Punjab in order to make non conventional sources of energy more lucrative and adoptable in the state. Badal raised this demand before Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy30

Minamata

Minamata Treaty – To tackle Mercury Pollution

The Minamata treaty which will now be opened for signature and has seen four years of negotiation is a laudable effort. Named after the Japanese town after which the disease also gets its name, it seeks to phase out emissions and use of mercury by30

Plastic Pollution

Ban that Plastic Packaging

One of my friends inspired by the environmental movement; ordered recycled paper from a reputed firm in his city. Imagine his surprise when the so called recycled paper arrived in shiny, plastic packaging. “Isn’t this harmful for the environment?” asked my friend. “What is the30